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Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Targets - Second Base (2B)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball second base (2B) 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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Kike Hernandez (2B/3B/SS/OF, LAD) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Enrique “Kike” Hernandez has had himself a hell of a week. Once a throw-in as part of the Dee Gordon deal to Miami, Kike has become a useful major league roster piece in the wake of Corey Seager’s unfortunate injury. While there have been significant struggles in 2018, the 26-year-old is on the verge of turning around his tough-to-look-at .218/.299/.449 line. Over the last seven days, he has a .375/.444/.938 line...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Josh Harrison has five multi-hit games in his last eight games, seeing his batting average jump to .297. He has also recorded an RBI in three of the last four games and has scored a run in back-to-back games. Harrison, who only has four home runs this season, hit two of his home runs in the last week and has a .473 slugging percentage since May 20. His line drive rate (32.9%) is excellent...continue reading

Willie Calhoun (OF/2B, TEX) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers second baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun is field away in the “guys that you’re not sure when they’re going to help you” category, but it is high time that Mighty Mouse was mentioned here. The Rangers’ top prospect has really turned in on in recent weeks, hitting .424 over his last 33 at-bats while flashing the huge power that we came into the season expecting to be on display in Arlington. He finally looks like the player that...continue reading

Daniel Descalso (1B/2B/3B/OF, ARI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Daniel Descalso has come out of nowhere to be a waiver wire option. Somehow the Diamondbacks have enough confidence to allow him to hit in the middle of the lineup. He is rewarding that good faith with production we have never seen from him before. Descalso has a slash line of .280/.374/.542 in 203 plate appearances. He is also carrying an abnormally high flyball rate (48%) and hard hit rate (44%). Over the...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Rays are finally getting ambitious and bringing up their young prospects to actually let them play. Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy has been batting leadoff ahead of this young talent. 2015 was the last time Duffy had any amount of offensive success, but a .281 batting average, two home runs, three RBI, and six runs scored over the last week is very solid. Since a fantasy relevant 2015 season, he has spent most of the time...continue reading

Scott Kingery (OF/SS/2B/3B, PHI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies utility man Scott Kingery is eligible all over the diamond, making him a valuable player to pick up. Kingery was waaaay overvalued entering the season thanks to a good performance in the spring and the always popular prospect effect. After a good stretch to open the season, Kingery’s value hit a Bitcoin-level fever pitch, one that he could have never hoped to live up to. Taken altogether, the last calendar month has been brutal, with just...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: At 37 years young, Ben Zobrist is one of the oldest position players with an every day role in the MLB. The reliable second baseman has been doing his thing for a very long time now, first making his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays way back in 2006. These days, he hits lead off for the potent Chicago Cubs lineup, who rank fifth in the MLB in runs scored, third in weighted Runs...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates utility man Josh Harrison has had his season slowed down due to injuries and other personal matters. However, when he has been in the lineup, he has continued to hit. The Pirates lineup has not been able to take advantage of Harrison being on base in recent weeks, but that has not slowed him down. He has a .333 batting average, two runs scored, and three RBI over the last week While he only has two...continue reading

Jonathan Villar (2B/OF, MIL) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder/second baseman Jonathan Villar, of course, was one of the 2017 season’s biggest disappointments. A year after hitting 19 home runs and pacing the league with 62 stolen bases, his totals in those categories dropped to 11 and 23, respectively. Villar has eight extra-base hits over the last month, hitting .284 with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. While a .373 BABIP could be seen as unsustainable, he does also have a 45.5% hard hit...continue reading

Ian Kinsler (2B, LAA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler is only hitting .218 this season, but has been heating up lately. He had six stolen bases coming into the month of June, but has now hit four of his seven home runs this month and already has three multi-hit games. Kinsler has regained his lead off spot and has scored a run in four of seven games this month. Kinsler has a .356 batting average over the last two weeks...continue reading

Yolmer Sanchez (2B, 3B, CHW) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Playing in the depths of the Southside, Yolmer Sanchez has quietly had a well-rounded season, slashing .276/.313/.413 with 24 runs scored and 27 RBI. He's also gone yard three times and is 5-for-7 in stolen base attempts. Sanchez primarily plays third base but also qualifies at second which is critical for his fantasy value. He's sat the last couple games for rest but has otherwise been playing daily for the White Sox. Sanchez bats second ahead of slugger...continue reading

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: A former top Pittsburgh prospect, Alen Hanson seemed to have found himself a role with the Giants before injury struck. While starting the season on the bench Hanson played every game from April 25th to May 12th, and in the process performed well enough to get on the fantasy radar. This season Hanson is slashing .298/.346/.638 with four homers and three steals showing off both his speed and contact skills. For a player who was almost...continue reading

