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Below you can read waiver analysis broken down by position. Back by popular demand in 2016... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List.
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.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position
Week 1 (OF/SP) | Week 2 (OF/SP) | Week 3 (SS) | Week 4 (1B) | Week 5 | Week 6 (SP) | Week 7 (2B) * * * Comin' atcha hot: this week's daily dose of player ownership discrepancies and misvaluations. Depending on the depth and settings of your league, there's a chance you can get through an entire championship season without making a single trade. Per Fleaflicker's data, there are plenty of quality players on the waiver wire to go around. This week, I
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. 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: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned In: 54% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Having spent the majority of his seven-year career bouncing around between five teams, Danny Valencia is finally finding stability, though it may not be for long. Now in his first full season with his sixth team, the Oakland Athletics, the 31-year-old Miami native is continuing his terrific stretch from last year when the A’s acquired him from Toronto. This season he’s hitting .323, but has
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned In: 49% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: After being promoted to the closer role as a result of Huston Street’s injury, 32-year-old Joe Smith has been solid for the most part. This isn’t the veteran’s first foray into the closer position, as he recorded 15 saves two years ago and five saves last season. Smith has been far from perfect this year, but he’s gotten the
Baller Move: Add In all leagues Owned In: 56% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: After showing promise last year in his rookie campaign, Yasmany Tomas appears to be ascending to another level in 2016. After slashing .273/.305/.401 last season, he’s raised each one of those stats this year, also walking at higher rates and striking out at lower rates. He’s also already hit more than twice as many home runs as he hit last season, despite playing in one-third the number of games. Tomas' plate discipline has been an additional improvement, dropping his O-Swing%
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have had to display a great deal of patience so far in dealing with Ender Inciarte. Not even a full week into the season, Inciarte strained a hamstring and was on the shelf until May 7, missing an entire month. Upon his return, he is performing about as well as every other Braves player. Which is to say, not so good. Inciarte is
BALLER MOVE: Add in two-catcher leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: You might not think there would be room for a career .236 hitter with a 26.8 K% on fantasy rosters, but in two-catcher leagues, beggars can't be choosers. Jason Castro provides enough power upside to earn starting consideration. He was an All-Star selection just three years ago, finishing the season with 18 HR and 56 RBI and a respectable .276 AVG. Castro's stats have slowly declined the past two seasons, but at
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: At this point in his career, the two biggest knocks about Melvin Upton are that he never lived up to expectations and that he is not his brother. Still, the older Upton has enjoyed a decent amount of success since joining the Padres in 2015. In 359 AB over that span, he has hit .262/.333/.435 with 11 HR and 18 SB. Upton is batting
BALLER MOVE: Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Rubby De La Rosa had his last start skipped and that raises a few red flags, but he is apparently all good to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He still holds a 4-4 record with a 3.53 ERA and 3.54 SIERA alongside 45 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. Four of his last five starts have seen him allow one run or fewer, with a strong 10-strikeout
BALLER MOVE: Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 25% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Tyler Chatwood went six strong in a road start against the Pirates on Saturday, allowing just one run to bring his ERA down to 3.02 on the season. His story is spreading now as the “Road Warrior” who makes for a great play away from Coors Field. He misses the Rockies’ games in Fenway Park and will take on the
Colin Moran was finally promoted in an effort to actually provide some positive production out of the third base position. He is by no means a must-own prospect and could actually himself be replaced by Alex Bregman who is absolutely tearing up Double-A right now. But based on his track record, Moran could provide fantasy owners with a solid batting average in deeper leagues as long as he can find
Welcome to another round of the SP Waiver Wire guide, where we’re hunting for those pitchers that will vault us over the competition. Perhaps you’re struggling through starts from Matt Harvey, Dallas Keuchel and Sonny Gray, well these guys can alleviate that. We’re nearing the end of May, so let’s see what’s out there, ignoring the guys who have been dropped
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 match-ups for the upcoming week.
Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the eighth week of the season.Editor’s Note: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which is a running list that
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’
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Shawn Tolleson saga is finally over for now. He went out in grand fashion as Khris Davis crushed a grand slam to effectively end Tolleson's reign as the Rangers' closer. Sam Dyson has racked up two saves since taking over the ninth inning
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Duffey may have lost some of his luster after his most recent start. However, given that it was against the Blue Jays, I think Duffey deserves a mulligan. Before that outing, the Duff Man had only allowed five runs total and no more than three in any start. I was particularly impressed by Duffey's starts versus Detroit and Cleveland, where he
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: I'll admit I was skeptical of Kevin Gausman. After looking back at his major league track record, I just thought he was a flamethrower who couldn't get MLB hitters out. In this go around, Gausman has shown a lot of maturity and improvement. The big fastball is still there, but the important thing is he's managing to avoid the big inning now. In his six starts, he's only given up
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Steve Pearce is a weird guy. He has a breakout season, then you think he might keep it going, and he disappoints. Seriously, Pearce is the very definition of streaky. While that can be irritating, it's fun while he's hot. Guess what? April showers have led to May success for Pearce. He has four homers since May 10th, and half of his RBI total in this span too. The
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of FleaFlicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Ervin Santana strikes me as one of those post-hype guys who flies under the radar simply because he has been around for so long. A suspension for a positive drug test prior to the start of last season likely added to the perception that he is an unreliable option, but the veteran does enough things well that he deserves a spot on your 12-team league if he is still on the
BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon Guyer has widely been considered a decent 4th OF option in both the Cubs and Rays systems since 2007. He even was being strictly platooned for his disparities vs RHP and LHP. But then Desmond Jennings decided to hit WAY below the Mendoza Line and it opened
BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Now that we know that Jose Reyes's suspension is up at the beginning of June, owners should check in to their league to see if they can grab him at bargain value before he latches on to another team and gets everyday playing time. Reyes' time in Colorado appears to be over after the ascent of Trevor Story, so
BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Angels have been nothing short of a disaster in 2016 in the early-going and most of that falls on the injury plagued pitching staff that has engulfed them. In search of any possible answer, the Angels might have found a real sleeper lying in their farm system that found his way onto their roster. Enter Nick Tropeano, who is making fantasy
In the next week or so, we're going to hit the quarter mark of the season ("What... We're already 1/4 finished? Noooo!"). There is still time for some catchers to turn it around, but that's dwindling away. The waiver wire pickings are still very strong, though. I'm still wondering why some of them are hanging around there. Did someone leak a rumor that they smell? As always, our cut-off is sub-50% ownership in Fleaflicker leagues. Editor’s Note: RotoBaller’s fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups list
We’ve reached what is popularly referred to as the quarter pole of the MLB season. Except that the term “quarter pole” originates in horse racing, where it’s placed at the last quarter mile of the track, regardless of length. So we’re really just a quarter of the way through the season. All pedantry aside, while many of the early season’s breakouts have been snatched up from the waiver wire, there’s still value to be had out there. To wit: Editor’s Note: To read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check
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. 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: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which
We're halfway through May and the waiver wire is looking a bit scarce these days. Most worthwhile outfielders have been scooped up after hot Aprils, leaving only highly speculative players behind. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost. Every owner should always reserve a handful of roster spots for cycling in waiver wire-level talent depending on recent trends. That means it's probably time to drop a few guys previously mentioned on this list, including the likes of Angel Pagan,
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 7 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
Hello everybody, and welcome to this next installment of the SP Waiver Wire guide where we’re hunting for those pitchers that will vault us over the competition. Perhaps you’re struggling through starts from Matt Harvey, Dallas Keuchel and Sonny Gray, well these guys can help alleviate the pain. Let's find some Ben & Jerry's ice cream pitchers for your ailing
Mid-season call-ups are a fantasy owner's dream. Those prospects you followed throughout spring training and have been waiting too see in action will soon get the chance to prove themselves. The problem is that everyone else is waiting for the exact same thing. Smart owners will have to decide which prospects to target and when to act. While not all prospects pan out, adding that one who becomes an instant star can be a difference-maker in deep leagues. The following list will help you fill gaps in your lineup or add
This past weekend, I experienced my first taste of the Uncharted video game series with the newly released Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. My favorite element so far has been not only how varied the gameplay is but how well it all meshes together. I went in thinking I would spend a lot of timing running and shooting, and I found the exact opposite. I snuck out of an orphanage, pick-pocketed a waiter at a fancy party and scaled a dilapidated prison among other non-mindlessly killing moments. AL-only owners can relate
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Sam Dyson was the closer for the Rangers last season in the playoffs after Shawn Tolleson had a string of bad outings. After being reinserted into the closing role this season Tolleson is again struggling and on Tuesday he gave up a walk-off grand Slam to
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The word trustworthy and Yankees starting pitcher have not found themselves this close to each other in a sentence yet this season. Eovaldi isn't exactly Mr. Reliable either with his 4.85 ERA, but certain individual performances early in 2016 deserve him a mention. As fantasy owners, it's not desirable to wait around for dominant performances simply because of the starting pitchers capability. But in the backend of a rotation for deeper leagues, Eovaldi fits in perfectly. Eovaldi flirted with a no-no late in April,
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues. OWNED IN: 49% of Fleaflicker leagues. ANALYSIS: Panik has impressed with five HR and two SB through only 34 games and 149 plate appearances. While his batting average is way down, it is mostly due to an unfortunate .255 BABIP. As his BABIP rises to meet his career averages or even exceed them, his batting average should rise as well. By this time in June, Joe could easily be hitting .300 if his luck improves. If you need help at the keystone or MI Panik is a strong add in
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues. OWNED IN: 53% of Fleaflicker leagues. ANALYSIS: After a rock solid 2015 campaign that saw Pillar go 12/25 with 76 runs scored, many had high expectations for him in the fake game in 2016. Unfortunately, much of his value has been depressed this season because he's hit near the bottom of the very strong Blue Jays lineup for a majority of their games. As a result, Pillar will likely score several less runs and could even run less. Kevin still has a good amount of value as he's currently
BALLER MOVE: Add in every size league. OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker leagues. ANALYSIS: Last season it appeared that Tomas was a better hitter than most thought, but that his immense raw power was miles away from actually playing in game. This season is a totally different story. Not only does Tomas still appear to be a strong hitter to all fields, but his tremendous pop has been on regular display. In just 34 games and 140 plate appearance Yasmany has posted an impressive ISO of .195 and a SLG of .500. Both of those numbers are
BALLER MOVE: Add in every size league. OWNED IN: 21% of Fleaflicker leagues. ANALYSIS: Santana missed about a week due to a sore shoulder but he is back playing the field and hitting atop the Brewers lineup. The combination of the batting position and a healthy .360 OBP% has helped Domingo post fifteen runs scored along with twelve RBI and 3 HR. Santana currently has a .245 AVG despite a .365 BABIP so I don't expect him to be a positive contributor in the batting average department. Although, I do expect to see
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Justin Bour has been labeled as an "all or nothing" type of hitter. He racks up a ton of K and provides some cheap power at the 1B and CI position in fantasy leagues. Bour's BABIP is about 30 points below his career average right now and his SLG% is about 30 points higher than his career average. However, every other stat is about where they need to be. The biggest difference is the increased BB% and the slight uptick
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Ender Inciarte was going to be the leadoff hitter of the future for the Atlanta Braves. But then he got hurt and missed the early part of this season. His fantasy stock plummeted. Owners got excited for the rise of Mallex Smith who has since taken over in LF for the time being while Inciarte gets his foothold back on the CF job that was his to begin with. The K% is up but so is his BB% in limited
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 54% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: So far with the Rays this season, Steven Souza has a slash line of .270/.326/.525 with eight HR, and one SB. While his power/speed prowess of last year's 16-12 total may not be emerging, Souza is more than making up for that difference by upping his power. Souza has an isolated power figure of .254 this season, which is how he has been hitting 24.2% of fly balls for HR. The good news about Souza's lone stolen base is that
Baller Move: Add in 14+ team leagues Owned in: 15% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: First and foremost, when a player is eligible at three different positions including two shallow infield positions, it adds significant value, and that is clear in the case of Chris Owings. With a .284 AVG, .336 OBP, and six stolen bases so far this season, Owings has been playing off his strengths in a big way. It is worth noting that Owings has 116 Ab this year, which
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 38% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: With a current slash line of .210/.301/.395, Yasmani Grandal's statistics don't exactly scream "must-own". Grandal has been in a bit of a slump in the month of May by batting just .108, but his BABIP was .083. That is a figure we can designate as unlucky. In April, Grandal had a fantastic slash line of .295/.426/.477, bef0re this month when not even one-tenth of the balls he hits in play are going for hits. Grandal has had some bright splits
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 43% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Khris Davis recently hit three HR including a walk-off Grand Slam against the Rangers. So in addition to everything we are about to discuss, there is that little nugget. Before that performance, Davis had a poor BA and OBP of .214 and .245, but that isn't why you play him is it? He is currently slugging .421 with eight HR. Before his monster game, Davis had already hit five HR in just 54 AB this month while slugging .500.
