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

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

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

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

2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Brandon Finnegan (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Despite the Cincinnati Reds and their insufferable guessing games on whether a prospect's future is in the rotation or bullpen, Brandon Finnegan hasn't seemed too distracted lately. He has consistently been a better play at home. In 13 starts he has averaged 5.8 IP per outing, a 4.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and although he has allowed 1.8 HR/9, he has produced 7.4 K/9

Jose Peraza (2B/SS/OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 3% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: What started off as a very troubling MLB debut turned into an incredibly promising one for Jose Peraza. First off, no matter what, he is a big threat for stolen bases. In just 134 MLB AB since 2015 he already has 15 steals in 17 attempts for an efficient success rate of 88%. Also, in two seasons and just 769 AB across the Triple-A level, he has stolen

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Tucker Barnhart has made some sneaky and significant improvements at the plate in the 2016 season. In 2014 and 2015 Barnhart had combined for only 296 AB, and this year he has 304 already since he has stepped up in the wake of another devastating injury for Devin Mesoraco. He has a slash line of .260/.329/.398, seven HR,

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Raisel Iglesias is a 26-year old Cuban import and it seems like no matter where the Reds put him, either in the rotation or the bullpen, he is destined to be successful. He started the season off by making five starts and had a 3.49 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.27 HR/9, 2.22 BB/9, and 9.2 K/9. After taking some time off to recover from

Jim Johnson (RP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 45% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Veteran closer Jim Johnson has generated 56.8% ground balls this year. His 93.1 MPH two-seam fastball and 78.8 MPH curveball are getting the job done with about a strikeout per inning. Additionally, opponents are hitting just .239 against Johnson. The rebuild for the Braves and the consistent ground ball rates are encouraging reasons to claim the vet off the waiver wire.

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 21 (National League)

Before we start, I'd like to apologize for putting Justin Bour on here a couple weeks ago - instead of coming off the DL, he gets transferred to the 60-day. Who knew? Just remember who told you to pick up Robbie Ray a week ago before he was trendy... This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues,

Chad Green (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 30% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Chad Green absolutely dominated the Blue Jays at home on Aug. 15, striking out 11 over six shutout frames with 104 pitches.  He follow that up with six innings of one-run ball against the Angels on Aug. 21, with five strikeouts and just one walk. He’ll square up against the

Brandon Finnegan (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 17% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brandon Finnegan was incredible on Aug. 20, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Dodgers. He ended up striking out eight in seven shutout innings, which will certainly do. He’s a risky streamer, as his entire start is predicated on whether he actually has control or not (which has proven to be a coin-flip situation). He’ll face the

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 39% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Mike Fiers turned in a brilliant start against Baltimore on Aug. 20, striking out seven over seven innings of one-run ball against a potent O’s lineup. Four of his last six starts have been of the quality variety, resulting in a 3-2 record with 34 K in 36 IP. Not bad for a guy who also has a strong Houston lineup supporting him. He’ll take on

Week 21 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're in the last full week of August. Soon the talk will turn to Autumn and pennant races. Halloween gear will be in stores before we know it. Oh, who are we kidding? Stores have already started pushing the giant bags of trick or treating candy, knowing that we'll probably pig out on them well before Oct. 31 and then sheepishly have to buy them AGAIN. Not that this is from experience or anything. Anyways, we've had a nice little surge of young catchers from late July through now.

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 21 (American League)

We are one week away from the September 1st roster expansion date, when all teams bring up a ton of new players into the fantasy baseball player pool as everyone makes a mad dash for the finish line. Before that influx of talent clouds our attention, here are some players surging into September, most of which are hungry to earn 2017 jobs. All players are owned in 25% or less of Fleaflicker leagues. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including Draft Kit + DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium

Dan Straily (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Dan Straily is solidifying his case for most improved player in the majors and one of the best fantasy streaming options still available. His tremendous start to the year seemed to be undone by a horrible June in which he posted a 6.43 ERA and saw his K/BB rate dip. He is back in a big way, however, with 26 K in his last 29.1 IP, a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: You have probably been hearing about Travis Jankowski's speed for the past several weeks and rightfully so. With 28 stolen bases, he is now sixth in the Majors, which is extraordinary considering he didn't become a starter until nearly midway through the year. He should be getting more due for his hitting, however, as he has increased his average to a more respectable .254. He is hitting .289 in the past

