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

Our running MLB list of 2015 fantasy baseball draft sleepers and waiver wire pickup options. RotoBaller's Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List is a daily updated article of hot MLB players to add.

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Back by popular demand in 2015… RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2015 Fantasy Baseball 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 2015 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts – every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season. Drafting the right undervalued player or adding the right guys off the waiver wire can be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues. Last year, players like J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta or Jacob deGrom went undrafted in most leagues, and players like that helped win a ton of fantasy championships.

What’s better than snagging that big time sleeper or hot player off the waiver wire before your league does? Well, not much really. Each day we will update this list, so be sure to check back to see who we’ve added and read the latest analysis about each player. If you aren’t sure who to drop, we’ll help you decide – just ask us in our chat room. Now let’s win some leagues!


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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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J.A. Happ (PIT, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 day ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: It's always interesting to see how players react after joining a playoff contender. In J.A. Happ's case, he's found a groove that's padding the Pirates lead as the top Wild Card. Since joining the Pirates from Seattle, Happ has started four games and compiled a 2.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a 22/6 K/BB ratio. If you remove a rough debut versus the Cubs, Happ has a 0.52 ERA over 17.1 innings. This is a complete 180 from his disastrous campaign with the Mariners (4.64 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). Perhaps the added incentive of pitching in meaningful games in the dog days of summer has motivated Happ to step up his game. He's limited his walks significantly, and his .265 BAA during his recent run is in line with his season and career numbers. Do I trust Happ for shallow leagues? Only for streaming purposes. But owners starved for pitching should check and see if Happ is hanging around the wire. Next week he has an outing at St. Louis, a team that finds itself in the latter half of NL clubs vs LHP. I'd stream Happ in shallow leagues and grab a share in 14-teamers or NL-Only.

Raisel Iglesias (CIN, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Raisel Iglesias has been covered plenty here at Rotoballer. How is his ownership still only 41%? Has everyone shifted their focus to football already? We have a month of baseball left people, don't give up now! He's been on a roll since the All-Star Break, accruing a 2.81 ERA while limiting hitters to a .176 BAA and a .256 wOBA. Iglesias has been fantastic for the Reds recently, compiling six straight quality starts in the month of August. In that span he owns a 2.27 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and a 10.21 K/9 rate. He is working on consecutive games with 10+ strikeouts. In the past month, his 45 K is behind only Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, and Clayton Kershaw. That's what I call some solid company. He has a road outing on tap versus the Cubs, a team that he limited to two runs with eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings. The Cubs are a formidable opponent at home, but Iglesias is too hot to let him ride the pine. Throw him in your lineups and keep him there for the two-start week (vs PIT, vs STL) in week 23.

Joe Ross (WAS, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: I'm officially baffled. Yes, the Nationals have indicated Joe Ross will be shut down in the next 2-3 weeks. But why in the world would you not use him until that point? Ross saw his ownership take a dip after a rough West Coast trip (8.2 IP, 9 ER) and perhaps from the looming shutdown. Still, there is no reason he should sitting on your waiver wire. Ross now owns a 3.24 ERA and 1.01 WHIP to go along with a shiny 65/11 K/BB ratio. He has been excellent in his most recent appearances, firing 13 innings with only one earned run and an 11/2 K/BB split while collecting two wins. Ross has been magnificent all year for Washington, limiting hitters to a .225 BAA. The team made the right call by inserting Ross over Doug Fister. The Nationals find themselves on the outside looking in despite Ross's run. This is a name to keep an eye on for 2016, as he has the potential to break the top 25 SP. The Nationals deserve kudos for acquiring him and Trea Turner in exchange for Steven Souza. The downside here is you're only getting two or three more starts, and if you're in a league with a cap on additions I can empathize with letting him float. There's no excuse for the rest of you. He has a road test at St Louis followed by a tasty home outing versus Atlanta. Act accordingly.

Jonathan Schoop (2B / 3B, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: With 27 homers in 653 career at-bats (including 10 dingers in just 184 turns this season), Schoop’s power has always been readily apparent. His atrocious plate discipline, on the other hand, raised serious concerns about his ability to stick with the Orioles. He’s still barely walking, but has cut down on the whiffs and is making a lot of quality contact. If he can continue to hit for a solid average, the 23-year-old could be a serious asset down the stretch in almost any format. Even if not, his power will play from either second or third base in your lineup.  

Mark Canha (1B / OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: In and out of the lineup for most of the season, Canha’s gotten more consistent playing time in August and has taken advantage. He’s posted an excellent .325/.350/.532 slash line. Though he’s only hit two homers in that span, he does have eight doubles as well. Canha’s knocked in 15 runs and scored a dozen of his own this month, making him a solid three category contributor. Keep a close eye on his playing time as rosters expand next week, but it’ll be hard to keep him off the lineup card if he keeps hitting this well.

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

1 day ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: After back to back months of sub-.600 OPS hitting in the first half, Solarte was essentially forgotten in all formats. Since the calendar turned to July, however, he’s been among the most productive hitters in baseball. The Padresinfielder is hitting .291/.346/.514 with eight homers and 53 R+RBI over the last eight weeks and is starting to draw some overdue attention from fantasy owners. That said, he’s still available in four of every five leagues, so chances are you can grab him in yours.

Brett Lawrie (2B / 3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: I’ve stumped hard for Jung Ho Kang in this space lately, and he’d still be my preferred add in the under 50% crowd (he’s at the very edge with a 49% ownership rate). But in the interest of not sounding like a broken record, let’s talk about another guy hovering around the cutoff point that can be plugged into the middle infield when needed. In his first season with the Athletics, Lawrie’s managed to avoid the disabled list for the first time since his rookie year. Overall, he has had a useful, if not particularly exciting, season. He’s sporting a .729 OPS with a dozen homers, five steals, and 95 R+RBI. He did miss a few games last week with a balky back, but since returning he’s hit a blistering .478/.538/.739.

Jedd Gyorko (2B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 day ago

Published by: Bill Dubiel - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Ughhhhh, Jedd Gyorko. I have to address him here because he has regained control over the starting second base job and has actually been fairly useful of late. In his last 30 games, he’s hitting .298 with five homers and a very solid 19 RBIs. That’s what you’re going to get with Gyorko—power, power, and more power. The batting average is a pleasant surprise, although I don’t expect it to stay this high. His high K-rate makes him a little less valuable in points league versus roto. If you’re desperate for middle infield help you could do much worse.

Eduardo Escobar (SS / 2B / 3B / OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 day ago

Published by: Bill Dubiel - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Boy howdy is Escobar thriving atop the Twins lineup. In his last 15 games, he’s slugging an absurd .732 while hitting .341 over that span with seven RBIs, 13 runs scored, and four big flies. Another well-rounded player eligible at multiple positions (SS, 3B, and OF), Escobar has quietly put up a pretty decent campaign for Minnesota. On the season he’s hitting .256 with 40 RBIs and 32 runs scored. While those numbers aren’t particularly impressive, much of his production has come in the last month. He’s red-hot right now, and given that he can fill in at four positions, he’s worth rostering in any format.  

Ketel Marte (SS / 2B, SEA) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 day ago

Published by: Bill Dubiel - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Ketel Marte has been a revelation for the Mariners in a mostly lost season, as he is hitting .307 in the 88 at-bats he’s had with the big club. He doesn’t have a homer yet, but that’s to be expected from a light-hitting middle infielder. He has been racking up extra-base hits lately, and he has exceptional plate discipline for a rookie. I trust he can maintain a high batting average and on-base percentage for the rest of the season and in years to come. Marte is the shortstop of the future for Seattle, and from the looks of things, the future is now.

Andres Blanco (2B / 3B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 day ago

Published by: Bill Dubiel - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Blanco has emerged as the semi-regular third baseman for the Phillies, but he’s eligible for second base on almost every platform. He’s been particularly hot of late, hitting .341 over his last 15 games. In that same time frame, he’s scored eight runs and knocked in four. He should continue to have opportunities to drive in runs hitting behind the Phillies’ boppers (such as they are). He’s not completely without power, and his multi-positional eligibility makes him worthy of consideration in any format, particularly if you’re struggling with injuries.

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

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The San Diego Padres made a ton of moves this year including bringing over Derek Norris from Oakland to replace Yasmani Grandal who went to Los Angeles. Norris was brought it to get everyday playing time and be a hitting presence behind the plate. Norris’ first season in San Diego has seen a noticeable dip in BA down to .246, his OBP down to .291 and his OPS hovering around the .700 mark. However Norris has shown improvement in his .414 SLG% and his ISO of .167. He has also posted a new career high in doubles this year and will also set a new career best in the RBI department in 2015. Over the past few weeks Norris has a .324 BA with 6 XBH and an OPS over .900. Norris also has 1B eligibility and is a sneaky add to those in need of a CI or UTIL if they already have a solid C option.

Wilson Ramos (C, WSH) - Waiver Wire Analysis

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Ramos possesses a true power threat from the C position on a team such as the Nationals with loads of offensive talent up and down the lineup. The issue with Ramos is staying healthy as he has not eclipsed the 100 games played mark as a professional since 2011 where he appeared in 113 games. The BABIP of .266 has been disappointing for Ramos this year and his K% and BB% are not trending positively in either case. But Ramos brings a bat who hits in the middle of the lineup with protection around him. Recently Ramos is hitting .265 with 2 HR and 4 RBI with a 9% BB rate which doubles his season average to date. The Nationals will need Ramos and the rest of their lineup to start backing up their pitching staff in order to make a late season push after giving the division lead away to the surging Mets. You could do a lot worse for your fantasy team.

