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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Third Base (3B)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball third base (3B) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

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

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Jose Reyes (2B/3B/SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets infielder Jose Reyes is 6-for-20 over the last seven days and his sudden power surge in September puts him on the fantasy radar. Reyes has a double, triple, and five home runs in September, scoring 15 runs and driving in 15 runs, and his .318 batting average is much better than his .244 batting average for the season. He has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including a four-hit game on September 19,...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (2B/3B/SS, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 62% Yahoo ANALYSIS: The Twins would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today, and Jorge Polanco's second-half surge is a big reason why. The 24-year-old infielder entered the All-Star break among the worst hitters in baseball, posting a pathetic .224/.273/.323 batting line. He's hit .317/.370/.576 since, with seven home runs, four stolen bases, and 49 R+RBI in 40 games. Over the past month, he's been particularly locked in, recording multiple hits in 14 of 29 games. Furthermore, all seven of those second-half...continue reading

Logan Forsythe (LAD, 2B/3B) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team and NL-only leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Logan Forsythe is another example of a player who was highly regarded coming into the season but has not been able to muster it all together. Acquired for one of the top pitching prospects Jose De Leon in the offseason, many had higher expectations than a .241 batting average. Forsythe lately has finally seemed to be healthy and has started to hit the ball well over the past week with...continue reading

Cory Spangenburg (2B/3B/OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres utility man Cory Spangenberg was hitless on Thursday and Friday, but his eight-game hitting streak that precluded makes him a fantasy asset. Spangenburg has a .274 batting average in August, posting a triple, two doubles, and four home runs in 62 at-bats. He has driven in 12 batters while scoring 13 runs in August, stealing two bases and posting a .348 OBP this month. In the second half, Spangenberg has a .967 OPS, a...continue reading

Matt Chapman (3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has four doubles in his last five games and the 24-year-old is becoming a good addition to a fantasy roster. Chapman has six extra-base hits in his last six games and has also scored three runs and driven in five runs. He only has two multi-hit games over his last 10 games, and a .232 batting average this season, but his .517 slugging percentage is impressive and his batting average is .296 this...continue reading

Cory Spangenberg (2B/3B/OF, SDP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% Yahoo ANALYSIS: I'm reasonably confident that a majority of baseball fans have no idea who Cory Spangenberg is, but fantasy owners have certainly taken notice. It's been hard not to, considering that the Padres' Swiss Army knife has hit four home runs and totaled 16 R+RBI in the last four days. That offensive onslaught has brought his second-half line to a robust .333/.408/.604 with seven homers and 50 R+RBI just 31 games. It's little wonder that he's among the most popular adds...continue reading

Matt Chapman (3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% Yahoo ANALYSIS: As a small-market West Coast team in last place, the Athletics understandably don't get a lot of attention from baseball fans as a whole. They also don't have much in the way of appealing fantasy assets, particularly after selling off Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso in the last few weeks. Perhaps it's unsurprising, then, that Matt Chapman is flying under the radar. Despite boasting a .958 OPS and nine home runs since the...continue reading

Nicholas Castellanos (3B, DET) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Nicholas Castellanos’ counting stats are finally starting to catch up to his advanced metrics, which have suggested he is capable of fantasy relevance for quite some time. For example, Castellanos has a strong 46% hard hit rate for the season, yet  had just 10 home runs prior to the All-Star Break. However, things have taken a turn for the better since then, as he has six home runs since the All-Star Break and his ISO has...continue reading

Ryan McMahon (3B, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 3% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: The Rockies called up Ryan McMahon, their No. 3 prospect, in advance of Friday’s game against the Marlins. While he hasn't drawn the start in either of his first two contests, Bud Black will be sure to find ways to stick him in the lineup sooner rather than later. McMahon began the year on a hot streak with Double-A Hartford, and only picked up the pace following a promotion to Albuquerque. Across 248 at-bats in Triple-A, he managed 13...continue reading

