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Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Targets - Catcher (C)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball catcher (C) draft sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other draft resources and tools shown in the icons below.

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position

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John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is a player to watch for fantasy purposes, as he has a .295 batting average this season. He has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four multi-hit games, and has also scored a run in five of his last six games. Since the beginning of May, Hicks has a .319 batting average, .464 slugging percentage, and 11 extra-base hits. He has a .408 BABIP since the beginning of May,...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is about to get more playing time at Coors, considering the struggles of Chris Ianetta. A post-hype player who most owners will know, but few will own based on the past seasons. This year at Triple-A, Murphy is hitting about 40 points better than last season and is still showing good pop with 16 homers. The other key stat is that his HR/FB rate is up to 22%. If Murphy can continue...continue reading

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi burst into the fantasy scene earlier this season and has since cooled off since as evident by his low ownership rate. So far he has almost split the playing time with Brian McCann, so the usual risks of playing time with the backup role do not apply here. At the same time, his production has been much better than McCann's with a .256 batting average and six homers. There...continue reading

Kevan Smith (C, CHW) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith has been recently recalled to Chicago and getting a run of games.  Still, Smith is relatively under-owned and looks to have a key spot on this team. In all fairness, Smith might not be a top prospect but could be a nice fantasy add in the short term at least. Only six games so far mean a small sample size, but the results so far have been promising to say the...continue reading

Andrew Knizner (C, STL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner has had his best season to date with a slash of .333/.400/.444 at Triple-A after a strong showing to start the season at Double-A. In Springfield, he hit .305/.376/.424 with two homers in 31 games. While the numbers do not show the power upside, contact has always been his highest graded tool and there is no reason for it not to continue moving forward. With the power jump that comes from...continue reading

Devin Mesoraco (C, NYM) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco has found new life since being traded from the Reds. The new-ish Mets catcher has seen his ownership rise 20 percentage points in the last week and a half. Despite his continued hot hitting (5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R in the last 30 days), he is set to split time with Kevin Plawecki, who recently returned from a stint on the DL. A 25-home run hitter in 2014,...continue reading

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi has been tearing the cover off the ball all season (.303/.367/.562 in 89 AB) and will finally get a chance for more playing time. He will get a chance to take over behind the plate for the next week or so as Brian McCann occupies a spot on the disabled list. Stassi’s specialty is crushing lefthanders; while he has four of his five homers against righties, he is 16-of-32 against lefties...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks has been a fantasy sweetheart for the past few days, with people lining up to grab him. It might not be a product of actual play at catcher; they love that they can start him there even though he has been getting the bulk of his playing time at first base since he is subbing for Miguel Cabrera Hicks has a .281 batting average, five home...continue reading

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: The return of Tyler Flowers saw a drop in the ownership of Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki, as he is been playing every other game. He is still among the league leaders in home runs at catcher and other categories, so it would be unwise to not pick him up, especially given the dearth of hitting catchers. Suzuki only has a .200 batting average this month, with two doubles and two home runs, scoring...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes has a hit in six of his last 10 games, including two multi-hit games, and has two home runs and eight runs scored this month. The top performance for the backstop was a 4-for-5 performance against the Royals on May 13, in which he hit a double, home run, scored three runs, and drove in three runs. Gomes is only hitting .237 this month (and has a 34.9% strikeout rate), but he...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS:  The state of the catcher’s union is not strong this year, as Gary Sanchez is the class of the position with a .228 batting average. All that is to say, with this position, an owner can get value from many places, and the hot hand is worth a shot. Enter Tigers catcher James McCann. So far in 2018, a slash line of .271/.327/.389 keeps him as the starter without much question the...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro has hits in eight of the last 19 games, scoring a run in the last two. Alfaro also had back-to-back multi-hit games on May 13 and May 17, hitting doubles on May 18 and 21. He has a .281 batting average this month, hitting three extra-base hits and scoring six runs. Unfortunately for Alfaro, there are a lot of negative traits in his portfolio, starting with his .469 BABIP. He has a...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes has been a streaky staple at backstop for the Cleveland Indians for six years, and it appears as if the one-time Silver Slugger has removed the varnish and found his stroke once more. Last year, Gomes produced passable HR and OPS figures of 14 and .708 but through 110 AB in 2018, Gomes has already stepped it up. He currently holds a slash line of .264/.336/.473 with six homers on the year and has also maintained...continue reading