Miguel Montero (C, CHC) - Waiver Wire Analysis

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Talk about a guy who is hitting the cover off of the ball. Miguel Montero has come alive! Over the past few weeks Montero has hit 4 HR, collected 10 RBI, hit over .300 and has an OPS near 1.200. Montero’s first season on the North side of Chicago has not been the rosiest of situations for him but he seems to just get enough done to warrant consideration as a solid backstop. Even though his BA, BABIP and K% have all taken negative dips Montero has enjoyed a solid year statistically in many other areas that he has previously been historically known for struggling with. Firs,t Montero’s BB% has needed to get higher but without much success until this year. His BB% is up near 13% which is the highest it has ever been. Next, Montero’s OBP of .345 is also the highest it has been since 2012. And finally his SLG% of .436, his wOBA of .338 and his wRC+ of 114 are all at its highest since 2011. The writing is on the wall for Montero to be a highly productive catcher for the rest of the season and provide some security in Chicago that they have indeed found their guy for years to come. That is unless Kyle Schwarberdecides he wants to master the craft of catching…

Travis Shaw (1B, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw is just another example of a guy being in the right place at the right time to seize an opportunity to prove how good he can really be. The Red Sox have been quite frankly a mess all season and giving young players a chance to show what they have to offer has been a mainstay for most of the year. Shaw came into this season as a player with modest power, a low batting average and subpar power stats. However since taking over the 1B gig back in early August, Shaw has opened a lot of eyes as to if he should be the future of the position right now. Shaw has compiled a .329 BA with 6 HR and 13 RBI while slashing a .376 OBP, a .600 SLG% and a .355 BABIP to go with it. His ISO is up around .270 despite the increase in K% and the slight decrease in BB%. His wRC+ of 165 will shatter any of his previous marks in the minors by season's end and his wOBA of .414 is also approaching career levels as well. Shaw deserves a ton of attention in deeper leagues but even in 10+ leagues Shaw brings more value to the table than a lot of talent who have fallen off as the season is approaching the fall. He could be the missing piece to a championship run or could give hope to a rebuilding fantasy team as well.

Nathan Eovaldi (SP,NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Nathan Eovaldi has been on an absolute tear as of late and for those fantasy owners looking for a huge boost in their pitching department they can look no further than the services of Eovaldi. Over his last 10 starts, Eovaldi has seen his ERA drop by 52 points while compiling a 47:21 K/BB while allowing 4+ ER just once and allowing only 2 HR. Throw in 4 QS and 6 W and the only thing keeping Eovaldi back from having an elite stat line is his ability to last in most of his games. Eovaldi has only reached past the 6th inning in 9 of his starts this year but still has a favorable 13-2 record with a 2.5 K/BB rate for the season. His LOB% is at 74% which is the highest it has ever been and 3 points higher than his career average as well. The FIP of 3.48 still needs to come down and his ERA of 4.00 has been mostly in part to a few blowup games he had earlier in the season. When the Yankees brought Eovaldi over they knew he would be a project player at first that they hoped would develop into the pitcher the Dodgers and Marlins knew he could become. He has been able to avoid the big blowup games and has managed his control and honed his craft thus far. He is a must add for any team in need of any kind of pitching help.

Wei-Yin Chen (SP, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Sometimes a player is so consistent and reliable over a long period of time that fantasy baseball managers forget about him because he isn't a new hot commodity, this is possibly the case with Wei-Yin Chen. In total in 2015, Chen has a 3.13 ERA, 1.185 WHIP, a 4.35 FIP, and 7.3 K/9. Chen's biggest struggle is allowing home runs, with a figure of 1.4 HR/9 on the year, but he effectively limits damage and counter balances his long ball vulnerability by only allowing 2.0 BB/9. It is because he plays in such a homer friendly park that Chen tends to excel more on the road with a 2.90 ERA and 1.237 WHIP in games away from Camden Yards. Chen has been on fire lately and he has done it by attacking his weakness head on. In his last three starts, Chen has a 1.86 ERA, a 1.138 WHIP, and only two home runs allowed. Wei-Yin Chen is typically one of the safest widely available starting pitchers to add for fantasy baseball managers, but if he continues to limit home runs at this level, he is a must own starter.

David Wright (3B, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 78% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The man who has inhabited the hot corner for the Mets for the past decade is back with a vengeance. And to silence his critics he is already hitting well and hitting for power. David Wright had missed most of the 2015 season with spinal stenosis and has now returned at the height of the Mets playoff run. Good hitters can always regain their form based on their exceptional hand-eye coordination and overall patience at the plate and Wright showed no signs of rust in either department. Wright's career 10.1 BB% evens out the 18.4 K% to a certain extent and his career .339 BABIP and .299 BA should hold true if he continues to remain healthy for the rest of this season even in a smaller sample size. The Mets are not going to be afraid to put him right in the heart of the lineup that has been on an absolute tear as of late and put them in great position for a postseason berth. The one concern for an owner who has been stashing him or is picking him up from an owner who dropped him earlier in the year will be how much workload can he take on? Only time will tell, but Wright has already proven that he can be relied on to have a strong September for the Mets and for your fantasy team.

Yordano Ventura (SP,KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Yes Yordano Ventura can be a wild and frustrating pitcher at times, but aren't the great ones just a little bit on the edgy side to begin with? Ventura and the Royals have seemingly been on cruise control for the better part of two months in the AL Central. But he seems to have finally settled in to being the young stud pitcher they hoped he would become. In his last three starts, Ventura has logged 19 IP, 3 ER, 21 K and 3 QS with 2 W. He also issued 6 BB in one of those games but his control issues and fluctuated up and down all season. Amazingly Ventura's BB/9 is down to a career best 2.99 this season giving hope that he truly has reigned in his control problems. The BABIP of .301 is higher than his owners are used to and his ERA has spiked to 4.64 this season which has added to the concern. The biggest change for Ventura has been his confidence to throw strikes and use his curveball to offset his electric fastball rather than his under developed cutter. Bright days are ahead for Ventura and with a winning team behind him there should be no reason that Ventura can't grow even more into a top of the rotation starter that he is being groomed to become.

Trea Turner (WAS, SS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Jorge - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Monitor in 14 team leagues or deeper. OWNED IN: 1% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: This guy can absolutely fly. Between AA and AAA this year, Trea Turner had a 322/.370/.458 batting line with eight homers, 54 RBI and 19 steals. That's the good. The bad is, he doesn't have a clear route to playing time. He's blocked at short by Ian Desmond, at third by Yunel Escobar and Anthony Rendon, and at second by Danny Espinosa. Obviously in dynasties and keeper leagues he has tremendous value, especially with shortstop eligibility. He does have some relevance this year though. There have been some whispers about Desmond losing out on playing time. A sudden injury could always open up some playing time too. Right now his main contribution will likely be speed off the bench. So if you're desperate for steals, this guy could help a bit, but don't expect Jarrod Dyson. Basically the message here is keep an eye on him, but he's not relevant this season in all but the deepest leagues.

Lonnie Chisenhall (1B/3B/OF, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

4 days ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in deeper leagues OWNED IN: 25% of fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: When the Indians unloaded Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy in summer trades; it opened a window of opportunity for utility man Lonnie Chisenhall in Cleveland. In Chisenhall's last 58 AB he has hit two HR, ten RBI, scored eight R, stolen two bases, produced a .397 BA, and a 1.022 OPS. Chisenhall also hits at a solid pace when playing outside of Cleveland with a .297 BA and a .807 OPS away from home. Chisenhall really seems to have found a home in right field, and that, along with his double infield eligibility, makes him especially valuable to fantasy baseball managers looking for versatility. Although it is a little odd that Chisenhall is owned in 25% of leagues, he has really turned up his production at the plate since getting the call from the Indians. Chisenhall makes a great flexibility add for fantasy baseball managers in deep leagues.

J.P.Arencibia (C, TB) - Waiver Wire Analysis

5 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only / Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: This is the wild card of this list simply because he enters it after Curt Casali went down to injury. Arencibia has been called up to fill in for Casali and shadow over Rene Rivera. That is precisely the reason he makes this list because have you seen Rivera’s numbers this year? They aren;t great! Arencibia’s career .196 ISO and .403 SLG% are much more enticing options that Rivera and with Tampa Bay still clinging to the .500 mark it may be time for the Rays to try something drastic. Yes Arencibia’s career .207 BA should make a ton of people nervous and his residuals across the board are not sparkling. But for those of you in deep leagues looking for a potential late sleeper to plug and play Arencibia could be just the answer you are looking for.

John Lamb (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Analysis

5 days ago

Published by: Edward Sutelan - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues/NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: John Lamb was once considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, but Tommy John surgery and a slow recovery sidetracked Lamb’s career and his name slowly disappeared off of the radar. He was in the midst of arguably his best minor league season in 2015 when he was dealt to Cincinnati in the deal for Johnny Cueto. The Reds sent a struggling Michael Lorenzen to Triple-A and decided that it was time to reward John Lamb for his great work at Triple-A this year. Lamb has had two great starts, but a bad inning in each one has his ERA sitting at 6.35. In his debut against the Dodgers, Lamb was cruising along until the fifth inning. Lamb finished the day with 6 IP, five runs (four coming in the fifth), and seven punchouts. A similar scenario happened in his next start against Arizona when he went 5 1/3 IP and didn’t give up any runs until the fifth inning. Outside of a pair of rough innings, Lamb has been outstanding. He has a 3.30 FIP, a 2.52 xFIP, a 2.69 SIERA. His high ERA is currently scaring away fantasy owners as he is owned in only 1% of Fleaflicker leagues and 3% of Yahoo leagues. Take advantage of the low ownership numbers and pick up John Lamb as he will maintain a rotation spot for the rest of the year and six of his final eight starts will likely be against teams in the low half of teams in OPS.

Cameron Maybin (OF, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: There seems to be a sentiment about Cameron Maybin that his season has been a product of luck and that he is simply a flash in the pan. However this is not what the statistics indicate. Maybin has a maintainable BABIP of .319 on a 26% LD%. This displays that he isn't reaching base on bloopers, but hard hit line drives. So far on the season Maybin has a .277 BA, a .737 OPS, ten HR, and 20 SB. Maybin had a rough month of July with a .647 OPS, but has rebounded well. In 76 August at bats he has a .303 BA and a .830 OPS. Maybin is at hist best when playing in Atlanta (.853 home OPS) and when batting against southpaws (.814 OPS vs. LHP). He is a widely available power-speed combo who is recovering well from a down month, and the underlying stats indicate his success is no fluke.

Denard Span (WAS, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Jorge - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Denard Span is a known commodity, and, though he's been made of glass this year, he can be a major asset down the  stretch. During his rehab with High-A, Span hit .412 (7 for 17) with a homer and three runs scored. He helps you in average, runs scored, occasional pop and he can obviously steal bases. Span is more than worth the add. The only thing to bear in mind here is that he hits significantly better against righties than lefties. He sports a .341 average against righties, but a pedestrian .197 average against southpaws. It's not a bad idea to have a good alternative to sub him out for in daily leagues should he be playing a lefty. In weekly leagues it's also strongly advised to check out if he faces a lefty heavy rotation that week. Also be on the lookout for Michael A. Taylor as he could steal a bit of Span's playing time.