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 19% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Hard to believe an Atlanta Brave is drawing any notice for good work at the plate this season, but Nick Markakis qualifies. Markakis always makes his living with a good overall slash line and the potential for double digit HR figures. Even though last season for the Braves was the first time in his career he had failed to reach at least ten homers, he still ended the year with a .296 BA and .370 OBP. This season
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: After owners lost Dee Gordon for 80 games due to a PED suspension, no one expected his replacement to step in and be fantasy relevant. All Derek Dietrich has done since taking Gordon's playing time is make the Marlins think about getting him even more playing time once Gordon comes back. Dietrich has bounced around three different teams in six years and does not have an overly positive career stat line. His .32 BB/K leaves much to be desired and
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues. OWNED IN: 34% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Good left handed pitching has become a priceless possession these days and Adam Conley wants to be another prize in Miami for years to come. Conley came into 2016 as a major sleeper with his high K rate potential with room to grow. Not only has he grown by leaps and bounds but he is garnering attention for his refinement of his game with every start. Conley's 3.40 ERA and his 3.26 FIP are both down from 2015. His K/9
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 70% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Fernando Rodney's ownership continues to rise. Rightfully so. In 16 appearances and 16 innings of work, Rodney has yet to surrender an earned run. His BB total is high at seven, but considering he has kept the damage at bay, no harm no foul. His K/9 sits at an impressive 9.56 while he hasn't allowed a long ball. What sticks out to me the most is his 93.3 LOB% (he did allow an unearned run in a loss to the Diamondbacks earlier in the season). This
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 7% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: John Jaso is quite appealing in terms of BA and OBP, with his current figures sitting at .279 and .350 this season. Jaso has had very average power hitting, but his consistency and precision at the plate has been hard to ignore; with a very sustainable BABIP of .298 at the moment and a 1.55 GB/FB ratio, Jaso has found steady success this year by slapping the ball
Baller Move: Add in 14+ team leagues Owned in: 25% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: If you are one of the owners that has already taken a chance on Brandon Moss, chances are you aren't turned off by his .222 AVG, .316 OBP, or his 30.1% strikeout rate. What is most important? Moss is currently slugging .475 with seven home runs. Moss has been able to keep his promise of power with an isolated power figure of .253 and a GB/FB ratio of
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: When Angel Pagan is healthy, we all know he has 15/15 HR/SB or 15/20 potential. The problem is, he's hurt fairly often. After starting the season in a very strong fashion, Pagan suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for almost two weeks. In his three games since returning, he only has one hit in nine at-bats. Pagan still hits in a very potent lineup though. Expect the
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 21% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Jake Lamb has been a hot add this season to say the least. In 131 AB this year Lamb has five home runs, two stolen bases, and a slash line of .275/.364/.519, and has 21 RBI this season which is tied for 23rd in the NL among the likes of Paul Goldschmidt and
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Jonathan Schoop is on fire right now, and he's making people who stuck with him feel like geniuses. He's a headache to own in H2H leagues because you never know when he's going to pop off. You definitely want him in your lineups when he does though. Second base is not exactly a power position, so getting 30 homer potential there is enticing to say the least. Schoop
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 48% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: So far in 2016, Byung-ho Park has more than met the Twins' high expectations for him by hitting nine home runs, stealing one base, and producing a fantastic slash line of .257/.342/.581. Park has a phenomenal isolated power number of .324 that easily helps explain his 7.5% HR percentage and 12.5% XBH percentage. Park may strike out frequently, 30.8% of the time in fact, but he certainly makes all contact count. He leads the
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Coming off major shoulder surgery, it appears that all is going well for Devon Travis. In a rehab game last Friday, Travis hit an RBI double for Toronto's AA team. He appears to be feeling very good and it's just a matter of getting into game shape. Travis appears to be on tap to return at the end of May, or early in June. He's no lock to
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Mike Napoli has been a surprise this season. He's always had power, but he gets hurt a lot and is hitting in a weak Indians lineup. That being said, he's still a cleanup hitter and he's living up to the role. "Napster" is hitting .244 on the season with seven home runs and 24 RBI. Not too shabby. 12 of those RBI have
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: At the beginning of the season it wasn't clear whether Brandon Drury would be an everyday player for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With a set outfield and the up-and-coming Jake Lamb manning third base, where did Drury fit into an improving offensive team? Well, his bat made it's own case for a consistent role in
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 5% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: After coming to Cincinnati in a swap for Mike Leake (good call Cincy), Adam Duvall has made the Reds very optimistic in their return on investment. In just 169 AB total with the Reds this season and last, Duvall has already hit 11 HR, with six coming in his 105 AB this year. He
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 7% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: For a guy who had a slash line of .212/.286/.343 all of last year, it is a bit of a shock that Chase Utley has been able to turn his work at the plate around especially while sporting the George Clooney peppery hair look. This season for the Dodgers Utley has a slash of .281/.383/.430 and has encouraging peripherals to accompany. While
Baller Move: Add in 14+ team leagues Owned in: 25% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Howie Kendrick might be resembling Danny Glover nowadays, but at 32, he isn't yet "too old for this...stuff". While Kendrick has had a poor start to the year, especially in power hitting with a mere SLG of .213, he has been looking better of late. In 38 AB in the last two weeks, Kendrick has improved his average and on-base percentage with marks of .289 and .325. Pure power has
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: I met a traveller from an antique land,/Who said: "A vast and hopeless fake baseball team/Stands in the desert. Near them, on the sand,/Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,/And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,/Tell that its owner well those passions read/Which yet survive, stamped on this desperate roster/The catchers that mocked them with 0-fer dread/And on the pedestal these words appear:/'My name is
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Catcher, as usual, is a barren wasteland for fantasy owners. So it is that one can, face straight but heart heavy, recommend a man hitting .179 as an option for your fake baseball team. That man is Yan Gomes, who has homered in three consecutive games entering Tuesday's action. His 20 RBI on the season - for those counting at home, he has one more RBI than he
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Duffey acquitted himself well as a rookie last season, going 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA in his 10 starts and striking out nearly a batter per inning. Despite that, he opened the season at Triple-A. When Kyle Gibson (shoulder) and Tommy Milone (being Tommy Milone) both failed to
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 57 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: With Dee Gordon suspended, Delino DeShields demoted to Triple-A, and Billy Hamilton still very bad at hitting, it's been tough sledding for some of the most widely drafted speedsters. The emergence of Jonathan Villar, then, has been rather timely
Week 1 (OF/SP) | Week 2 (OF/SP) | Week 3 (SS) | Week 4 (1B) | Week 5 | Week 6 (SP) * * * We're a few weeks in so you know the drill by now. A big part of winning your fantasy baseball league is recognizing the market inefficiencies that arise during the season. Players are not always properly valued, and it's these discrepancies in valuation that can be exploited for personal gain. It sounds malicious when put like that, but you know what I mean. This
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Brett Lawrie has been the poster boy for unfulfilled promises since breaking in with Toronto in 2011. He may never be the All Star-caliber player he was expected to be, but he is still a serviceable fantasy player. The former first-round pick posted career high numbers last season in Oakland. He appears to be on track to post a similar line to his .260/16/60 from 2015, this time with the hot-hitting
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore has been waiting on acclaimed pitching prospects Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy to match the production of their star hitters. It appears Gausman is ready to deliver on that promise. Although he has yet to win a game, Gausman has delivered three quality starts in five appearances. He was hit fairly hard against Detroit this week, but his ratios are
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Evan Gattis started the year on the disabled list, recovering from a hernia. He was stashed by some on draft day, in hopes he would return to his 20+ HR form of the past three seasons. He made his season debut on April 12, but he has not looked like the same slugger since. The Astros even sent him down to Double-A to work on his
BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-only leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Mallex Smith is gradually adjusting to big league pitching and it is reflecting in his stats. Given the chance to start early in the year due to Ender Inciarte's hamstring injury, Smith has held down center field ever since. At the end of April, he was hitting .188 and had been caught stealing twice as often as he was successful (4-2). May
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: A waiver wire revelation last year, Billy Burns rewarded owners with 26 steals and a .294 average. Higher expectations have been placed on Burns this year and as a result, his "slow start" has been perceived as a disappointment. Realistically, Burns is on pace to produce very similar numbers. He is second in the AL with nine stolen bases and is projected to steal 35 by year's end. His .273 is not far
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Marcus Semien plays like a corner infielder stuck at shortstop. No doubt, he has athleticism and range, but his 35 errors last year had many doubting he would stick in the middle of the diamond. Semien has improved his fielding, only committing two errors thus far, but more importantly he is still slugging more than all shortstops outside of Carlos Correa
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The resurgence is real - Melvin Upton Jr. continues to produce with power and speed this year, defying expectations. Upton has nearly matched his production from all of last season with five homers, 16 runs batted in, and seven steals in 39 games. An elevated .352 BABIP could indicate a slight regression, but Upton is still headed for a 20/20 season unless he completely falls apart. Deep league owners can insert Upton
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 match-ups for the upcoming week. Here are five players who are available in more than half of Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the seventh week of the season.
