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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Shortstop (SS)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball shortstop (SS) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

We recommend MLB shortstops for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.

For more sleepers, also see our fantasy baseball rankings hub. The handy Rankings Assistant Tool combines all staff ranks in one area - tiers, points leagues, prospects, dynasty ranks and more.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has hits in four of his last five games and the former top prospect should be owned in all keeper leagues. This came after Rosario was hitless for three consecutive games and he is still only hitting .252 in 30 games, poor numbers even if he has a lot of promise. He had a double, three triples, and four home runs in August, showing that he has power and a...continue reading

Wilmer Difo (2B/SS, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals second baseman/shortstop Wilmer Difo is in a tough position with the return of Trea Turner, but is still a fantasy asset. Difo played shortstop while Turner was on the disabled list, and has a .289 batting average this season, but now has to find another way to get in the lineup with Turner back. Fortunately, the Nationals are juggling their lineup to get Difo in there, as Difo has hits in eight...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

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien has hits in eight of his last 10 games, scoring a run in six of 10 games, and is a great fantasy option. There are few shortstops that offer 15 home run/15 stolen base upside, but Semien had 27 home runs last season (four this season) and has seven stolen bases in just 36 games this season. He only has a .223 batting average this season, but has walked enough to see...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

Paul DeJong (2B/3B/SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 61% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: #CardinalsDevilMagic strikes again. Though St. Louis is currently under .500 and a long shot to make the postseason, they're enjoying yet another great performance from an unheralded farmhand. DeJong has emerged to take the place of last year's model, Aledmys Diaz. He's hitting .290/.310/.575 with 14 home runs in just 193 plate appearances. While the average is unlikely to persist and the plate approach leaves something to be desired - peep that 0.07 BB/K - DeJong's pop seems mostly legitimate. He...continue reading

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers infielder Orlando Arcia has hits in six of his last 10 games and his solid month of July makes him a strong waiver wire add. Arcia has also stolen a base in two of his last three games, moving his season total to 10, and has a .288 batting average in July, scoring 10 runs and driving in 11. He also has nine home runs this season and has a good shot at being a 15-15 player...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% Yahoo ANALYSIS: This isn't the first time I've sung the praises of Marcus Semien, and it probably won't be the last. Last season, Semien was the only shortstop to hit at least 25 home runs and steal at least 10 bases. Sure, he only hit .238, but that pop and speed combo made him plenty useful in all but the shallowest mixers. In the first week and a half of this season, Semien had yet to hit a home run but had...continue reading

Paul DeJong (2B/3B/SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong has eligibility all over the infield and his 11 extra-base hits in July have put him on the fantasy radar. Much like teammate Jedd Gyorko, DeJong gained fantasy value with positional flexibility and has hits in seven of his last 10 games, helping him to stay relevant. He has a .286 batting average in 56 July at-bats, hitting four home runs, driving in six batters, and scoring nine...continue reading

Paul DeJong (2B/3B/SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The Cardinals have found a gem in rookie Paul DeJong. It wasn't expected that they would need a new shortstop, but the dismissal of Jhonny Peralta and disappointing season of Aledmys Diaz has resulted in regular playing time for DeJong. He is slashing .302/.319/.576 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 135 at-bats. He may not know how to take a walk (four in 38 games), but...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has three runs scored and three RBI over his last three games, showing that he may be turning things around and can be added. Gregorius struggled to open the month, going 4-for-21 to open the month, but did have a grand slam against the Astros on July 1. A dip in batting average from .313 to .297 over the last 10 games should make Gregorius available in your league, but 22...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and is quickly becoming a fantasy asset. Escobar had a triple and two RBI on Friday, opening July 8-for-24 with a double, triple, and five runs scored after posting a .947 OPS in June. He has a .950 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, making him a great option in DFS for when he is in the lineup against a lefty....continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Last year, Addison Russell was one of the fastest risers on the fantasy scene. This year, much like the rest of his team, Russell has fallen hard and fast. Not only did he miss out on an All-Star nod, he may not even match the numbers from his rookie season in 2015 where he managed 13 home runs and 54 RBI with a .242 average. Was last year simply an outlier in a magical season for...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Welcome to week 14 of the fantasy baseball season. We’re continuing our mission to find you the best and brightest players with second base and shortstop eligibility. As noted last week, the own percentage of players are beginning to settle in, so this list may begin to have a bit less turnover, allowing us to go back and focus on a few of the names we wrote about in-depth earlier this season. This week we’ll focus primarily on three new names because of two names in...continue reading

