Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Draft Values (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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Back by popular demand in 2016... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List. 

Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the season. We recommend players for you to consider as 2016 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire 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 A.J. Pollock, Carlos Martinez and Noah Syndergaard were undervalued in most drafts, 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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2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Five Undervalued AL Starting Pitcher Targets for 2016 Drafts

Winning a fantasy baseball league often depends upon finding value in the middle and end of the draft. Today I'm going to focus on a few starting pitchers from the American Leagues who fit the bill. You can find more draft values and potential sleepers in our running list all preseason long, and be sure to also check out our rankings dashboard which is loaded with lots of great analysis. Without further ado, here are five potential draft day...continue reading

Five Outfield Sleepers For 2016: NL Edition

As mentioned yesterday, it's difficult to quantify what exactly in the age of Big Data constitutes a sleeper. For purposes of this analysis, any player outside the top 100 who has potential to turn a significant profit relative to their ADP qualifies. Again, all ADP figures are courtesy of FantasyPros. And be sure to check out more of our sleeper articles, which we've been churning out all preseason and will continue to crank out until the season starts. National League Outfield Sleepers ...continue reading

Five Outfield Sleepers For 2016: AL Edition

Like many fantasy writers, I've expressed reservations about what the term "sleeper" even means anymore. So let's quantify it for purposes of this article. Any player outside the top 100 who has potential to turn a significant profit relative to their ADP qualifies. All ADP figures are courtesy of FantasyPros. Today we'll cover potential outfield bargains in the AL, and tomorrow we'll look at the Senior Circuit. Be sure to also check out more of our draft sleeper articles, which will continue to roll in until the season starts. American League...continue reading

Gerardo Parra (OF, COL) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: Mid-Late Rounds (OF3) ADP: 234 ANALYSIS: ALERT. ALERT. Gerardo Parra is going to have a full-time playing opportunity at Coors Field. The Corey Dickerson trade to Tampa opening up a clogged outfield situation in Colorado, although it was difficult to see the Rockies not giving Parra ample playing time after signing him to a 3-year/$27.5M deal this offseason. Parra was excellent for Milwaukee (.328) before struggling in Baltimore (.237) after...continue reading

Ender Inciarte (OF, ATL) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: Late Rounds (OF3/OF4) CURRENT ADP: 217 ANALYSIS: I know what you're thinking right now. "Why do I want anyone on the Braves?" To that I say lay off my team, we're 'rebuilding'. Jokes aside, there is value to be found in middling clubs and Ender Inciarte is one of them. Part of the Shelby Miller trade that sent Dansby Swanson to Atlanta, Inciarte will enter 2016 as the Braves everyday...continue reading

Brad Miller (SS, TB) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: 245 CURRENT ADP: 277 ANALYSIS: Steamer only projects Miller to rack up 475 plate appearances, though I really can’t see Tim Beckham pushing Miller out of the way that much. Last year for Seattle he hit 11 bombs and swiped 13 bags in 497 PAs. Safeco Field was 27th in Park Factor for runs in 2015, whereas the Trop was 17th. Not an insane upgrade, but to go to neutral from bad will certainly play. A versatile player who logged games at 2B (11 games played-5 started), 3B (2-1), SS (89-83), LF (15-9), CF (20-20),...continue reading

Jon Edwards (RP, SD) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~375 CURRENT ADP: --- ANALYSIS: Those dashes don’t mean that I’m too lazy to look his ADP up, he straight up doesn’t have one. The last RP listed is the Twins’ Alex Meyer with an ADP of 712, just so you get an idea of how available this guy is. As you may or may not be aware, the Padres cleaned their bullpen out with trades involving both Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit. Owners might recognize the name Kevin Quackenbush (fantastic name, for the record) who recorded six saves in 2014 for San Diego, and...continue reading

Carter Capps (RP, MIA) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~250 CURRENT ADP: 380 ANALYSIS: Before Capps was shut down last year he was the definition of dominant. Seriously. This isn't one of those "oh, he said dominant but that just means he was the best" situations. I mean dominant. Here are the top five relievers and their swinging strike rate from 2015 (min. 30 IP): Zach Putnam - 16.9%, Andrew Miller - 18%, Koji Uehara – 18.6%, Aroldis Chapman – 19.3%, and taking home the top honors is Capps with 25.4%! Do you realize how insane that margin between one and two is? Especially when...continue reading