Joey Gallo (1B/3B/OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers utility man Joey Gallo has four home runs in his last three games, showcasing his power for fantasy owners. Gallo is now fourth in the American League with 29 home runs and he has eight RBI over his last three games, driving in multiple runs in four of his last 10 games. There are obvious issues making Gallo available, his .205 batting average and 134 strikeouts, but fantasy owners will be buying his power...continue reading

Corey Spangenberg (2B/3B/OF, SD) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: After battling injury for much of 2016, Corey Spangenberg has come back healthy in 2017 and is quietly having a nice season for fantasy purposes. That performance is headlined by eight home runs to go along with six stolen bases and a solid batting average. These numbers have been backed up by a career high hard hit rate of 27.7% and the lowest soft contact rate of his career by over six percent. That has helped him maintain a...continue reading

Steve Pearce (2B/3B/OF, TOR) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Steve Pearce’s season-long numbers don’t look gaudy at first glance, but when he has been on the field he has been very productive. He will likely be a hot name for the waiver wire this week as he slugged two game winning grand slams in the past week. For Pearce, however, it isn’t a case of simply having a hot week. After a sluggish April, he had monstrous performances in May and June with limited at-bats due...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

Logan Forsythe (2B/3B, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe has hits in four of his last seven games, appearing to heat up for the best team in baseball. Forsythe is hitting .254 with six extra-base hits, nine RBI, and 12 runs scored this month, adding 13 walks to make his OBP .366. Being able to get on base is a big factor for Forsythe's value, as the Dodgers' run producers can drive him in and he has a .356 OBP...continue reading

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is on a power tear and is a great option for fantasy owners looking for a boost at the corner infield spots. While he is only 4-for-26 over the last seven days, Castellanos has 13 runs scored and 15 RBI in July, clubbing 11 extra-base hits. Castellanos had two hits on Wednesday, snapping a four-game hitless streak, but had hits in seven of nine games before the dry spell, including a 4-for-5 night with a...continue reading

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Yahoo ANALYSIS: His pedigree, swing, and batted ball data has led plenty of folks to dream on the upside of Nick Castellanos. Early this season, though, the results just weren't there. Through the end of the May, the 25-year-old was hitting a pitiful .209/.283/.353 with just four home runs. It's been a different story since the calendar flipped to June, though. Castellanos has slashed .285/.337/.542, with 10 homers and 55 R+RBI in that time, and now finds himself primarily batting either second or fifth in the Tigers'...continue reading

Evaluating Rafael Devers' Fantasy Impact

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: On Aug. 9, 2013, Rafael Devers signed on with the Red Sox as a highly-regarded, 16-year-old international phenom. Less than four years later, at just 20 years old, Boston’s top prospect — and the No. 6 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 list — is headed to the big leagues.

Devers began the year in Double-A, and proceeded to slash .300/.369/.575 with 18 homers and 56 RBI across 287 at-bats. Following a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this

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Cory Spangenberg (2B/3B/OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: All Cory Spangenberg has done in the second half so far is start an eight-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games, three home runs, and 10 RBI. This could be dismissed as a good week for a mediocre hitter, but there may be something more here. For his brief career, Spangenberg hits .308/.368/.502 in the second half of the season with a home run rate that doubles. He still has to prove he can sustain such...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel is on pace for nearly 65 extra-base hits and should be owned in all fomats. Gurriel has a .365 batting average in July, slugging 10 extra-base hits in 52 at-bats, and has scored 10 times and driven in 14 runs. He has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit games, and has an RBI in three of his last five games. While stolen bases are not his calling card...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

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yuli Gurriel is flashing the hitting skills that made him a coveted player last season, and as a result, as he has become a solid four-category contributor for fantasy baseball owners. Gurriel’s carrying trait for fantasy leagues is his strong .297 average. His ability to hit for a high average is little surprise and should be expected to continue into the future thanks to a minuscule 12.3% strikeout rate. As also may be expected his strikeout rate, Gurriel’s...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