Chris Owings (2B/SS, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper leagues. OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: When a player has duel infield eligibility, you take notice. When that player has been slugging well of late to add to their impressive base running like Chris Owings has, fantasy baseball managers in deep leagues should take very careful notice. In the last seven days, Chris Owings has started all six games (easier now that Cliff Pennington got traded to Toronto), and in 25 AB, has hit one HR, two doubles, and has produced a fantastic .400 BA, and a 1.023 OPS. Owings's  season totals don't look that impressive, but that is mostly due to a very slow first half. In the first half of the season Owings had just a .570 OPS. So far in the second half of the season Owings has a .731 OPS. In 65 August at bats, Owings has a .292 BA and a .770 OPS. All of this hot hitting is even more enticing when it is noted that Owings has 14 SB on the season. If you are in a deep league and need an infielder with SS/2B position flexibility, positions where hot hitting is hard to come by, look to add Chris Owings.

Sean Doolittle (RP,OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Sean Doolittle is yet another case of Hamlet's famous words "To Be or Not To Be? That Is The Question." Will he be the closer in Oakland? Or will he just be another injured reliever who gets lost in the shuffle and out of fantasy relevance? Doolittle was a heralded RP coming into this season but injuries have plagued him and made him a complete afterthought. Even now since he has returned he has struggled and Drew Pomeranz seems to be the guy in line to close for the Oakland A's mired in their worst season since 2011. Of all of Oakland's options for the 9th inning though, Doolittle would seem to have the pedigree to be that guy. His 11.28 K/9 along with his FIP of 2.35 would suggest success going forward. Add on his .211 BAA and his 0.99 WHIP and you have yourself a closer with potential. Finally sprinkle in some 68% first pitch strike percentage and Doolittle is the guy without question. Right? The fact is the season is lost and he has a lot of rust to shake off. The A's are going to play with their options and might not rush Doolittle back to closing duties right away. But his history should show that he should reclaim his spot and provide good residuals to owners in leagues with holds or leagues where owners need an ERA and WHIP boost from the RP position.  

Marcell Ozuna (OF, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only and Deep Mixed Leagues Ownership: 50% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Marcell Ozuna has been one of the biggest busts of the 2015 season to this point. After breaking out with a 23-homer season a year ago, he was bad enough that the woeful Marlins demoted him to the minors in early July. Since being recalled last week, he hasn’t set the world on the fire or anything, but he does have two homers in eight games after just four in the 80 games prior to his demotion. Ozuna’s talent remains obvious, and he could do a lot to soothe troubled waters with scorned owners by posting a big September.

Stephen Piscotty (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

5 days ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in NL-Only and Deep Mixed Leagues Ownership: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Stephen Piscotty has been rock solid since his promotion a few weeks ago. He has helped the Cardinals weather the loss of Randal Grichuk, as well as some recent struggles by his comrades, and remain in control of the NL Central. He has smacked four homers to go with a .324/.354/.562 slash line. With both Grichuk and Matt Holliday on the shelf, Piscotty’s playing time is essentially guaranteed for the time being.

Kevin Gausman (BAL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

6 days ago

Published by: Jorge - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The young fireballer for the O's has started to put everything together of late. In his last 40 innings, he's only allowed 16 earned runs. Aside from the bomb he gave up to Miguel Sano on Sunday, he was lights out the rest of the afternoon. His home/road splits are interesting as he has an ERA of 2.19 at home and a WHIP of 0.89. Given that Camden Yards is a hitters' park, that's very impressive. On the road though, he has a 6.44 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP. Based on recent outings, I think those road numbers will improve a bit. His 4 to 1 K/BB ratio is very solid as well so he won't kill your WHIP and he can help rack up strikeouts for your team. He's only gotten one win in his last six starts. Given the fact that Baltimore has been hitting better of late, Gausman should receive much more run support. Now he just needs the bullpen to hold it down and he can be a pretty serviceable pitcher  down the stretch.  

Tyler Duffey (MIN, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: We're digging deep here, so AL-Only owners listen up. Perhaps owners are scared off by the 4.60 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but there's more to Duffey than meets the eye. Duffey debuted at Toronto and allowed five earned runs in just two innings before getting pulled. Not exactly what one would consider a cupcake outing. He's responded well though, allowing just two runs over 13.2 innings with a 15/5 K/BB ratio in two victories. Duffey put up solid numbers for the Twins minor league organization before the call-up too. In 138 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, Duffey produced a 2.54 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 122/30 K/BB ratio. He relies primarily on his four seam and curve combo while mixing a sinker, change, and cutter. His fastball has been his strongest pitch according to PITCHf/x and has limited hitters to a .188 AVG so far. He makes for a good play this week at Tampa, a team that has struggled vs RHP in 2015, followed by a home start vs the White Sox next week. In AL-Only leagues, the pickings are likely slim which makes Duffey an enticing play for week 21.  

Wade Miley (BOS, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 29% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: One week after I discussed a player I was frightened of (Garza), it's only fitting I feature another play that makes my stomach turn. Jokes aside, Wade Miley has earned our attention. In the month of August, Miley has put together a 3.33 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 27 innings against some formidable competition (vs TB, @ DET, vs SEA, vs KC). He's allowed two or fewer runs in five of his past seven outings. Safe to say those other two starts were not roto-friendly. The peripherals have supported the idea that he's not getting lucky, but I'm not ready to hitch my ride to this wagon just yet. These numbers are fairly close to Miley's career statistics, which is an average pitcher playing in a tough AL East. This seems like more of a stream watch to me. His next outing is a matchup at Chicago (A), a team that pummeled Miley earlier this year (5.2 IP, 7 ER). But the White Sox also have a .655 OPS vs LHP (14th in AL) and  are struggling in the past week. I approve of running Miley out there. As for his weekend start vs NYY, you're on your own.

Kris Medlen (KC, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: As I predicted, Medlen has found his way back into the rotation after replacing Jeremy Guthrie for Kansas City. Medlen has a 2.51 ERA in seven relief appearances this year, but it needs to be noted that all of those runs were in his first appearance (3.1 IP, 4 ER). Since then it's been 11.0 scoreless innings with a 10/5 K/BB ratio.  In case you need a refresher, Medlen was a top 25 SP in fantasy from 2012 to 2013, including being arguably the best SP in baseball for the 2012 stretch run. Two Tommy John surgeries altered his career, but he's finally found his way back into a starting role. The Royals are likely to be very cautious with Medlen, considering his health record and the Royals 13 game lead in the AL Central. But pitchers of Medlen's caliber and track record aren't usually lying around the waiver wire. He's in line for a two-start week (vs BAL, @ TB). The Orioles matchup is bothersome, and the Royals likely won't let him go past 80-90 pitches. Tampa has been a bottom five team vs RHP. This represents an excellent streaming opportunity. Expect that ownership level to rise in the coming week.

Chris Colabello (1B / OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: But Max, he isn’t playing in 7 games this week. Well guess what? My article, my rules! With Toronto now lined up to face three LHP (Holland, Perez, Boyd) I except Colabello to find his way back into the lineup after sitting three games last week. Keep in mind two of those were at an NL park, eliminating the DH spot. There were concerns with Colabello fading as the season went on, but he’s responded by  batting .354 over his last 47 AB. If you’re looking for a power boost, he’s my favorite choice.  

Michael Conforto (OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 5% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Conforto hasn’t contributed too much to the Year of the Rookie, but most pundits expected him to struggle making the jump from Double-A. He’s currently hitting .224/.333/.448 with 3 HR and 11 RBI as part of a platoon in LF. He’s only had 5 AB vs LHP to this point. Good news for Conforto and rummaging fantasy owners is this week should be filled with playing time. The Mets currently have five RHP lined up (Williams, Eickhoff, Harang, Wright, Kelly). Combine that with Conforto’s .805 OPS vs RHP and we have a recipe for success. With him available in 95% of leagues, it’s likely this pick will help anyone out there.

Charlie Morton (SP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Justin Berglund - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Despite having an up and down season, Charlie Morton has hit quite a high the past few starts. After striking out nine Mets, he followed up with another eight over a combined 13 innings while only giving up two earned runs in that span. On the year, he is 8-4 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a 71/30 K/BB rate. Morton is nothing if not consistent when it comes to his Swinging Strike%. Since his rookie year in 2008, he has never gone higher than 8.1% or lower than 6.8%. He is on the high end this season at 7.9%. It’s no secret the Marlins have been possibly the biggest disappointment this season. Their .683 OPS at home is the worst in the National League this year, and the same can be said for their .116 ISO. Their .371 SLG% is second-worst only to Atlanta. It’s safe to say the Marlins miss their star hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who will not be ready to return until around September 1st. After trading away Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies have clearly not been the same team offensively. Since August 1st, their 80 wRC+ is the third worst in baseball. Along with playing away from their home launching pad in Colorado, their .671 road OPS this year is a far cry from their home .841.I have total confidence in playing Morton knowing the Rockies are far less dangerous away from Coors Field.

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team / Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: This player has been such a pariah to many fantasy owners who thought he would be one of the best sleeper catchers in fantasy baseball. His amazingly slow start had owners dumping him fast and letting him figure out his hitting issues safely on the waiver wire or at the minimum the bench. The K% is at an out of control 34% which makes some owners absolutely refuse to keep reading any more about Zunino. In fact his numbers across the board have been dreadful to say the least. Would you believe me if I told you his BB% and Contact% were both higher than they were last year and his BABIP is on pace to also be higher than his 2014 campaign? It might sound like grasping at straws but Zunino is slowly becoming a better baseball player because he has to. Over the past week he is hitting .313 and has an OPS of .818 and even with his bad play he is still behind the dish for Seattle at least 80% of the time. Owners who held onto him can take a chance on him figuring things out but shallow leagues can probably avoid him for now until he really turns the corner.