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is a young, basically unowned player who has been given a chance to prove himself after the primary catcher, Jason Castro, was lost for the year due to a knee injury. Garver has dominated the minors; most recently, he had a great year in Triple-A last season, where he continued to show power with very good plate discipline. He hit 17 HR and 29 doubles to go with a 13.4 BB% and .291...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro only has a .212 batting average this season, and has struck out a staggering 41 times in 93 plate appearances, but he still has value in two catcher leagues. He has walked seven times, so his .280 on-base percentage is not terrible, and he has hit four home runs. Also, Alfaro showed last season that he can be a legitimate slugging catcher, as he posted a .874 OPS in 114 plate appearances...continue reading

Chris Iannetta (C, COL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is below the 50% threshold of ownership. Sure, he is hitting .217 with three homers, but his home park is still one that can revive his bat VERY quickly. The weather will continue to get warmer and his bat should heat up some along with those temperatures. He is now hitting just .143/.268/.314 over his last 10 games and .217/.323/.361 on the season, losing some playing time to ...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes is a solid second catcher in deeper, two-catcher formats. There were some other catchers ahead of him, ownership-numbers-wise, but he is the only one in that group that's hitting above his weight. Gomes is not going to contend for a batting title, but .244 is a darn sight better than some of those other catchers. What can distinguish Gomes is that he has hit four homers and is a part of a strong...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann has been grabbed off of the wires because he has raised his average to .276. This comes even though he still only has two homers and 13 RBI and three of those runs were plated in May. Still, you need warm bodies in there and he is just as good a choice as any other one. A big change for McCann is that he has cut his strikeout rate (albeit in a...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is the hottest hitter in the Tigers lineup over the last few weeks. While that does not always equate to fantasy production, there may be some great value here. Hicks has taken over for the injured Miguel Cabrera for the time being, and he has put together an impressive five-game stretch , collecting nine hits and a homer. He is slashing .283/.333/.528 in 57 plate appearances this season and has...continue reading

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's not often that you'll see us recommend picking up a player with a strikeout rate north of 40 percent, but the scourge of the two-catcher format makes for strange bedfellows. Chirinos has homered four times in his last nine games, giving him a total of six on the season. That's more than any other catcher in baseball save for Gary Sanchez, who is probably not available in your league. Sure, Chirinos has also struck out 16 times in...continue reading

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers is nearing a return from the disabled list, but Kurt Suzuki is worth adding to your roster anyway. Receiving the bulk of starts behind the plate for the Braves while Flowers has been recovering from an oblique strain, the 34-year-old has continued the remarkable transformation he began last season. Suzuki was always good at making contact, but he's figured out how to unlock some hidden pop in his bat without sacrificing any of...continue reading

Matt Wieters (C, WAS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters has been getting picked up by a decent amount of Yahoo! owners, as he is just coming off the disabled list. The good news for those looking at a catcher is that he is still WAY under-owned. He is only 1-for-10 since coming off of the disabled list and only had a .632 OPS with the Nationals in 123 games last season. While Wieters' OPS has dropped in each of the last four seasons...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISJorge Alfaro represents the ultimate problem for fantasy owners: is a toolsy player without production worth rostering for the upside? To be fair, Alfaro last season was certainly passable with a .318 AVG, five home runs, and 127 WRC+ in 29 games. At the same time, a 28.9 K% compared to a 2.6 BB% limits the ability to keep that line going. So then why does he appear on this list? Andrew Knapp....continue reading

Chris Iannetta (C, COL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 33% owned ANALYSIS: Most of you expect nothing from your catcher slot, but that doesn’t have to be the case! The 35-year-old Iannetta quietly enjoyed 2017’s homer party with 17 dingers in just 316 PAs for Arizona, and he now leaves the humidor-stricken Chase Field behind him as he heads to the only park that was more hitter-friendly last season. Say it with me now: “Coooooors”. C’mon, say it like you’re one of those objectively-wrong people who doesn’t think Larry Walker should be in...continue reading

Austin Barnes (C/2B, LAD) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 36% owned ANALYSIS: Barnes pushed aside Yasmani Grandal for starts down the stretch last year by rocking an .895 OPS with eight homers and four steals in 262 plate appearances, which led to his also starting over Grandal through much of the postseason. Grandal is no slouch, especially defensively, and he’s also on the last year of his contract. The age-28 Barnes and his “J.T. Realmuto but with more power” needs to be watched like a hawk should...continue reading

Evan Gattis (C, HOU) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~135 CURRENT ADP: 148 ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis became a vital piece in the Astros 2017 championship run. He has, however, seen a steep decrease in playing time over the past few seasons, from 153 games in 2015 to only 84 appearances last season. This can be attributed, not to injuries, but Gattis becoming more of a designated hitter/spot starter at this point in his career. When he was given opportunities he contributed, hitting .263 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 55 runs batted...continue reading