Editor’s Note: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which is a running list
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
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 38% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Like the entire White Sox team, Melky Cabrera is exceeding expectations this season. Currently at .308, he is on pace for a fourth season over .300. After his 50-game suspension for elevated testosterone in 2012, many have expected Cabrera to fall off, but he continues to be productive. He only has two homers and has never hit 20 in a season, but 15 HR and 70
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Angel Pagan shot out of the gate with 13 R in his first 11 games. He was also hitting .385 at that point in time, with two stolen bases to boot. Since that time, Pagan has been grounded. His average remains at .315, but he has missed the past 10 games due to a hamstring strain. Several players have succumbed to early hamstring issues, which can take time to heal. Luckily, he
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Prior to 2016 Brandon Finnegan's fantasy value was pretty much unknown because of Kansas City's reluctance to deem him as a starter or as a high-end reliever. After his trade to Cincinnati he became a full-fledged starter with high upside and a lot to prove. The first glimpses of what could be in store have already been brought to light through the first month of 2016. Finnegan has always been a bit
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The Arizona Diamondbacks may have traded away a lot of their future to win now, but a big part of their future is reliant on the emergence of Brandon Drury. After hitting .331 at AAA-Reno in 2015, Drury got a September audition in Phoenix to show what he could do. It obviously left a lasting impression as Drury is now getting the opportunity to play on a somewhat regular
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 39% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jonathan Villar has seemingly come out of nowhere to post fantasy-worthy numbers. In three years as a utility infielder for Houston, he showed speed but little else. Villar is currently showing exceptional base-stealing skills, leading the NL with 11 SB. He has a respectable .268 AVG, .364 OBP, and 11 RBI as well. Everyone is waiting for Orlando Arcia to step in and
It's hard to believe that this is the sixth week of the baseball season. It seems like I had just started doing this column and I'm already halfway to a dozen of these. Many of the catchers out there also wish that they had more time - it hasn't been a great start for any of them. No one has cracked double-digits in homers and the high water mark for RBIs was 19. Even the big names like Buster Posey have struggled. There's still plenty of time for them to
One thing fantasy baseball managers can be guilty of at times is trying too hard. In search of the next hot prospect or hidden gem, we can look right past a productive player because he is already a known commodity. These players may not go on to suddenly have career years, but there is something to be said for steady production. After all, it's a marathon, not a sprint. The following list will help you fill gaps in your lineup or add stream-worthy players to your NL-only roster. Whether you
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues and NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 4% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In his first full MLB season, Adam Duvall is showing that he has what it takes to compete with the big boys in the power department, with six home runs and 11 RBI thus far. Not unlike fellow Cincinnati great Adam Dunn, it seems that all Duvall does is strikeout and hit homers. Unfortunately, with an OBP of .298, Duvall does not walk nearly as much as
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: There is little mystery to what you are going to get with Khris Davis. He's going to strikeout a bunch (24.4 career K%), average somewhere in the .250 range and hit some deep home runs. In his four years in the MLB, he has averaged 31 HR over a 162-game span. With seven homers on the season already, Davis is on pace to hit 38 HR this
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After starting the season with a strong risk of being sent back to the Minors, Avisail Garcia has finally started to produce for the White Sox. That terrible start included a stretch of 15 games during which he went 7-for-52 with a .269 slugging percentage. That's awful for any hitter, let alone a DH. Garcia must have heard the demotion rumors
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues and NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 24% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After a lackluster 2015 campaign, Jayson Werth got off to an even poorer start to 2016. His .202 BA and .267 OBP would both be career lows were the season to end today. With that being said, Werth has made a strong case to renew ownership over the past two weeks, going 10-for-50 with three dingers, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. Somehow, Werth has a way
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues and NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 23% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The market for Brandon Drury is on fire this week, as it should be, considering he has been one of the strongest hitters in the league over the past few weeks. In his last 13 games with the Diamondbacks, Drury has gone 17-for-57 with five homers, eight RBI and ten runs scored. Plenty of waiver wire-level talents can clobber the ball for
Baller Move: Add in NL-only leagues Owned in: 1% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: At the ripe age of 42, Ichiro Suzuki is still producing solid batting figures as he boasts a .317 BA, .391 OBP, and two SB in 41 AB with the Marlins this season. His high BA and OBP are encouraging for his SB potential, as Suzuki was able to steal 11 bases last season with Miami with just a .229 BA and .282 OBP. Ichiro has a .342 BABIP, but his BA looks quite maintainable as he is producing a
Baller Move: Add in 14+ team leagues Owned in: 2% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: With a GB/FB ratio of 0.32, John Lamb doesn't have a typical formula for success when pitching in Great American Ballpark. In two starts this year Lamb has a 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a lowered K/9 of 6.3 that indicates the Doctor ordered a change in strategy. Speaking of which, Lamb had to leave his last start with a bothered thumb, but he is likely to make his next start. The good news is that Lamb has
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Whether he is bound for regression or not, Martin Prado’s .391 batting average on May 11 is incredible. That number hasn’t been below .375 in two weeks, as he is 25 for his last 56. While he does have limited power, Prado has managed to hit around 10 for each of the last seven years, so the longballs will start to show up. Now, he is definitely bound to regress
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 21% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: When a SS has a .340 BA, a .567 SLG, and four HR in 97 AB, most would find it surprising that the player is available in 79% of leagues. Cozart has been striking out very little at 12.8% while putting the ball in play 81% of the time. His line drive percentage is also a whopping 37%. Cozart has even lowered his infield fly ball rate from 16% last season to 7% this season. Every time Cozart
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 59% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Billy Burns is appealing for one big reason: speed on the base paths. This season, Burns has had little issue living up to the standards set by his fantastic rookie year, grabbing eight steals in just 110 AB with the A's so far. With a slash line of .273/.304/.336 it is clear that Burns is hitting for singles just fine but struggling with power and walking. The power, we can easily let go of, as no one grabs Billy
Baller Move: Add in NL-only leagues Owned in: 3% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: The Cincinnati bullpen has been historically bad. As a result, Tony Cingrani has received a worse rap than he deserves. With an ERA of 2.93 and a WHIP of 1.37, Cingrani's results don't seem to be the product of his BB/9 of 5.9 and his K/9 which has decreased to 7.6. However, now that Cingrani has once again taken a loose grip of the Cincy closer spot, it is important to make a key note: Cingrani has yet to
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 55% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: With Huston Street still on the DL, the closer role in Anaheim lies with Joe Smith. Smith has accumulated two saves and three holds with the Angels thus far. Owning an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.25, Smith's season doesn't exactly jump off of the page, although there are some very encouraging signs. First, Smith is walking just 1.7 batters per 9 IP. Second, he is hampering LHB significantly by allowing a slash line of just .226/.314/.323, while
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Darren O'Day is consistently one of the most under appreciated relievers in the MLB. He has continued his sleepy greatness this season with a 2.38 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, 2.45 FIP, while walking just 2.4 batters and striking out 12.7 per 9 IP. No part of these numbers is flukey. O'Day is allowing just a .227 BA from his opponents, yet his opponents have a BABIP of .333. Even though he owns a line drive percentage of 43%, batters put
If there is one takeaway from the movie Captain America: Civil War, it is that superhero ensemble movies greatly benefit from the right amount of new blood mixed with the old. Newcomers Spider-Man and Black Panther stole the screen anytime they showed up, injecting new-found excitement and possibilities for the Avengers' future. But by limiting the amount of new additions and using the ones brought in as a way to strength the film's core instead of build for future years, Civil War managed to avoid the superficiality Batman V. Superman:
The most powerful tool in fantasy baseball is, well, power. The home run dominates fantasy unlike any other product. A home run gives your team a home run, a run scored, an uptick in BA and OBP and one or more RBI. Power is a commodity that many owners are willing to sacrifice quality ballplayers and essential roster spots to acquire, making it very difficult to find worthwhile sources of it on the waver wire. Fortunately, there are plenty of considerable options on the wire in most leagues that are, for
It’s typically around this time of year that trading becomes more common. Negotiated player swaps can be a great way to address weaknesses that have become apparent and maneuver for positioning. But deals aren’t always available. You know what is available, though? Help from your lonely friends on the waiver wire. Let’s visit with them, shall we? Editor’s Note: To read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which is a running list that is updated daily. Prefer using your
Baller Move: Add in 2-Catcher leagues Owned in: 11% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Even though Jason Castro has a poor BA at .195 and a mediocre SLG of .364, his OBP of .333 which has been spurred on by his fantastic 17.2% walk percentage, is very encouraging. His totals for the season look drab, but Castro has turned up the heat in the last two weeks. In the last 14 days, Castro has had 33 AB, two HR, a .303 BA, and a 1.015 OPS (.439 OBP, .576 SLG). Castro's numbers are
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. 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: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which
We’re through five weeks of the fantasy baseball, you still with us? Thanks to the volume of pitchers that are going at any one time across the league, there are almost always candidates to look at with dreams of striking it rich. I’m here to put together some starting pitchers for your waiver considerations. Protocol dictates sticking to players who are owned in <50% of leagues. Editor’s Note: RotoBaller’s fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups list is updated every single day. Our awesome writers bring you analysis
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: This Korean import had a ton of buzz coming into 2016 and so far he has delivered. Byung-Ho Park is already displaying the power and run producing ability that has sorely been lacking on any incarnation of the Minnesota Twins offense since the glory days of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. Park's .314 ISO should
Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 51% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Brandon Phillips is having a pretty ideal season, especially when looking forward. With six home runs, three stolen bases, and a slash line of .284/.310/.523, it seems almost too good to be true for the 34 year old defensive guru. Phillips has a very maintainable BABIP of .278 that would make you believe he isn't getting lucky with poor fielding. He also has an isolated power number of .239 which
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Not many people knew about Hector Neris when this season began, but the Philadelphia Phillies continue to impress with the diamonds in the rough they keep finding. Neris already has 28 K in 20 IP and has seemingly been the only bright spot in the already tumultuous Phillies' bullpen after the departures of Jonathan Papelbon
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 33% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: No one should be too surprised that highly touted prospect Javier Baez is living up to his big name this season, but everyone should be surprised at how widely available he is, especially given his triple infield eligibility. This season in 49 AB, Baez has two HR, two SB, and a slash line of .306/.333/.490. Baez does own a rather high BABIP of .371, but his BA looks
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 31% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: It is a widely known secret that Tyler Chatwood is capable of some very solid outings...when he is outside his home park of Coors Field. Even so, Chatwood still has a 3.09 ERA, 1.191 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and a not so shocking 1.0 HR/9 on the season. In the expectation that his opponents will hit for extra bases in Denver, Chatwood's impressive BB% of just 6.2% is a
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 17% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: The Diamondbacks have had their fair share of disappointing starts and breakout performances in 2016, but Jake Lamb stands out as someone who had a particularly exceptional month of April and beyond. Lamb currently has four home runs, two stolen bases, and a slash line of .291/.383/.544. Even though his BABIP is at .333, its long-term sustainability is supported by a line drive
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: J.A. Happ has mostly been an afterthought for fantasy purposes until last season. Happ hadn't finished with a sub-4.00 ERA since 2010. In the last half of 2015 with Pittsburgh, however, something clicked. Happ went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP for the Bucs. He has carried over that success this season to his return with Toronto. He is currently 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA for the reigning AL East champs.
BALLER MOVE: Own in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Domingo Santana is listed as day-to-day because of tightness in his right shoulder. Although, he received some good news on Monday as he should return to action for Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins, according to ESPN.com. The shoulder tightness has kept him out of the lineup six of the last seven games, while he's been called upon as a pinch hitter four times over that span. Now
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: For Khris Davis, the move from Milwaukee to Oakland in the off-season wasn't a fantasy-friendly one in terms of ballpark or supporting cast. Nevertheless, power like his tends to travel well. After a slow start in which Davis was homerless for the first 13 games, he is now up to seven on the season. May has been especially kind, as he has four HR in the past week alone. The .222 average
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 63% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Fernando Rodney is a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season. He is yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings of work. His 9.8 K/9 average is one full strikeout above his career mark. He is the undisputed closer in San Diego, with no real threat looming to overtake him. So, why isn't he 100% owned? Some fantasy owners may be leery of Rodney's recent past, as he posted a 5.68 ERA in Seattle
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: We've all seen the footage, the memes, and the highlights. We have all heard Ron Darling's emphatic home run call as Bartolo Colon launched one to left field, acting like the dude just threw a no-no. Well, I guess for a 42 year old pitcher who's waited 19 seasons to go yard, it's pretty darn close. His first career home run aside, Big Sexy continues to turn back the clock on
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Brett Lawrie has been one of many fortunate players swinging a bat for the Chicago White Sox this season. Owning the best record in the American League, the White Sox continue to piece together wins and throw together a deep lineup daily. Batting sixth in that lineup is Lawrie, who will be continuously presented with ribbie opportunities in front of guys like
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 26% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Adam Conley has been one of the biggest surprises so far in the 2016 season. The 25-year-old owns a 3.06 ERA with 34 K in 32.1 IP, and has dominated in each of his last two starts. Over those two outings, he has allowed no runs on just two hits (zero hits in 7.2 innings against the Brewers on April 29), and has picked up two wins
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brad Miller got off to a terrible start early in April, but he's really turned things around in the last two weeks. Over his last 15 games, Miller has hit .361 with three homers, and he should start scoring more runs as his OBP rises. I don't see the former Mariner as a threat for top-10 production, but I think he's got a 15/10 season in him if
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Marcell Ozuna was a popular target in fantasy drafts last year after hitting 23 homers in 2014. His numbers plummeted across the board, however, and he earned a demotion to the minors. While he performed better upon returning to the majors, the seed of doubt was sown, and the Marlins reportedly shopped Ozuna over the winter. So far, they're happy to have held
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: After going 4-for-5 with his first homer of the year on Monday, Marte is hitting .297/.323/.398. Over the last two weeks, he's running a .920 OPS, helping to offset his stumble out of the gate. The 22 year old isn't a perfect player. He has no pop, his plate discipline needs work and he has some strides to make against right-handers. Still, he hit for average and stole bases at every level of the minors and was impressive
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Carlos Santana lost a decent chunk of his fantasy value after the Indians moved him out from behind the plate. His power numbers were excellent for a catcher, but are merely decent for a first baseman. His inability to hit for average (career .244 hitter, with identical .231 marks in 2014 and 2015) doesn't help. But owners who participate in OBP leagues have
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Over the past two seasons, Kevin Gausman has flashed the potential that led the Orioles to select him with the fourth pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. He has yet to put it all together or log more than 115 innings in a season, however. There are plenty of observers who think he's better suited to the bullpen because his secondary offerings haven't
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jose Ramirez, the Indians' nine-hitter, has been playing left field and third base, and he should occasionally spell Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor in the middle infield slots. He's been hot to begin the season, hitting .310 with 12 RBI, and will find
BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 6% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: With Dee Gordon suspended, Derek Dietrich has been handed the starting job at second base. So far, he’s running with it, hitting .323/.408/.597. Dietrich hit 10 homers in 289 plate appearances last season, so the pop is real. The average is probably headed down, but he is making more and better contact than prior seasons so far. He’s already worth rostering
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brandon Moss’s plate discipline metrics and batting average continue to trend in the wrong direction, but at least he’s hitting for power again. The bulk of his at-bats have come in the Cards’ cleanup spot, which has helped him pile up runs and RBI. Moss simply has too many holes in his swing to be a consistent hitter or reliable fantasy asset, but give the man credit— when
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 24% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Martin Prado isn’t going to hit .400 all season. We all know better than that. But he is a career .293 hitter and routinely one of the most difficult hitters in baseball to strike out. Reliable sources of batting average are harder to come by these days than they used to be. If your league penalizes strikeouts, he’s that much more of a sneaky asset. Prado is without
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jonathan Villar has more stolen bases this season than anyone not named Jose Altuve, and most of them have come in the past two weeks. He’s holding his own at the plate despite a lack of power. With Domingo Santana battling shoulder woes that have restricted him to
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 23% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Remember when everyone was freaking out over how much Byung Ho Park was whiffing? Well, now his strikeout rate is…not great, certainly, but tenable. As a result, he’s raised his OPS to a cool .907. That’s fifth among all first basemen. Better than Miguel Cabrera, or Paul
Diamondbacks backup catcher Chris Herrmann went yard twice on Sunday, including the game-winning two-run shot in extra innings. While a backup catcher isn't exactly waiver-wire gold, if you are in a two-catcher league he could be worth a look this week if you are struggling at the position. The Diamondbacks travel to Coors Field, and then come back home to the hitter-friendly confines of their own stadium. He may only play once or twice, but if you are a Russell Martin owner, a catcher riding the pine for
Baller Move: Add In All Leagues Owned In: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Steven Souza Jr is a difficult player to analyze in a straightforward manner. His strikeouts rates were quite high last year, but this year the number has spiked even higher. Combined with a lower BB%, it would seem like he would be hitting worse than last year, when he slashed .225/.318/.399. The truth however, is that his ISO and BABIP are up significantly. His HR total is also already approaching half of what it was last year and he’s
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: I doubt many people expected much from Drew Pomeranz entering the season, but he's been found money so far. Pomeranz is rocking a 2.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 41K in 34 IP. No that's not a typo. The former first-rounder is really digging his new home in San Diego. His repertoire features a looping knuckle-curveball that seems to have the leagues' hitters off-balance at the moment. Combined with a
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The Oakland offense is no juggernaut, but Marcus Semien has been hot lately. Semien has eight homers on the season and 15 RBI, despite a .210 average. Over the last two weeks, Semien has hit four homers, driven in eight RBI, and scored seven runs. Even the average in that span hasn't been terrible as he produced a .244 clip. Unfortunately, that might be the best you could
BALLER MOVE: 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Jayson Werth got off to a miserable start this season. His average remains an uninspiring .202, but his other numbers have picked up big time--Werth has six homers on the season along with 19 RBI and 16 runs scored. He has 11 RBI since April 29th, with half of his homers coming in that span of time. The Nationals are a strong offense, and with
Baller Move: Add In All Leagues Owned In: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Now a three-year veteran, Joe Panik’s game remains primarily headlined by his defense, but his efforts on offense have been solid as well. Slashing .265/.327/.451, he appears to be headed towards a career year. Playing in less than one-third of his total games played last year, he’s already recorded nearly half the number of home runs he hit in 2015. His runs and RBI are nearly on par, and his BB% is as well. One thing to monitor is his
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 match-ups for the upcoming week.