Eugenio Suarez (CIN, SS) - Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~220 CURRENT ADP: 297 ANALYSIS: When Suarez first started his professional baseball career, he would not have had “power” bat attached to him. Now it’d still be a stretch to call him a slugger, but out of the shortstop slot he did hit 13 bombs in 97 games (398 plate appearances). Now Todd Frazier is gone and Suarez will slide to third base while Zack Cozart takes shortstop back. Suarez was hitting balls with authority in 2015, registering a meager 10.9% soft contact rate while also improving on spraying the ball to all fields. The...continue reading

Justin Bour (1B, MIA) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: 192 (16th round in 12-team leagues) CURRENT ADP: 237 (19th round in 12-team leagues) ANALYSIS: The 2015 MLB season will be remembered for the emergence of a plethora of young talent: Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, ...continue reading

Mike Napoli (1B, CLE) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~260 CURRENT ADP: 442 ANALYSIS: Location, location, location. The old real estate adage absolutely applies to sports, and one of the main beneficiaries of a change of scenery will be Mike Napoli. Napoli signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians and was told he will spend the majority of his time as the everyday first basemen, per Cleveland.com. Napoli had a rough 2015 campaign. He batted .224 with 46 runs, 18 HR, and 50 RBI over 469 plate appearances with...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~160 CURRENT ADP: 225 (22nd round in 10-team leagues) ANALYSIS: Let's start by saying there's no way Josh Harrison's current ADP sticks around the 22nd round. I'd assume most of these rankings were completed before Neil Walker was shipped to New York (N), opening the door for playing time for Harrison. As of this moment, Harrison is in line to begin the season as the starting second basemen and bat 2nd in the ...continue reading

Randal Grichuk (OF, STL) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target in middle rounds CURRENT ADP: 189 ANALYSIS:  Despite a strikeout rate north of 30 percent, Grichuk managed to hit .276 last season. Paired with 17 homers, 96 R+RBI, and four steals in just 350 plate appearances, that made him a pretty nifty in-season pickup for many fantasy owners. Normally, a middling walk rate and a high BABIP would give me pause, but Grichuk’s batted ball data suggests that regression won’t hit as hard as we might otherwise expect. Simply put, he crushes the ball. Pick your metric – hard...continue reading

David Peralta (OF, ARI) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target in early-to-middle rounds CURRENT ADP: 135 ANALYSIS:  David Peralta was one of the most under-the-radar breakouts during the 2015 season, hitting .312/.371/.522 with 17 homers and nine steals as he played his way into the Diamondbacks' starting left field gig. Only four other hitters managed to hit .300 while also producing an ISO of .200 or better – Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, and Nelson Cruz. Pretty good company for a guy who used to be a pitcher. Examining his peripherals, there are no major red flags. A .368...continue reading

Alex Rodriguez (DH, NYY) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Target in late rounds CURRENT ADP: 253 ANALYSIS: In his age-40 season, after missing all of 2014 and playing in just 265 games over the three years prior, Alex Rodriguez produced an .842 OPS, 33 homers, and 169 R+RBI. No matter how you feel about him as a person or player, that's impressive. In the early going, however, owners don't seem optimistic that A-Rod can turn in a repeat performance. He's being drafted after ...continue reading

Eduardo Rodriguez (SP, BOS) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~200 CURRENT ADP: 276 ANALYSIS: If you owned Rodriguez in 2015, you know how great he actually was for the majority of his starts, as well as how awful it was to start him in the four games he got shelled. Despite those four starts where he gave up six, seven, eight, and nine earned runs, he still finished with an ERA under four. The most important piece here was that in each of his last seven starts of 2015 he gave up three earned or less (one earned in five of...continue reading

Joe Ross (SP, WAS) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~170 CURRENT ADP: 207 ANALYSIS: It’s not a given that Ross will have a spot in the Nationals’ 2016 starting rotation, but he is definitely a favorite and I’d be approaching him as if the #5 spot is his. The upside is too good. Not only does he pitch for a Nationals team that gets to face the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins, but he also happens to be a strong pitcher in his own right. He throws three pitches, relying on a strong fastball to anchor a sinking slider that he threw 35.6% of the...continue reading