Daniel Robertson (2B/3B/SS, TB) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay infielder Daniel Robertson has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners so far in 2018. The multi-position 24-year old is batting .262/.413/.443 to go with an impressive  .380 wOBA and 144 wRC+ this season. The most impressive stat may be Robertson's 18.7% walk rate which is driven by an equally impressive 7.0% swinging strike rate and 18.5% O-Swing (pitches chased out of the strike zone) rate. Fantasy owners in need of a middle infielder...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko may only have a .267 batting average this month, but has a hit in seven of his last nine games. Only one of those games is a multi-hit games, but Gyokrko did have a double on May 23. He has two doubles and two home runs this month, scoring six runs and driving in eight batters. Gyorko has been batting in the middle of the Cardinals lineup and had a four-game...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/3B/OF, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers utility player Niko Goodrum is hitless in four of his last five games, but his strong May should still have him owned in deeper leagues. He has four home runs, four doubles, and a stolen base this month, registering a .536 slugging percentage. Even in a weaker week, Goodrum still was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored, and two RBI on May 23. Goodrum has a .278 BABIP this month, which is...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Last 7 days: two runs, zero HR, three RBI, .278 AVG Atlanta Braves infielder Johan Camargo has the job at third base in Atlanta with the team releasing Jose Bautista. He also has a .278 batting average, two runs scored, and three RBI in the last seven days. In 82 games in 2017, Camargo had a good rookie season. He hit four homers with 30 runs, 27 RBI and a .299 batting average. He even had...continue reading

Daniel Robertson (2B/SS/3B, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Daniel Robertson had a strong weekend that kept him on the fantasy radar. A pair of home runs over the weekend boosted Robertson’s season line to .273/.424/.473. As the gaudy OBP indicates, Robertson has drawn a ton of walks in the early going – 27, to be exact, giving him a 19.4 BB% on the year. If he qualified, that mark would rank second in MLB, behind only Bryce Harper. Fresh...continue reading

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: When the Giants added former Pirates prospect Alen Hanson in the offseason on a minor league deal, no one batted an eye. Hanson had flamed out in Pittsburgh after sitting atop prospects lists for years. However, the pop never developed, the hitting eye did not seem to translate, and the defense from both shortstop and second base left something to be desired. Fast forward to week seven of the 2018 season, and the 25-year-old has been a...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison just returned from the disabled list and was immediately placed into the leadoff spot and went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first game back. It appears the cause of his DL stint, a fractured finger in his left hand, is no longer a concern. Harrison provides power and speed and is benefitted by hitting at the top of the order. In 69 plate appearances, Harrison has three doubles, a...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko is in a position to get more playing time. He has been playing in place of Matt Carpenter recently, and he has done well. After shortstop Paul DeJong suffered a broken hand injury after taking a pitch to the hand, manager Mike Matheny said that Gyorko would get the majority of the starts at the position. Knowing he'll potentially play every...continue reading

Yolmer Sanchez (2B/3B, CHW) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISPlaying the waiver wire isn’t always about hunting for hidden gems; often times it’s about finding a player who can patch up a recent injury or replace a slumping hitter for a few days. Chicago White Sox second and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez could be that guy for fantasy players this week. Whether you have a slumping starter or just lost Paul DeJong or Howie Kendrick...continue reading

Yolmer Sanchez (2B/3B, CHW) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISYolmer Sanchez may be the most unexciting fantasy option who continues to appear on this list. In 2017, he posted a .267/12/63/59/8 line. In 39 games so far this year, he has a batting line of .286/2/16/20/3. He provides just enough all around production that he is a valuable asset in weeks where he has seven games against good pitching matchups. That is the case this week, and he is a good bet to provide balanced production without...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/OF, DET) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum has a hit in seven consecutive games, including a two-home run performance against the Indians on May 14. Goodrum now has 11 extra-base hits in just 88 plate appearances this season and has also stolen four bases for Detroit. From May 8-May 15, Goodrum scored a run in five consecutive games, putting him right on the fantasy radar with three consecutive multi-hit games as well. Goodrum first gained some fantasy interest when...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Injuries limited Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy over the last few seasons and, unfortunately, a hamstring injury may limit Duffy once again. However, if he is able to stay on the field, a six-game hitting streak from May 6-May 15 shows why he has earned the right to be considered in deeper formats. Duffy has four multi-hit games in his active six-game hitting streak, a home run and three doubles as well, and has nine extra-base...continue reading

Neil Walker (1B/2B, NYY) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees infielder Neil Walker has seemingly come out of nowhere to be one of the most productive players for the league's best team. While he is only hitting .210 this season with five doubles and 10 RBI, Walker has a .974 OPS over the last 14 days and has scored 17 runs this season. We have to say that Walker has seemingly come out of nowhere in a bit of a tongue in cheek way,...continue reading