Tim Beckham – (1B, 2B, SS, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Beckham has gotten hot in June as he has posted an .846 OPS with a .456 slugging percentage. His playing time was limited a bit in the month, as he missed five games due to knee and hand injuries and also exited Friday’s action against the Orioles early due to tweaking his ankle. Another potential concern is the Rays’ suddenly crowded infield situation due to their acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria. However, Beckham’s playing...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons has always been well-known for his transcendent work in the field, but he's flashing some offensive skill this season. After hitting just .256 in his first three-plus seasons as a major league, Simmons is on pace to replicate last season's .281 batting average. He's also got eight home runs and 13 stolen bases this year - the former is as many as he hit in the previous two seasons combined, and the latter has already eclipsed the career high of...continue reading

Franklin Barreto (SS, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Franklin Barreto made his Major League debut Saturday against the White Sox, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run in what turned out to be a historic afternoon for the Athletics— three different players notched their first career long ball. Barreto will be filling in for an injured Chad Pinder, and should see somewhat-regular playing time for the immediate future. The 21-year-old slashed .281/.326/.428 across 309 plate appearances in the minors, crushing eight homers...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has hits in five of his last six games, including three multi-hit games, and is quickly becoming a great option in all fantasy formats. He has a .296 batting average and eight extra-base hits in June, driving in 12 runs and scoring 14 times. Simmons has also seen his stolen base total jump to 13, posting five stolen bases in the last 10 games including two multi-stolen base games. He has a .360...continue reading

Tim Anderson (SS, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Owned in: 34% of Fleaflicker Leagues Baller Move: Add in 14+ Team Leagues Analysis: 23-year old Tim Anderson may have his issues at the plate for the Chicago White Sox, but in addition to his competence in the field, he has waded through his plate approach woes to some solid production in terms of power and base running. Last season he had nine HR and ten steals in twelve attempts. This year, while his OPS of .666 is considerably below his mark from last year at .738, he...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: So far this season, Didi Gregorius is turning in numbers comparable to his modest career stats, except when it comes to average. On the strength of a June stretch in which he's hitting .368, Gregorius is slashing .330/.351/.500. His splits are almost dead even in regard to home/road or lefty/righty matchups, so there are no exceptions in terms of value. With four homers and eight RBI in the last two weeks, Gregorius is on pace to...continue reading

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Anderson is finally starting to produce as fantasy owners had hoped when he was called up last season. In May, Anderson hit .316 and slugged .490 by increasing his hard contact rate to 37.8%. He is also up to six home runs already, which is quickly approaching last year's career-high total of nine, even in the minors. The power may not stick, unless he's one of those players that waits until he reaches the bigs...continue reading

Chris Taylor (2B/SS/3B, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor has a 1.021 OPS over the last 14 days and his potential for added positional eligibility makes him a great fantasy option. Moving the sample size back to the last 30 days, Taylor has scored 15 runs and knocked in 14, posting a .317 batting average, and has also walked 16 times. Taylor has basically played the same amount of games with the Dodgers this season as he did...continue reading

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: A cold spell over the last week may have made people shy away from Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, but he still has an .857 OPS over the last 14 days, clubbing two home runs and knocking in 10 runs. He has a .783 OPS over the last 30 days and he has added 15 RBI while scoring 14 runs. A huge factor for fantasy owners is that, over the last 30 days, he has a...continue reading