Jose Quintana (SP, CHW) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~140 CURRENT ADP: 178 ANALYSIS: Quick, what do you think Quintana’s ERA was last year? If you were anywhere close to the actual number (3.36), you probably owned him. Guess what? His 2014 ERA was even lower at 3.32. He’s pitched 200 innings in each of his past three seasons, but has also only recorded nine wins in each of them. It is more fluky things like that which keep Quintana below the radar, and his being the 50th starter off the board means there is a ton of value. While he won’t ever strike...continue reading

Raisel Iglesias (SP, CIN) - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

TARGET: ~135 CURRENT ADP: 168 ANALYSIS: Iglesias put together quite the finish on his 2015, leading to quite a bit of buzz surrounding him as the 2016 season starts to peek out over the horizon. Iglesias didn’t really see consistent work in the majors until he entered the rotation after the All Star break, and then he went on to strike out over a batter per inning the rest of the way. He had an 11.8% swinging strike rate, the same as Danny Salazar. He’s got great stuff. This was highlighted by a three game stretch...continue reading

Breakout Outfielders And What It Means for 2016

Welcome back, readers. We've gone through the infield breakouts and busts, now we head to the outfield. The outfield had numerous surprises in the 2015 fantasy baseball landscape. Two of the top 10 outfielders were ranked outside the top 100 going into 2015 (A.J. Pollock, Lorenzo Cain) and of the top 20 outfielders, only five were ranked among the top 25 overall players in ADP (...continue reading

Breakout Players at 1B and 3B and What It Means For 2016

Welcome back to our weekly series running through November looking at players at each position who experienced breakout campaigns. I'll also run another segment detailing the busts at each position. Previously we looked at breakouts and busts up the middle (2B, SS, C). Here we will be focusing on the hot corners. No, Paul Goldschmidt returning to his place as the No. 1 first basemen does not count as a breakout. In addition to focusing on breakout players and what went right in...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ team roto and points leagues OWNED IN: 13.3% of ESPN leagues ANALYSIS: Ketel Marte is hot, hot, hot. As you may have noticed by now, that’s been a recurring theme for a lot of these waiver wire blurbs. He’s hit .396 over his last 15 games, and is striking out at a very low rate. He’s also swiped a couple of bags in that time frame, giving him seven in just 182 at-bats. He absolutely won’t help you...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 12.1% of ESPN Leagues ANALYSIS: I’ve been talking him up since March, and here’s my last-ditch effort. Lowrie has above-average power for a shortstop, and he is still hitting in the thick of a potent Astros lineup. He had a modest six-game hitting streak prior to going 0-5 the other day, and he likely isn’t going to kill your average or strike out a bunch. He has nine home runs in just 212 at-bats this season,. If you’re desperate, I’d...continue reading

Eddie Rosario (MIN, 2B/OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in points leagues with 10+ teams/add in roto leagues with 10+ teams OWNED IN: 15.0% of ESPN leagues ANALYSIS: Another guy eligible at two spots (2B, OF), Rosario is very similar to a player like Steve Pearce in regards to Hail Mary potential. If you’re not in a keeper or dynasty league, perhaps you ditch one of your big-name guys for a player like Rosario, who is hot at the moment. He’s hit three homers in his last eight...continue reading

Trevor Plouffe (MIN, 1B/3B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: Plouffe has run hot and cold all season, with 200+ point swings in his OPS each month. Fortunately for owners looking for a bat to stream, he's on the hot side of the pendulum these days. Over the last two weeks, Plouffe has hit three homers while accruing 17 R+RBI to go along with an excellent .307/.368/.558 line. His potent bat has helped the Twins stay alive in the race for the second...continue reading

Marcus Semien (OAK, 2B / SS/ 3B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 28 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: A brutal early-summer swoon has dragged down Semien's overall numbers, but he's still proven useful to those in deeper and AL-only leagues. After all, he can be plugged in at three infield spots (including both MI positions) and has managed double-digit homers and steals. Thankfully his subpar defense doesn't count against most fantasy owners either. Semien has also recovered nicely from that aforementioned rough patch, with an .819 OPS since August 1. We've talked before about how useful multi-position...continue reading