Blake Swihart (C, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team / Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: A few weeks back fellow Red Sox C Ryan Hanigan made this list and Blake Swihart seemed to be fading into the distance. This rookie has decided to turn around and sprint towards proving he deserves to belong. Recently Swihart has been playing 2 out of every 3 games and producing at a better clip than Hanigan. Swihart is hitting .333 and is the better option going forward as long as he gets the PT. Its not that Hanigan’s .294 BA is anything to complain about but Swihart produces more run scoring opportunities and is the more legit threat at the plate. Swihart must cut down his Pull% of 41% and keep creating solid contact instead of swinging for the fences so much. The OPS of .647 also must get significantly better but he has been improving on that slowly but surely. Early in the season Swihart’s BA had bottomed out at .091 but he has made huge strides having it back up to a respectable .259. He has the capability to have a grand finale in September as the Red Sox are looking forward to 2016 and should give him ample time to fine tune himself into the starting gig again.  

Chris Coghlan (OF / 2B, CHC) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Bill Dubiel - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Chris Coghlan has put up a very respectable campaign in 2015, and he has been particularly hot of late. In his last 15 games, he’s hitting .297 with eight runs scored, 10 RBIs and three homers. He’s eligible at second base and in the outfield, meaning he gets his fair share of playing time one way or another. He’s particularly great against righties (.832 OPS on the season), and with the Cubs scheduled to face quite a few righties in the next week he could be a great streaming option.

Tom Wilhelmsen (RP, SEA) - Closer Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

1 week ago

Published by: Uncle Leo - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: In today's game versus the Chicago White Sox, the Mariners threw us a curveball regarding their closer situation and who may be getting the saves chances moving forward. Previous closer Carson Smith came on in the 7th inning, and stayed in for the 8th inning as well. Tom Wilhelmsen then came in for the save opportunity and nailed it down with a hitless inning in the 9th. It will be interesting to see if Wilhelmsen will be getting the bulk of the saves chances moving forward, but if you're looking to add more saves to your fantasy baseball team then he can be added as a closer flier off the waiver wire at the very least. If you recall, Wilhelmsen ricked up 29 saves in 2012 and 24 saves in 2013 for the Mariners. He very well may be the guy going forward. Stay tuned for more updates soon. You can see our full MLB closers & saves depth charts updated here, and follow further updates and waiver wire pickups/stashes as we continue through the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season.  

Ivan Nova (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The New York Yankees have had nothing short of a remarkable year. The return of Ivan Nova came just in time. Since Nova returned in late June, he has posted a 3.72 ERA with a 2:1 K/BB ratio and 4 QS. He's helped to stabilize a sometimes shaky rotation. Nova has not given up more than 4 ER in any start in 2015, but he has also only made it through to the 7th inning just once. His 4.12 FIP needs some work but his .270 BABIP is 30 points lower than his career average. He is holding opposing batters to a .240 BA while also shrinking his HR/9 to .78 over his two month stint. Nova is not going to be a flashy pitcher with great peripherals, but he can get the job done with plenty of run support. If he can show some consistency down the stretch, Nova can turn into a cheap buy low SP for the rest of this season. He may even be a draft sleeper or sneaky keeper for 2016.

John Axford (RP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues. OWNED IN: 12% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Colorado Rockies have played the fun game of "Closer Carousel" for most of this season, seemingly using anyone who can muster up the strength to pitch in the 9th inning. John Axford had the job, lost it, and essentially won it back again by default earlier this month. He's...uh....not been the greatest. His 5.68 ERA with one save, one win, and two holds in the month of August are not inspiring. To put grease on the fire, Axford has 5.31 BB/9 and an elevated BABIP. The 4.10 FIP is slightly down and his 9.30 K/9 is merely fine. And yet the bottom line is this - most leagues count saves and Axford has the gig. In deeper leagues, Axford is as close to an immediate add as it gets. He did not get traded out of Colorado so unless come September 1st the Rockies decide to try someone else, Axford will keep the job for the rest of the season. With about a month to go in the season a safe bettor would be to count on Axford getting 5-10 saves the rest of the way. It's not much but it could tip the scales in a H2H weekly matchup.

Byron Buxton (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Lets face it, the debut of Byron Buxton did not go as planned for all fantasy owners who were hoping for Mike Trout 2.0. Buxton exited stage left from Minnesota in late June after a four strikeout game that left him with a .189 BA and a .231 OBP. Now that Aaron Hicks is on the DL, Buxton was once again promoted after unsurprisingly tearing through the the minors with his five tool prowess. The potential and scary fantasy value are still there for Buxton. The Twins have already placed him atop the order to give them a spark for their power bats. Buxton already has five hits in his first three games back and while the speed is not present as of yet, Buxton has shown his ability swipe bags in the minors with 101 career SB. Buxton's 34% K rate is nothing short of awful this year, but his BABIP is still right around .330. It's likely his first stint in the Twin Cities was a case of too much too fast for the heralded prospect.

Raisel Iglesias (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues. OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues. ANALYSIS: How is this guy available in 90% of leagues right now? How is this possible? Raisel Iglesias has been on an absolute tear as of late, and he is pulling off the best Rodney Dangerfield impression going today. "I don't get no respect!" I get that his 3.49 FIP and his 4.21 ERA are not the sexiest stats out there. I could even agree that his 8.68 K/9 and his 2.44 BB/9 should not have people clamoring to add him before finishing their current meal. However in the month of August, Iglesias has 4 QS, 2 W, 22:5 K/BB ratio and is clearly the ace of this staff going forward. His 16.5 K-BB% and his .237 BAA have been staples for him all season. With his comfort to throw his sinker in any situation, he's a terrifying entity with the movement and velocity that he possesses. The guy simply is an ace pitcher on a bad team. What else do you need to know about him? Don't wait for a September callup to help bolster your rotation. There is a stud just sitting there right in front of your face. Raisel Iglesias. HE. IS. MONEY.

Jung Ho Kang (SS / 3B, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: What more does Kang have to do to get your attention? While his rate stats are down this month, he’s still providing plenty of juice in the counting numbers. Since the break, the Pirates‘ Korean import boasts a .959 OPS with a half-dozen homers and 33 R+RBI in 30 games. Overall, his line sits at .287/.361/.447. In a normal season, he’d likely be a serious contender for Rookie of the Year honors. As it stands, he’s not even the best rookie at his position in his division. Still, he ought to be owned in more leagues than he is right now, especially given his multi-position eligibility.  

Junichi Tazawa (RP,BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickup

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Red Sox have been in a state of turmoil at the back end of their rotation after losing Koji Uehara for the rest of the season due to a fractured wrist. The acquisition of Jean Machi seemed to be the answer until Machi saw his ERA spike to 5.73 and only accumulate 1 SV and 1 HLD in the entire month of August. Now, Boston is turning to their setup man Junichi Tazawa to get the job done and it seems like a success so far. Machi was recently placed into the eighth inning of a game and gave up a three-run home run which sent Boston looking for answers. Tazawa pitched a perfect ninth inning and gained a ton of confidence from the team as a result of it. The job seems very open ended but Tazawa should have the chance to take the reigns by pitching well going into September. Tazawa's FIP of 2.72 along with his 1.44 BB/9 rate should keep Boston plugging him in to the closer's role without batting much of an eye. Boston has been winning the high scoring affairs but grabbing a few close calls will make Tazawa worthy of a timely add.  

Kevin Jepsen (RP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickup

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Glen Perkins neck issues have once again reared their ugly head at the worst possible time for fantasy owners counting on his stellar season to carry them to the finish line. Not all hope is lost! In the middle of the Twins extremely positive season, an underrated trade took place before the trade deadline that saw the Twins acquire Kevin Jepsen from Tampa Bay to help their bullpen. Jepsen had fallen out of favor in Tampa Bay after the Rays got back some of their injured bullpen members. Jepsen has compiled a 2.74 ERA with 24 Holds and a BABIP of .245 with 40 K in 49.1 IP. He was brought in to be the top setup man to Perkins ahead of the likes of Blaine Boyer, Brian Duensing and Casey Fien. Now that Perkins is sidelined, Jepsen is first in line for save chances in Minnesota. He hasn't been the best RP as his K/BB ratio sits at 5:3 and his FIP of 4.00 designates his ability to get blown up. Saves are not to be chased on draft day but in the clutches of the end of the season, owners should rush to grab a guy who could potentially close out the season as the team's closer. This would also stand to help prove that he can stay in high leverage situations. Go get him.  

Chase Utley (LAD, 2B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Jorge - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Short-Term Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Utley has been on a roll of late and now he's on his way to LA. He gets a boost hitting in that lineup, but there are some caveats here. When Howie Kendrick comes back from his hamstring injury, Utley will likely be relegated to the bench. Even before this, he will have to compete with Kike Hernandez for playing time. For fantasy purposes, he would've been better off staying in Philadelphia. That's not the way real baseball works though, and as such the smart play here is to ride him while he's hot. He could also be a good injury replacement or sub for another player who has a tough matchup. His BABIP on the season is very low at a measly .227, which indicates this little outburst could be more of the "real Utley."  His average is also 31 points higher against righties in 2015, so obviously playing him against them is a smart play.  

Brock Holt (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues. OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The super utility man has struck again for the Boston Red Sox and continues to prove how valuable he truly is and can be if given the chance. Brock Holt is an asset for both Boston and your fantasy lineup as he fills any position except catcher. Who knows - he might get pulled into that duty as well! If that is not value enough, Holt has been filling in mostly at 2B for the injured Dustin Pedroia and with his recent play the Red Sox really should keep him in the lineup wherever they can find a place to put him. Holt's recent success does not stop at his .346 BA and 10 RBI. His OPS is north of .900 and he always seems to get timely hits. Holt has also dropped his Pull% to under 35% and evened out his Cent% to 37.5% and his Oppo% to 27.6% leaving him an overall threat to hit to all parts of the field. His stats are not notably flashy but he does possess that "never say die" attitude and grit that gets him a ton of respect in the clubhouse. Fantasy owners can take ownership of Holt with a grain of salt but he can shore up most deficiencies a team might have sans HR or BB. He has doubles power and can drive in runs while giving you positive rate stats.  

Luis Valbuena (1B/2B/3B,HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: How is it that a player in the Top 25 in HR this season is still only 36% owned? Luis Valbuena defies logic and his stats clearly show why that number is so low. Sure, he has 21 HR this season but he also only has 43 RBI to go along with a putrid .211 BA. The fact is that his 21.8 K% isn't that great either and his .428 SLG should be much higher. His doubles are way down from last year in Chicago where he cranked out 33. Valbuena does have sneaky value when you dig even deeper into his stats. His ISO of .217 is the highest it has ever been and his wRC+ is right on track towards his best seasons as a major league talent. The Astros clubhouse is full of big power low residual players and normally stats like Valbuena's would drag a team down. However it has become the norm on a team that is still winning. Valbuena has eligibility at three positions and has been slowly but surely raising his BA. Over the past few weeks he is hitting over .300 with 3 XBH and an OPS over 1.000. If you can afford to take a hit in the BA department for some cheap power then Valbuena is your guy.  

Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Very few players have made the impact that Jackie Bradley Jr. has made since his return to Boston in late July. Bradley has some pretty astonishing statistics since being called back up to Fenway. He has doubled his HR total and has driven in 82% of his RBI total during that stretch while raising his BA by 123 points. He has unfortunately been hitting near the bottom of the Red Sox lineup but Bradley clearly does not seem to mind as he appears motivated to stick this time around and be a big part of the future. Over the past few weeks Bradley is hitting over .390 with 14 RBI and an impressive 10 XBH. Need more proof? His ISO of .244 and his BABIP of .293 should both keep rising up through the rest of the season. Although some even dropoff is to be expected from this explosion of productivity owners can rest assured that as long as he stays healthy he will get his shot to produce. Even the most shallow leagues cannot ignore Bradley's recent success and should give him serious consideration. With ownership still down around 10% owners should not wait to pick up Bradley and reap the rewards sooner than later.  

Martin Perez (TEX, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Stream Worthy OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Many fantasy owners may have forgotten about Martin Perez after his Tommy-John Surgery in 2014, but with pickings so slim it's worth putting him back on your radars. Only 24, Perez has bounced back nicely after a horrendous outing vs NYY (1 IP, 8 ER) by compiling a 2.21 ERA over 20.1 innings (3 GS). Those matchups don't look intimidating on paper (TB, @ SEA, SF) but Tampa has actually been one of the best teams vs LHP according to RotoGrinders. Safe to say his 5.29 ERA on the season is very misleading. One peek at his 2.99 FIP and 3.81 SIERA imply he's getting a little unlucky, along with the .345 BABIP. His fastball is back to around 92 mph while his sinker has been his best pitch in 2015. His sinker has limited hitters to a .133 AVG in 6 GS. He's not missing many bats (6.1 SwStk%) and he's yet to surrender a HR in 2015. Easy to say some regression is coming in the form of the longball. He's got a matchup at home vs Seattle, a team who is last in the AL in AVG, OBP, and OPS vs LHP. He's got my stamp of approval for streamers. As for his next outing vs Toronto, tread at your own risk. The HRs should be aplenty.  

Jeremy Hellickson (ARI, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Stream Worthy at Home OWNED IN: 4% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: HellBoy just refuses to leave the fantasy landscape. He had an excellent run in July (1.88 ERA) that saw his ownership climb into the double digits. Enter two terrible outings at Houston and Washington (8 IP, 10 ER, 5/6 K/BB) and the party train reached an abrupt halt. Smart owners rode the rocky waves and were rewarded with a dominant outing vs Philadelphia (8 IP, 0 ER, 6/0 K/BB). So what's the next move? For starters, utilizing Hellickson in a home/away platoon is the preferred route. Check out his home/away splits. It's surprising how much better he's performed at Chase Field, which is 6th in NL in R/game. The last time Hellickson failed to record a quality start at home was May 13th (7 GS). He's got a two-start week ahead of him, but both are away from Chase Field (@ PIT, @ CIN). I cannot endorse either matchup for streaming purposes, but he should see STL and OAK at home afterwards should the rotation stay in line. Keep an eye on HellBoy.  

Matt Garza (MIL, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Max Petrie - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 + Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Here's a name I was quite sure I would not be discussing in this series but the pickings are slim and he's gaining traction in ownership, so here we are. Matt Garza recorded a 5.55 ERA in the first half (4th worst) but has rewarded owners who stuck with him (likely idle owners) with his latest string of success.   In five starts since the All-Star Break, Garza owns a shiny 2.56 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 31.2 innings. He's faced respectable lineups in that span (vs CLE, @ ARI, vs CHC, vs SD, @ CHC), so let's take a closer look into his recent success. Here's his Pre-ASB stats: And Post-ASB: Off the bat we can see a significant decline in his HR/9 rate and BABIP along with a huge rise at his LOB%. The BABIP and LOB% are due for regression, but perhaps not back to pre-ASB levels. He's limited his slider usage and replaced it with more of sinkers and change ups, which helps explain the decline in HR. Is that a recommendation to roster Garza until further notice? Heck no. Just too much risk involved. But he's got a juicy matchup vs Miami on Monday, a team that is last in MLB in AVG, OBP, OPS, HR%, and BB% vs RHP. He's got my stamp of approval for this streaming opportunity. Next weekend at Washington, you're on your own.  

Bruce Rondon (RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Analysis

1 week ago

Published by: Dillon Borgida - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Just as it seemed like Rondon was locking in the closer role after two straight saves, he blew his most recent opportunity. Manager Brad Ausmus did state before the blown save that Rondon was his closer moving forward but that could clearly change on a game to game basis. At only 17% owned in fantasy leagues, he’s a solid pickup this week. He gets a ton of strikeouts so he has value in that category regardless of when he pitches. Alex Wilson’s stock took a bit of a dip with Ausmus’ remarks, and his like of strikeout power makes him though to roster unless he’s getting the save opportunities. I’d hold off on adding Wilson at this time unless Rondon implodes.

Drew Pomeranz (RP, OAK) - Closer Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

1 week ago

Published by: Uncle Leo - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Earlier today, Drew Pomeranz nailed down the save for the Oakland Athletics in their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched a scoreless inning, giving up zero hits and walks, which is much better than what Edward Mujica has been doing recently. Pomeranz was facing some lefty batters, so we can't say for sure whether this was a matchup play or if he's emerged as the new closer in town. What we do know is that Mujica has been terrible, and it would be strange to see them go back to him at this point. If you're looking for saves, Pomeranz may be able to throw a few your way down the stretch. A few caveats here though. The Athletics have been a bad, bad baseball team, and have not been winning many games. So there may not be too many saves to go around. Also Sean Doolittle has been on a rehab assignment, and is expected to rejoin the team relatively soon. He probably won't be the closer immediately, but he may take back the role as he was absolutely dominant last year. Pomeranz has been solid this year, regardless of how he's been utilized, with a 3.72 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 69:30 K:BB ratio in 72 2/3 IP. So feel free to grab him off the waiver wire if you can spare the move, and see how this plays out. You can see our full MLB closers & saves depth charts updated here, and follow further updates and waiver wire pickups/stashes as we continue through the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season.  

Jedd Gyorko (2B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The San Diego Padres made some big splashes this past offseason but the team still expected big things from their talented 2B Jedd Gyorko. Since then Gyorko had not only been demoted but his stock had fallen faster and further than a ton of talent in 2015. Gyorko is batting a paltry .233 on the year with a .365 SLG% and an OBP of .293. He came off a season in 2013 where he hit 23 HR and had a wRC+ of 110 in 125 games. That all seems like a distant memory now and he has been struggling to find his way back ever since. The Padres have been mired in mediocrity this season though, and Gyorko has found his way back in the good graces of everyday play. Gyorko's BA is still hovering around the Mendoza line as of late but his RBI total has shot up significantly and his power stroke seems to be back with 4 of his last 10 hits going for extra bases. The MI position has been filled with trials and tribulations for most owners who don't have stalwarts manning those key positions. Deeper leagues that employ a MI will thrive on Gyorko's success but with the rash of injuries plaguing the middle infield positions, he can slide in as a solid replacement to at least help out in the power categories. He is a cheap addition right now and owners should jump on the chance to get aboard the Gyorko bandwagon again before it is too late.  

Carlos Rodon (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Carlos Rodon has been the perfect example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Chicago White Sox this season. He has gone through awful stretches with several different factors coming into play. He has given up 4+ ER in 7 games this year. He has also walked 4+ batters in 6 games. His 2:1 K/BB ratio leaves a lot to be desired and his FIP of .393 and ERA of 4.42 don't make things any sunnier. However, in his recent stretch of success Rodon has carried a 2.75 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 19.2 IP with 19 K and 2 QS. Rodon came in as one of the most unpolished rookie SP in baseball and bumps in the road were to be expected. He has tremendous talent and for those in dynasty leagues they know their patience will pay off. Unless you are an owner in a shallow league Rodon's value lies in his high 9.57 K/9 total even on a bad team like the White Sox. The White Sox have nothing to lose and for the owner who is looking for high ceiling talent with #2 SP potential Rodon is the guy to get.  

Gregor Blanco (OF, SFG) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The San Francisco Giants might have one of the best leadoff hitters in all of baseball and yet not many people seem to know who Gregor Blanco really is. Blanco is a career .262 hitter with limited power with a propensity to steal bases in the right system and be a nightmare on the basepaths. His current BABIP of .354 suggests a significant uptick of value to go along with his .375 OBP and his wRC+ of 126 which has shattered all of his previous MLB marks. Blanco's K/BB ratio for the season is 51:33 which makes him an even bigger commodity simply due to the fact that he creates contact on the majority of his plate appearances. His OPS of .797 could be even higher if he had more games under his belt. The Giants would be well served to take his sample size from this season and treat him as an everyday player from this point forward. His wOBA of .343 is also the highest it has ever been and in the last two weeks Blanco has accumulated a .326 BA with an OPS of .885 with 4 SB and 5 XBH. Blanco is the real deal and truly should be valued as a premier leadoff hitter for the rest of the season on a team striving for a playoff push.  

Wade Miley (SP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Wade Miley has not had the type of success that he was looking for this year but quite frankly, none of the Red Sox players have had much to cheer about. Miley's 9-9 record has had a lot to do with his lack of control this season issuing 52 BB in nearly 140 IP. His previous high was at 75 with 70 more IP back in 2014. However, in his last 6 outings Miley has 4 QS with his only win coming in the 22-10 victory when the Boston offense rose from the dead vs King Felix. His FIP of 3.98 still needs a lot of work but he is still holding batters to a .259 BAA. The other stat that should worry owners is his K-BB% which is at 9% and is only bested by the 3% it was back in his first season with Arizona in 2011. Yikes. That said, Miley still possesses the ability to end the season on a strong note. He is continuing to force opposing hitters to pull the ball at a 46.2% clip limiting opposite field hits. He is also throwing 60% of his pitches for strikes which is slightly lower than his career best of 63% in his final season with Arizona. Miley has some things to prove to the Red Sox and fantasy owners but his recent signs of life should garner him serious consideration as a buy low candidate for the rest of the season.  

