Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Rankings & Pickups List (Updated Daily)

Our running MLB list of 2016 fantasy baseball ADP draft sleepers and waiver wire pickups. RotoBaller's Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List is a daily updated article of hot MLB players to add.

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Below you will find RotoBaller's Waiver Wire Rankings Assistant Tool - a running list of fantasy baseball waiver wire rankings, for different league formats. Our new tool is updated daily, with our staff priority of which players to add off the waiver wire, and in what league sizes to target them.

Below our rankings list, you can also find RotoBaller's Ultimate 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List, with more in-depth waiver analysis broken down by position.

2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the season. We recommend players for you to consider as 2016 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire - every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season.

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Sandy Leon (CA, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 27% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Sandy Leon's not challenging Ted Williams anymore, but he's still hitting a robust .388 this season. While he's showing signs of falling to Earth, he's gotten at least a hit in six of his last 10 games. If you need a boost at catcher No. 2, he can help. There are many worse choices out there.

Derek Norris (CA/1B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Derek Norris has slumped in July, seeing his average drop down below .200 again. He's still got the potential to do something, especially if the Padres continue trading off people before the deadline. He could do some damage in a hitter's park, and that would be invaluable in a two-catcher league. There's always the potential that he erupts in another homer binge.

Yasmani Grandal (CA, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Yasmani Grandal has been very disappointing average-wise, but if you have one need in your two-catcher league, it's power. He's got that. When he makes contact, the ball will fly over the fences more often than not. To boot, he's even hit a fairly respectable .250 over the past week. You want homers. He's got some to spare. Pick him up.

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 17 (American League)

As the August 1st trade deadline approaches, the internet has been abuzz with all the rumors and whispers regarding which players could be on the move. These moves are particularly of interest to single-league owners, where trades potentially bring in new players to the waiver wire. Trades also create new opportunities for different players to receive the lion's share of playing time at a position suddenly empty. Here are some players to consider claiming after the big ticket prizes are gone, all owned in 25% of Fleaflicker leagues or less. Editor's

Robbie Ray (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Well, no one can say that the guy doesn’t make for some exciting baseball. Robbie Ray was able to get over the hump of dealing with three unearned runs in the first inning on Saturday to strike out a season-high 10 batters (he gave up three earned later). His strikeout upside is incredible, but the hurler also gets hit very hard when contact is made, leading

Zach Davies (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Zach Davies continues to dazzle, making a strong Cubs lineup look like just another squad on Saturday. The breakout starter has posted a wonderful 51:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last nine starts to go with a 2.35 ERA, so hopefully none of you cut him loose when he was sent down back around the All Star Break. Such is life for

Tommy Pham (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 2% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Tommy Pham received his first significant call up back in July of 2015 and immediately asserted himself as an important part of the Cardinals outfield. He boasted a .268/.347/.477 line in 52 games with five home runs, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored, making him an undeniably worthwhile waiver wire pickup for the second half of the season. This year, his plate approach is looking

Steve Pearce (1B/2B/OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Steve Pearce returned from a month-long stint on the DL last week,  and the performance has been spotty since his return. He's gone 6-for-24 with a dinger and four RBI. But Pearce has as much potential as anybody in a utility role. Before hitting the DL in June, Pearce was slashing a tremendous .322/.393/.540 with 25 RBI and 23 runs scored. Counting stats are hard to come by in

David Dahl (OF, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In a surprising turn of events that shocked fans and analysts alike, top prospect David Dahl has been called up to the big leagues by the Colorado Rockies. The only astounding aspect of the promotion is the timing— the Rockies are nowhere near playoff contention and should have no need for young talent at this point in the season. Usually, top prospects like

Wilmer Flores (1B/2B/3B/SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Wilmer Flores doesn’t play every day, but he’s eligible at every infield position save catcher and provides plenty of pop when he does see the field. Despite logging only 50 at-bats in July, the 24-year-old Swiss Army knife has hit seven bombs. That production has helped the Mets remain in the driver’s seat for one of the NL wild-card spots and kept

