Five Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8

Joe Hannon analyzes 5 outfielders to target as waiver wire pickups for week 8. These sleeper hitters can have an immediate impact on your fantasy baseball team.

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Another fantasy week is in the books.  For owners fighting the injury big or looking for outfield help, here are five players to consider adding off the waiver wire, if available in your leagues.


Adam Eaton - (OF, CWS) - 57% Owned

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Formats

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

The White Sox leadoff man has been sidelined since May 2nd, but he's in line to be activated this Sunday. When healthy, Eaton is a difference maker in more ways than one. The speedy lefty can score runs and steal bases, and he'd shown a knack for driving in runs over the first month of the season.

Adam is hitting .276 with 20 R, 1 HR, 14 RBI and 2 SB in 25 games this season. Eaton was widely owned early in the season, but was dropped heavily after getting hurt. He has value in all formats and is worth picking up if he is available.


Matt Joyce - (OF/DH, TB) - 29% Owned

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Formats

Matt Joyce would be a solid fantasy outfielder if it weren't for his inconsistent playing time. In just 112 at-bats, Matt is hitting .286 with 16 R, 3 HR, 20 RBI  and 1 SB, but he does not have a set position in the field. Joyce splits time between left field, right field, DH and the bench. He kills right-handed pitching (.314 BA), but rarely sees the field when a left-hander is on the bump. For owners in daily leagues, Joyce is a must-add, as he can be inserted into the lineup when the Rays are facing righties. He can be a tough sell for owners lacking that flexibility, though.


Seth Smith - (OF/DH, SD) - 25% Owned

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Formats

Similar to Matt Joyce, Seth Smith is a platoon outfielder that does most of his damage against right-handed pitchers, and he's in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak during which he's collected 21 hits! He is hitting .339 on the season with 15 R, 3 HR and 14 RBI. San Diego has a crowded outfield due to the recent return of Carlos Quentin (see below), but Smith will continue to swing that hot bat when right-handers are on the hill. Pick him up and ride his success for as long as it continues.


A.J. Pollock - (OF, ARI) - 11% Owned

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting/Add in NL-Only Leagues

A.J. Pollock is a promising young outfielder who has been getting steady playing time in his second full year after the offseason trade of Adam Eaton. Pollock has shown both speed and power while hitting .280 with 15 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI and 5 SB-- solid production for a waiver OF. Pollock bats in the lower third of the Diamondbacks order and is not putting up huge fantasy numbers, but A.J. has the potential to develop into a valuable fantasy outfielder and should be scouted as the season progresses.


Carlos Quentin - (OF, SD) - 3% Owned

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting

Now in his third season with the Padres, Carlos Quentin has yet to post the numbers that many expected when he joined the team. After hitting 21+ home runs in each of his four seasons on the south side of Chicago, Quentin hit 16 and 13 homers in his first two seasons in San Diego. He hasn't played in more than 86 games in a season since 2011. Despite all of his injuries, though, Quentin is still a very dangerous hitter. He has the potential to smack 20 HR, even after missing the first quarter of the season. Carlos went 0-3 in his season debut and it may take some time for him to find his groove, but owners would be wise to keep an eye on him and add the slugger if he starts putting the ball out of the park.