Aaron Altherr (PHI, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14 Team Leagues or Deeper OWNED IN: 1 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: Aaron Altherr recently became the first player to record an inside-the-park grand slam since Randy Winn in 1999. He's hit five homers and stolen six bases in just over a month of major league action. Despite the sorry state of the Phillies' lineup, he has also totaled 38 R+RBI. Philadelphia is all but assured of finishing with the league's worst record, but Altherr is part of an increasingly bright future. The future is now though for those...continue reading

Domingo Santana (MIL, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14 Team Leagues or Deeper OWNED IN: 6 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: With the news that Ryan Braun will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Santana should start every game for the Brewers as they finish a difficult 2015. He was a key piece of the Carlos Gomez trade, and has performed well since joining Milwaukee. He's compiled an .841 OPS with half a dozen homers in 32 games. The near 40 percent whiff rate is certainly far from ideal, but Santana has also managed...continue reading

Angel Pagan (SF, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: Pagan's overall numbers don't inspire much confidence, but he's been quite valuable as of late. The veteran is hitting .307/.378/.489 with three homers and five steals since returning from the disabled list on September 1. The Giants are out of the race, of course, since it's an odd-numbered year. Still, you have to think their front office is pleased to see Pagan playing well down the stretch since he's signed for next season at a cool $10 million....continue reading

Kevin Pillar (TOR, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: The Blue Jays rookie has been up and down at the plate all season, with 200+ point swings in his monthly OPS marks. He's had an excellent September, posting a .288/.330/.488 line with three homers and eight steals. Pillar is overshadowed by the star-studded lineup around him, but he's quietly put together a 12/25 season and figures to generate some sleeper buzz next season. Toronto clinched their first playoff berth in 22...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: Pearce's breakout last season had some fantasy owners betting on a repeat performance this time around. I wasn't among them, and Pearce struggled enough in the first two months that he was played sparingly even before suffering an oblique injury. In recent days, however, he's flashed that elusive 2014 form. Over the past two weeks, he sports a .268/.348/.659 line with four homers and 18 R+RBI. The Orioles may not have anything to...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: A rare bright spot in what's been a challenging season for the Red Sox, Shaw has hit .288/.354/.522 with 11 homers in 184 at-bats since being promoted to the Show. He's knocked in 10 runs in the last two weeks while posting a .943 OPS. A degree of skepticism is understandable given his unspectacular minor league numbers, but the guy's tearing it up right now. There's no reason he should still be...continue reading

Justin Bour (MIA, 1B) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: Justin Bour is another guy with a Quad-A profile whose solid year is an outlier on a disappointing team. Bour has totaled eight homers and 25 RBI in the past month of action, and half of those bombs were hit in the last nine games. He's emerged as a potential solution for the Marlins' persistent black hole at first base, but, more importantly, he's a potential solution for those in need of a...continue reading

Tom Wilhelmsen (RP,SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Quality relievers are hard to come by this late in the season but Tom Wilhelmsen finds himself in a pretty good spot for fantasy owners to take advantage. Any chance Wilhelmsen has gotten a chance to close with any consistency he has thrived. In the past month Wilhelmsen has converted all of his 10 SV opportunities and racked up 10 K in 12.2 IP with a .79 WHIP and a 0.00 ERA. He also only issued 2 BB during that...continue reading

Addison Reed (RP,NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in all SVHLD Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Mets have seemed to figure out their hitting issues they had earlier this year and they also have a firm grip on the strength that is their rotation. But who would have ever thought that Addison Reed would be a true solution to the team's bullpen issues? That is exactly what Reed has become in his short time in New York. Reed has transformed into the 7th inning option for New York and he has not disappointed thusfar....continue reading

Angel Pagan (OF,SFG) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Angel Pagan is healthy right now and even though that seems like a rarity he is a must play while he is sitting atop the San Francisco Giants lineup. Pagan has shown off his health by stealing bases like fantasy owners knew he could. He has 3 SB in the past few weeks to go along with a .283 BA, .744 OPS, 4 BB and 8 R. For whatever reason Pagan has always shown more patience as a leadoff hitter in...continue reading