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Sometimes the light bulb suddenly goes on for a player and everything clicks. Keon Broxton was hitting a paltry .163 on August 1st with two homers and eight steals to his name. Since then, he is slashing .328/.431/.574 with four HR, nine RBI and nine SB in just 61 at-bats. In fact, he has scored more runs in August (11) than he had in the previous four months combined (10). It

Mitch Haniger (OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 2% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Mitch Haniger demolished his way through the minors, posting a monstrous .325/.423/.588 line with 24 dingers, 10 steals and a whopping 86 RBI across two levels. Now, in eight games with the Diamondbacks, the 25-year-old has gone 8-for-30 with two doubles, a triple and five RBI. No homers and no steals so far, but they will surely come. However,

Teoscar Hernandez (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 2% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Carlos Gomez has finally been exiled from Houston and Colby Rasmus just had surgery on his ear, leaving a trio of young players — Teoscar Hernandez, Jake Marisnick and Tony Kemp — to fill the final void left in

Alex Gordon (OF, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 57% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: After an abysmal start to the season, a month lost due to injury and a mediocre July, Alex Gordon is back to his previous form. He's been seeing the ball much better in August to the tune of a .292/.370/.583 line with six homers and 16 runs scored. That should be all of the evidence needed for most fantasy owners, as Gordon has bolstered himself as an All-Star over the

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 61% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: For most of 2016, Carlos Rodon has been difficult to trust on a start-to-start basis, unable to string together more than three quality starts in a row. Lately, though, Rodon’s been good - and at this time of year, anyone seeking a SP streamer is hoping to parlay recent success into a clinching win. In his last four outings, all of which were quality starts, Rodon has a miniscule 1.46 ERA and a WHIP hovering around 1.00. His strikeouts

Yulieski Gurriel (3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Yulieski Gurriel is a 32-year old veteran of international baseball, and he has finally made his arrival in the MLB to help the Astros make a postseason run. Since he has had just 56 minor league AB across four levels this year and has just three MLB AB (though he took a walk and got a hit with zero K for an initial .833 OPS), let's take a look at his figures from

Adam Ottavino (RP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: At 30 years old and with just five career MLB saves, Adam Ottavino is far from being a household name out of the Rockies bullpen. Here is a little figure that will probably blow you away; since 2015, he has pitched 26.1 innings for the Rockies (16 IP this year). In that time Ottavino has an ERA of 0.00, WHIP of 0.68, 1.71 BB/9,

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Though Devon Travis is just 25 years old, he has already shown great offensive skills in a reasonable sample size at the MLB level. First off, since 2015 Travis has taken 497 AB for Toronto and has a slash line of .302/.345/.485, 18 HR, and six steals in eight attempts for a 75% success rate. Also, with 35 doubles and a triple, Travis has an XBH rate of 10.1%.

Anthony Ranaudo (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: As a current 26-year old, Anthony Ranaudo has unfortunately gained the reputation as being a failed prospect of sorts, but it isn't time to give up on him yet especially considering the White Sox are calling him up to start on Wednesday. The top 100 prospect from 2011 has struggled in his 69 IP in the MLB with the

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Matt Boyd’s most recent effort was a quality start against a Boston lineup that was admittedly missing David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Boyd hasn’t lost since being recalled on July 9, going 4-0 since with a 2.06 ERA and a 36:12 K/BB ratio. He also sports a 4.13

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 19% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Tyler Anderson hasn’t had the best couple of starts, but did strike out eight Cubs over seven innings in his last outing on Aug. 19 at Coors. He was hit around by the Phillies on Aug. 13 before that, though his start looks worse than it could’ve been due to a very strange ejection by the home plate

Robbie Ray (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Robbie Ray flashed his ceiling on Saturday, firing seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball alongside a career-high 13 strikeouts. He’s struck out nine or more in four of his last six starts, but still struggles with consistency when it comes to control. It’s hard to argue with his current performance, though, and he has another nice match-up on deck against the Braves at

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Some players will hit a big slump out of nowhere and they may never recover again. Some players are just genuinely good baseball players, and there is no reason to panic and abandon ship if they go through a couple of normal down periods. I'm hinting at Yasmani Grandal (and kind of James Shields). The 2015 All-Star catcher started

Joe Musgrove (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: We can all agree that Joe Musgrove's last start against the Orioles was pretty rough, but that shouldn't distract from the fact that he has had a great start to his MLB career and he was downright dominant in the minors since 2011. Across three levels and 100.2 IP in 2015 he had a 1.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, and a super controlled