Week 14 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Believe it or not, the first half is almost over and All-Stars have officially been selected. If you're lucky enough to have a few of them on your fantasy squad, you're probably in good shape. If you're reading this article, chances are you have a glaring hole at either (or both) corner positions and need some offensive boost. Look no further, as there are plenty of options left that could give a spark heading into the latter portion of the 2017 season. The corner infield positions traditionally offer power with the...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel had a .309 batting average in June, hitting a season-best four home runs, and is a decent addition to a fantasy roster. A .329 batting average in April saw Gurriel on the fantasy radar, but a .200 batting average in 90 May at-bats saw Gurriel hit the waiver wire once again. Gurriel finished June with hits in eight of his last 10 games, including five multi-hit games, and is a...continue reading

Danny Valencia (1B/3B/OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia is coming off of two months where he hit over .300 and is a great addition to fantasy lineups. Valencia had 17 runs scored and 21 RBI in June, hitting .308, and has found a spot at first base for Seattle with 21 extra-base hits in 261 at-bats this season. After posting a .181 batting average in 72 April at-bats, Valencia had a .306 batting average in May and had an...continue reading

Scooter Gennett (2B/3B/OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds utility man Scooter Gennett had garnered attention with his four-home run game and has kept interest with his .302 batting average this month. Gennett has hits in eight of his last 10 games, including four multi-hit games, and has six extra-base hits over that time span as well. He is up to 12 home runs in 184 at-bats this season, a good haul for a middle infielder, and his eligibility all over the field makes...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B, PIT) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison is posting a season that is strikingly similar to his breakout campaign in 2014, in which he posted 13 home runs, 18 stolen bases, and batted .315. While it’s overly simplistic to prorate stats, Harrison is currently on pace for both 19 home runs and stolen bases while hitting .294. While there are plenty of power hitters at both second and third base, speed isn’t plentiful at either position, which makes Harrison a valuable commodity. Given...continue reading

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

Owned in: 53% of Fleaflicker Leagues Baller Move: Add in 12+ Team Leagues Analysis: Some things change in Pittsburgh, and Josh Harrison is not one of these things. Over the last four seasons of his MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Harrison has averaged a cumulative BA of .29. This year he has remained in stride with his consistent hitting with a slash line of .293/.366/.452. Harrison has seemingly upgraded his power game in 2017 as his isolated power figure of .158 and XBH% of 7.8% are his...continue reading

Nicholas Castellanos (3B, DET) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Nicholas Castellanos looks prepared to take another step forward in his power and counting stats production, though his ratios have lagged behind to this point in the season. Although Castellanos has already posted eight home runs this season, his batted ball profile suggests there is plenty more power lurking. Castellanos has a whopping 49.4% hard contact, second highest among qualified batters, but just a 12.5% HR/FB rate. His 33.7% flyball rate will undoubtedly hold him back some, but...continue reading

Matt Davidson (3B, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Davidson may put together one of the quietest, most unlikely 30-home run seasons in the majors. He's already up to 11 HR, 26 RBI in 143 at-bats. Davidson consistently put up 20+ homer seasons in the minors, so there's no real surprise that he brought a power bat with him to the majors. He also brought some unruly plate discipline, striking out 37.6% of the time with a 16.3% SwStr%. Davidson will keep swinging for...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison has been red-hot at the plate as of late, hitting .351/.413/.474 over his last 14 games, raising his season slash line to a very respectable .303/.366/.468 with seven home runs and five stolen bases. Harrison has the highest walk rate of this career (5.2%) and has a .333 BABIP, not too far off of his .321 career number. Harrison is also hitting the ball hard (31.6%, up from 27.7% last year) and in the...continue reading

Russell Martin (C/3B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: An amazing week for Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin led to him finishing 8-for-16 over the last seven days and once again becoming relevant in most fantasy leagues. Martin hit two home runs, scored four times, drove in four runs, and even walked three times, finishing with a .619 OBP for the week. He has played only 12 games over the last 30 days, but has a .916 OPS, posting a .429 OBP and scoring...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