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Through his time in the majors, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has always been a slightly above average hitter, with tons of speed, making him an important categories fantasy player, as he could contribute to steals without sacrificing too much. This year, he's still been helpful in rotisserie leagues, it's just that he's contributed in places you wouldn't think. Anderson already has more than half of his last year's home run total in just over a quarter of...continue reading

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After hitting just .204 in April, things have been quite different for Anderson in May, as he is hitting .326 for the month. In fact, he has five multi-hit games in his past ten games after recording just three the rest of the season. After his slow start to the season, Anderson was bumped down in the order, which hurt his run-scoring potential. However, with his recent hot stretch and the limited number of options for the leadoff spot on...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario has a .361 batting average at Triple-A Las Vegas this season and could be on the brink of his MLB debut. Rosario has also stolen eight bases and has 18 extra-base in 41 games this season. This strong start comes after he had a .324 batting average in High-A and Double-A in 2016, a vast improvement on his .253 batting average in 2015. He also had 13 triples and 19...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cozart is now slashing .356/.444/.596 with 11 doubles, two homers, and 14 RBI for the Reds. He recently took over the second spot in the lineup, which puts him in an excellent position to score plenty of runs hitting ahead of first baseman Joey Votto and outfielder Adam Duvall. Cozart is worth a waiver add if your current fantasy shortstop isn't getting the job done.

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: While a torn ligament in the left thumb may be bad news for Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, it could be a huge boost for Amed Rosario and his soon-to-be fantasy owners. Cabrera hasn't hit the DL yet, but if/when he does, be ready to pounce on top prospect Rosario. He has been tearing it up in Las Vegas this season, hitting .359 with 22 RBI and seven steals. Rosario was thought initially to...continue reading

Marwin Gonzalez (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: There is no player in baseball that is hotter over the last week than Marwin Gonzalez, as he has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a stolen base. On top of his strong performance, Gonzalez's eligibility at every position other than catcher makes him nearly indispensible when he is on a hot streak like this one. He is also a switch hitter, which is why he is matchup proof as of now (1.086 OPS against left-handed pitchers...continue reading

Hernan Perez (2B/SS/3B/OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Adding players with eligibility at multiple positions and strong potential for power and speed is one of my favorite strategies and a player like Hernan Perez fits that mold perfectly. While he only has three home runs and two stolen bases this season, he had 13 home runs and 34 stolen bases last season. Most importantly for those that are looking at Perez, his batting average has actually gone up year over year (.272 in 2016 to...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Cozart has a strong .344 batting average this season, but may be on the downturn of his hot start to the season. Cozart only has a .250 batting average and .333 slugging percentage over the last seven days, but has found other ways to maintain his fantasy value. He has scored six runs over the last seven days, and has 17 runs scored this season, and his 15% BB is by far the best of...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Didi Gregorius has only played seven games this season, but his .321 batting average shows that his breakout 2016 season may not be a fluke. Gregorius is not showing the same power that he did last season, as his .071 Isolated Power is 100 points lower than 2016, and his .391 BABIP is completely unsustainable. Fantasy owners need to be aware that Gregorius does not walk (3% BB in 2016 and 2017) and he does not steal...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Didi Gregorius is back in the lineup for New York, and he has picked up right where he left off in 2016. The 27-year-old set career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, hitting .276 with 20 home runs. He had 68 runs, 70 RBI, seven steals, and it was easily the best season of his young career. There were a few warning signs coming into 2017, such as a 3.7 walk rate and a rather pedestrian 24.5 percent hard hit...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Cozart hit .252/16/67/50/4 in only 121 games last year. He has started this year with a line of .379/1/9/11/1. His .462 BABIP is unsustainable, so his average will drop. Nevertheless, he should continue to produce at a high level, just as he did last year. This week, he gets to play all his games in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, and he faces favorable pitching matchups. If the top two options are unavailable, Cozart is a great alternative.