Alex Bregman (3B/SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Wow, what a relief. After 77 AB in the MLB after just 586 minor league AB, we were all beginning to think that Alex Bregman wasn't going to be a superstar from the very start of his big league career. First off, Bregman tore through the minors at a devastating pace and improved at every level. He had a .698 OPS at the Single-A level, then .839 at A+

Josh Bell (OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Whether he sees limited time or not, we already know what kind of damage Josh Bell can do in just a few AB. Bell is fantastic in every aspect of making a plate appearance and has made very noticeable improvements throughout the minors since 2012. In two Single-A seasons he had a slash line of .278/.345/.447, then in two seasons at Double-A he had a .303/.370/.403, and in

The Cut List (Week 21): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

There are only six weeks left in the regular season, meaning the playoffs are either starting or only a couple of weeks away. Needless to say, it's no time to hold onto guys out of sentimental value. And with that, if you have someone who is really becoming a waste of roster space, it's time to get rid of him. The longer you hang on, the lower your chances are of making the playoffs and winning your leagues. In that spirit, I'm doing away with the Reverse Jinx section just to

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 21: Buy or Sell?

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

Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups: Outfield

We're approaching the end of August and you know what that means -- top prospect promotions for flailing teams! In the course of a week, the Yankees went from being the most floundering team in the league to the one with the brightest future. That's what strong play from the likes of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will do for you. But the Yanks

K-Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 21: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in a pitcher's strikeout rate over the last thirty days. The tool is for Premium subscribers only, and can be found here. Missing bats is the #1 way a pitcher can control his own fate. If hitters make contact, the pitcher is largely at the mercy of the atmosphere, the weather, the ball park, the ability/work ethic of his fielders, and sometimes just sheer

Jake Thompson (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 4% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jake Thompson didn’t follow up his first victory with a good outing, allowing five runs against the Dodgers on Aug. 17, but now gets a good matchup against a struggling White Sox team on Aug. 23. Owners in deep leagues facing desperation could do worse than a guy who had a 2.50 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 129

Anibal Sanchez (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 29% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Anibal Sanchez is one of the more volatile “boom/bust” types. His latest start embodied the “boom,” as he struck out eight Royals over seven scoreless innings, while the “bust” was illustrated by the start prior to that where he gave up eight runs in four innings. A streamer that isn’t for the faint of heart, he’ll do battle with the

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 21

We're into the final quarter-season of fantasy baseball. Teams are starting to dig deep as they try to get a read on the future of their franchise. Fantasy owners will need to remain nimble. Whether you're a contender or a rebuilder, snagging quality players off the waiver wire is an important part of August and September. Francisco Mejia watch continues! Since losing his hitting streak last week, Mejia has played four games. He went hitless in two of them, but he still drew walks. He's reached base in 55 straight games. Editor's

Pedro Alvarez (1B/3B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Pedro Alvarez might be a part-time player, but he provides enough power when in the lineup to justify a roster spot in many formats. He’s smacked 10 HR in just 92 AB since the break, hitting .283/.313/.641 during that time. Like Moss, he strikes out a ton, and he’s even more useless against lefties. Still, if you’re prepared for a bit of maintenance, Alvarez can be a positive

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 31% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Yangervis Solarte has cooled a bit recently, but he still deserves to be more widely owned than he is right now. Prorate his current numbers to a full season and here’s what you get: .285, 26 HR, 88 R, 104 RBI. That’s borderline elite production at either corner, and he’s eligible at second base, to boot. Yet you can still acquire him for absolutely nothing in over two-thirds

Howie Kendrick (1B/2B/3B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Howie Kendrick got off to a brutal start this year, but he’s since recovered from that initial stumble. The veteran has been sneakily excellent since the break, slashing .314/.382/.508 with four homers and 33 R+RBI. That impressive resurgence has helped the Dodgers overtake the Giants in the NL West race, and has helped some fantasy owners,

Alex Bregman (3B/SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Alex Bregman’s failure to immediately set the world on fire led to many fantasy owners souring on him. But after going just 2-for-42 to open his Major League career, Bregman has shown the form that had so many riding the hype train before his arrival. He’s hitting .328/.370/.567 over that span, and nearly half of his 22 hits have gone for extra bases. The recent promotion of Yulieski

Brandon Moss (1B/OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Since returning from an ankle injury, Brandon Moss has picked up right where he left off in a resurgent 2016. He’s hitting .282/.312/.606 with six homers and 28 R+RBI in 18 August contests. Overall, he’s produced a .912 OPS and hit 23 homers in just 93 games. The veteran isn’t a perfect player by any means. He usually sits against southpaws and struggles when he doesn’t, and is

Week 21 Waiver Wire: First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Is it really almost September? It seems like just yesterday that we were all expecting the tandem of Byung Ho Park and Miguel Sano to lead the Twins to the promised land...or at least hit a laughable amount of homers. Okay, so maybe that was just me. Regardless, we're bearing down on the end of another season, and time is running out for those of us who need to make a run at fantasy gold.