Cheslor Cuthbert (3B, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cheslor Cuthbert has acquitted himself rather well during his rookie year. He’s currently hitting .296/.328/.457 with nine homers and 61 R+RBI despite hitting primarily in the bottom third of the order. He was recently bumped up to the two-hole and has flourished there, collecting multiple hits in four of eight contests. The defending champions are long shots to make the playoffs at this point, but Cuthbert has filled

Lonnie Chisenhall (3B/OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 18% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lonnie Chisenhall hasn’t developed into the star the Tribe hoped they were getting when he was drafted in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft, but he’s been a solid contributor to their best team since that time. He’s hitting .370 with four homers and a pair of steals in the last 30 days. Overall, he’s at .305/.354/.473, thanks in large part to career bests in contact,

Ryan Schimpf (2B/3B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 25% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ryan Schimpf’s nine home runs over the last month are the most in MLB (tied with Mark Trumbo, who last weekend became the first player to reach the 30-homer plateau in 2016). The 28-year-old had always shown impressive pop in the minors, and that’s translating well in his first taste of big-league action. He’s batting only .237, but

Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups: Outfield

This week, let's focus on potential. It's hard to find guys languishing on the waiver wire in the midst of a productive season. No, all those guys are long gone. But there are plenty of guys with the potential to do big things. The key is to sniff out the guys who are primed to do big things right now and then hang on tight before the production starts streaming in. Sometimes potential comes in the form of a recently promoted rookie who has slashed his way through the minors. Other times,

Melky Cabrera (OF, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Melky Cabrera has been a quietly strong fantasy player for so long. He isn’t the most exciting, but he always seems to be contributing. Over 17 games in July, he is batting .338/.375/.471 with nine runs and five RBI, reaching base safely in 15 of those games. He also currently owns a 10-game hitting streak. Cabrera is slashing .303/.350/.464 on the year with nine homers, 44 R and 44 RBI. Even

Week 17 Waiver Wire: First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Did you miss me? After a two week hiatus due to the All Star break and vacation, this feature returns to its regularly scheduled programming. Let’s make up for lost time and keep the preamble short. This week’s installment features four players who are freely available in over 75 percent of leagues. Remember, in addition to this and other columns spotlighting players on the waiver wire, RotoBaller also compiles weekly waiver wire rankings. They're a great reference tool to aid your second-half push. Editor's Note: RotoBaller offers the best Premium

Wilmer Flores (1B/2B/3B/SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: It's all about opportunity. The Mets' various losses have gained valuable playing time for Wilmer Flores across the diamond. David Wright's injury led to extended time at third base, although the addition of Jose Reyes means less time there. Still, Flores will continue to be used

Alex Bregman (SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: After weeks of anticipation, the inevitable happened and Alex Bregman hit his way into the majors. He was finally recalled Sunday and immediately becomes an intriguing add for mixed leagues. Bregman was already rated near the top of every prospect list before collecting three hits in the 2016 Futures Game a couple weeks ago. After dominating Double-A pitching, he was moved to Triple-A and promptly hit .333 with six HR and

Jeremy Hellickson (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Jeremy Hellickson is on a roll, throwing five quality starts in his last six games. He may not blow hitters away or toss complete games, but he rarely gets roughed up either. He has a 3.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP on the year, but in the last month those ratios are down to a 2.42 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. His strikeout numbers are enough to make him a viable fantasy option,

Week 17 Waiver Wire: Starting Pitchers

Boy howdy, we’re now into the latter part of July, with little room for enduring or excusing poor performances anymore. August approaches and some of you are racking up streams for the playoff push, some are still looking for stashes, while others look to maximize the efficiency of innings remaining. Either way, we’ve got you covered. That is to say, some of these guys deserve your attention, and some of them are seeing their ownership shoot up while sporting many warning signs. We’ll try to slip in some unfamiliar names to

Brandon McCarthy (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: It has been quite a return for Brandon McCarthy. With seemingly every Dodgers starting pitcher succumbing to injury this year, McCarthy's return has been a huge boost to the rotation and a boon to fantasy owners who were paying attention. In three starts covering 16 innings so far, McCarthy has posted a 1.69 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with 22 K, winning two out of those three