Charlie Morton (SP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Even on the most successful pitching staffs there always resides players that just get the job done. It doesn't make the big headlines and they are not talked about with great frequency. But Charlie Morton seems to thrive in being just another guy. Those sneaky types of fantasy players are real assets to any team. Morton brings to the table a 7-4 record with a 4.38 ERA and a .293 BABIP. His GB/FB ratio sits at 2.79 which ranks in the top 5 in all of MLB. Morton gets his work done on the ground and keeps the ball in the park with his career 0.71 HR/9. Morton's last two outings have shown that he can deliver for fantasy owners with more sexy stats such as a 15:4 K/BB in 11.1 IP but he did give up 2 HR and 7 ER during those appearances as well. Pitching is at such a premium this time of year and Morton is still available in a ton of leagues mainly because he doesn't have loud numbers. Morton is on a playoff team and he has gotten decent run support to go along with his efforts. You could do a lot worse and it some instances he can be an upgrade for owners in need of W and QS.  

Drew Smyly (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

1 week ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The recent return of Drew Smyly might not have been the most crisp outing of his career but it signifies that he is ready to be back in the Tampa Bay rotation. After giving up 5 ER in 4 IP vs Texas in his first start back many fantasy owners who have had him stashed or bought him low were sent running to the hills seeking answers. Rust is going to be a given for a player returning from shoulder surgery. Smyly's history should tell you that even though it might take him a bit to get back to form he should normal out to career averages of 1.14 WHIP, 3.23 ERA, 3:1 K/BB and 8.6 K/9 when all is said and done. Take into consideration that Smyly is going up against the vaunted AL East with all of its offensive prowess. His presence once he is fully back to full strength and confidence is going to be extremely useful. With only about a month left in the season though fantasy owners probably need to give him one more start to get some things worked out. However that might be too late to take advantage of an owner who was quick to drop him after his first start back. Trust your instincts of following Smyly's career BABIP of .291 and .231 BAA and add him right now.    

Kevin Gausman (SP, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deeper Mixed Leagues Ownership: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In 2015, Kevin Gausman has been incredible at home with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and one home run allowed, despite the homer-friendly confines of Camden Yards. Gausman has two starts at home this week against two very weak offensive teams. First, he will square off against the Mets, who rank 29th in the league in OPS at .676. Then he will pitch against the Twins, who are tied for 22nd at .698. With solid peripherals, 3.78 FIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 7.8 K/9, Gausman is a solid option to continue his home dominance in two winnable games for the Orioles.

John Danks (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deeper Leagues Ownership: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: John Danks seems to have finally settled into a groove for the White Sox. He has struggled with home runs this season (1.1 HR/9), but that should not be an issue this week, as he is pitching in Anaheim and Seattle, two cities with very pitcher-friendly parks. The Angels and Mariners have also struggled offensively this season. Seattle ranks 20th in the league in OPS at .699, and the Angels rank 22nd at .698. In the month of August, Danks has a 2.37 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and zero home runs allowed in 19 IP. He allowed 14 HR in 91.2 IP in the first half, but has surrendered just one long-ball in 36 IP since he break.

Raisel Iglesias (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues Ownership: 6% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cuban prospect Raisel Iglesias has had flashes of both good and bad in his debut season with the Cincinnati Reds. Iglesias has been brilliant of late. In three August starts, Iglesias has a 2.89 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. He is making both of his starts this week at home, which is good news considering that he pitches much better at home on the season with a 3.82 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in Cincinnati. Of course, the home park is of some concern as it’s one of the most power friendly in baseball. In total, Iglesias has good peripherals with a 3.53 FIP, 2.6 BB/9, and 9.3 K/9. His main struggle has been allowing home runs with a 0.9 HR/9. However, this is good news considering his opposition this week. Iglesias will first face off against the Royals who rank 26th in the league with 91 HR on the season and will then make a start against the Diamondbacks who rank 18th in the league with 103 HR. He’s a high ceiling pick up this week.

Francisco Lindor (SS, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: This is not a news flash to any fantasy baseball owner this season, but the SS position has been extremely shallow. Francisco Lindor has made his presence felt in Cleveland leaving no doubt that his glove isn't the only thing that people are raving about. Lindor has burst onto the scene with a .296 BA and 24 RBI. Lindor hit 25 HR in 440 career minor league games. He has already hit 5 HR in just 55 games with the Cleveland Indians. He only has 3 SB this season but has the potential for 30+ given the opportunity. He'll need to improve his walk rate to become truly elite, but Lindor has all the makings of a solid hitter. He can provide both speed and pop to balance a lineup. Lindor is going to be an asset going forward and if you are lucky enough to have him in a keeper league you are seeing a young player blossom before your very eyes.  

Kike Hernandez (2B / SS / OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Jorge - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Hernandez has been a nice little spark plug for the Dodgers' offense since Howie Kendrick went down with a hamstring injury. Since August 8th, Hernandez has hit three homers, six RBI, and recorded 11 hits in 27 AB. His main competition for playing time right now is Jose Peraza, but it seems like it's Kike's job to lose for now. This being said, it should be interesting to see what happens when Kendrick returns. It's getting to be crunch time though in a lot of leagues, and this level of performance combined with Hernandez' positional versatility is hard to pass up. He hits much better against southpaws, although he has the same amount of home runs against righties (three) as he does vs lefties. His average is .414 against lefties though, and he has eight more doubles. Digging a little deeper here, Hernandez hits just as well at home as on the road. That is to say that you can pretty much play him whenever, unless you have a good alternative when he faces a right-hander.  

Drew Smyly (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Uncle Leo - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stash in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The long awaited return of Drew Smyly is finally upon us. After spending the last few months on the DL, the Tampa Bay Rays are activating Smyly off the DL in their hopes of a playoff push. At this point, we all know the type of fantasy upside and talent that he brings to the table. The only questions now are can he stay healthy, and will he be able to regain his pre-injury form after sustaining an always tricky arm injury. If Smyly is sitting on your waiver wire, add him and stash him at the very least. We can't predict with certainty how he will perform, but he needs to at least be picked up and monitored for his next 1-2 starts. He may be able to pitch like the ace that he has shown flashes of down the stretch, and be an impact arm for fantasy owners down the home stretch. It should be fun to see how this all plays out.

Marcus Stroman (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stash in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The best news for fans of Marcus Stroman is that he is coming along nicely from his torn ACL that he suffered during Spring Training. The team stated earlier this year that he would be ready to go and contribute at a high level by the beginning of the 2016 season. However Stroman's recovery from his injury has been nothing short of remarkable. He has hit several milestones in the process and is already out on rehab assignments getting ready to return to Toronto by September 1st. The Blue Jays will have to be careful as the original plan was to shut him down for the season but with Toronto aiming for the playoffs and in need of pitching help Stroman's return could not have come at a better time. In 2014 Stroman provided the Blue Jays with an 7.65 K/9, a 3.65 ERA while only giving up .48 HR/9. His 90-93 MPH fastball/cutter combination was a deadly duo when paired with his 83 MPH curveball. Fantasy owners should temper expectations as a final decision on what to do with Stroman in 2015 is yet to be determined. If you have been stashing him all year then your patience has paid off. The dynasty players out there love Stroman's potential and long term value. Now that Toronto has become the official offensive juggernaut scaring owners away from even elite pitching, Stroman is a great add right now while he is still at least a few weeks away from being activated. Don't wait because someone else is probably already getting itchy on the trigger to acquire his elite services!

Martin Perez (SP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Texas Rangers are making a desperate push for the playoffs and having as many young healthy horses in their stable will be key to that playoff run becoming a reality. Martin Perez had missed most of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery and was a mid-season buy low candidate. He scared a lot of owners away giving up 8 ER in 1 IP vs New York on July 28th. Since that start he has 20.1 IP, 12 K, 2 BB, 5 ER and 3 QS. This is the guy the Rangers were counting on! Perez has a 5.29 ERA since his return but his FIP is at 2.98 so his blowup vs New York is currently an aberration and not the norm going forward. The K/9 are at an all-time low of 4.73 but his BB/9 are also at his MLB lowest 2.23 in 2015. His WHIP of 1.45 must come down to solidify his spot as a main stream pickup but if he continues winning, getting QS and keeping his playoff hopeful team alive then he should be a decent play for those fantasy owners trying to accomplish the same thing.

Nathan Eovaldi (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Nathan Eovaldi seems to have found a home in the Big Apple after two dreadful stops in Los Angeles and Miami. He was seen as a project player coming into this season and struggled a bit initially but he is strutting his stuff down Park Avenue quite comfortably these days. His 4.26 ERA and 1.49 WHIP are not sparkling numbers of an overly successful pitcher. But he does sport a 12-2 record with a 51.7 GB% and is not relying on his fastball as much to get him out of jams. The 48.4% clip that he is throwing his fastball now is a 15% decrease from last year as he has finally developed the confidence with his changeup. He has increased his usage of that changeup from 3.1% in 2014 to a 17.8% rate in 2015. Eovaldi has not lost a decision since his June 16 disaster vs Miami (.2 IP 8 ER) and he has not given up more than 4 runs in any one start since that same game as well. He is not the flashiest pitcher on your staff nor will he win owners any one week by himself. Having reliable and consistent options to get you through your week without hampering your stats in a H2H or Roto league is however solid gold.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 4% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: JBJ’s ownership rate figures to shoot up after an absolutely mammoth day at the dish on Saturday (five extra-base hits in six at-bats, including two homers, and 7 RBI). But that was just the cherry on top of a huge week for the former top prospect. Bradley has posted an unconscious .520/.556/1.200 line with four homers and 24 R+RBI in his last five games. In the process, he’s raised his OPS from a putrid .426 to a healthy .840. We have an entire season’s worth of plate appearances to weigh against Bradley’s fireworks display that suggest he’s kind of terrible. But given his pedigree there’s the possibility, however remote, that something’s clicked. If you need a miracle, he might be your man.  