Jose Pirela (2B/OF, SD) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres journeyman Jose Pirela came into 2018 as a popular sleeper, but has thus far disappointed. After punching 10 home runs on a .202 ISO in just 344 plate appearances, Pirela has struggled to match those numbers this season. He was a surprise, effective middle infield/outfield option for fantasy owners down the stretch run, and draftees hoped the changes that spurred the improvements would continue into this season. Thus far, Pirela has provided none of...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko is a guy that will never give up. You have to respect and appreciate those types of guys. He has been beat up left and right in the fantasy community, particularly after not meeting expectations following a 30 HR season in 2016. Gyorko had a letdown season in 2017, like only fantasy fans can know, in the form of 20 HR, six stolen bases and a .272 batting average. Still...continue reading

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants second baseman/outfielder Alen Hanson is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, but his strong start to the 2018 season cannot be dismissed. A former top prospect for the Pirates, Hanson has four home runs and three stolen bases in just 14 games for the Giants this season and had three home runs and six stolen bases for Triple-A Sacramento before being recalled. Still just 25 years old, Hanson stole at least 20 bases in each...continue reading

Wilmer Difo (2B/SS, WSH) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals infielder Wilmer Difo may be seeing his playing time dwindle as Daniel Murphy nears a return to the field, but Murphy is still not back just yet. In the mean time, Difo has posted a .364 OBP (which matches his 2016 mark in a similar time span) and has stolen two bases while hitting seven extra base hits. Difo is only hitting .267 this season, but has walked 16 times and has...continue reading

Daniel Robertson (2B/SS/3B, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Daniel Robertson is hitting a very respectable .279 this season, but his eye is what puts him on the fantasy radar. Those in OBP leagues should pay close attention to Robinson, as he has walked 22 times this season and has a .436 OBP. The high walk total has inflated his OPS this season (.890), but he has also hit three home runs and seven doubles, serving as a protypical top of the...continue reading

Howie Kendrick (2B/OF, WSH) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick is hitting .294 this season with four home runs and an NL-best 13 doubles. Kendrick only has 11 RBI and 15 runs scored this season, but the 34-year-old has flashed an impressive contact profile over the last six seasons. Since 2013, Kendrick has hit .293 or better in five of six seasons and was a .315 hitter in 2017, splitting time with the Phillies and Nationals. He has also stolen 10...continue reading

Lourdes Gurriel (2B/OF, TOR) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: You can ignore him for the moment in standard leagues, but Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel represents an interesting flier for deep and AL-only owners. Toronto’s roster has a lot of moving parts on the infield, but another injury – this time an ankle sprain for shortstop Aledmys Diaz – may have at least temporarily made Gurriel’s path to playing time a bit less murky. Yangervis Solarte would likely slide over to shortstop...continue reading

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Even though it seems like he has been around longer, San Francisco Giants second baseman Alen Hanson is only 25 years old. Formerly a well-regarded prospect with the Pirates, he failed to impress in limited MLB time with Pittsburgh and is now plying his trade for the Giants. Hanson averaged 39 SB/600 PA as a minor leaguer, and has already swiped two bags in eight games with San Francisco. He is also hitting .321/.345/.643 with a pair...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko is hitting the snot out of the ball. A home run on Sunday brought his season line up to a cool .400/.525/.767. As those relatively round numbers and his low ownership rate imply, of course, it is in a tiny sample. Gyorko missed some time with a hamstring strain but was also a victim of the Cardinals’ roster crunch in the early going, so he has only got 40 plate appearances...continue reading

Howie Kendrick (2B/OF, WAS) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a disappointing 2017 campaign in which Howie Kendrick saw his fewest plate appearances (334) since his rookie year in 2006, many could be forgiven for ignoring him in fantasy leagues coming into this season. But with second baseman Daniel Murphy still not recovered from off-season knee surgery, Kendrick has found a role at second base for the Nationals and has responded with some strong outings. Kendrick's spot in the lineup is worth monitoring;...continue reading

Joey Wendle (2B, TB) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle just keeps hitting – a pair of base knocks on Sunday extended his hitting streak to seven games, with multiple hits in each of the last five games. His season line now stands at .348/.410/.522. Wendle does have a BABIP of .426 this season, but a hard hit ball rate of 38.2% shows that he is at least hitting the ball hard. A line drive rate of 16.4% (and one...continue reading

Howie Kendrick (2B/OF, WAS) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick homered twice over the weekend and extended his hitting streak to seven games in the process. The veteran is slashing .299/.330/.526 for the season, slugging four homers. With Daniel Murphy still working his way back from offseason microfracture surgery, Kendrick has carved out an everyday role for himself hitting in the top half of the Nationals lineup. The pop may not persist, but the 34-year-old has always been a reliable...continue reading