Bullpen Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 16

While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men that have proven to be closer candidates to target off the waiver wire for Week 16 of the fantasy baseball season. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Bear in mind, an effective relief pitcher highlighted today could find himself in a closer's role if the everyday

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Of all the international prospects reaching the majors, this German slugger was not expected to produce as much or as quickly as he has. Max Kepler is in the midst of an outright power surge with eight HR in the last 81 AB, giving him 10 HR and 35 RBI in 166 at-bats. He has a .253 ISO this season and is posting a 20.0% HR/FB%. Although it is easy to simply dismiss this

Jon Gray (COL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: If it wasn't for the fact that Jon Gray pitched in Coors Field, he would likely be owned in just about every fantasy league out there. His stuff is electric, as he averages over 95 mph on his fastball with a wipe-out slider to boot. However, Coors Field is cruel, and most of the time it is better to just avoid owning any Rockies pitcher because

Week 16 Waiver Wire: Catchers

The All-Star break is over and it's been hard to get back into the swing of things. Well, many of the catchers have been able to use that excuse for a large portion of the season. We're back looking for gold in all this patch of dirt. Anyway, we're in the second half of the season and we're looking at the usual suspects here in terms of those who can help either your one or two-catcher leagues. The hottest days of the summer are coming up and it's not unreasonable to think that

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 16)

Who would have guessed that the first person promoted from the promising 2015 draft would have been Carson Fulmer? I mean no offense to Fulmer, but he had a 4.76 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 9.31 K/9, 5.28 BB/9 and 0.72 HR/9 in Double-A. Those numbers are certainly not terrible, but I don’t know if they are so great that they warrant an early promotion, even if it is just to the bullpen. I would’ve thought

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16 (National League)

The trade deadline looms and some teams have already begun making moves (really just Boston). Some NL-only options have now become AL-only options, so choose wisely in the coming days before making waiver moves if you are in a single league format.  This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout for these potential additions in the coming week. The following

Alex Bregman (SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Alright Luis Valbuena, cut the malarkey. Cool off so you can slide back into the utility role you were born to play, and let Alex Bregman finally have his day! Many thought that Bregman would join the Astros right after the All Star Break, but it seems as though the powers that be

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 38% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After going 2-for-3 against Boston on Sunday night, Didi Gregorius is sitting at .299 on the season— a far cry from his dismal April (.224). He's hitting .400 over his last ten games, and seems to have figured it all out. While this may be bold considering how surprisingly deep the position is this year, my bold prediction is that he finishes the 2016 season as a top-15

Yangervis Solarte (1B/2B/3B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 37% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Yangervis Solarte is firing on all cylinders in July, as he has five homers and 15 RBI already in the month to go along with a .333 batting average. The Padres’ offense is actually firmly in the middle of the pack in the MLB, and Solarte is a big reason why. There should be no reason for regression, and with eligibility in

Howie Kendrick (2B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 39% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Howie Kendrick has been en fuego in the month of July, hitting .418 over his last 14 games. As a bonus, he's begun to pick up the power numbers, as well— he's slugging .600 over that same span. Gone are the days of a .290-.300 batting average, but Kendrick still has value when he's swinging a hot stick in the middle of a surging

Randal Grichuk (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 46% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In 62 games this year, Randal Grichuk hovered barely over the Mendoza line before being sent down to Triple-A on June 17. As a result, he was unequivocally dropped in most leagues. The hard-hitting outfielder was one of the more valuable waiver wire pickups of 2015, as the then 23-year-old produced an impressive .276/.329/.548 line with 17 homers and 47 RBI in just over 100 games. Since being

Tyler Naquin (OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Tyler Naquin is quietly having a tremendous season for the surging Tribe, evidenced by a .324/.387/.636 slash line in 63 games. The performance could have been overlooked when the sample size was small, but with 196 Major League plate appearances under his belt, the 25-year-old rookie looks like he might be here to stay. Better yet, he's been getting hotter with each month. He closed out the first half

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 16 (American League)

As a long-standing fan of WWE (despite and in spite of its glaring issues), I am excited for the roster draft that shall have already happened by the time this comes out. In an attempt to shake up stagnant TV ratings, the company is holding a roster draft live Tuesday night where two on-site general managers draft for their respective TV show not unlike how we drafted our fantasy teams earlier this year (minus the pre-determined parts, of course).