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230 CURRENT ADP: 269 ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal had such a terrible season at the plate that he was replaced by Austin Barnes in the postseason. A popular sleeper pick at this time last year, Grandal saw his stock drop by doing all the wrong things that terrible batters do. He sliced into his walk rate (8.3% in 2017 versus 14.0% in 2016), increased his K-rate (27% in 2017 versus 25.4% in 2016) and saw his ISO drop from .249 in 2016 to .212...continue reading

Alex Avila (C, ARI) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 398 ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila was great last year with a .264/.387/.447 line and 14 bombs in 376 PA. Avila has two elite skills (plate discipline and contact quality) and is a disaster everywhere else. OBP and power are more than most fantasy catchers bring to the table though. Moving to Chase Field could potentially help Avila's power numbers. Both Comerica Park (98 HR factor) and Wrigley Field (97) suppressed left-handed power slightly in 2017, while the ball flew out in Phoenix (110). However,...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220 CURRENT ADP: 266 ANALYSIS: Regarded as a top-shelf defensive catcher, Austin Hedges bucked his one-sided reputation in 2017 by hitting 18 homeruns, tied eighth-best for signal-callers. Unfortunately, the power did not translate into other fantasy-useful categories. Hedges finished outside the top-20 for backstops with a meager 36 runs, 55 RBI and .214/.262/.398 slash. Entering 2018, the 25-year-old Hedges spent his offseason working on a steadier swing and plate discipline. Last year's power surge wasn't a complete surprise. In 2016, Hedges mashed in Triple-A with...continue reading

Francisco Mejia (C, CLE) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~300 CURRENT ADP:  340 ANALYSIS: Francisco Mejia, though he has been a catcher throughout his minor league career, might get some action elsewhere in the 2018 season. In the Arizona Fall League this year, Mejia played third base, and on the Glendale website (the AFL team he played for), he was listed as an infielder, not a catcher. The Indians have made it clear that they want his bat in the lineup, and are willing to be flexible with his position in order to do so. That bodes extremely well for fantasy...continue reading

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Robinson Chirinos had outplayed Jonathan Lucroy for much of the season, but was still finding himself with limited playing time while Lucroy remained in a Rangers uniform. However, after Lucroy was dealt to the Rockies in late July, Chirinos has become the Rangers primary catcher. He has done quite well in that role, as over the past 30 days, he has been the fourth best fantasy catcher according to the ESPN Player Rater. Chirinos...continue reading

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  35% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers started off like a house on fire, though he must have started feeling the heat in July, since his production fell off. He's still hitting above .300, though his power has been lacking. With the rash of injuries that have befallen a lot of the catching options, he's also someone to grab to just fill the lineup slot. Right now he's hitting .301/9/37, and while he lacks the basestealing speed to make him a threat like J.T. Realmuto,...continue reading

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN:  8% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tucker Barnhart is another one of those catchers who has seen a somewhat significant increase in ownership numbers. This time, though... it was a modest bump, from 1% to 8%. Not exactly an amount that you'd want to hang your hat on as a full-time catcher in a 12-team league. The situation hasn't gotten THAT dire yet... though if a few more catchers get hurt, you might want to reconsider that thinking and promote him to first-string. Barnhart is getting...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN:  18% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: James McCann has been a hot property lately, with thousands of leagues snapping him up like he's the next coming of Mike Piazza. Well, maybe that's a little bit of hyperbole, but the fact that he drove in five runs on Aug. 12 seems to have sent a lot of fantasy owners into a tizzy.  That and the fact that there seem to be more catchers on the disabled list than actually on the field. It's been so...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos has gotten off to a relatively strong start in his return from a torn ACL. Lately, he has also battled a minor hamstring that sidelined him, though he now appears healthy given that he has started three consecutive games. Though he has played in just 13 games this season, it is notable that Ramos now has three home runs on the season. He has also been able to drive in 11 to due to the...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TAM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Yahoo ANALYSIS: After years of injury issues, Wilson Ramos finally logged a full season in 2015 and was one of the worst hitters in baseball. Last year, he bounced back for the best performance of his career, hitting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI. Naturally, just before the season ended, he tore his ACL. The Rays signed him as a free agent knowing full well he'd miss the first half of this season, and plenty of fantasy owners followed suit,...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're now close to the All-Star Game and the catching stats are pretty grim, as far as the waiver wire goes. Nearly all the backstops with double-digit homers are above 50 % ownership, with three exceptions. Who are they? You can probably guess. Hint: They all appear later in this column. Play the Jeopardy theme song, please.... In other catcher news: Apparently, Kyle Schwarber hit the cover off the ball in the Minors, and was recalled by the Cubs. He's already back on the upswing in terms of adds, though he never was...continue reading

Tyler Flowers - (C, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers has taken an improbable step forward in his age 31 season as he is batting .100 points over his career average. In addition, he is on pace to smash his career best run production thanks in large part to his .422 on-base percentage. His average is set to regress some due to a .395 BABIP, however, he has also cut his strikeout rate to below 20% for the first time in his career. That change...continue reading