Here are five players who are available in more than half of Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the sixth week of the season.
Editor’s Note: to read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which is
A wise fantasy baseball player never rests. They’re never satisfied with their team and are always on the hunt for the player that can help them in 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
While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men to target off the waiver wire for Week 5 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 he is unavailable or recently ineffective. Editor’s Note: RotoBaller’s
Erik Johnson’s career 4.17 ERA and 1.55 WHIP won’t turn any heads, and rightfully so. The 26-year-old former second-round pick’s MLB career has not turned out the way the White Sox hoped to this point, but this will be the year Johnson puts it together. Johnson showed promise as a September call-up in 2013; it was the right-hander’s first cup of coffee in the majors. His first start was at Yankee Stadium and he turned
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Martin Prado has been lauded as a consummate professional in the clubhouse. This may not mean much to fantasy owners, but Prado can contribute the same to your team as he does in real life - consistency. Prado has a career line of .293/.341/.426 and has never hit below .260 in any season in the majors. He is off to a hot start in that department, hitting .374 at the moment. On the flipside, he has never hit more than 15 HR in
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: On the disabled list since the year began, Devon Travis is working his way back by playing in extended spring training. There is not a clear timeline for him to return, but he should surely be a part of Toronto's loaded offense before the All-Star break. Being surrounded by sluggers Josh Donaldson,
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Mitch Moreland got off to a slow start, but is hitting .310 over his last eight games. Last year began Moreland's run as the everyday first baseman for the Rangers, with Prince Fielder almost exclusively at DH. Unbelievably, Moreland may actually present more of a power threat than Fielder these days. Moreland's three homers aren't anything special,
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: He's still going... Ryan Zimmerman has always been a productive hitter, he just hasn't always been healthy. Zimmerman hasn't played close to a full season since 2013, totaling 179 games over a three-year span. In every season that Zimmerman made more than 600 plate appearances, he hit at least 20 HR and drove in 85 runs or more in all but one of those seasons. Simply put: when he plays, he plays well. Zimmerman's
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ervin Santana has had many ups and downs in his 12 year career. Despite being winless (which can be attributed to being on the Twins), Santana's stock is looking up this year. In four starts, he has a 3.15 ERA and is striking out nearly a batter per inning. His 3.6 BB/9 is up a bit, but he has avoided the longball so far, only allowing one homer in 20 IP. Last year, Santana finished with a respectable 1.29 WHIP which mirrors his
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Markakis is the very definition of the term "doubles power". The Atlanta Braves youth movement even includes this 32-year-old who has never been a special kind of player but always seems to find his way into every lineup for every team he plays for. Being a regular MLB starter does have its perks right? The career .291 BA and wRC+ of 112 make him more than just a serviceable player to stick into your lineup. If you get rewarded for
Welcome to the first edition of a new series. This article will discuss recently promoted prospects and the fantasy impact that owners can expect to receive from them. On weeks where there are no prospects promoted, I will discuss some sleeper prospects who have been in the majors for a bit who may be expected to have a bigger impact moving forward. Editors Note: Check out all of RotoBaller's MLB prospects analysis here. You can also head over to the prospect rankings
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: After Khris Davis was traded to the Oakland Athletics in mid-February, the concern became whether he will remain fantasy relevant for the Oakland Athletics while playing half of his games at O.Co Coliseum. So far the resounding answer is: Yes. Davis had enjoyed 20+ HR campaigns in each of the last two seasons in Milwaukee and was seemingly turning into a budding star. However the
BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: There is no need to recount Ichiro Suzuki's career stats. At this point, he is simply playing to reach milestones and break records. There isn't a starting spot for him in Miami's talented outfield, but he always finds a way to get in the game, whether it's a spot start or a pinch-hitting appearance. Ichiro actually managed to lead the Marlins in at-bats last season, mainly due
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 61% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: When the San Diego Padres signed Fernando Rodney this off-season, expectations were not high after he posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 2015. But after the first month of the season, he has been a pleasant surprise. He is off to a 10.1 inning scoreless streak, racking up six saves along the way with a 11:4 K:BB ratio. The early success can
When the going gets tough, the tough look desperately to the waiver wire in hopes of finding the next Aledmys Diaz. I think that's how that saying goes... One month of the MLB season is officially in the books. Fantasy owners likely have a good sense of their team's strengths and weaknesses by now. Whether you are targeting a specific position to upgrade, or a certain category to improve, there is likely an available player or two that can help out.
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 25% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: I know that Trevor Plouffe is not one of the sexiest fantasy options in any format given his very average career numbers. However, balance that out with his ample opportunities hitting in the middle of a young lineup that produces a ton of power and your team will welcome Plouffe with open arms. Even though his 3.8 BB% is the lowest it has been in his limited time this year,
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A TON of you were scared off by the bad start of Ketel Marte and I can't say I would have blamed you. But if you stuck it out and made him your SS with confidence for the year or kept/drafted him in a dynasty league you will absolutely adore what is to come for this budding star. Don't get me wrong I am still very concerned about the .22 BB/K ratio that
BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues, Stash in Deep Mixed Leagues OWNED IN: 20 Percent of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Yasmani Grandal was set to start the season on time after undergoing shoulder surgery this offseason, but a forearm injury in spring training resulted in the 27-year-old missing more than a week of action to begin April. Grandal brought his trademark plate discipline and power with him upon his return, entering Wednesday’s action slashing .295/.426/.477 over 16 games. While his .353 BABIP is likely unsustainable based on track
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Marcell Ozuna has gone 6-for-18 in his last four games, picking up three home runs, five runs batted in and four runs scored over that span. The 25-year-old has brought his average up to a more respectable .240, and while that number still leaves a lot to be desired, his five home runs in 24 games played are promising. His 24% strikeout rate is quite high, but he is also
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues. Owned in: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: Whether Melvin Upton has an OBP of .343 (which he currently does) or has an OBP of .000343, you can bet that he is a huge threat to steal bases as long as he has the chance. By improving his walk percentage to 12.8%, Upton currently has his highest OBP since all the way back in 2008 with Tampa Bay. In just 90 AB Upton has already stolen six bases in nine attempts which puts him tied for
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 20% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Justin Bour finished fifth in NL ROY voting last year right behind Noah Syndergaard and right in front of Joc Pederson. This is because last season Bour slugged .479 with a .800 OPS and hit 23 HR in 409 AB. This season for the Marlins in just 76 AB Bour has hit three HR and has an impressive slash line of .276/.341/.461. Bour's isolated power has dropped from .218 to .184 but he is also walking 1.8% more
Baller Move: Add in All Leagues. Owned in: 50% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: Despite his youthful energy and taste in walk-up music, Brandon Phillips is actually 34 years old and was drafted in 1999 by the Montreal Expos. However, despite predictions for years, his age has yet to take a significant toll on his play. In 89 AB so far this season Phillips has two HR, three SB, and an impressive slash line of .281/.316/.427. His sustained success for his beloved Reds this season can be attributed to a very low strikeout
Baller Move: Add in all leagues. Owned in: 60% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: When a power/speed combo like Steven Souza is available in 40% of leagues, Fantasy Baseball Managers should take heavy notice. Last season with Tampa Bay he was able to hit 16 HR and steal 12 bases in 373 AB with just a .225 BA and a .399 SLG. So far in 81 AB for the 2016 season Souza's OBP has dropped to .299 (which can probably account for just having one stolen base) but his BA and SLG have
Baller Move: Add in 14+ team leagues. Owned in: 1% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: With a seemingly endless pool of potential for rotation possibilities, John Lamb may have been slightly lost in the Cincinnati youth depth due to his injury induced absence. Last season in ten GS for the Reds; Lamb struggled with allowing HR in GABP with 1.4 HR/9, leading to his 5.80 ERA. However, Lamb did have a FIP of 4.16 due to a K/9 of 10.5 and had a solid 4.09 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the road last year.