If you could shake up your roster today and redraft,

Mid-Season Dynasty Prospect Rankings: National League Outfielders

Before we dive too much into the outfield prospect rankings, I just want to give up a quick heads up to the readers on how the remaining prospect rankings lists will go. Because there are so many pitching and outfield prospects, each article will be split up by league and each list will contain 20 names. I know this seems like a lot, but you will see that these positions require that many prospects to be named because otherwise I will hardly get into any sleepers. Even as is, there

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 16: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator

Carlos Estevez (RP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It's never easy to trust Rockies pitchers, but recall not too long ago when Adam Ottavino put up great value as a closer for the mile-high mashers.  Estevez hopes to be next in the line of sneaky-upside arms that the Rockies have been developing as of late.  At first I was wary of Estevez, as he has a 4.05 ERA and 4.03 xFIP on the season,

Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups: Outfield

In a shocking fantasy baseball development, there are still no 28 year-old sluggers in the prime of their career dwelling on the waiver wire. No, the waiver wire is a collection of toddlers and senior citizens; some poised to make their mark on professional baseball and some grasping on to the successes of years' past. This week's list will feature players of both kinds -- three young guns and a former keystone mainstay pushed to the outfield to prolong his career. The first two players on this list have proven themselves

Hector Santiago (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Hector Santiago has won three straight, with five of his last six starts resulting in a QS. His latest victims were the White Sox, whom he has always dominated, with a notable bonus here being that this was his first start of the 2016 season in which he didn’t walk a batter. He has a 1.88 ERA in those last six outings, but

Dynasty League Review for Week 16: Yulieski Gurriel and More

I think I've (temporarily) run out of Cubs prospects to hype. Well that's note quite true, I'm pointedly ignoring a couple. Chicago's seemingly featured prominently in every edition of the Dynasty Review. Of course, the guys I've already profiled are still going strong. Ian Happ, Eloy Jimenez, Jeimer Candelario, and others will provide a potent second wave of talent to this already ridiculous roster -

The Cut List (Week 16): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

So we're officially into the second half of the season. Those fantasy pennant races are heating up, and it's no time to coast. Every win matters and there's no point in hanging on to dead weight anymore. If you have someone who is really becoming a waste of roster space, it's time to get rid of them. Here are the cuts for Week 16 of the fantasy baseball season! Editor's Note: RotoBaller has the best Premium MLB Subscription for only $1.99 per week. We have all the tools to help win your

Week 16 Waiver Wire: Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Over the course of the season I’ll be giving you two players at second base and shortstop per week who I think can help your team. These players are usually widely available in any format, and should turn nice profits in the weeks to come. Below are my recommendations for Week 16. As always, feel free to reach out to me directly @Roto_Dubs with any questions about the middle infield or fantasy baseball in general. Editor's Note: RotoBaller offers the best Premium MLB Subscription - only $1.99 per week. All the tools

Devon Travis (TOR, 2B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Prior to his call up in 2015, Devon Travis wasn't a very highly regarded prospect. However, he immediately burst onto the scene hitting an exceptional .325/.393/.625 with 6 HR in his first month in the big leagues. He didn't flash a lot of power after that first month, but continued his hot hitting after a rough May. He finished the season at .304/.361/.498 before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Travis hasn't quite

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: While Phillies youngster Aaron Nola captured plenty of attention as he roared out of the gate this season, his teammate Jerad Eickhoff went somewhat unnoticed with an ERA over 3.50 and just 7.40 K/9. In seven starts since the beginning of June, Eickhoff has turned the tables with a 2.25 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 44 innings (not