Overrated/Underrated Week 20: Starting Pitchers

No matter the format of your league, now is a critical time for contenders. Your team is either vying for a playoff spot or, in year-long formats, making a push for the top of the rankings. From here on out, the remainder of the season is a small sample size. There's merit to throwing caution to the wind. It's time to abandon the starting pitchers who have hurt you for far too long and take a chance on high-upside, relatively unowned replacements. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 21)

What a week for prospects! Dansby Swanson was promoted by Atlanta, Yulieski Gurriel was promoted by Houston and Alex Bregman is starting to look like a stud again. Obviously there are going to be some owners scared of Gurriel just because every Houston Astros’ prospect promoted this season has struggled early, but the recent hot streak of Bregman should ease some concerns. One thing to add

Eddie Rosario (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: The Twins' youth movement continues to turn things around in the second half. Although he hasn't made quite the splash Max Kepler has, second-year player Eddie Rosario is flashing a nice power/speed combo similar to his rookie season when he led the AL in triples. Rosario is currently slashing .273/.301/.441 with eight HR, 28 RBI and

David Phelps (SP/RP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Still in need of rotation help for a playoff run after the Colin Rea fiasco, the Marlins looked to their own bullpen in David Phelps. Although he is yet to pitch past the sixth inning, Phelps has yielded just three earned runs in three starts so far. Most promising is the 17 K in 14.2 IP

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Not many people believed that Jon Gray could put such a great season together, especially considering his home ballpark is Coors Field. He has had three straight mediocre starts and averaged just 4.0 innings per outing, a 13.50 ERA, and a 2.33 WHIP. However, only two HR and four walks were given up, as opposed to 22 hits in that time span. So while his starts weren't good,

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Travis Jankowski may not have been in the big leagues for the whole season, but he certainly has been running quick enough to make up for lost ground. He is currently tied for sixth in the MLB with Jose Altuve in stolen bases with 26 total. Here is the key though - Jankowski has just 213 AB in

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/SS/3B, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: If you, like myself, thought Jedd Gyorko offered valuable versatility as a power hitting 2B/SS combo, then the fact that he is now eligible at four infield positions must really get you excited. First off, Gyorko has improved his plate discipline at a nice margin. Last season he had a 23.4% strikeout rate and meager 5.9% walk rate. This season he is striking out 3% less frequently and

Jorge Soler (OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: I bet the Chicago Cubs are pretty happy they didn't trade Jorge Soler to the Yankees right about now. In just 119 AB through April and May, he had a BA of just .202, five HR, and OPS figures of .610 and .713. He has still had very limited AB since then, but Soler looks to have

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

Baller Move: Add in all leagues Owned in: 45% of Fleaflicker leagues Analysis: At 25 years old, it seems like we have remembered and forgotten about Devon Travis enough times that he would already be a 15-year MLB veteran. Initial disclaimer on Travis: his RHP/LHP and Home/Away splits are a little one sided. He has poor OPS against LHP and at Home in Toronto at .610 and .666 while he is phenomenal against RHP and in Away games with OPS of .885

Yasmany Tomas (3B/OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It is hard to be such a good power hitter as quietly as Yasmany Tomas has been this year. Tomas has had just one mediocre month, which was May. He had a .656 OPS and a single HR in 79 AB. Other than that, he has been slugging like crazy. He isn't big on plate discipline or taking walks as shown by his .311 OBP, 5.5% walk rate, and

Sean Manaea (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Though the trade deadline left the Oakland A's with some highly touted prospect pitchers, Sean Manaea has found plenty of spotlight for himself. Initially important detail about Manaea: He really seems to prefer pitching at home. In 70.1 IP this year in Oakland he has a 3.45 ERA and 1.17 WHIP as compared to his away ERA of 6.98 and WHIP of 1.55 in 40 IP. After a