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 38% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Kevin Gausman has come in with "guns a blazin" for an Orioles rotation in bad need of some consistent quality. In two games started this season Gausman has a 2.45 ERA, a 0.909 WHIP, a 2.5 BB/9, and 8.2 K/9. While Gausman has always been proficient at preventing walks and producing strikeouts, he has had trouble in the past preventing HR and XBH. However in his two starts (11 IP) this season, Gausman has allowed a home run
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues. Owned in: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: People may forget that last season before being sidelined by injury that Zack Cozart was slugging .459 with nine HR and three SB in just 194 AB. This season Cozart has picked up right where he left off with an impressive slash line of .342/.345/.557 and three HR in 79 2016 AB. Cozart has achieved these phenomenal figures with a low strikeout percentage of just 13.8%, by putting the ball in play 81% of the time, and by
The first month of the season is usually filled with oddities. I'm not talking weather-related ones where it still feels like winter in May. For example, there was a stretch in the late 1980s when it seemed like Yankees catcher Don Slaught would always enter May hitting around .500. Of course, he'd wind up crashing into a metaphorical wall (not a real one for the literalists out there) and hitting like .080 for the rest of the season to bring him down to his usual .280 or so average. This year's
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues Owned in: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: Michael Saunders has gotten off to a mind-blowing start especially when considering the offensive company he keeps in the clubhouse. Saunders has started off the year with four HR and a fantastic slash line of .301/.383/.542. Saunders's success at the plate has been very well spread out too. He has a .918 OPS at Home and a .932 OPS on the road this season and he is currently producing a .859 OPS against RHP and a 1.077 OPS
Baller Move: Add in All Leagues. Owned in: 60% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: Joe Panik has gotten off to a great start at the plate this season, which is even more impressive considering he makes San Francisco his home turf. In 93 AB this season Panik has three HR, a 120 OPS+, and an impressive slash of .280/.340/.484. A big part of Panik's success is that he very rarely strikes out, coming in with a K% of just 10.7% when the MLB average is at 20.5%. This means he ends up putting
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues. Owned in: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: In Great American Ball Park, you are going to give up HR, it is just part of the environment. The good news for when Anthony DeSclafani returns to the Red's rotation: he doesn't put a lot of people on base. In 217.2 career IP for the Marlins and Reds he has allowed just 2.5 BB/9. Last season in 31 GS for Cincinnati, DeSclafani had a 4.05 ERA, 1.35 HIP, and a 3.67 FIP. This season in two recovery
Baller Move: Add in 12+ team leagues. Owned in: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues. Analysis: Marcus Semien currently owns a BA of just .205 and an OBP of just .285. So what makes him be of any value at all, especially considering his bumbling lack of a glove at shortstop? Despite Semien's lackluster average and high strikeout percentage of 23.5%, Semien is currently slugging .451 with seven HR already on the season. Part of Semien's woes have been an indication of bad luck with a startlingly low BABIP of .186. However, Semien's power
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It's looking like Kevin Pillar's demotion earlier in the season to the bottom of the lineup is beginning to pay off. It took some time for Pillar to transition into his new role, but since the move he's been batting .381 (21-55) with six runs scored, five doubles, one homer, four ribbies, and a stolen base, raising his season average .103 points, from .188 all the way up to .291 over a 15 game span. Michael Saunders, Pillar's replacement in the leadoff spot,
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jonathan Villar leads the National League with eight stolen bases — tied for second in all of baseball — despite having just 87 AB. The 25-year-old shortstop is hitting .264/.379/.379 with one home run, six runs batted in and 13 runs scored, and he has reached base multiple times in four consecutive games. Orlando Arcia could come up at some
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 29 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Drew Pomeranz became an attractive option at the backend of fantasy rotations the moment he was given the job as San Diego's fifth starter, as he is known for sporting an above average strikeout rate and his ability to keep the ball in the ballpark. Owners have gotten even more than they bargained for to open 2016 as Pomeranz has notched 36 punchouts in just 29 innings. Pomeranz has changed his pitch profile drastically this season, as he has thrown his fastball
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Entering 2016, Joe Mauer was an afterthought for most fantasy owners. He’d lost his catcher eligibility, and his batting average fell from .324 to .277 and .265 over the past three seasons. Combined with his always modest power, advancing age, and the plethora of superior options at first base, it’s no wonder he went undrafted in most formats. The veteran has enjoyed something of a renaissance through the
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Aaron Nola seemed like a decent prospect with a capped ceiling prior to his call up in 2015, and he reinforced that belief by replicating the mediocre strikeout rate and home run issues he occasionally showed in the minor leagues. While certainly not perfect, Nola’s 3.59 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 3:1 made him a solid play heading into 2016. Nola has turned that perception on it’s head, however, as he now owns a 2.93 ERA with 44 strikeouts in
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: A shaky start in late April where he was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four innings of work is as rough as it's gotten for Brandon Finnegan early on in the 2016 season. Five other appearances, five quality starts. Finnegan bounced back nicely from his loss to the Chicago Cubs in his most recent start, pitching six innings of three run ball, striking out four and inducing 10 ground ball outs. Unfortunately, Finnegan has been plagued by two things that
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine that an everyday position player for the defending World Champions can be considered a sleeper, but Jarrod Dyson fits that description. Dyson has not been a full-time starter in his seven-year tenure with the Royals, but this season he will get that opportunity. Despite never logging 300 at-bats in an MLB season, Dyson has stolen at least 25 bases each of the past four
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Carlos Santana has been recently used in both the leadoff role and cleanup spot of the Indians batting order, both of which have benefitted his fantasy value. Santana has scored six runs in six games while his early production, four home runs and 12 RBI, is also plenty serviceable for lineups. The ribbie opportunities are sure to decrease when he's batting in the one hole, but will again increase when he's cleaning up. Santana is also capable of playing right field. Terry Francona considered making the
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Erasmo Ramirez has primarily been a starter since breaking into the big leagues with Seattle in 2012. He was slotted to be the fifth starter for Tampa Bay, but some funky scheduling early on led the Rays to skip his start. The bullpen role has suited him nicely so far and it appears Ramirez will be sticking there for the time being. Despite only starting one game, Ramirez has
BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Castellanos is absolutely on fire right now. The third baseman for the Tigers is hitting a cool .368 and has driven in 19 runs. His .441 BABIP suggests regression will bring that average down to earth pretty soon. The early power display likely won't last either. However, he plays at a thin position and hits in a lethal lineup. Castellanos has scored 11 runs this season, when it took him all season to score 41 in 2015. As long
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A popular sleeper heading into 2016, Realmuto disappointed out of the gate. Even yours truly lost patience with him. He's been on fire over the last week or so, riding an eight game hitting streak. He has two homers and five RBI over that span, and is even batting leadoff from time to time now. The loss of Dee Gordon resulted in Mattingly getting creative. Should Realmuto stick at the top of the lineup, his value would get boosted
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: You may see the lack of counting stats and wonder why I'm recommending that you pick up Asdrubal Cabrera. Well for one thing, shortstop is incredibly shallow. Cabrera also has no one really vying for his playing time, and he hits in a pretty good lineup. He's hitting over .300 on the season, and has averaged 15 homers over the last four seasons so there is actually still some upside here. Cabrera won't steal much, but he should still
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Drury was tearing it up for Arizona in the spring, but ultimately seemed poised for a super utility role in 2016. Things can change very quickly though, and, sure enough, it seems that Drury has carved out a starting role for himself. Manager Chip Hale has said that he would continue to start Drury as long as he is producing. So far so good. Four homers in the last six games, and six RBI in as many games.
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 21 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Adam Conley finally notched his first victory in his last start. He did so in impressive fashion, tossing 7.2 no-hit innings against the Brewers. Through five starts, Conley has a playable 3.67 ERA and has struck out over a batter per inning. While the added velocity we saw in spring training hasn’t carried over into the games that matter, Conley is severely underowned
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Plucked away from the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft, Odubel Herrera came out of nowhere as a rookie last season to hit .297 with eight homers and 16 steals for the Phillies. A look at his peripherals indicated some cause for concern. He struck out in nearly a quarter of his plate appearances, and walked only
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: In his rookie season last year, Billy Burns established himself as a solid fantasy contributor in batting average and steals. While his current average of .264 isn’t anything to write home about, he’s already swiped eight bags on nine attempts. Only Jose Altuve has more thefts right now, and you’re obviously not getting him for free. Burns
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Rick Porcello is 4-0 with an outstanding 10.52 K/9 (way higher than his career highs) and a meager 1.75 BB/9 which is slightly lower than his career best. While these are very good numbers they are surrounded by some unsustainable ones, as Porcello currently sports a BABIP allowed of .233 and a LOB% of 84.2%. For some context last year Rick had a BABIP of .332 and a LOB% of 67.5%. Porcello's ERA sits at a solid 3.51, but his FIP is
BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: J.A. Happ has certainly picked up where he left off after being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second half of last season. Posting a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts, Happ has followed an impressive latter part of 2015 with a solid first month of 2016. Happ hasn't allowed more than three runs in his five starts, and has pitched six or more innings in each. He does have three wins to show for his efficiency, but could very well
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A change of scenery seems to have been exactly what the doctor ordered for Chris Carter. After his 2 HR day Sunday, Carter now has seven long balls, 15 R, and 18 RBI to go along with a healthy .278/.355/.671 line after the first month of the season with the Brewers. His current 29.0 K% is four points lower than his career average, and he is
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Javier Baez has served as the ultimate utility man for the Cubs so far this season, appearing at all four infield positions. He begins most games on the bench, but Joe Maddon has found ways to get Baez in the game more often than not. Through 31 AB, he is hitting .355/.394/.516 with one home run, two stolen bases and seven runs scored. His 27.3% strikeout
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 4% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Since returning from a hamstring injury on April 25, Danny Santana has been muy caliente. With Byron Buxton demoted due to lack of production, Santana should have the center field gig to himself, for the most part. This will most certainly be the case if he continues to swing a hot stick— he's hitting .360 with three runs scored and
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Following a horrendous start to the season, Ketel Marte has begun to look more like the multi-talented shortstop prospect that most people hoped he would be when they drafted him. In his last 15 games, he's hitting .333 with 15 hits and seven runs scored. Marte’s main weapon is his speed, and he really hasn't had a chance to utilize it— you can't steal bases if you're not
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues, but remain cautious of injury OWNED IN: 57% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Angel Pagan put together an impressive first month of the season, batting .315 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and two stolen bases. A switch-hitter, Pagan batted .371 against lefties and fared well against righties with his .281 average. Add in his .355 BABIP, .366 OBP, power/speed potential, and two-spot in the Giants batting order, and you get a really solid waiver wire pickup. That is, when he's healthy. After singling in the seventh inning of Sunday's contest
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw cranked his third long ball of the season during Sunday's victory over the Yankees. He continues to make John Farrell look like a genius after the Red Sox manager surprised many by naming Shaw the starting third baseman over Pablo Sandoval, who is owed $17 million
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The Korean version of Giancarlo Stanton has arrived, folks. Okay, maybe not quite, but he is starting to display his trademark power. Byung Ho Park has been swinging for the fences and now has six homers in 20 games. The downside is he only has nine RBI to show for those homers. He has gone 0-for-15 with RISP to start the season.
BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 27% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jake Lamb is providing a steady presence at third base for the Diamondbacks. After hitting only six homers in 350 AB last season, he already has three long balls in 80 AB. Lamb is not a huge power threat--he never hit more than 15 homers in a single season in the minors. Nevertheless, he has the potential to hit between .275-.300 and go 15/70 in the power categories. Lamb is drawing walks at a higher rate this year (11.8 BB%) and the improved
BALLER MOVE: Leave him on waiver wire OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: There's a lot to like about Nathan Eovaldi, despite what his record and ERA show early on in the 2016 campaign. He throws his fastball well into the high-90's. He induces a ton of ground balls (52.3%) and his K% is at 24.4, 7% higher than his career average. Eovaldi will never be in the Cy Young conversation but he does have his moments where he displays Cy Young-like stuff. Eovaldi flirted with a no-hitter at the end of April, and
With news breaking over the weekend that director of the upcoming superhero movie The Flash, Seth Grahame-Smith, had left the project due to creative differences, I immediately pondered if he'll still feel justified leaving after the project is finished by someone else. Will passing on this opportunity give way to new, better opportunities or will he look back in lamentation of the one he let get away? As we enter Week Five, fantasy owners may find themselves in a similar situation with some of their roster. Often times when making room for new players,
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 21% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Martin Prado led the Majors in hits last week, with 15 across 28 AB. He now owns a .410 batting average, the best in the league. Prado has very little pop and he's never been a prolific base-stealer, but he's going to keep hitting in front of the mighty Giancarlo Stanton. If he can keep his batting average
BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brett Lawrie is on an absolute tear at the moment. In his last 15 games, he's hitting .294 with seven RBI and 10 runs scored. While he goes down swinging a ton, if you're in a league that doesn't count strikeouts, he's been returning some excellent value lately. Lawrie has smashed homers in three straight games and is showing no signs of slowing down at the plate. While you can't
For owners trapped in deep leagues, these waiver wire articles can be frustrating at times. Oh, I should pick up Michael Conforto in my league? Thanks for the advice! Even for owners in leagues with generally savvy owners, many waiver wire options (even those owned in 40% of leagues or less) are simply not options. Fortunately for you, there plenty of players poised to make an immediate impact who are dwelling on most waiver wires, even in the deepest of leagues. Of course,
Can you believe it’s May already? At the current pace, we’ll be hitting the All-Star break sometime before the end of this column. As quick as the first four weeks of the season felt, there remain many more ahead. Here are some widely available corner infielders worth adding to your fake baseball teams. Editor’s Note: To read about even more waiver wire options, be sure to check out our famous waiver wire pickups list which is a running list that is updated daily. Prefer using your phone? Our free waiver wire
Week 4 and April are behind us, and now as the calendar turns we can all start to feel that progression of the season flowing. While a month isn't a terribly long time, it's still an important benchmark in our minds and game whether we'd like to admit it or not. Starting pitchers have the most rollover through the season, and the incredible depth of pitchers that are going across the league mean there are almost always candidates to look at with dreams of striking it rich. I’m here to put
The calendar is turning to May and Week 5 is about to start. The hot starters are beginning to cool off, and the sleepers may have hit the snooze button. Injuries, changes in the lineup, etc. - so many things are coming into play. Here is a list of some guys with whom you shouldn't waste your time, as we head into Week 5 of the fantasy baseball season. Editor’s Note: RotoBaller’s fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups list is updated every single day. Our
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Domingo Santana led off Sunday's game with a solo shot off Tom Koehler, his third HR of the season. He later hit an RBI single, bringing his season line to a respectable .259/.344/.447 with 11 R and 11 RBI. He seems to have solidified the lead-off spot in the Brewers lineup, which should significantly boost his
BALLER MOVE: Add in two catcher leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After missing all of 2015 due to Tommy John Surgery, Christian Vazquez has now been back on the Red Sox active roster for two weeks. Since his promotion, and coinciding demotion of prospect Blake Swihart, the Puerto Rican product has caught 10 games for the Sox. He is only hitting .222/.282/.306 during this span but has three doubles and five runs scored.