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Glancing at Jon Gray's numbers can be deflating as he's got a 4.33 ERA and only five wins on the season. However, in the nine starts since he was shelled in St. Louis in mid-May, Gray has picked up four of those wins while pitching to a 3.11 ERA and holding opponents to a .200 batting average. Ten dingers over that run is concerning, but Gray's sparkling 1.07 WHIP and 9.0 K/9IP

Top Hitter Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 16

Whether it’s because of an injury or poor performance, there are always opportunities to stream players off the waiver wire. The best players to stream are those who are under-owned and face appealing matchups for the upcoming week.

Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive matchups during the sixteenth week of the season.

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Bullpen Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 15

While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men that have proven to be closer candidates to target off the waiver wire for Week 15 of the fantasy baseball season. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Bear in mind, an effective relief pitcher highlighted today could find himself in a closer's role if the everyday

Top 5 Two-Start Pitcher Streamers For Week 16

A wise fantasy baseball manager never rests. He is never satisfied with his team and is always on the hunt for the player that can help in both the present and future. For this article, we’ll focus on the present, as we present the top pitcher streamers who’ll be making two outings this week. We do this every week, because deep down we all know those last two or three guys taken in drafts won’t be with us the whole way through. Mix and match is the name of the game and maximizing these players’

Derek Norris (C/1B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Derek Norris looked like a fantasy regular in the making during the first half of his breakout 2014 season. He hit an excellent .294/.402/.477 with eight HR over the season's first half, and rightfully earned himself an All Star nod. That type of production sustained over the course of a full season would have made him one of the most valuable catchers in fantasy baseball, as his .879 OPS would have been tops among

Week 15 Rookie Roundup: Recently Promoted Prospects

I hope everyone had a great All-Star Break because I certainly did. First watching Alex Bregman tear it up at the Futures Game, then witnessing Giancarlo Stanton blast several miles worth of bombs in the Home Run Derby and finally watching the All-Star Game on Tuesday. It was quite a memorable All-Star Break and some of the more important days of July are still yet to come. With

Bud Norris (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: The tale of Bud Norris' dramatic turnaround has already been documented, so let's examine how he might fare going forward. In his two starts since being traded to the Dodgers, Norris has pitched six scoreless innings against the Rockies and then allowed three ER in five innings against Baltimore. Given the fact that the

Cam Bedrosian (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: The second coming of Steve Bedrosian? Actually, yes. The son of the former Cy Young award winner is following in his father's footsteps quite well so far. Although he hasn't picked up a save in his MLB career just yet, Bedrosian has been one of the most effective short relievers in the AL this season. After a rough start to his young career in which he posted ERAs of 6.52 and 5.40, he has maintained a 1.09 ERA and a

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: In a season where they have struggled to compete within their division against the mighty Cubs and are fighting to keep their Wild Card streak alive, the Pirates are calling upon their farm system more than ever. This time, ballyhooed hitting prospect Josh Bell gets his chance. Bell was slashing .324/.407/.535 in 312 AB in Triple-A this season. His 13 HR

Brandon Kintzler (RP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: The revolving door around several teams' closer situation is a golden opportunity for fantasy owners to pick up easy saves down the stretch. The Twins are a perfect example, having abandoned Kevin Jepsen weeks ago. Although the job was supposed to be shared between Brandon Kintzler and

Andrew Benintendi (OF, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: With the All-Star break behind us, call-up season continues as contenders like the Red Sox look for effective ways to fill holes on their roster. One big hole for the Red Sox all season has been left field, as Brock Holt's .258/4/22 isn't getting the job done. For that reason, Andrew Benintendi figures to have a great opportunity beginning very soon. He was ranked

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Take a gander at the average exit velocity leaderboards, and you'll see a number of the usual suspects: Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, David Ortiz. But the name at the top might surprise you - or

Alex Bregman (SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stash in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It's a fool's errand trying to guess when a hot prospect will get the call. Most of the time, the organization doesn't know when they're going to pull the trigger. But given the way Alex Bregman is laying waste to Triple-A right now, it seems like a prudent time to stash him in all but the shallowest mixers. His ownership rate has steadily climbed in recent days