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

Digging Deeper: Week 4 AL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to Digging Deeper! I'll be taking a look at some deeper AL waiver wire options for Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season. As we round up the first month of the season, we are beginning to see which small sample sizes are real, and which players will bounce back from rough starts. Take a look at your waiver wire to see if any of the latter players are available. If your leaguemates cut bait too soon, you can capitalize on a rebound in May and beyond. Along with the normal...continue reading

Digging Deeper: Week 4 NL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to our Week 4 edition of Digging Deeper, our weekly column where we will focus on deep league waiver wire options. My counterpart Tom Bellucco will be handling the American League while I focus on the National League. For those that have played in limited size leagues, you are well aware that at-bats and innings are the precious commodities. You are not going to find a top-100 player on the wire at any point this season. In fact, top-150 is a stretch. And as the year goes on, the options are going to...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

Week 4 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

We march along in April, as statistics move closer to being meaningful, but still aren’t quite there. We’re still early enough in the season that there are plenty of movers and shakers in the fantasy ranks. Players are being added and dropped left and right as fantasy owners try to catch lightning in a bottle/avoid missing out on the next big thing. As always, we have your middle infield targets for you here today, with three new middle infield waiver wire targets for Week 4 that can be...continue reading

Taylor Motter (SS/OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: What was supposed to be a stop-gap appearances until Jean Segura heals has turned into a successful audition for playing time. Taylor Motter hit a grand slam on Sunday, giving him five home runs and 12 runs batted in over 51 at-bats. Motter hit as many as 22 HR in the minors two years ago, so the power isn't a surprise. You may not know that he compiled many more steals (127) than homers (56) over...continue reading

Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: The Mets have gotten off to a hot start offensively and Cabrera is no exception. While he isn't leaving the yard at the same rate as his teammates, Cabrera has driven in nine runs and scored nine times. Cabrera quietly got up to 23 HR last season and could easily do so again. He's slashing .286/.310/.429, but should improve on the OBP as his 3.4% BB% is less than half his career rate. Cabrera is hitting in...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Chris Owings has been one of the best players in baseball through the first week of the season, and the sharp rise in his ownership rate over the last few days reflects that performance. Owings locked down the starting shortstop job with a strong showing this spring. Spring stats don’t usually mean much, but Owings showed some mechanical tweaks to his swing – namely, the addition of a leg kick – that could help him tap into a bit...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: It was unclear how much playing time Owings would get heading into 2017, but Ketel Marte’s Spring Training struggles and Nick Ahmed’s defense-only profile have cleared regular playing time for Owings. He will still be out of the lineup from time to time (see Friday night for example), but the Diamondbacks seem to want him in the lineup most nights. Owings has also helped his case for playing time with a hot start to the season,...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

Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in most mixed leagues OWNED IN: 31% of FleaFlicker Leagues Analysis: Asdrubal Cabrera had a surprising 2016 campaign as his power rebounded to levels last seen in 2011. Given that, many reasonably expected regression heading into the season and he is widely available in many league formats because of it. Always a player who could make a decent amount of contact, Cabrera's value is highly dependent on his spot in the lineup and the amount of power he can pack into his swing. Early season returns are positive...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 11% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Chris Owings will open the year as the starting shortstop in Arizona, and he's hitting second in their first game. There's not much pop here, but Owings swiped 21 bags in 23 attempts last year. With the current dearth of speed in the game, he's an intriguing sleeper at short and free to add in 90 percent of Yahoo league at the moment. If he can hit enough to stick in the two-hole, he'll be sandwiched between...continue reading

Tyler Saladino (2B/SS/3B, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 13% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Tyler Saladino has picked up some sleeper hype during a torrid spring, but he remains lightly owned. The versatile 27-year-old hit .282 with eight homers and 11 steals in just 319 plate appearances a year ago. Given his minor league track record and Chicago’s rebuild, he's likely to run a bit more in 2017, and could see some time near the top of the batting order. Yoan Moncada is the future at second base, but Saladino...continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 0-25% Owned Pickups

Baseball is finally back. In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Here are the best players who are owned in 0-25% of Yahoo leagues. You can see our column on 25-50% owned players as well. These are your deeper Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already been completed. Deep League Waiver Wire Adds Catcher: Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies (16% owned) Rupp is mainly keeping...continue reading