Jean Segura (SS,MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Segura has had an overall disappointing campaign that makes his seemingly breakout work in 2013 seem like a distant memory. But the 2015 season is basically over and September surges are just what fantasy owners need this time of year! While hitting behind Adam Lind, Kris Davis, and Domingo Santana he should be getting plenty of opportunities to do just that for Milwaukee and your roster. Believe it or not Segura has better numbers than 2014 across the board with...continue reading

Corey Seager (SS,LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: It appears that the brother of Seattle 3B Kyle Seager may just be proving the critics right when they said he would be an instant star as soon as he made the majors. Seager has been nothing short of spectacular since his callup hitting .379 with 2 HR, 10 RBI and a 1.25 BB/K rate. His BABIP is at .432 and his ISO is at .222 in just 15 games with the Dodgers. His SLG% is on the cusp of...continue reading

Rick Porcello (SP,BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Rick Porcello was supposed to be a big part of the Boston Red Sox plans this season and he has fallen short of those expectations. However, Porcello lately has found his way, increasing his K/9 and limiting his ER drastically from even a month ago. Porcello has 25 K in his last 22.1 IP and has also only given up 7 ER and...continue reading

Carl Crawford (OF,LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Who would have thought, after all of the injuries and disappointments and letdowns that Carl Crawford has provided to owners over the past few years, that he would be a viable option for a fantasy baseball playoff run in 2015 for any owner? But here we are and there he is, waiting to be utilized. Crawford's latest run has shown us signs of his previous All-Star form, hitting for power and average...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Mark Canha is the type of player you just can't seem to dislike no matter the slump. He goes out and just works hard and the results have seemed to come for him in 2015. His recent numbers have been nothing short of fantastic and should be looked at more closely for these last few weeks. Over the past few weeks he is hitting .250 with 4 HR, 9 RBI,...continue reading

Kelly Johnson (1B/2B/3B/OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: If someone were to tell you that a veteran journeyman who has struggled to hold down a regular job could help win you your fantasy championship, you'd probably call them crazy. Then entertain the name Kelly Johnson and you might admit yourself to that same ward that your so-called crazy friend was sent to. Johnson has been as big of a part of the ...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Eduardo Escobar has been part of the glue that has kept the Twins playoff hopes alive as a jack-of-all-trades. He gets the little things done for the club to help them win. As a fantasy asset, his multiple eligibility is a definite plus, but he is turning into much more than just a plug and play for many fantasy rosters these days. Over the past two weeks,...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Kevin Pillar has been an afterthought in the Toronto Blue Jays success, but that doesn't mean he isn't fantasy relevant. His speed/power combination has been overshadowed by the Jays entire lineup full of stars and highly touted prospects. There sits Pillar just chugging away near the bottom of the lineup. He helps the team win every night. Pillar slowed down a bit in the summer but...continue reading

Anthony DeSclafani (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Reds aren't mathematically eliminated from the NL playoffs quite yet, and that has not stopped the Reds from becoming a scrappy team. Their pitching staff has been the biggest reason for that with Anthony DeSclafani leading the charge. His 7 K/9 is right on course with his career numbers, and in his past few starts he has 13 K in 13 IP while giving up 4 ER. The...continue reading

Adam Eaton (OF, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in most leagues OWNED IN: 41% of fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The knock on Adam Eaton used to be his lack of power. Eaton has since put that to bed by adding some slugging to his speedy repertoire. On the season he has 83 runs (tied for 14th in the league), eight triples, a .276 batting average, a .773 OPS, 12 HR, and 13 SB. In just his last 46 AB he has accumulated ten runs, two home runs, one...continue reading

Josh Tomlin (SP, CLE) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Tomlin's career numbers have been nothing short of abysmal and yet owners should truly take a look at what Tomlin has done to keep Cleveland and his career afloat. Tomlin has been on fire as of late spinning 16 innings with only three earned runs, 14 punchouts, one walk and 10 hits in his past two starts. The impressiveness does not stop at his recent success. Tomlin's LOB% is...continue reading