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 17 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Max Kepler has been one of the best outfielders in baseball over the last month, but you wouldn't know it by his tiny ownership rate. Since June 18, he's produced a .267/.350/.593 line, with seven home runs, 43 R+RBI, and a couple of steals to boot. Kepler's minor league numbers weren't overly impressive until his breakout at Double-A last season. Even then, he only hit nine homers in 482

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 15: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator

Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups: All-Star Break Edition

At long last we've reached the half way point of the 2016 season. The deepest position in baseball, at least on the offensive side, has seen a slew of hitters filter across the semipermeable membrane of the waiver wire. The All-Star break is infamous for being a natural turning point for many hitters over the course of a season. Waiver wires can see a flurry of activity in the weeks immediately following the break because any signs of life at this time could suggest prolonged success in the second half

Trea Turner (2B, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Trea Turner is back in the big leagues and it appears that this time he is here to stay. That said, his playing time is very much up in the air. Turner has been playing center field of late at Triple-A, and that should help him get more at bats, as he can also play SS and 2B. That said, he will not be starting at any of those positions and

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues. OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker leagues. ANALYSIS: Josh Bell was called up by the Pirates on July 8th and got a hit and scored a run as a pinch hitter in his first MLB game. In his second game he again came in off of the bench and hit a pinch hit grand slam. The next day he pinch hit once more, drew a walk, and again scored a run. Talk about doing

Robbie Ray (ARI, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: While Robbie Ray's name doesn't jump off of the page, his stats in the second half just might. His 4-8 record and 4.81 ERA don't paint the picture of a high level starting pitcher, but looking below the surface offers some crucial insight. To start with, only seven qualified pitchers have struck out more batters on a per-9 basis this year than Ray, as his K/9 is in line with

Anthony DeSclafani (CIN, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: If you're reading this, stop. Open up another tab and check if Anthony DeSclafani is on your waiver wire. If he is, add him. Unless you're playing in an incredibly shallow league, DeSclafani likely has the highest upside of any pitcher on your waiver wire. Don't let last year's relatively mediocre 9-13 record and 4.05 ERA discourage you from picking up DeSclafani, as he made some crucial adjustments towards the end of last

Nate Jones (RP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Nate Jones has been one of the more appealing middle-relief options in holds leagues all year, with 18 holds to go along with a 2.45 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched. Now, with David Robertson dealing with a left leg strain, Jones has been thrust into the closer role for the

Koji Uehara (RP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Koji Uehara is in the midst of his worst statistical season of his career. The 41-year-old owns a 4.81 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 33.2 innings on the year. However, with Craig Kimbrel sidelined for 3-6 weeks, Uehara is being pushed back into a familiar role. The Red Sox did acquire

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 15)

Of course just a few days after I write my recently promoted prospects article and say that no major prospects will be promoted before the All-Star Break the Pirates promote first base prospect Josh Bell and the Nationals promote Trea Turner. And did you see Bell’s grand slam against the Chicago Cubs the other

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 15

In case you didn't notice, it's All Star week. The MLB Futures Game was played on Sunday and featured some spectacular moments. For this week's Dynasty Review, let's talk about some of the players who made noise on the big stage. Alex Bregman and Yoan Moncada stood out at the plate, but they're both already among the most valuable dynasty assets. I'll focus on a few guys who are a little more likely to

Tyler Clippard (RP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Clippard is now the presumptive closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks now that Brad Ziegler has been dealt to the Boston Red Sox. Chip Hale, the Diamondbacks manager, said that both Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson would be in the mix

All-Star Break Overrated/Underrated: Third Basemen

This column has (generally) been published on a weekly basis since the season started, yet it hasn't covered third basemen. It's mostly because the third base position runs so deep and has provided so much value that it's hard to say anyone could be considered overrated and deserves lower rates of ownership. A quick glance, though, reveals a couple of names that are criminally underrated, even if the rest of the field appears incredibly strong. Other players don't have to be overrated for other guys to be underrated. Most leagues use

