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Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Targets - Shortstop (SS)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball shortstop (SS) 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

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

Freddy Galvis (SS, SD) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: By now, most players are somewhat familiar with the story of San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis, a Phillies farmhand who had a breakout 2016. He was acquired by the Padres as a free agent to keep shortstop warm for Fernando Tatis Jr. and, while advanced statistics hate Galvis, he has actually been serviceable. So, why is he here; mainly because of his 20 home run, 17 steal, .241/.274/.399 line from 2016, Also, his ownership...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been pretty bad in 2018. The former top prospect has lost almost all of his shine between the last two seasons, as the hit tool has not translated yet and the expected pop has yet to develop. Rosario’s approach has been dreadful and seems to be allergic to taking a walk, which is not good for a player producing an ISO of just .119 en route to a .237/.266/.356...continue reading

Yairo Munoz (SS, STL) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Yairo Munoz was acquired this offseason in a package that sent Stephen Piscotty to the Athletics and seems to be the shortstop of the future for St. Louis. Munoz has been a staple in the Cardinals lineup since being recalled on May 19 and has a .333 batting average and 12 RBI in that time period. He has four extra-base hits (three home runs) and is slugging .519. A .375...continue reading

Jurickson Profar (SS/OF, TEX) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: While it may seem like Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has been around forever, the former top prospect is still just 25 years old and may finally have reached useful fantasy asset status. He while he is hitting a modest .241/.318/.448, he does have six home runs and four stolen bases to his credit. Profar also has 62 R+RBI in 60 games, starting many games at short with Elvis Andrus out of the lineup....continue reading

Jason Kipnis (2B/OF, CLE) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Kipnis is a veteran showing signs of a turnaround after an abjectly awful start. Over the last two weeks, Kipnis has hit .313/.353/.563 with three homers and a pair of stolen bases. Over the last month, Kipnis has a 35% hard hit ball rate and just a 38% ground ball rate, which would show that his .260 BABIP is a bit unlucky. He has a hit in four of his last six games, including...continue reading

Yairo Munoz (SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSISYairo Munoz surprised most by making the Cardinals rosters out of Spring Training, and did nothing through the first few games to keep himself in the bigs. This time around the production is a bit different. In his last 12 games, Munoz is slashing .389/.421/.583 with two homers and a stolen base. With Paul DeJong and Greg Garcia, both fighting injury, the playing time should be there for...continue reading

Jose Iglesias (SS, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias does not have impressive numbers overall this season, but he has turned it on of late. Iglesias has hit .303/.367/.449 with a pair of homers and five steals over the past 30 days. Even looking at the entire body of work for 2018, Iglesias’ numbers are pretty similar to those of Jose Peraza, who is owned in nearly eight times as many leagues for no apparent reason. While Iglesias only...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

Jurickson Profar (SS/OF, TEX) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers utility player Jurickson Profar was once the top prospect in baseball and, after years of struggles, finally looks to have made his place in the Rangers' lineup. It may have taken an injury to Elvis Andrus, but Profar is now the everyday shortstop in Texas and has made the most of his opportunities. He only has a .233 batting average in May, but his slugging percentage for the month sits at...continue reading

Jose Iglesias (SS, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has regained his form as a contact hitter that now has a hit in three of the last five games. In each of those three games, he also has a double and, in two of the three games, he has also scored a run. He has two home runs, five doubles, and three stolen bases in four attempts this month. Iglesias has also scored nine runs and driven in nine runs this...continue reading

Jose Iglesias (SS, DET) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is starting to garner a bit of love from fantasy owners, as he has a hit in four of the last five games. However, an ownership rate in the single digits has him bringing up the rear in terms of fantasy ownership. The Tigers’ shortstop has swiped three bases since last week, bringing his total to seven in nine attempts. He also logged three multi-hit games during the week and is hitting...continue reading

Brandon Crawford (SS, SF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: On the heels of a putrid April, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has been one of May’s hottest hitters. Since the calendar flipped, he is slashing an absurd .449/.459/.652, with nine multi-hit games (including five with at least three hits). That line is supported by a .509 BABIP, so it is obviously not sustainable, but Crawford has been hitting the ball hard enough that at least some of his production over recent weeks could stick around...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

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

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

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has struggled over much of the last two seasons, but a jump in batting average has led to him becoming more of a fantasy asset. Russell did have 21 home runs and 95 RBI in 151 games in 2016 before dropping to 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 110 games last season, but his .238 batting average in 2016 and 2017 has risen to .261 in a small sample size...continue reading

Jurickson Profar (SS/OF, TEX) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most owners have that experience of drafting a minor leaguer, stashing that player, and then ultimately be disappointed with the production when they do emerge. Jurickson Profar is that player for many teams. So before jumping into the analysis, make sure not to remember those bad moments with Profar. He is an entirely different player, for better or worse. Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre’s injury made Profar’s stay in the majors...continue reading