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: You know how they always say that there will be plenty of speed available on the waiver wire all season? 91% of Fantasy Baseball Managers need to get acquainted with Keon Broxton. Fair warning with Broxton: With his .634/.829 RHP/LHP OPS split and .866/.571 Home/Away OPS split, it is safe to say that Broxton is the safest when played vs. RHP and at Miller Park. He started the

Brandon Phillips (2B, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: After a rough last few months, 35-year old Brandon Phillips has finally picked up the pace at the plate and on the base paths. He has had a statistical roller coaster of a year. In April he stole three bases and had a .288 BA, in May he batted just .233 and didn't steal a single base, but he hit a surprising five HR. Then in 195 AB

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The St.Louis Cardinals have had success with organization grown talent before, and they are having it again with Luke Weaver. The former Florida State Seminole has made one big league start and allowed two ER, four hits, three walks, a HR, and three K in just 4.0 IP. So the limited capacity of his MLB experience doesn't really tell the story of

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The David Price trade is finally starting to pay off for the Detroit Tigers now that Matt Boyd is finding his big league niche. Boyd had a nice run of 11 starts and 64 IP for an average of 5.82 IP at Triple-A this year where he produced a 2.25 ERA, 1.11 WHIP,

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: You might not know it by looking at average attendance for Atlanta home games, but it is an exciting time to watch the young Braves, namely Dansby Swanson. The 22-year old highly touted prospect and Vanderbilt alum was dealt from Arizona to Atlanta and his numbers in the minors support the theory that he is the Braves star of the future. He has

Joe Musgrove (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Joe Musgrove got knocked around a little bit by the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 5.1 frames, serving up a homer to Mark Trumbo and two to J.J. Hardy. However, he yielded

Ichiro Suzuki (OF, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 2% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: With Giancarlo Stanton out of the picture, the 42-year-old Ichiro Suzuki has become the Marlins’ starting right fielder for the rest of the season. It shouldn’t come as a shock that, despite his advanced age, Ichiro is still slashing an impressive .313/.384/.387 with nine stolen bases and 32 runs scored in 260 plate

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 13% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier posted solid numbers before hitting the DL in late May, but was insufferable upon returning to action after the All-Star break. In 15 July games, Kiermaier went 6-for-42 with no home runs and just two RBI. He may be one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, but that type of production at the plate is just unacceptable. Well, he may be getting his groove back

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Keon Broxton has played in all but three games this month and has managed an impressive .357/.460/.500 in August with one homer, eight runs scored, five RBI and a whopping nine stolen bases. Broxton could be the center fielder of the future for the Brewers, and he should be a solid fantasy contributor moving forward. In eight minor league seasons (don't worry, he's only

Bullpen Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 20

With the trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, buyers and sellers have made the moves to thrust their team in their respective directions. While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men that have proven to be closer candidates to target off the Waiver Wire for Week 20 of the fantasy baseball season. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Raisel Iglesias was one of the most — if not THE most — highly-anticipated breakout candidates for the 2016 season. When the 26-year-old returned from a two-month-long stint on the disabled list in late June, however, the Reds relegated him to the bullpen. But it’s not as though Iglesias had really been struggling. He lasted at least five innings in each of his five outings,

Aaron Judge (OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Mixed Leagues OWNED IN: 54% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Aaron Judge has shot up more than 50% in ownership over the past week due to his minor league numbers and first few games at the big-league level. The Yankees’ rookie slugger has gone 7-for-18 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI through his first five games in Major League Baseball. In fact, his first big-league at-bat resulted in a center field

Gary Sanchez (C, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 49% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Gary Sanchez is fun to watch. He is hitting .391 since his call-up earlier this month, with five homers over his last seven games. If he keeps this up he may force the Yankees to think about trading Brian McCann in the off-season. Sanchez he can supply a ton of power, and that's

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Matt Boyd deserves more love, plain and simple. He just dominated the Rangers on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings to improve to 4-0 in his six starts since being recalled on July 9. While he’s not a recommended start for his next outing (vs. BOS on Aug. 18), he’s certainly done more than enough to earn a roster spot in deep formats. Those in 12-team mixed leagues should consider him for streaming

Bud Norris (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Bud Norris is expected to return from the disabled list on Friday to pitch against the Reds. Since he returned to being a starter on June 4 for Atlanta, Norris has posted a stellar 3.24 ERA (3.03 FIP, 3.43 SIERA) alongside a stellar 61:16 K/BB ratio. If he was recently dropped, consider scooping the 31-year-old.