The Cut List (Week 15): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

The All-Star Break is here folks. Now come the questions of who will rise up, and who will fizzle out in the second half of the season. This is no time to take a break from fantasy, as the moves you make during the next couple of days while the players rest can make all the difference. So let's get into it. Below you'll find the names of players who should get das boot from your teams so you can start the second half on a high note. Editor's Note: RotoBaller has

Week 15 Waiver Wire: Starting Pitchers

Here we are, the All Star Break is upon us just like that. Okay yeah, technically games will play the day that this is published, but that doesn’t sound nice. Our marching orders here remain the same, looking at some low-owned starting pitchers who are worth discussing for better or worse. That is to say, some of these guys deserve your attention, and some of them are seeing their ownership shoot up while sporting some serious warning signs. We’ll try to slip in some unfamiliar names to the series this week,

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Jon Jay's prolonged injury (6-8 weeks) clears the way for the Padres youth movement to invade the outfield. Travis Jankowski has been on the roster as a fourth outfielder all season, but has received limited playing time until now. Even so, Jankowski produced five steals in just 55 PA through mid-June. Since becoming a

Ben Revere (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Ben Revere's season has never really gained momentum, starting with an early season injury. Upon his return, Revere hit just .170 in May over 94 at-bats with two stolen bases. June was better, as he hit .274 with eight steals. In the first week of July, he is hitting .292 although he is yet to steal a base. Interestingly, Revere has a reverse split, hitting .281 against lefties and .215 against

Jose Ramirez (2B/3B/SS/OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all 12+ team leagues. OWNED IN: 57% of Fleaflicker leagues. EXPERT ANALYSIS: Jose Ramirez has been tremendously useful thus far as he's posted a 42/4/32/10/.300 batting line, which is good for the 114th best stat line in the fake game in standard leagues. Not only has he been enormously productive, and likely a free pickup off of the waiver wire, but Jose is also extremely flexible as he's eligible at four different positions. While Ramirez has been a little

Lonnie Chisenhall (3B/OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 26 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Lonnie Chisenhall has been on the fantasy radar before, but only for brief periods of time. In each of the last two seasons, he had short bursts of production that ultimately fizzled into mediocrity. But a funny thing has happened this year: Chisenhall hit his way into a starting role and hasn't really stopped. In an even 200 plate appearances since April 30, the 27 year old has

Raisel Iglesias (SP/RP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It's safe to say this season hasn't gone according to plan for Raisel Iglesias and his fantasy owners. One of the buzziest names in baseball during draft season, Iglesias made only five starts before landing on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement. Since his return, the Reds have used him exclusively in the bullpen to protect his arm, and Iglesias seems

Melky Cabrera (OF, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: For the majority of his career, Melky Cabrera has been an unexciting player for fantasy purposes. In fact, he's only ever posted consecutive above-average offensive seasons once, and that season ended with a PED suspension. The first two months of 2016 were more of the same, but Cabrera has been hitting rather well lately. Since May 31, he's put together an excellent .322/.346/.552 line with four homers and 28 R+RBI while hitting in the middle of

Danny Espinosa (1B/2B/3B/SS, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 69 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Danny Espinosa's ownership rate has skyrocketed recently, and for good reason. Over the past week, he's hitting an absurd .385/.407/.962 with five homers and 15 RBI. Obviously that's an impossible pace to sustain, but the veteran infielder (he's eligible everywhere except catcher) has been producing at an elite level for a while now. Since the end of April, he's produced an .899 OPS, 17 homers, and 77 R+RBI

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Catchers

It's Week 14 of the season and it's also the final full week before the All-Star Break. I think the All-Star catcher of the waiver wire would be J.T. Realmuto. He went from being an after-thought to crossing our cutoff line not once, but twice. Keep it up, J.T.! We're proud of you here at RotoBaller. A close second would be Stephen Vogt, who has put together a pretty good first half. I'll be