Jonathan Villar (2B/OF, MIL) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers second baseman/outfielder Jonathan Villar appears to be back to being a solid fantasy performer, recording a hit in five of his last seven games. He has also stolen four bases in 23 games, potentially showing the speed upside that led to him stealing 62 bases in 2016. While mentioning his 62 stolen bases is good, it is more important to look at his ability to get on base after posting a .293 OBP last season....continue reading

Scott Kingery (2B/3B/OF, PHI) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of leagues ANALYSIS: If the men who play the actual sport cared even the slightest bit what any of us thought, fantasy baseball would be a rather cruel game. One minute, everyone's touting you as the next best thing and blowing all their FAAB to acquire your services. The next, you're being cut en masse. So it goes. The latest example of this roller-coaster ride  is Scott Kingery. Fantasy owners rushed to add him (if they hadn't already done so...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ever since his breakout in 2015 Cesar Hernandez has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, he hit one home run, had 19 steals and a .272 average. In 2016, he then hit six HRs and upped the average to .294. Then in 2017, he hit nine HRs and retained that .294 average. Now in 2018, he already has two HRs and five steals in 20 games and 88 plate appearances. The average is a little bit...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins utility man Eduardo Escobar has taken over the shortstop job in Minnesota while Jorge Polanco has been suspended for PED usage and has had the most of it. He is hitting .294 in 38 plate appearances to open the season and also has six extra-base hits. Escobar had a .758 OPS in 129 games for Minnesota last season, including 21 home runs in 499 plate appearances, showing that he has...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B, 3B, SS, TOR) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Judging by his ownership, many didn't trust Yangervis Solarte as a late-round draftee. Fair, other sleepers like Aaron Altherr, Ryan McMahon and Carlos Gomez were more interesting and readily available. Doh! Through April 17, Solarte is slashing .280/.393/.520 and has appeared in 14 of 16 games. Batting cleanup, his starts have primarily come at third and second base. Partially credit the early flourish to his move from Petco...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has a .422 OBP to open the 2018 season and has already scored 11 runs. Hernandez only has a .275 batting average, but hit .294 in each of the last two seasons and likely will see his average approach .290 this season. Pressured by super rookie Scott Kingery, Hernandez has held his spot at second base, clubbing four extra-base hits (two home runs) and stealing three bases....continue reading

Chris Owings (2B, SS, OF) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Chris Owings has five extra-base hits in 53 plate appearances this season and his ability to play all over the diamond makes him very interesting for fantasy owners. Owings has a .280 batting average this season, slugging a home run and stealing a base while playing second base and the outfield for the Diamondbacks. Owings stole 21 bases in 2016 and slugged 12 home runs in 2017, so if he can...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS/3B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Often overlooked by fantasy owners is the value that position flexibility offers for roster construction, and Yangervis Solarte fits that mold. In most leagues, he is at least 2B/SS/3B/MI/CI eligible with other leagues being even more lenient. Without turning this into a roster management post, the more players with flexible positions, the more owners can play with match-ups, adding value to Solarte’s profile. Even more, Solarte is a good add due to his offensive...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: I don’t know about the half of fantasy owners who've left Hernandez sitting on the waiver wire, but I like the idea of adding an everyday leadoff man who’s going to hit .290 and swipe 20 bases. Don’t worry about the Phillies’ bevy of young infielders; Hernandez is locked into a starting role. Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery are fighting for that everyday spot at...continue reading

Joe Panik (2B) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Joe Panik made headlines by hitting home runs in the Giants' first two wins of the season over the Dodgers, against Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen no less. While he's hit "only" one home run since then he has continued to hit the ball well. Through six games, Panik is hitting .380 with three homers, three runs, three RBI and three walks across 25 plate appearances. Panik is a...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS, BAL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham had a breakout year in 2017, posting a 3.5 WAR with a .334 wOBA. Expectations for Beckham to continue to play at that level may be an exercise in foolishness given his BABIP was an unsustainable .365; granted, his career .340 isn't far off from that. Its also a pretty small sample despite Beckham is heading into this fifth season where he played almost as many games in 2017 than he...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B/3B/SS, TOR) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Any player, regardless of offensive prowess, who is eligible for more than two positions is still a valuable player to have on your team. Toronto Blue Jays' utility infielder Yangervis Solarte is just that kind of player. Solarte is good for the most part; he's got some pop, doesn't strike out too much, and stays healthy. His .258 BABIP in 2017 is very disconcerting, yet you can only assume that he's due for a bounce-back year after...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Cesar Hernandez has quietly put up All-Star numbers the past two season posting 4.3 and 3.3 WAR in 2016 and 2017. These numbers are even more impressive considering how weak the Philadelphia offense has been. Last year, for example, the Phillies finished 27th in total runs with 690, and Hernandez accounted for 85 of those on his own. With the addition of Carlos Santana and a whole season of ...continue reading