Welington Castillo (C, BAL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Welington Castillo isn’t a flashy catcher but he posts consistent numbers, which is something to note for a position as thin as catcher. Much of Castillo’s profile has remained the same this season compared to seasons past, including his HR/FB rate, ISO, and flyball rate. With seven home runs on the season, he is on pace to hit around 15 home runs, which is in line with preseason expectations. One thing that has changed is Castillo’s average...continue reading

Alex Avila (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team, Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Alex Avila's return to the Detroit Tigers has been a triumphant one so far. After one year in exile with the White Sox, Avila has not only reclaimed the starting catcher job, he's earning himself a spot on many fantasy rosters too. Avila is hitting a shockingly high .337 over 86 at-bats, but with a .469 BABIP that is 126 points above his career average, it's not going to last too much longer. This is...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp displayed solid power numbers for the Phillies last season, smacking 16 home runs over 105 games with a .195 ISO. This season through 32 games he’s hit four HR, carrying a .187 ISO. He has been especially useful over the past month. During that span, he has hit .283/.377/.500 with three HR and 10 RBI, occupying the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup. He has risen his walk rate by 7% this...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges has put together a fairly respectable run of late. The Padres' backstop had a six-game hit streak before Wednesday's game and has an .870 OPS over the last 14 days. He's also got the lead for most homers among catchers with eight and is third in RBI with 20. Not bad for a guy who initially looked like he might never get a hit this season. This push has also...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS:  Rupp was a popular sleeper heading into the season, but thanks to a slow start, he is very low-owned. However, since April 27, his average has risen from .170 to .263 and he has been a season-long standout for those in OBP leagues with a .362 OBP. That same patience has worked against him as well, however, as he has been less aggressive at the plate leading to lower counting stat numbers and more strikeouts. Most of his power peripherals...continue reading

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team and Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: When the Brewers dealt Jonathan Lucroy last season, they chose not to fill that void with another free agent. That seems to have been a wise choice, as Jett Bandy has delivered surprising results on offense this April. Bandy is slashing an impressive .327/.377/.633 with four homers, eight RBI and nine runs over 49 at-bats. Bandy did show modest power last year with the Angels (eight HR in 70 games), but only hit .234....continue reading

Power Risers and Fallers: Week Four

Welcome back to this investigative piece where we examine players who have seen some notable changes in their power profiles -- for better or for worse -- in 2017. As usual, you don’t need me to tell you that Miguel Sano or Aaron Judge are strong or that Jarrod Dyson and Billy Hamilton are toward the bottom in average exit velocity. And as with every April analysis article, the standard “it’s really early so read with heaping grains of salt”...continue reading

Week 4 Waiver Wire: Catchers

Although the temperatures and the rain haven't been indicative, the calendar is, indeed, flipping to May. The grace period for players and teams off to a slow start is beginning to wind down. "It's early" will soon not be a valid excuse anymore. It's still tough out there in catcher-land. Trying to sift through these backstops to determine which ones to recommend has us like: It's like staring into a void. Gary Sanchez can't come back fast enough, though it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll regain the form...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers: Week 4

Welcome back, RotoBallers! We now have a decent enough sample size in the early MLB season to look at some key offensive trends. Among those trends we will follow each week is contact rate. A sudden increase or decrease in contact rate could signal the beginning of an extended hot or cold streak. Each week we will look at a few players on each side and compare their previous week's contact rate with their actual performance. We do this because we care about you, the fantasy player. Top contact rate risers and...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges got some sleeper buzz heading into 2017 after lighting up the minors last year. Even adjusting for the offensive environment of the Pacific Coast League, Hedges' breakout was impressive. He hit .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles, and 82 RBI in just 82 games. The outburst was all the more surprising given his prior performance, which suggested that only his work behind the plate would sustain him as a viable major league catcher. With the scarcity of...continue reading

Hitter Streamers (Week 2): Head-to-Head Leagues

Welcome back to my hitting streamers column for Week 2, taking a look at hitters to add or stream off the waiver wire for this week's scheduled games. To keep things simple, I pick from players who are less than 50% owned and who play at least seven games in the week.  If someone jumps off the page at me as a less than seven game player, I may make an exception, but otherwise the advantage in number of games dictates my choices. With that said, let’s dive right in. Bats to Stream...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp is mainly keeping the seat warm for prospect Jorge Alfaro, but he did flash some pop last season. He hit 16 homers with a passable .252 batting average and 80 R+RBI. Rupp likely isn't a long-term solution for owners in single-catcher leagues, but he's a viable second catcher in deeper formats.