Checking In: Top MLB Prospect Call-Ups and Their Fantasy Baseball Outlooks

Typically, in this article I update you on some hot prospects and their outlook for the rest of season. This week and for the next two weeks, I'll fill you in on some prospects who are likely to be September call-ups who will get an opportunity to shine in the last month of the season. As we all know, September is a very exciting time for baseball fans. Either your team is in the hunt, and you are pulling for a lengthy playoff run out of your beloved team, or your team is

Week 20 Buy and Sell for Fantasy Baseball

Even with the trade deadline having passed in most leagues, this is the most fun time of the year to be a fantasy owner. The stakes are high, and the difference between a championship and heartbreak can be as small as making one transaction at the right time. Lucky for you, RotoBaller has all the tools you’ll need to make these important decisions down the stretch. After you’ve checked out this week’s buy and sell recommendations, head over to our waiver wire Rankings Wizard tool for more advice and

Trending Waiver Wire Pickups - To Add, Or Not To Add?

With the default trade deadline having passed on all of the major platforms, fantasy owners’ sole recourse to improve their rosters down the stretch is our old friend, the waiver wire. It can be instructive to consult recent transaction trends, but sometimes it’s better not to follow the wisdom of the crowds. Today, we’ll discuss a few of the most popular pickups and whether or not you should be adding them to your roster. For even more options to improve your roster, be sure to check out RotoBaller’s waiver wire

Week 20 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're now in Week 20 of the season. This also means that most leagues have passed the trade deadline. It's definitely starting to get late early now. So... if you didn't emulate the Texas Rangers and make a bunch of trades trying to solidify a postseason run, then you might be hoping to grab some help off the waiver wire. There are some people at catcher who can help some but there are no real miracle workers out there. Let's go out there and look

Alex Bregman (3B/SS, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Alex Bregman, a hyped prospect who spent all of 146 games in the minors, started his Major League career with two hits and an unbelievable .071 BABIP in his first 38 at bats. Unlike many fantasy managers, his real-life skipper A.J. Hinch stuck with him, and it’s started to pay off. Since his third Major League game, Bregman’s hard hit and line drive rates have been on an upward trend.

Gary Sánchez (C, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Gary Sánchez, a power hitting prospect who’s been on top-100 lists since he was a teenager, hasn’t missed a beat since his recent call up to the Yankees. In 12 games, he’s hitting .340 with three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI. Certain things are unsustainable - a .375 BABIP, and the resulting .340 average - but given this season’s

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 20: Buy or Sell?

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

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 20 (American League)

With the September 1st roster expansion only a couple short weeks away, this column is about to get a huge influx of talent and names. While most of the call-ups won't push the fantasy needle either way, there will be some lottery tickets that hit pay dirt, rewarding their owners with that sweet, sweet loot. As we all enter the final stretch of the fantasy season, here's some players to help calm down any recent burns or plug any new roster holes. All players owned in 25% or less of Flea

Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups: Outfield

It's Week 20 and that means it's time for another deep dive into the outfield waiver wire. Let's face it -- those of us in particularly competitive and savvy leagues do not have the luxury of shopping for "hidden gems" at 45% ownership. That's why we're here to show you some real diamonds in the rough that will, almost undoubtedly, be available in your league. Well, except for the top guy on our list. Hot shot prospects can jump from zero ownership to completely unavailable in a matter of days. Just

The Cut List (Week 20): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

Things are getting interesting in the realm fantasy baseball. Some rookies are getting called up, injuries are popping up, roles are changing. Unfortunately, that means some MLB players and their fantasy baseball owners are going to be on the wrong end of these shifts. And with that, if you have someone who is really becoming a waste of roster space, it's time to get rid of them. The longer you hang on, the lower your chances of making the playoffs and winnings your leagues. So let's take a look at who

Jake Thompson (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 6% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: It isn’t the most glamorous decision, relying on a rookie who plays for a team that doesn’t win a lot, but that’s what 7% ownership usually gets you. Jake Thompson sealed his first Major League victory by allowing only two hits and three walks alongside six strikeouts in five innings against the Rockies. This is encouraging after a rough first start, but the

Homer Bailey (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Homer Bailey won his first start, got blown up in his second start, and then threw a gem in his most recent outing. He struck out 11 Brewers in six shutout innings on Aug. 12, showing fantasy owners that his tremendous upside is still present. He’ll face the Marlins next at home on Aug. 17, making for a