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia is only hitting .228 this season, but has posted back-to-back multi-hit games and has two stolen base attempts in his last four games. He had a double and an RBI on Wednesday, after finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored on Tuesday, and may be turning his season around. The only reason that we are discussing a player with just five extra-base hits in 96 plate appearances is the fact that he had...continue reading

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a slow start, Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia appears to be coming on of late. He has collected multiple hits in three of his last five games, and both of his home runs this season have come in his last seven. An ankle injury kept him out of action this weekend, but he is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. The 23-year-old managed 15 HR and 14 SB in his first full MLB...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien had a nice little run in the back half of the week. The veteran has recorded multilple hits in three of his last four games, with a home run, two stolen bases, and seven runs scored during that span. Hitting first or second in the Oakland lineup has worked out nicely, as Semien is currently in the top 10 in the league in runs. He managed 10 HR and 12 SB in...continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell does not leave much to be excited about when you look at his surface stats . The Cubs’ shortstop is hitting .219 with zero home runs and just two RBI through 19 games. Take a moment to check under the hood, however, and there are encouraging signs. Russell has always known how to take a walk, but he us running a 12.5 BB% that is four full ticks above his career rate....continue reading

J.P. Crawford (SS/3B, PHI) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford has been on a hot streak over the past week and change. Dating back to April 10th, Crawford has OPSed nearly 1.000 with three extra base hits and an equal number of strikeouts and walks. He has his average off the interstate for the first time all season and is trending in the right direction. He still only has a .598 OPS for the season, but has hit two home runs and driven in...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Aledmys Diaz burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 460 plate appearances he hit .300 with 17 home runs. However, he failed to back that up in 2017 hitting just .259 with 7 HR in 301 PAs before being optioned to Triple-A. Díaz is not the first and he certainly will not be the last baseball player to suffer a sophomore slump, but how he rebounds in 2018 will go a long way to deciding what sort of career...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

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

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons enjoyed the best offensive season of his career in 2017, hitting .278 with 14 home runs, 19 stolen bases, and 146 R+RBI in 158 games. Judging by his ownership rate, fantasy owners were not overly impressed with the breakout. Those who drafted him have thus far enjoyed Simmons collecting 15 hits in 10 games and posting a .357 batting average. He has also added two doubles and has driven in seven...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons finally got his bat rolling last season and the result was a 4.9 WAR, making him the 20th-best position player in the league (higher than Gary Sanchez, Marcell Ozuna, and George Springer, notably). To the surprise of no one, he’s carried last year’s offensive success into 2018. Hitting .417 through six games, Simmons is just adding more to...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

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Semien is poised to split leadoff duties with Matt Joyce for Oakland, with the 27-year-old seeking a rebound to his 600-plus PA seasons in 2018 and challenging for a 100-20-75-15-.250 season. It’s very unlikely his average jumps much past that, but he did pop 27 homers in 2016 so you’re not buying his power ceiling here. And we can’t forget how he hit 10 homers with 12 steals in just 85 games last year,...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of leagues ANALYSIS: I have to assume that his homerless (and unlucky) September left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, and that’s why he’s not being drafted like a guy who nearly went 15HR/20SB with a helpful average that is now part of a juiced lineup. Or maybe folks don’t trust the gains considering his reputation for being a glove-only player? Either way, their loss is your gain. Simba won’t endure many .242 BABIP, 0% HR/FB rate months like September, though. Even if...continue reading

Tim Beckham (SS, BAL) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230 CURRENT ADP: 261 ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder  Tim Beckham may have just needed a change of scenery, being traded from the Rays to the Orioles. He went from being seen as a bust of a high Draft pick to all but sealing J.J. Hardy's fate as an ex-Oriole in the span of months. Beckham nearly doubled his career highs in doubles and RBI in 2017, hitting .278 with 22 home runs and 62 RBI for the Orioles. The question is, will he continue to carry that...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170 CURRENT ADP: 228 ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien after a semi breakout year in 2017. Semien has always been seen as a strong offensive shortstop with a glove that made you scratch your head. Luckily for fantasy, the glove does not really matter, unless it eats at your playing time. Back to his bat, in 2016 he had 27 home runs and 75 RBI in 159 games. In 85 games last season, Semien put up 10 homers and 40 RBI, so that shows at the very least that...continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~205 CURRENT ADP: 255 ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is coming off a tough offensive season in 2017, but is a candidate for a bounce-back season. A foot injury and off the field issues seemed to have factored in Russell's offensive decline this past season. The shortstop hit a disappointing .239 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI, a big drop from his 95 RBI in 2016. Despite the regression, he is still just 23 years old and seemed to be on his way offensively after the 2016...continue reading

Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~65 CURRENT ADP: 82 ANALYSIS: Boston Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts has been a troubling fantasy shortstop to own. Annually, there is a concern whether he will provide power or stolen bases. In 2014, he provided power, but little speed and even lower batting average. In 2015, Bogaerts provided more speed and much higher batting average, but the power suffered. In 2016, he provided career best home runs (21) and some stolen bases (13) at the expense of his batting average (.294). Going into 2017, there was an expectation...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS/3B, LAA) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~135 CURRENT ADP: 188 ANALYSIS: Zack Cozart made himself a rich man thanks to a 2017 campaign in which he posted 24 HR, 80 runs, a .297 average, and .385 OBP while striking out on just 15.4% of his at-bats. After producing the 17th-best wRC+ in all of baseball, the infielder signed a three-year, $38 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cozart’s 2017 breakout may seem like it came out of nowhere, but the veteran had exhibited elite-level skills for years. While he was better known...continue reading

Freddy Galvis (SS, SD) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~345 CURRENT ADP: 353 ANALYSIS: Freddy Galvis was boring roster glue at best last season, slashing .255/.309/.382 with 12 HR and 14 SB (five CS). The 28-year old is probably younger than you think he is, and the pedestrian numbers above mask the best plate discipline metrics of the shortstop's career (6.8% BB%, 16.7% K%). His 33.1% chase rate represented a career best (37.7% career), and his 7.6% SwStr% was Galvis's lowest since his rookie year in 2012. His average exit velocity on ground balls is not  impressive (80.3 mph), but should be...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS/3B, TOR) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260 CURRENT ADP: 271 ANALYSIS: Yangervis Solarte personified mediocrity in 2017, slashing .255/.314/.416 with 18 long balls and a trio of steals. With eligibility at all three positions listed above plus seven games at first base, a competent batting line is really all Solarte needed to have fantasy value as a reserve. Yet there is upside for more here. Solarte never strikes out, posting an 11.9% K% last year right in line with his career 11.5% rate. The underlying 7.4% SwStr% validates his performance further, especially since he...continue reading

Christian Arroyo (SS/3B, TB) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~400 CURRENT ADP: 527 ANALYSIS: Christian Arroyo was dreadful in 135 MLB PAs last season, slashing .192/.244/.304 with three dingers. He was too good at Triple-A before his debut, slashing .396/.461/.604 with four big flies over 102 PAs on the back of a .427 BABIP. His full season Double-A statistics in 2016 (.274/.316/.373, three HR in 517 PAs) also inspire little excitement, rendering Arroyo to a fantasy afterthought at best. Arroyo has dual positional eligibility in many leagues with 21 games at third base and 10 at SS, a combination that allows...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS/3B, LAA) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~200 CURRENT ADP: 225 ANALYSIS: Zack Cozart had an unimpressive track record going into 2017 and move to a pitcher-friendly park, from Cincinnati to Los Angeles are reason enough to ignore his impressive 2017 numbers (.297/.385/.548 with 24 HR). This view seems to have become common perception, allowing owners willing to look past it an opportunity to buy low on an extremely versatile player. Cozart's breakout was supported by contact quality metrics. He hit more flies (39.9% FB% in 2016 vs. 42.3% last year), ensuring Cozart has...continue reading

Tim Anderson (CWS, SS) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team and AL-only leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox was a hot name heading into fantasy drafts this year. For most of this season the young shortstop has disappointed both for the Chicago White Sox and fantasy owners. However a light has flicked on for the youngster who has been on a roll of late. Over the past two weeks Anderson has 15 hits over 51 at-bats. Not only has he been hitting the ball at a...continue reading

Freddy Galvis (SS, PHI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Freddy Galvis is posting a remarkably similar stat-line this season to his breakout 2016 campaign. While he will likely fall short of a 20-20 season, he has been a valuable contributor in home runs and stolen bases at a position that has two of its elite contributors on the DL for the foreseeable future. Galvis’ overall rank among shortstops for the season will not stand out as impressive, but he has the 12th most stolen bases among...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Another young prospect with a good chance to make an impression on owners is the Mets' Amed Rosario. It seems that Rosario is the one prospect who just hasn't gotten a glimpse of the MLB no matter how ravaged the Mets have been with injuries. With the trade deadline looming, the club will bring up the future of their offense by the start of August. Rosario recently missed some time with the Las Vegas 51s due to...continue reading

Jose Reyes (SS/3B, NYM) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After going 0-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on June 10, Reyes had gone hitless in his last 24 at-bats. His season line at that point: .184/.257/.294, 3 HR, 7 SB. In the six weeks since, however, Reyes has been quietly great. He's hit .298/.338/.550, with six home runs and five stolen bases in 147 plate appearances. While he primarily has hit seventh, this recent hot stretch has been enough to get him penciled into the leadoff spot a...continue reading