Jorge De La Rosa (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The thought of picking up a Rockies pitcher is typically discarded immediately by most owners without so much as a second thought. However, in Jorge De La Rosa's case, a closer look is highly recommended. The walks have been way down in his past two starts vs Pittsburgh and San Francisco and his strikeouts have been a welcome sight as well during that...continue reading

Adam Lind (1B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 42% of fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: 42% ownership? For a guy like Adam Lind who has 18 HR, 79 RBI, a .290 batting average, and a .861 OPS in 428 AB this season? Adam Lind has been on fire in his last 29 AB, hitting one HR, 12 RBI, while producing a .414 batting average, and a 1.242 OPS. Lind also produces phenomenal splits with a .915 OPS vs. RHP, and a .966 OPS at...continue reading

Billy Burns (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in most leagues OWNED IN: 30% of fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Billy Burns has one of the most fitting last names in baseball. It's like if Barry Bonds was named Barry Bombs. It is no secret that if you are looking into Billy Burns as a roster addition, you need stolen bases. On the season, Burns has a .295 batting average and 63 runs scored to accompany his impressive 26 stolen bases. The issue with him is that his other batting statistics can sometimes drown the upside of his base...continue reading

Travis d'Arnaud (C, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in most leagues OWNED IN: 28% of fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Is there a New York Met you can't depend on for production these days?...(maybe that isn't the best question to ask right now). Travis d'Arnaud has struggled with injuries for the last two seasons, but since returning from the DL, he has been on fire. In just 170 AB this season he has a .288 batting average, a .913 OPS, and ten home runs. In just his last 69 AB,...continue reading

Jayson Werth (OF,WSH) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Leagues OWNED IN: 61% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Even though Jayson Werth has reverted back to his 2012 ways, he is still a viable option for anyone in need of outfield help especially with the Nationals needing any and all help they can get. Yes, his season numbers have not been up to par even for career averages, but he has been on a tear the past few weeks and owners should take...continue reading

Kevin Jepsen (RP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: Jepsen has been getting the save opportunities for the Twins and at only 39% owned in fantasy leagues, is a nice waiver wire option to end the season. While he's not completely lights out, he does average close to a strikeout per inning and hasn't blown a save since July 3rd. Jepsen is a steady closer and definitely someone to add if you're in need of Saves at this point in the season.

Derek Holland (TEX, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The Texas Rangers have clawed their way to the second Wild Card spot and their pitching staff deserves a fair share of the credit, from Cole Hamels to Yovanni Gallardo to Derek Holland. Holland can't seem to stay healthy for full campaigns, but when he pitches he sure is useful. Holland is fresh off an eight-inning masterpiece at LAA, allowing one run and a 5/2 K/BB ratio. He's now...continue reading

Bartolo Colon (NYM, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues / Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 50% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: In case you were curious if I am picking on the Braves, you are right. They have become the new Padres - the team you'd be willing to throw just about any pitcher out there. Good news for us is Bartolo Colon has been doing just fine without the benefit of facing Atlanta. Colon is fresh off a complete game shutout at Miami and is now working on a...continue reading

Steven Matz (NYM, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANAL:YSIS:It's likely Steven Matz is already scooped up in your league or was sitting in an owner's DL slot. If, for some reason, he's still out there you need to move fast. His ownership has already spiked 10% in the past 24 hours and I expect that number to grow rapidly. In case you forgot, Matz is another dominant rookie among the plethora of options at the Mets disposal. A lat injury had him out since...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 9% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have overlooked Coghlan all season, but it's time for that to end. Since the break, the former Rookie of the Year has compiled an .812 OPS with seven homers, four steals, and 39 R+RBI in 42 games for the Cubs. He has an outside shot at finishing with a 20/15 season, a feat only eight players accomplished last season. Coghlan also retains eligibility at second base, giving you added flexibility in

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: The Athletics have had a historically unlucky campaign, but Canha is certainly finishing strong. Over the last month, he's hit .327/.367/.574 with five homers, 18 runs, and 22 RBI. He's been a streaky hitter all season, but the thing about streaky hitters is that they can carry your team when hot. At this time of year, that could be the difference between a championship and another season amongst the also-rans.