BALLER MOVE: Wait to Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After a solid start to the 2016 campaign, Yangervis Solarte tweaked his right hamstring and was placed on the 15-day DL. He is already eligible to rejoin the team, but will likely return to action closer to mid-May. He had a hot start to the season with a .375 average, .474 OBP, and four RBI already to his name. Solarte's BABIP is nearly .200 points higher than his career average, so that
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier has flashed some pop early on this season as he already has three HR to go with an ISO of .228, which is by far a career high. While I expect that to come down a bit I also expect Kiermaier's batting average to come way up. Kevin is currently sporting a BABIP of .233, or roughly 70-80 points lower than his career norms. When his batted ball luck progresses to the mean his .228 batting average should come way
Tyson Ross has been dealing with a shoulder injury since April 9, and it looks like he could be out longer than expected. He is still not throwing, but instead he is doing stabilization exercises according to San Diego Padres' manager Andy Green. This likely means that Ross will be out for at least another month or so. He should remain on the DL for the time being in season-long leagues. Make sure to have a backup pitching option ready for the next few weeks.
Jean Segura will not start again for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as he looks to get his hip fully healthy. He sat out of Sunday and Tuesday. Phil Gosselin will start again in his place, and this injury is getting slightly irritating for fantasy owners. He should be back shortly, but if the injury lingers, a DL stint could be necessary. Gosselin is worth a look in deep tournaments in daily leagues, as he is leading off against Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins.
Martin Perez's final line looks pretty similar to what you might expect, as he walked three and struck out four before being removed. Perez kept a tidy 69% ground ball rate in the outing, limiting Toronto's potent offense to just four hits. It's looking like Perez is more useful in actual baseball, as he is able to limit runs and keep his team in games, but he simply doesn't offer enough to be labeled a desirable fantasy option.
Daniel Nava has been dealing with knee injuries, but he is set to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Manager Mike Scioscia also confirmed that Nava will resume his role as the Angels' primary left fielder. Rafael Ortego is most likely going to head back to the Triple-A. Nava has been out since April 16, so give him a few major league games to get adjusted to the speed. After that, feel free to roster him in both season-long and daily leagues. The Angels should be excited to
Archie Bradley struck out 11 batters in his last game for the Triple-A Reno. He is one of the Arizona Diamondbacks' top pitching prospects, and he has already been called up to spot start once this season. Unfortunately, he struggle during that start and got sent back down. He has a 2.45 ERA in five starts so far this season and over 11 strikeouts per nine innings. He will make his way back into the majors before the end of the season, especially if Shelby Miller continues to
Jake Thompson is one of the Philadelphia Phillies' top pitching prospects, and he currently had a great game for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He pitched seven innings and only allowed two hits and two walks. He started the season out slow, but his ERA is now down to 4.85. He is striking out almost eight batters per nine innings, and he could find his way into the majors at some point this season, especially after the season-ending injury to Charlie Morton. Monitor his success closely for
A-Rod is headed to the 15-day DL. He is currently dealing with a strained right hamstring, and the New York Yankees wasted little time to sit him down for slightly over two weeks. With Rodriguez out of the lineup, the Yankees will likely send Carlos Beltran to the designated hitter spot and allow Aaron Hicks to play right field. If this is the case, Hicks' value skyrockets for two weeks. He is worth a look in season-long leagues as a short-term replacement for someone like Angel Pagan.
This is the first time all season that Aledmys will be leading off for the St. Louis Cardinals. He currently has a .765 slugging percentage, and he makes for a great play in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. He is having a great season, and if the Cardinals decide to let him leadoff more often, his fantasy value will skyrocket. If he is surprisingly still on waivers, add him. Even if he does not continue to leadoff, he is one of the better shortstops in the league at the
Coco Crisp will not play for the Oakland Athletics tonight against the Seattle Mariners. He is dealing with an issue in his heel. He will likely return to the lineup with a game or two. For the time being, Billy Burns, Josh Reddick, and Khris Davis will play the outfield, while Billy Butler hits as the designated hitter. Butler is worth a look in daily leagues due to his power, but he is not a great waiver wire add in season-long leagues. He is batting
Justin Bour dislocated his pinkie on Tuesday, and he will be out of the lineup tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Derek Dietrich will shift over to first base, and Miguel Rojas will start in the middle infield. This does not change too much, but it does take away from Bour's usefulness in daily leagues. He has been hitting well of recent, but it looks like he will miss a game or two, so do not bother with him in season-long leagues. Rojas is worth a look in
DJ LeMahieu will not start today for the Colorado Rockies. He is just getting a much needed day of rest. LeMahieu has not been swinging the bat well of recent, so hopefully this will give him some time to work on that swing. Cristhian (no, that is not misspelled) will start at second base and bat ninth. He is not worth much in season-long leagues, but he can be used in daily leagues, as the San Diego Padres struggle to keep runs off of the scoreboard. Cesar Vargas
Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin seems to have transformed into a different player in 2016. Entering the season, he had a reputation as a speedy option who fantasy owners could count on for plenty of stolen bases, as long as he was healthy. Martin, however, clubbed his fifth home run in the Mariners' 8-2 win over Oakland on Tuesday, matching his total from all of last season. He is now only three home runs from his career high, and is on pace for 31, despite having 20 career home
Shane Greene has been dealing with a blister. The Detroit Tigers sent him to the 15-day DL, and Michael Fulmer took over in the starting rotation. Fulmer will start at least one more game for the Tigers before either staying in the rotation full-time or succumbing his spot to Shane Greene. Greene will be activated on Tuesday, and he will likely at least be given a chance to succeed.
The Washington Nationals are definitely missing their center fielder right now, and it looks like he will be rejoining the team this weekend. He played nine innings at the Triple-A level yesterday, going 1-for-5 at the plate. He has played five rehab games in a row now, and it looks like his oblique is fully healed. It will take him a game or two to get up to speed with major league play, but he should be back to form by the beginning of the week.
Tim Lincecum is showcasing his talent to over 20 major league teams on Friday, and the San Francisco Giants are among them. Bruce Bochy and the Giants will show up to watch him throw in Arizona, and they are currently looking to add him as a long reliever in the bullpen. With the way that Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have thrown to start the season, it would not be out of the question for Lincecum to make his way into the starting rotation. For the time
Garrett Richards is currently dealing with the after effects of an illness. He dealt with dehydration over the weekend, and he also missed his usual between-starts bullpen session. He currently has a 2.34 ERA and 34 strikeouts in just as many innings. He is a staple in the Los Angeles Angels' starting rotation, so they will do everything they can to keep him in line for the start. It is not looking likely, however. In season-long leagues, attempt to find a replacement just in case.
Joe Panik is currently dealing with a groin injury, and it appears to be worse than previously expected. He is currently doubtful to play until at least Saturday. He has missed five straight games now, so a trip to the disabled list may be in order. Kelby Tomlinson is going to continue to start at second base, but he has not been good during Panik's absence. Replace Panik for the time being in season-long leagues.
Domingo Santana is not starting for the Milwaukee Brewers today against the Los Angeles Angels. Alex Presley is going to start in right field, and Jonathan Villar will move up to the leadoff spot. Villar makes for a great play in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues, as he has been solid this season in worse spots in the order. He has a ton of potential. Santana should return next game. He is only dealing with a lingering shoulder soreness.
Nick Tropeano has kept a decent strikeout rate so far this season, but has now failed to pitch at least six innings in all five of his outings. Walks have been an issue for Tropeano throughout the 2016 campaign, as he has now walked 11 batters in his last 15.2 innings. Tropeano has shown himself to be a serviceable pitcher at the big league level in the past, but his value will be extremely limited until he finds out a way to limit the free pass and go deeper
Brett Wallace went 2-for-3 Tuesday, hitting his first homer and contributing two RBI against the Rockies. Brett Wallace was supposed to provide depth at first base and be the primary pinch-hitter for the Padres this season. With an extended absence by third baseman Yangervis Solarte and Alexi Amarista on the DL as well, Wallace has been filling in at third. He hasn't provided much offense, hitting .207 and driving in five runs. Any value Wallace might have had will be short-lived as Solarte will likely return
Nick Markakis has been excused from the Atlanta Braves' team for the time being due to a family emergency. He is flying back to his home in Maryland, but he should be back this weekend for the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves' offense is horrendous, so missing Markakis makes them that much worse. Attack them as much as possible until Markakis returns.
Ryan Braun is back in the lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers tonight against the Los Angeles Angels. He is the best hitter on the team, so this is great news for their offense overall. He is currently hitting .372 this season, so Hector Santiago definitely has his work cut out for him. In season-long leagues, make sure to get him back into the lineup. In daily leagues, feel free to pay up.
There is a ton of value to go around in the San Francisco Giants' game against the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Buster Posey is out of the lineup. He will be replaced by Trevor Brown, who has had a great season so far as a backup. Matt Duffy is out for rest and will be replaced by Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie is cheap across the board in daily leagues, so feel free to use him at third base. Finally, Joe Panik is sitting out due to a
Jason Heyward has missed three straight games, and he is out again tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is currently dealing with a right wrist injury, and the Cubs are taking their time getting him back into the lineup. Tommy La Stella will play second base, Javier Baez will play third base, and Kris Bryant will start in left field. The Cubs should score against the Pittsburgh Pirates' Juan Nicasio, so using any of the above mentioned players is a solid idea in both season-long
Billy Hamilton is still dealing with a thumb injury on his left hand. He hurt it again against the San Francisco Giants last night, and fantasy owners are probably kicking themselves, as Hamilton will miss a great matchup against Jake Peavy. Tyler Holt will start in center field and bat second in the order. He should be used in both season-long and daily leagues tonight. Jake Peavy has been horrible on the road.
Khris Davis is finally rounding into form this season. After last night's solo shot, he now has six homers and 13 RBI. He is just 40% owned in Yahoo leagues and is showing he why he needs to be owned in all leagues. He will travel to hitter-friendly Camden Yards after today's game and could be in store for a big series.
A.J. Ramos logged his eighth consecutive save of the season and continues to remain as automatic a closer as they come. For the second straight appearance, Ramos did not allow a hit and he struck out Arizona pinch-hitter Jake Lamb en route to his eighth save of the year. It was a much smoother appearance for Ramos who walked two batters to load the bases before getting out of the jam in his last appearance against Milwaukee. He has a 0.87 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP on the
Chris Coghlan's first season in Oakland has not gone smoothly. The veteran is batting just .095 over the past week and has been moved down to seventh in the lineup. This is disappointing after he smacked 16 home runs with the Cubs last season. He is sure to get his average up going forward, but there's plenty of better options available in the meantime.
After batting just .250 over the last week, Christian Yelich brought a bit more power on Tuesday with a solo blast and two RBI in Miami’s 7-4 win. Yelich, who cranked his solo home run in the seventh inning, logged his first multi-RBI game since April 24. The young left fielder went just 1-for-4 and saw his average drop a few points to .337, a mark that still ranks sixth in the National League. Yelich is looking for more consistency in his game as he’s alternated between one-hit games
The Miami Marlins were dealt a bit of bad news Tuesday when they learned that first baseman Justin Bour dislocated his pinkie while sliding into second base. Bour drew a walk as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 7-4 Miami win and jammed his pinkie shortly after. The X-rays came back negative, but it’s still unknown if he’ll miss an extended period of time. Bour is batting .276 this season with three home runs and 12 RBI.
In a rare show of power, Mallex Smith smacked his first home run in the Majors. He was slotted at ninth in the lineup, hitting behind starting pitcher Matt Wisler on Tuesday. Smith's real game is speed and his four stolen bases are more indicative of what he has to offer. He is a boom-or-bust daily option for the next week or so while he still has the opportunity to start.