Delino DeShields (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 17% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: DeShields, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, got himself an early gift with his first major league homer on Friday. Though big flies will likely be few and far between for the light-hitting center fielder, his true value lies in his speed and plate discipline. These attributes have led to him being installed as the leadoff hitter for the Rangers, making him an asset in runs as well. Despite logging only three innings at the position this season, DeShields is also 2B-eligible. His numbers compare favorably to Billy Burns, who’s owned in nearly three times as many leagues and doesn’t offer the same positional flexibility.

Colby Rasmus (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 5% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: There are 27 outfielders with at least 15 homers this season. Rasmus is the only one of them not owned in at least a third of Yahoo leagues, and just three others are under 50 percent owned. He’s a bit of a BA drag, currently hovering around his mediocre .245 career mark thanks to his typically hacktastic ways. Cheap power is tough to come by this time of year, though, and that’s what you’ll get here. Rasmus has been largely ignored by fantasy owners all season, but he deserves a bit more attention.

Yunel Escobar (SS / 3B, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Escobar has been a last cut basically every week since I started writing this column. The reasoning behind that? His production to this point has been fueled in part by a BABIP well above his career mark which (say it with me now) isn’t really supported by his underlying data. But regression doesn’t always arrive when it you think it might, and we’re into the dog days of summer at this point. Escobar has been an asset in batting average and OBP and hasn’t hurt his owners anywhere else. For a guy with shortstop eligibility, that’s fairly valuable.

Mitch Moreland (1B / DH, TEX) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 44% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Moreland had a tough July, but he’s bounced back this month and owns an impressive .295/.345/.511 line with 17 homers and 61 RBI. He’s still a liability against southpaws and has a pretty checkered injury history. Still, power is a scarce resource in the current offensive environment. You simply aren’t going to find too many other players on the wire with his pop without serious drawbacks – typically a putrid average or OBP. Moreland’s current numbers are comparable to more widely owned assets like Brandon Belt and Adam Lind.  

Cesar Hernandez (2B / 3B / SS, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 1o+ Team Leagues  OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Hernandez will almost certainly lose his 3B eligibility next season on non-Yahoo platforms and he’s a better fit at the middle infield slots, but cheap speed is cheap speed. Hernandez is 17-for-21 in stolen base attempts and also sports a nifty, albeit empty, .289 average. Recent success aside, the Phillies remain terrible at baseball, which suppresses his value a bit as his run scoring opportunities are fewer than ideal. Still, there are some reasons for hope going forward in the City of Brotherly Love, and Hernandez appears to be one of them. He’s taking over as the regular shortstop with Chase Utley back from the dead disabled list.  

Matt Garza (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Let's face it -- Matt Garza has been bad this season. He has made fantasy owners pay dearly for owning him. However Garza has truly turned things around and has visably righted the ship. If you are in need of pitching whether as a streamer or to roster for the playoffs, Garza might be an option. Garza has pitched admirably since late June where he has 6 QS, 28 K and has lowered his ERA by .70 during that stretch. Additionally in the past few weeks he has a 2.70 ERA with 3 QS and 14 K in 20 IP. Fantasy owners are going to have a hard time getting past career worst walk and strikeout rates (3.17 BB/9 and 6.27 K/9). The Brewers run support has been dreadful, and his lack of success is not entirely of his own doing. However, Garza's 4.80 FIP  is a complete disaster. You'll have to believe in his recent performance to roster him. The silver lining with Garza is his mix of pitches and velocity. He is throwing the curveball with more confidence (12.7%), and his velocity has not dipped as dramatically as other declining pitchers. Hopefully, Garza is pitching with a chip on his shoulder, eager to prove Milwaukee fans (and fantasy owners) wrong in the process.

Jake Lamb (3B, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Since Jake Lamb cemented the demise of the Yasmany Tomas third base experiment, he has shown that he will be manning the hot corner for the Diamondbacks. The .359 BABIP is a drastic improvement over 2014's .291 mark but with a larger sample size. If Lamb could have stayed healthy and gotten the at-bats needed, he could be building upon last year instead of recovering from it. His .330 wOBA needs to keep climbing towards his minor league numbers, but his 23.7 K% must decline if he wants to be the long term solution at third base.. Lamb has an .827 OPS over the past few weeks to go along with a .283 BA and 5 XBH. He is hitting .279 for the year and his .339 OBP will improve when he gets more patient at the plate and raises his 8.1 BB%. The front office belives in him and 3B has been a surprisingly deep position this year with lots of elite talent. Several leagues employ a CI spot and Lamb can fill that void very nicely for a team looking for a solid hitter.

Carlos Beltran (OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The uncanny ability of Carlos Beltran can not be denied with his long list of accomplishments. However, in recent years, he has severely tapered off into being another aging veteran that finds time in a lineup desperate for his bat. Beltran's numbers across the board are about where they were last year but with a few big key exceptions. The good news is that he's trending positively after a bad start to the season. The .267 AVG means he is still creating good contact despite his low power totals. The BABIP sits at .294 which is moving towards his 2011 mark of .324 and his wRC+ of 114 is on pace to inch closer to 2010 levels of 152 before the years end. Beltran has also become less of a pull hitter as he has dropped that percentage down to 42.7% which is the lowest it has ever been. He generally hits fifth on an offense that is ranked third in HR and SLG% for 2015. Beltran has hit .353 in the last two weeks with 6 XBH including 2 HR and 4 doubles. He is another classic example of a professional hitter and grabbing him to fill as a UTIL or a platoon player could pay off some serious dividends.

Marco Estrada (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ and AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Toronto Blue Jays are scoring boatloads of runs these days and owning any of the Blue Jays pitching staff can be quite beneficial. Marco Estrada is proving that he is not only not an exception to the rule but that his stats are backing up his uptick in ownership. In his last three starts, Estrada has racked up 14 K in 18.2 IP while walking only five batters during that stretch. He has also limited the long ball merely giving up three in his last 10 starts. In fact his 0.84 HR/9 is the lowest it has been since his days in AAA with Milwaukee back in 2010. If he can continue his trend of limiting the longball and lowering his FIP to reasonable levels, Estrada will be a W and QS juggernaut along with the rest of the Blue Jays staff. The BABIP is at .243 and his .211 BAA should continue to gradually go down with his effectiveness and confidence of a high producing lineup at his disposal. Toronto is on the war path to the playoffs and grabbing Estrada should be a great play for those on that same voyage towards the fantasy playoffs.  

Jon Niese (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: It wasn't that long ago that Jon Niese was to be exiled from New York. Now the Mets wouldn't be in first place without him. How did that happen? In his last 10 games, if you take out the July 24th disaster against the Los Angeles Dodgers (6 ER in 3 IP), Niese has been nothing short of brilliant. His ERA is all the way down to 3.46, his walks are down and he has collected 9 QS. If that does not show how huge of a boost Niese has been to the Mets then let us take into consideration that he has had five or fewer runs scored by his offense and he still continues to thrive despite it. The WHIP of 1.31 is still a little high for many fantasy owners but beggars can't be choosers right? A pitcher that is 20% owned and has 9 QS in his last 10 games has to be more owned even if your league doesn't count that stat! He helps owners in ERA and Wins and still gives six K/9 which is nothing to snuff at given he plays for a playoff contender. He simply gets the job done. Pitchers like Niese need better consideration because he is not the same pitcher he was two months ago and fantasy owners are still treating him that way. Act accordingly and add him.  

Chase Anderson (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Chase Anderson just came back from an injury and it could not have come at a better time for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before the triceps injury reared its ugly head, Anderson had a sub 3.00 ERA and was riding a sensible hot streak. In his two starts since returning, he has had moderate success and is still racking up the strikeouts while limiting the walks which is something he has done all year. Fantasy owners need to give him time to get his groove back (and hopefully not take as long as Stella did). The Diamondbacks, believe it or not, are in the thick of a playoff race in the National League and still have an outside shot of making it despite the elite teams they are in front of them. Anderson's xFIP sits at 4.11 but that mostly consists of a few bad starts that have made his stats get blown up to higher levels than they would normally sit at. The BABIP resides around the .290 mark and he is right where he was last year across the board from his 2014 stats. The key for Anderson is gaining his confidence back from earlier in the season. An injury can not only be a physical burden but a mental one as well. Getting the rhythm back to mix in his fastball changeup and curveball to get batters out will take some time. Have some patience with Anderson as the Diamondbacks offense is going to be there. They just beat up on the best team since the All-Star break and need all the viable arms they can find. Anderson is going to be reliable so go get him.  

Raisel Iglesias (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Reds clearly saw something in Raisel Iglesias when they signed him to a 7-year deal worth $27 million this off season and he is making them look really smart for doing it. His 3-4 record and 4.73 ERA leaves something to be desired but he has been absolutely lights out in the month of August. He has given up 6 ER and collected 19 K while leading the Reds to wins in two of those three starts. Raisel works in his electric heavy moving fastball that comes in between 90-92 MPH while mixing in a slider and curveball that both sit right around 81 MPH deceiving the hitter's eye. Iglesias still has the propensity of allowing more base runners than he should but when he gets run support and can pitch his way out of jams he excels like the young stud the Reds paid him to be. A lot of fantasy owners are going to sleep on Raisel Iglesias simply for the fact that he has not shown consistency nor plays for a very good team. Make those owners pay for overlooking his 9.0 K/9 and his 2.7 BB/9 rate. Make them pay for not realizing that his BABIP of .311 has gone down in every start in August and that he is gaining valuable confidence and swagger as the season goes along for the Cincinnati Reds that are thick in rebuilding mode. Add him now and buy low on a future ace in the Queen City.  

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Rick Lucks - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in desperate situations or in deeper leagues with innings limits. OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Allow me to preface this by saying that a certain degree of desperation is required to roll the dice on a Colorado pitcher. That said, there are plenty of fantasy teams that might be able to put off caring more about QBs than SPs for at least a couple more weeks if they throw caution to the wind. If the standings are not your friend, you need loud moves that can undo four months of mediocrity. Betting on an arm that scouts universally adore is one such move. In a ridiculously small 10 IP sample, Jon Gray has no decisions and an ERA of 2.70 paired with a 4.06 xFIP. The slider has shown itself to be a strikeout pitch with a 38.1% chase rate and 24.1% SwStr%, and the heater averages over 95 mph. 8.1 K/9 so far are only okay while 3.60 BB/9 are simply bad, especially with a hard 75 pitch cap per outing. Still, picking up Gray is betting on upside - you'll be too late if you wait to see elite results. The Rockies rushed their prized prospect to the High Minors with little Low Minors experience, and his K rate predictably tanked (13.50 K/9 in 24 High A innings, 8.66 in 114.1 Triple A innings before his call-up). He is a bad bet for wins on a terrible team with a worse bullpen, and Coors Field is every pitcher's nightmare come true. But he has upside, and these risks should not bother you if they are only the difference between a distant 5th place finish and an even more distant 8th. Pitching in the NL West means regular turns in San Francisco, LA, and San Diego - pitcher's havens that could not differ more from Coors. His innings cap may actually help teams that burned through most of their innings already, allowing them to add a few GS with little chance of blowing the rest of their allotted frames. There are certainly compelling reasons to ignore him, but how good would it feel if a hot stretch enabled you to ask your league mates what QB stands for?