Stephen Piscotty (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 41% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: Though he's gone hitless in his last two games, the Cardinals rookie had hit safely in a dozen straight games before that. Half of those were multi-hit efforts. Piscotty has done nothing but hit since getting promoted to the majors in July, producing a .327/.359/.516 line with four homers and 46 R+RBI in his 43 games. With Matt Holliday still a couple

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Jayson Werth (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 44% of Fleaflicker Leagues

ANALYSIS: It's been a difficult season for Werth - and for many of his teammates - but he's shown signs of life in recent weeks. Thanks in part to a nine-game hitting streak that includes three homers, Werth has an .872 OPS over the last month of action. The Nationals are five games behind the Mets in the NL East race, and they'll need Werth to continue his

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Avisail Garcia (OF, CHW) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: While Garcia is a player I've always been more bearish on than most, production is production. The White Sox right fielder has bounced back from a midsummer swoon and filled up the box score over the past month. He's posted a solid .274 average and .761 OPS with 18 runs, 18 RBI, three homers, and two steals over that span. Still just 24, Garcia can generate some 2016 sleeper buzz for himself with a strong...continue reading

Javier Baez (2B / SS, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: After going through a season where he had to prove to himself to the organization, Javier Baez has finally ascended to the Cubs MLB roster. This time, it may be for good. Baez's career 40.2% K rate has been disturbingly well documented and simply cannot be ignored by anyone. The ISO of .162 shows obvious raw power and his BABIP, BB%, SLG% and wOBA...continue reading

Kris Medlen (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: There was much speculation when Kris Medlen finally came back to full time SP duties again after so much time went by. Some thought he would never attain that status again. His 14:3 K/BB ratio has been a welcome sign of things to come moving forward, but he has yet to give up fewer than 3 ER in any start. He has also only made it through the 6th...continue reading

Marcus Stroman (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The ace that Toronto thought it would have all season is back. Marcus Stroman is finally ready to come back from the torn ACL that he suffered in Spring Training and he is firing on all cylinders. His throwing sessions and rehab starts have all looked unbelievable and Toronto believes he is ready to come back to the starting rotation just in time for the stretch run. For fantasy owners...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Carlos Rodon has been such a glimmer of hope in Chicago that people tend to forget another lost season on the South Side. Rodon's early control struggles have not completely subsided but his ERA and his overall pitching prowess have turned around significantly. Rodon has not allowed more than 4 ER since August 5th and his ERA is down to 4.10 with a 33:14 K/BB ratio and 5 QS. Rodon's...continue reading

Martin Prado (2B / 3B / OF, MIA) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: From a counting stats perspective, Martin Prado has been disappointing in 2015. When you really think about it though, he’s pretty much done as much as possible given his lineup. The Marlins have been without Giancarlo Stanton for quite some time, limiting Prado’s run-scoring and driving-in abilities. Stanton should be back within the next week or two, which should provide a nice boost for Prado for the fantasy...continue reading

Jorge De La Rosa (COL, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Matchup Streamer OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: I know what you're thinking. You want me to trust a Rockie in a win-or-go-home scenario!? Well what if I told you that a) the game is not at Coors and b) the pitcher of interest has a 3.22 ERA and a .227 BAA in 72.2 innings. Throw in the fact that Jorge De La Rosa has been pitching well and we have ourselves an option most leagues can jump on. De La Rosa has recorded a quality start in six of his past seven outings,...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

Raisel Iglesias (CIN, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Joe Ross (WAS, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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,...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, WSH) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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...continue reading

Miguel Montero (C, CHC) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

Nathan Eovaldi (SP,NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

Yordano Ventura (SP,KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Trea Turner (WAS, SS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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 ...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

John Lamb (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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 ...continue reading

Cameron Maybin (OF, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Denard Span (WAS, OF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

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

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...continue reading

Sean Doolittle (RP,OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Marcell Ozuna (OF, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

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Kevin Gausman (BAL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

Tyler Duffey (MIN, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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 ...continue reading

Wade Miley (BOS, SP) - Waiver Wire Analysis

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...continue reading

Kris Medlen (KC, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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...continue reading

 

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