After a rough third inning, Tanner Roark settled down tonight in Kansas City, leaving the Nationals with a chance to win their fifth consecutive game. Keeping his pitch count low, he went on to retire 17 of 18 before giving up another single and ultimately being pulled in the eighth inning with two runners on. His final stat line featured six hits, four runs, two walks and four strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon would later blow the game in the ninth, preventing Roark from obtaining his third win of the
Making his second start since being called up to replace Miguel Montero, Tim Federowicz had his best offensive game in three years. Hitting eighth in the order, the 28-year-old recorded two hits, scored a run and drew a walk. While David Ross has remained the primary starter, performances like the one he had tonight could end up getting Federowicz more playing time before he inevitably gets sent back down. For that reason, he remains a non-entity in fantasy leagues.
The Boston Red Sox are not really all that desperate to bring back Joe Kelly, who is currently sporting a 9.35 ERA and 2.77 WHIP in the majors this season. He is going to have to start at least two games at the Triple-A level before getting called back up. He has been on the disabled list since April 19, and hopefully that shoulder injury is the main reason he pitched so bad at the beginning of the season. In deep season-long leagues, he is worth a look, as
The Chicago White Sox are a very strong offensive team, so this is not the best news in the world for Ervin Santana owners, but it is encouraging consider the circumstances. He has been out with a back injury for the last week or so. He pitched a simulated game today without any issues, and he has solid upside in season-long leagues. On the season, he has a 3.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. The White Sox are tough, so using him right out of the
Alex Avila is currently dealing with a hamstring injury, but he should return to baseball activities soon. He is close to starting a rehab assignment, which could lead to an activation from the disabled list by early next week. He has been out since the end of April. He will likely start at the catcher position when he returns from this injury, so he is worth a look in season-long leagues.
Matt Harvey gets a great matchup tonight against the Atlanta Braves, but he is currently dealing with a sickness. He received fluids prior to the game, and it is unclear how this will impact his ability to pitch. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get away from him in season-long leagues, but it is possible to avoid him in daily leagues. With a lot of solid pitching options on the board tonight, there is no reason to force him into the lineup. Avoid Harvey tonight due to his current condition.
Manager Dave Roberts recently said that Carl Crawford will not start in any games against the Tampa Bay Rays, as he wants to keep him off of the turf. The Dodgers will play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their next series, which is at Rogers Centre. Rogers Centre also has turf, so Carl Crawford could be out for around a week due to unsafe playing conditions. The Dodgers are just taking it easy on the veteran outfielder. He will be back in the lineup when the Dodgers
Avisail Garcia should return to the Chicago White Sox lineup on Wednesday. He tweaked his hamstring a few days ago, and has been resting ever since. Jerry Sands is starting tonight at the designated hitter position and batting seventh. Garcia will take that spot back from Sands tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox. He has great upside, as he possesses a ton of power, so he can be used in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. It is time to drop Sands.
The Cincinnati Reds scratched Jon Moscot from his start against the San Francisco Giants tonight. John Lamb is starting in his spot. He underwent an MRI, and it turns out that there is no structural damage in his right shoulder. He received a cortisone shot, and he may miss one more start. This should not turn into a long-term issue, and he is only usable in deep season-long leagues.
A.J. Reed is still struggling with his batting average, but has posted a 15% walk rate and .250 ISO over 21 games at Triple-A Fresno. It's difficult to imagine that his BABIP will stay at .263, but it is also unlikely that he will consistently hit the .380 mark, as he did across two levels in 2015. Reed will likely supply elite power and plate discipline going forward, but the batting average baseline remains a question.
Carlos Gomez rested for the last couple of games with sore ribs, but it looks as if he is fine. He will play tonight against the Minnesota Twins, but he has been off to a slow start. He has huge potential in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues, but he has yet to reach that potential. The great news is that he is back in the lineup, as he has a history of injury problems. He will play center field and bat seventh. Use him in season-long leagues, but
Erik Johnson is replacing John Danks in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. This is not great news for Johnson, as the Red Sox have one of the best offenses in the league. Johnson currently has a 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and only 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Avoid him in both season-long leagues and daily leagues. In fact, target the Red Sox on Thursday in daily leagues. Also, drop John Danks if he is currently rostered.
Ryan Braun will not start tonight for the Milwaukee Brewers. The aging outfielder is dealing with general soreness after playing baseball for right around a month this season. He is hitting .372 in 24 games this season, so season-long owners will definitely miss him. This is great news for the Los Angeles Angels and Nick Tropeano. Tropeano makes for a fantastic play tonight against the strikeout happy Milwaukee Brewers.
Mike Moustakas is not starting tonight for the Kansas City Royals. He sat out of the Royals' last game, and they are still claiming that he is simply resting, but it seems like something may be up. Christian Colon is starting at third base against the Washington Nationals. There should be more updates regarding Moustakas soon. For the time being, assume he is simply resting.
This was expected to happen. Matt Szczur just injured his right hamstring, and he will head to the 15-day DL. Ryan Kalish has been hitting well so far this season in the Triple-A. He currently has a .367 batting average, so he is worth a look in season-long leagues, as he will likely rotate in at multiple outfield positions. With Jason Heyward injured right now, he may play more than expected.
Carlos Carrasco has started what the Cleveland Indians' manager Terry Francona is calling "land-based jogging." Most of his work has involved a pool, so informing the public that he is working out on land now may be relevant. Carrasco still has awhile to go before returning to the mound at the major league level, but it is encouraging to hear that there have been no setbacks. Fantasy owners need to just kick back and wait at this point.
Randal Grichuk is starting tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Philadelphia Phillies. He has been struggling, but it looks like he is back to form after hitting a pinch-hit home run last night. He is hitting .200 this season in 24 games, but it looks like he may start to heat up now. With such a great matchup, use him in both season-long and daily leagues.
Adonis Garcia is getting on base, but not driving in runs. Therefore, he is being bumped up to #2 in the lineup and Kelly Johnson will be the second baseman and cleanup hitter. This is not especially encouraging for Braves fans or fantasy owners. Johnson is a utility player and is only seeing time because the Braves can't find a reliable 2B. Johnson is hitting .188 in 52 plate appearances this season with no homers or stolen bases to boot. Don't expect too much value, even as a
Jon Moscot is no longer pitching for the Cincinnati Reds tonight against the San Francisco Giants. John Lamb was just activated from the disabled list, and he will get the ball tonight on the mound. This is very important in daily leagues, as the Giants are now forced to bat against a left-handed pitcher. Lamb currently has a 2.3 home run per nine average, which is dreadful, but Denard Span, Matt Duffy, and Hunter Pence are all better against right-handed pitchers. Brandon Belt gets
Mac Williamson started the last game for the San Francisco Giants with Angel Pagan likely out for around five or six games. Tonight, Gregor Blanco will take over and bat eighth. Williamson definitely has more upside, but Blanco is a very effective hitter. He does not hold too much fantasy importance over the long run, but he may be worth a look this week in season-long leagues and daily leagues when he plays. The Giants will likely continue to rotate Blanco and Williamson until Pagan returns.
The Miami Marlins will generally allow Derek Dietrich to leadoff, but he is getting the night off against left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin. Dietrich's absence will force the Marlins to get creative. J.T. Realmuto will move up to the leadoff spot tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has been hitting the ball well of recent, and he should be used in both season-long and daily leagues with such great upside. The Marlins are not a powerful offense, but Realmuto is a solid hitting catcher with great run-scoring ability.
J.J. Hardy fractured his foot, which helped him find his way onto the 15-day DL. Originally, it was thought that Manny Machado may move over from third base to shortstop to fill the void, but that is not the case. Manny Machado will continue to start at third base. The Baltimore Orioles, instead, called up Ryan Flaherty, and he will start tonight at shortstop against the New York Yankees. If Machado ever does move over to shortstop, Pedro Alvarez will likely play third base.
Brad Boxberger has yet to pitch this season while recovering from abdominal surgery, but he has reported no issues while throwing bullpen sessions. Boxberger will need to go on a rehab assignment before making his return. The 27-year-old kept his strikeouts high in 2015, but walks became an issue once again, as he surrendered 32 free passes in 63 innings. Despite the control issues, Boxberger notched a career-best 41 saves for the Rays last season.
The Reading Phillies are one of the better minor league squads, and Rhys Hoskins is a big part of that. He has a hit in all of his last 19 games, and he is looking to extend that streak tonight. The Reading record is currently held by Essex "Gas" Burton at 21 games. He is only two shy. More importantly, Hoskins has shown great potential of recent, and he is looking for a promotion. The Phillies struggle at the first base position, so a promotion by the end of the
Hunter Dozier hit a home run in his last game, driving in two runs in a win on Monday. He currently plays for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he should be promoted to the Triple-A shortly. On the season, he has a .316 batting average, a league-leading .684, and seven home runs. In his last five games, he is hitting .400 with three home runs. It will be interesting to see if the Kansas City Royals third baseman sees the majors at any point during this season.
Steven Moya played for the Detroit Tigers last season, and he hit .182 in nine games. He is currently playing for the Triple-A Toledo and looking to work his way back into the majors. He recorded three hits in his last game on Monday, and 13 of his 26 hits this season have been for extra bases. He improved his strikeout rate so far this season, and his batting average is much higher than his career average. It looks like he may be getting ready to take the leap
Hunter Harvey just underwent surgery to fix a hernia on Tuesday. He has been dealing with unfortunate injuries since last season when he missed the entire year with elbow issues. He is expected to miss four to six weeks after his most recent surgery. He is one of the top pitcher prospects in the league right now, but he just can not stay healthy. If he ever does stay healthy, he is major league ready. Stash him away for a rainy day in deeper season-long leagues.
Michael Fulmer is likely going to start this Thursday against the Cleveland Indians for the Detroit Tigers. He was acquired in the deal for Yoenis Cespedes last July, and he just recently won his first major league game against the Minnesota Twins. He only allowed two runs, but he is struggling with his command. Fulmer has great upside, but he is not MLB ready quite yet. The Tigers are going to force him into the rotation until he implodes, which is bound to happen at some point.
Like his teammate Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer is a hard-throwing righty who has trouble with command. Meyer showed improvement in his 17.1 innings at Triple-A Rochester this season, but has kept a BB/9 rate of close to 4.00 in his minor league career. If he can find the plate, Meyer could show owners why he posted a 1.04 ERA before he was recalled, but the Astros are just the team to wait him out if he struggles with location.
Jason Heyward is not going to play again for the Chicago Cubs, as he continues to deal with a sore right wrist. He is hoping to return on Wednesday, so that is good news for fantasy owners. Hopefully, this wrist injury is what has been causing his terrible batting average. Tonight, Kris Bryant will play right field, Jorge Soler will start in left field, and Javier Baez will take over at third base. The Cubs are a solid hitting team, so using Soler or Baez in
Starling Marte and Josh Harrison will both sit tonight against the Chicago Cubs. Jake Arrieta is pitching tonight, and he just got a whole lot more enticing in daily leagues. His price tag is very high across the board, but for good reason. Marte will be replaced by Matt Joyce, and Harrison will be replaced by Sean Rodriguez. On a normal night, both of these players offer solid upside. Against Jake Arrieta, leave them alone. The Pirates are unlikely to score many runs tonight,
Carlos Santana did not hit leadoff against the Philadelphia Phillies, but it looks like he will return to the number one spot in the batting order this series against the Detroit Tigers. His fantasy value skyrockets when he hits at the top of the order, so continue to use him in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. Jose Ramirez is batting eighth, and Jason Kipnis will bat second. Ramirez is not worth nearly as much hitting at the bottom of the order.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not going to start Yasmani Grandal or Corey Seager tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Joc Pederson will start tonight and bat eighth. Ignore him, as he generally does not start against left-handed pitchers. Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop and bat ninth for Seager, and A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate for Yasmani Grandal. Matt Moore has been solid for the Rays so far this season, so none of these options are really all that enticing.
The Detroit Tigers recently activated James McCann from the 15-day DL, and this move will likely send Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the bench. Salty played well in his absence, but McCann is the every day starter. He has been out since April 11, so it may take a game or two for him to get readjusted to the big league. Add McCann in season-long formats, and feel free to get rid of Salty until further notice.
Chris Gimenez is no longer playing in the majors. He has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. This will open up room for their newly acquired catcher from the Detroit Tigers - Bobby Wilson. Wilson is hitting .203 in the majors, and he is definitely not an ideal catching option in fantasy leagues. The Texas Rangers have been dealing with injuries all season long, so he will provide a little bit of depth. Do not add him in season-long leagues.