Jimmy Nelson (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Brady Grove - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Jimmy Nelson has had a solid season for the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3.65 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 3.86 FIP, and 7.7 K/9. Nelson's statistics would look far more impressive if they hadn't been inflated by a month of very bad luck. Nelson had a terrible month of June, producing a 5.56 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. However, he allowed these runs on just three HR for the month, and opposing batters had a BABIP of .336 against him in June. In Nelson's last five starts he has produced a 1.85 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, and .515 opponent OPS. He has been especially strong at home throughout the year with a 3.38 ERA and 0.978 WHIP. Nelson seems to have good enough numbers on the year to be noticed by fantasy owners, but not impressive enough to warrant widespread ownership. Don't let him get lost in the shuffle. If you are asking your rotation, "What have you done for me lately?", then it is time to add Nelson.

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Looking at his overall numbers, Castellanos would seem to be having a similarly disappointing campaign as he did in 2014. Early season struggles, however, have given way to what could be a breakout. Castellanos was a well-regarded prospect and is still only 23 years old. FanGraphs’ Dan Farnsworth recently noted improvements in Castellanos’ stride that have allowed him to better drive the ball. The results support this change, as he’s knocked 14 XBH (half of them homers) over the last six weeks. While he strikes out too much to be anything but a liability in batting average, the rapidly aging Tigers might just have an exciting young player.

Rusney Castillo (OF, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Castillo was a tremendous disappointment in his first stint in the majors this season. However, since being recalled two weeks ago, He’s hit .333/.375/.444 with a homer and two steals. There’s still a wealth of potential here. Though Castillo figures to split time with Alejandro de Aza for now, the veteran is a strong candidate for an August trade. And with Boston out of contention, there’s no reason for them not to run Castillo out there every day to see what they have.

Jonathan Schoop (2B / 3B, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: As a rookie last season, Schoop displayed excellent pop for a middle infielder with 16 homers in 455 at-bats. Unfortunately, he also hit just .209 and struck out nearly 10 times as often as he walked. His plate discipline hasn’t evolved much, but his power continues to impress as he’s hit seven homers in just 34 games on his way to a .299/.336/.551 line. One might expect some regression in the batting average based on his minor-league track record, but it’s worth noting that the data shows that he’s hitting the ball much harder than last season. Schoop doesn’t actually play third base, since Manny Machado is there, but he’s eligible after logging time there last season. Being able to plug him in at second base is certainly helpful.

Nick Hundley (C, COL) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners truly believed that the catcher to own in Colorado was Wilin Rosario. He gave owners flexibility in their lineups to play at C, 1B, CI and seemingly had the higher upside as a hitter. Then Nick Hundley came walking in the door and not only grabbed the job but shut the door behind him leaving no room for Rosario to get his ABs back anytime soon. Hundley has had four of his last 11 hits go for extra bases including two stolen bases. Hundley’s BABIP is above the .350 mark and has been trending upward in the SLG% and OBP departments all season. With his average above .300 and Rosario getting the nod at 1B with Justin Morneau‘s injury, Hundley is assuredly going to keep producing knowing that he has no competition behind the plate.

Michael Taylor (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Thanks to a bevy of injuries in the nation’s capital, Taylor has gotten a lot more playing time than anticipated this year. His rate stats aren’t terribly impressive with just a .237/.282/.371 triple slash to his name, but he does have 10 homers and 14 steals. He’s also tallied 77 R+RBI. Given that category juice, it’s a bit surprising that he’s available in over 90 percent of Y! leagues. Denard Span is set to begin a rehab assignment within the next week and will push Taylor to the bench when he returns, but Taylor’s worth a pickup in the interim.

Caleb Joseph (C, BAL) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: If you have Matt Wieters this is the best equivalent of a handcuff in the baseball world. It means you should have Joseph on your team to play when Wieters does not. Wieters is going to DH and catch while Joseph gets added time to show that he belongs. Over the past 14 days Joseph has 3 HR, 9 RBI and has an impressive .360 BA. Joseph has a wRC+ of 109 which gives him even more value to go along with his BB% of 9% and his wOBA of .329 all of which are well above his career average. He honestly has no business being on the waiver wire as a solid #2 option and as mentioned before has the appeal of a nice handcuff for when Wieters rests. The Orioles are not going to chance Wieters having a setback which means Joseph gets to keep raking it in for Baltimore.

Jean Machi (RP, BOS) - Closer Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

2 weeks ago

Published by: Uncle Leo - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Earlier today, it was announced that Boston's current closer Koji Uehara will be placed on the DL, and miss the remainder of the season with a broken wrist. That leaves the open question of who will take over as the new closer for the Red Sox, and be the new provider of saves for fantasy baseball owners. Junichi Tazawa has been operating as the setup man for most of the season, so logically it would seem that he would be next in line. But according to an article in the Boston Globe, Machi is expected to step in as the new closer. "On Sunday, manager John Farrell indicated that newly acquired Jean Machi would work as the closer in Uehara’s absence." Interesting. If I'm chasing saves right now, Machi is the guy to add off the waiver wire. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out over the next few days, but this is what we have to work with right now. Pickup Machi if you have someone to drop, but it may be best to keep expectations tempered for now. You can see our full MLB closers & saves depth charts updated here, and follow further updates and waiver wire pickups/stashes as we continue through the home stretch of the fantasy baseball season.  

Odubel Herrera (OF / 2B / SS, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The rookie got off to a sizzling start to his major league career before slumping badly in May and June. However, he’s red hot again and deserves consideration in deeper formats. Since July 1, Herrera is hitting .375/.413/.587 with four homers. Ride him while he’s hot and hope that his two steals on Saturday night were a sign that he’ll start running again. Bonus: He’s eligible at shortstop on all platforms, and also carries 2B eligibility in the Yahoo game.

Chase Headley (1B / 3B, NYY) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Headley was an out-of-nowhere fantasy monster in 2012, smacking 31 homers and swiping 17 bases to go along with 220 R+RBI and an .875 OPS. That these numbers came while playing half his games in Petco Park made the breakout all the more impressive. He hasn’t come close to those dizzying heights since, but he’s been quite productive lately. Though he’s left the yard just once, Headley has 28 R+RBI and a .362/.416/.493 line in 19 games since the break. That line’s likely the product of some batted ball luck, but at this time of year, there’s nothing wrong with streaming a hot streak.

Jed Lowrie (3B / SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Some kid named Carlos Correa took over at shortstop while Lowrie was out with a torn thumb ligament, but the veteran figures to get the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner going forward. Lowrie was killing it before he went on the shelf, and the long layoff doesn’t appear to have hurt him much, as he’s hit safely in all but one game since his return. Last year wasn’t much to write home about for him, but Lowrie did smack 31 homers across the previous two seasons and owns a respectable .262/.333/.415 career line. The SS eligibility is a big plus.

Nori Aoki (OF, SF) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Kyle Bishop - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Aoki sustained a small fracture of his right fibula and missed a month. He’s looked a bit rusty at the plate since his return, but was having an excellent season prior to the injury. Batting primarily in the leadoff spot, Aoki has posted a .304/.370/.389 line with a dozen steals. The veteran should be a steady three-cat contributor for the remainder of the season, assuming the leg injury didn’t rob him of any speed.  He gets a boost in value if your league includes strikeouts for hitters – his 5.5 K% is the lowest of any hitter with at least 300 plate appearances.  

Hank Conger (C, HOU) - Waiver Wire Analysis

2 weeks ago

Published by: Ross Williamson - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Houston overhauled some big parts of their lineup to give their offense an even bigger boost to make a serious run at the playoffs. However catching duties have been relegated to two players who are quite frankly both performing. Conger over the past few weeks is hitting .333 with 2 HR and 7 RBI and was playing 2 out of every 3 games until Castro erupted these past two weeks and earned himself more playing time. Conger’s .250 ISO rating is 87 points higher than Castro who has been getting all the love from his recent success. Conger has simply needed the time and opportunity and he is finally getting it. Castro’s recent play should be treated as a mirage and should not be taken as a standard thing going forward. Conger has earned the playing time and should prove it down the stretch.

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

3 weeks ago

Published by: Jeff Kahntroff - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Most Leagues, Add in NL-Only and Deep Mixed Leagues Ownership: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Wilmer Flores is still on the Mets, despite the infamous Carlos Gomez scare. While he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype this year, he’s still had his uses for fantasy owners. The Mets were able to beef up their lineup at the deadline, adding Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe, and Kelly Johnson. Michael Cuddyer is on his way back. The lineup is looking strong, and the pitching they face this week is extremely weak relative to the pitching matchups the other seven-game teams are facing. The only downside is that the Mets face five righties. Flores has an .877 OPS vs LHP (as opposed to .623 vs RHP). Flores’ significant splits, the pitching match-ups he will face, the strengthened lineup, and him playing at a position where good hitters are scarce all combine to make him the number two option this week.

Ben Paulsen (1B, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

3 weeks ago

Published by: Jeff Kahntroff - RotoBaller

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Most Leagues, Add in NL-Only and Deep Mixed Leagues Ownership: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ben Paulsen is a risky play, but this is a shallow crop of streams. Let’s start with the bad news. Paulsen has to face the Mets‘ three young studs – Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard. Now onto the good news. The Rockies face six righties this week, and Paulsen has a .893 OPS vs RHP. The Rockies get to play a home series against the relatively softer pitching matchups, and Paulsen has a .981 OPS in Coors. Overall, in a shallow week, we have a young lefty slugger who has a .846 OPS and gets to face six righties and play a series at Coors. For these reasons, he is the number one option this week, despite facing some tough pitchers.

 

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