Tim Lincecum is showcasing his talents on Friday for multiple teams, but the New York Mets recently announced that they will not be in attendance. This is really not all that surprising, as they have one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Some of the teams that will be in attendance include the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and San Francisco Giants. He could provide some
Jered Weaver was looking good through four innings Monday, but a four-run bottom of the fifth marked the beginning of the end for the veteran, who allowed a total of seven before departing. Weaver can have good outings on occasion, but the lack of strikeouts combined with the abundance of hard contact makes for an unappealing option. Weaver's value appears limited to a streamer against a bad offense in a big ballpark.
A.J. Griffin entered the season as something of a placeholder until Yu Darvish was ready to return, but the 28-year-old has allowed just four runs in his last 20 innings. While the strikeout total is unlikely to remain high going forward, Griffin has three above average pitches in his arsenal, and has been able to limit the home run ball. Griffin still allows too much hard contact, but he deserves consideration from prospective owners while pitching like this.
Nick Tropeano gets a great fantasy matchup tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers exploded against the Miami Marlins, but they are still one of the worst hitting teams in the league. Tropeano is currently striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. The Brewers strikeout the fifth most of any team in the league, so spot starting Tropeano in season-long leagues and using him in daily leagues are both great options. He is very cheap across the industry in daily leagues.
Matt Szczur injured his hamstring on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs are currently dealing with a few injuries, and they will need to replace Szczur if he ends up needing a trip to the 15-day DL. Ryan Kalish will be that replacement. He is currently hitting .368 through 20 games in the Triple-A, but he has not appeared in the majors since 2014. He is worth an add, if he does end up getting a spot on the Cubs' roster.
The San Francisco Giants' 2015 first-round draft pick is really starting to heat up in Class A Advanced ball. He now has a nine game hitting streak with a batting average close to .500 over those nine games. He has two home runs in his last four games, and 10 of his last 17 hits have gone for extra bases. While it is unlikely that he will find his way into the majors soon, especially with all the depth the Giants currently have, he is worth monitoring in deep season-long
The Boston Red Sox multi-million dollar third baseman is about to get shut down for the season, as he needs reconstructive shoulder surgery. Regardless, he probably was not going to get back into the starting lineup with how well Travis Shaw has played during his absence. Sandoval needs a few months off to work on his diet anyway. David Ortiz is set to retire soon, so Sandoval may be able to fill that void, but he is definitely never going to play up to expectations. He should not
Junior Guerra, who was claimed off of waivers last October by the Milwaukee Brewers, will start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been pitching for the Triple-A Colorado Springs, sporting a 4.63 ERA. Generally speaking, he is not relevant in the fantasy world at all, but with such a great matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, he may be worth a look in daily leagues. The 31-year-old does not have too much upside, so this is most likely a simple spot start. Do not pick him up
Billy Hamilton's bat has come alive in the past two weeks. The speedy outfielder is batting .273 with six runs scored and four steals in that span. Back atop Cincinnati's lineup, Hamilton is primed to erase all memories of his slow start to the year. With Joey Votto rounding into form and Jay Bruce driving in runs, Hamilton will be an asset in the runs scored and steals categories going forward. He's owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues, so there's a chance he's available in your league.
J.T. Realmuto is far from the most popular catcher in the majors, but he sure has played like one of them over the last week. Realmuto, who was batting less than .200 after the first two weeks of the season, is hitting .429 with one home run and three RBI over his last seven games. He’s also knocked two doubles and scored four runs in that span. Extra-base hits are an integral part of Realmuto’s game as he led all major league catchers in triples last season. Miami’s young
Yesterday, Danny Valencia went hitless in three at-bats during his first minor league rehab game. He is currently playing for the High-A Stockton. His statistics really do not matter. What matters is that his hamstring does not experience any discomfort, which it did not. He played seven innings at third base. The Oakland Athletics will likely activate him on Friday, and he should find his way back into the starting lineup. Chris Coghlan will likely head back to the bench.
Justin Nicolino will make his first start since delivering a two-hit gem against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Miami’s young lefty, who was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans at the end of Spring Training, was astonishing in his season debut as he took the rotation spot of the struggling Jarred Cosart. Nicolino only struck out two in his last start, but allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings. He'll be in for a tougher matchup at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that ranks ninth in
The Cincinnati leaky bullpen struck again on Monday night. Brandon Finnegan turned in a quality start against the Giants, just to see the relievers cough up six runs in the final three innings of the game. Finnegan has pitched well this season and, as a result, has made his way into the streamer conversation. He's worth a preemptive pickup now as he has two favorable matchups on the horizon. He will take on the Brewers and Phillies in his next two starts, both teams that have poor season-long numbers
Khris Davis was recently promoted to the cleanup spot of the lineup and that decision paid off on Monday. The slugger provided all the offense for Oakland, hitting two home runs and driving in three. Davis has rounded into form over the past two weeks, batting .281 with five homers and 11 RBI. He's shaping up as a nice daily value play tonight in a matchup with Hisashi Iwakuma and is still widely available in season-long leagues.
Kendall Graveman took his third loss of the season at the hands of the Mariners on Monday night. After a strong start to the year, he's given up 10 earned runs over his past two starts. Outside of deeper leagues, he doesn't need to be owned and should be viewed as nothing more than a streaming option going forward. His next start will come against a high-powered Orioles lineup, so he can be left on waivers for the near future.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis tallied just a lone single in four at-bats in his team's 10-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday, but knocked in two runs with that hit. Galvis is batting just .237 on the season but has five doubles and a triple to go along with three home runs, 13 RBI, and ten runs scored. Fantasy owners who are in need of some cheap power numbers may want to look to Galvis, as long as they can absorb the inevitable hit in batting average. He is
Travis Jankowski got a rare start Monday, but couldn't make the most of it. He went hitless in two at-bats and drew a walk. He is currently hitting .235 with a lone RBI and four runs scored on the year. Jankowski is part of a crowded Padres outfield and will not see regular playing time unless one of the starters suffers injury. Even so, he is competing with slugger Jabari Blash for role of fourth outfielder. Jankowski was a .293 hitter in the Minors and stole 137 across
If your league counts holds, Brandon Maurer can certainly help you out. He picked up his sixth hold Monday night, tying him for third in the Majors, along with several other relievers. Maurer is also the handcuff to Fernando Rodney, as he would likely take over the closer role should Rodney get injured. Maurer has an average pitch speed of 96.01 MPH and has struck out 17 in 12.2 innings, which indicates he has the stuff to be a shutdown closer. His 4.97 ERA is inflated from a
With his 2-for-4 performance Monday night, Adonis Garcia maintained a respectable .283 average. He still has only one home run and seven runs batted in on the season. Those are certainly sub-par numbers for a cleanup hitter. Garcia will need to start producing more if he is to retain any mixed league value. Keep him around for a little while longer to see if the power shows up, but don't feel compelled to put him in your starting lineup.
Trevor Plouffe has been dealing with an intercostal problem, but he is set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He went down with the intercostal strain in mid-April. He has been great so far this season when not injured, hitting over .300 with two home runs in 12 games. If he is on the waiver wire, be sure to pick him up. He can also be used right away in daily leagues as well.
In his first start of 2016, Mike Foltynewicz was immediately lit up by the Mets. He surrendered four runs on five hits in the first inning. Even worse, three of those hits were home runs. He lasted only three and two-thirds innings. "Folty" is a lanky right-hander who has the physical tools to be an effective pitcher, but simply can't avoid the longball. In 86.2 innings last season, he gave up 17 HR. It appears his ERA the last two seasons, 5.30 and 5.71 respectively, are accurate indicators of
Pablo Sandoval, who has been disappoint Boston Red Sox fans since they made the sign, will now require surgery on his ailing left shoulder. Travis Shaw has been playing extremely well, and it was likely that he would have remained the starting third baseman regardless, but this is definitely terrible news for 'Panda' fans. He is currently still owed over $50 million, so the Red Sox will allow him some time off, hoping that he will eventually come around.
It looks like manager Fredi Gonzalez got his way. The Braves made several moves Monday, including the release of Drew Stubbs from the 40-man roster. Gonzalez has been pulling for Mallex Smith to stay with the club, despite his struggles getting on base. With Stubbs gone, it appears Smith will remain the regular center fielder until Ender Inciarte returns. At that point, Smith will likely be used as a pinch-runner and occasional defensive replacement. Stubbs may catch on with another team, but it will be as a
Reid Brignac will become the sixth different second baseman the Braves have used this season in search of any kind of offensive production. He was recalled Monday afternoon and Jace Peterson, who began the year as the starter at second, was demoted. Brignac was an up-and-coming star in the Tampa Bay organization back in 2008, mainly due to his glove. He has never gotten a handle on Major League pitching, though. He has somehow managed to stay in the league despite finishing with an average under .200 in
John Lamb was scratched from his start tonight with the Triple-A Louisville. Jon Moscot is currently dealing with a shoulder injury, and he will likely not pitch tomorrow against the San Francisco Giants. John Lamb will likely be called up to replace him. He currently has a 9.22 ERA, so he is definitely not on top of his game right now, but he has been dealing with a back injury, which required surgery. He does have long-term season-long fantasy value, but he is a high risk pitcher.
Devin Mesoraco has been sitting out with an injury to his shoulder, but it did not look like the Cincinnati Reds were going to send him to the disabled list. In fact, he is going to the 15-day disabled list, which will be retroactive back to April 28. He currently has a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which could be a part of his struggles to start the season. If he gets this issue handled, he will remain poised for a breakout season. Stash him for now in
Joe Panik is currently dealing with a groin issue, but the San Francisco Giants announced that he is available to pinch-hit tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. This obviously has no fantasy relevance for tonight, but Panik should come back soon. Generally speaking, players come back the game after they are available to pinch-hit. This is great news for fantasy owners, as Panik has serious upside at the second base position in both season-long and daily leagues. Kelby Tomlinson will go back to the bench.
Angel Pagan will officially miss around four or five days with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring. He pulled up after rounding first base yesterday, and he left the game under his own power. Mac Williamson and Gregor Blanco will likely split time over the next couple of days in left field. Williamson has great upside and power, while Blanco is a very consistent and solid backup. Both are worth consideration in daily leagues when playing.
Ender Inciarte is expected to being his rehab assignment within the next day or two. He injured his hamstring last month, but he is almost ready to return to the major league roster. If he does not suffer any kind of setback during his minor league rehab stint, he could rejoin the Braves by the weekend. He is worth a look in deeper season-long leagues.
Gordon Beckham did light running today. He is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out since the middle of April. He is eyeing a rehab assignment soon, which will be the last step before getting back to the major league roster. The Atlanta Braves just demoted Jace Peterson to the minors on Monday, so Beckham could see some time at second base upon return. He is worth a look in season-long leagues, if second base is an area of concern.
Carlos Gomez is currently dealing with a rib injury. Today, he resumed baseball activities, which is great news for fantasy owners. He has missed two straight games, and he will not play tonight either. He should be able to return within the next game or two. Gomez is very injury prone, so the Astros are likely just taking unnecessary precautions. Do not give up hope for the struggling Astros' outfielder just yet.
Jason Heyward is out of tonight's lineup for the Chicago Cubs with a sore right wrist. This was expected to simply be a rest day for the aging outfielder, but Joe Maddon indicated that is not the case. This injury could provide a little bit of context for Heyward's current .211 batting average. The Cubs would be smart to allow this injury to heal and let Heyward get back into form. Keep an eye on this situation, but Heyward should return to the lineup next game.
Nomar Mazara's power tapered off as April drew to a close, but he still slugged .441 with two homers over 18 games. Mazara is showing strong strikeout and walk rates, but isn't quite hitting the ball as hard as one might expect, as he has notched just a 25% hard contact rate. Mazara likely won't sustain a .364 BABIP at the major league level, but he has certainly hit enough to sustain value in all formats.
Lance McCullers is still quite a bit away from pitching at the major league level, but he is progressing nicely during his current rehab stint. He pitched almost five innings today in an extended spring training game. He will need to make it through a bullpen session and resume his minor league assignment before getting a chance to pitch for the Astros. He was dealing with shoulder discomfort, so it'll be interesting to see if he can make it through the rest of his rehab stint without any more
Chris Devenski made his major league debut against the Athletics on Saturday, and he is going to remain in the starting pitcher rotation until Thursday. On Thursday, he will start for the Houston Astros against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up two runs over five innings, and he will start over Scott Feldman in the short-term. He is worth considering in season-long leagues, as he will continue to pitch as long as he continues to pitch well.
Gio Gonzalez is on the mound for the Washington Nationals, so using the Kansas City Royals in daily leagues is not recommended. Christian Colon is going to start for Mike Moustakas at third base tonight, as Moustakas needs a rest day. Colon will bat eighth, so he is not worth much in daily leagues, and he rarely gets any time on the field, so he is not worth much in season-long leagues either.