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy was a hotly debated name throughout the offseason but has lost attention this season with the emergence of teammate Yonder Alonso. However, he has held up his end of the bargain flashing plenty of individual skill early in the season. Most notably, Healy has popped eight home runs through two months of the season, five of which have come in May. While not quite among the elite in hard-hit rate, Healy...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B/3B/OF, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon Drury is off to a great start to the 2017 season, slashing .309/.347/.496 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 16 runs batted in and runs scored, respectively. Drury's batting average has leaped up 27 points from last season thanks to a gaudy .382 BABIP. However, that mark is unsustainable, so fantasy owners should expect Drury's batting average to dip. His SwStrk% has increased from from 9.4% to 11% due to his O-Swing% augmenting from 32.2% to 34.6%...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B, 3B, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison has flashed surprising power in May, as he already has four home runs in the month and six total for the season. This has been due to a combination of an increased fly ball rate and increased hard hit rate, so his gains in the power department seem legitimate. Harrison has been extremely inefficient in efforts to steal bases, as he is just 2-for-5 on the season. It is a good sign that he continues...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy caught our attention in half a season in 2016, stroking 33 extra-base hits in 72 games. So far, he has six home runs to open the 2017 season. He only has a .732 OPP, however, including a .762 OPS over the last seven days, but advanced statistics show that Healy could break out soon. Healy has seen his flyball percentage jump from 39% in 2016 to 48% in 2017, but his HR/FB rate has...continue reading

Yunel Escobar (3B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yunel Escobar is a solid addition in points leagues due to his lack of strikeouts and ability to hit for average. He has hit over .300 each of the past two seasons to go along with a 11.8% K%. This season his strikeout rate has fallen to 10.8%, but his average has dipped to .259/.310/.401. Over the past 12 games he has helped his case by hitting .296/.345/.556, and has seen a huge boon in his...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison enjoyed a trip home this week to Cincinnati, hitting three home runs, and an injury to David Freese has helped get Harrison continued eligibility at 3B as well at the top of the Pirates' lineup. Harrison has absolutely owned left-handed pitchers this season, hitting three of his five home runs on the season and posting a 1.252 OPS in 30 at-bats, but only has a .688 OPS against right-handed pitchers...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

Brandon Drury (2B, 3B, OF, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Leagues      ANALYSIS: Drury has created a new, and somewhat surprising, fantasy profile to this point in the 2017 season. His average is over .300 thanks to a .384 BABIP. While that is quite a high BABIP, Drury has sprayed the ball to all parts of the field more frequently and also has the benefit of calling Chase Field home. There are some troubling aspects of his profile, however, as his swinging strike rate has jumped from 9.4% last season to...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A week into the season, Yulieski Gurriel was looking completely drop-worthy in all leagues. A 3-for-24 start had some concerned that his skill set just wouldn't translate to the majors after he slashed .262/.292/.385 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats in his debut last season. It didn't take long for Gurriel to pick up the pace, though. In the last 18 games, Gurriel has eight multi-hit games and four games with three hits. He's now slashing a...continue reading

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Nicholas Castellanos has manned third base in Detroit for the past three years, but is yet to have a breakout season. So far in 2017, he hasn't been spectacular, but has been a quietly effective run producer. In 103 at-bats, he has driven in 15 runs while slashing .252/.319/.466. The averages closely resemble his career marks, so there may not be a huge upswing there, but the untapped power potential still lurks. Castellanos' ground-ball rate is down to 32.9% early...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B/3B/OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Reports before the season said that Brandon Drury had bulked up and his .372 OBP shows that the prospects for the 24-year-old are solid. Drury also has eligibility all around the diamond, critical for lineup construction on a daily basis, and he has hits in eight of his last nine games. In those contests, Drury is hitting .387 with a home run, two doubles, and five walks. His patience at the plate appears to have improved this season and...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In 2016, Yangervis Solarte posted an .808 OPS, while providing multi-position eligibility. He has a healthy .753 OPS to open the 2017 season with the same positional flexibility. He also has 16 RBI this season, including five this week, and he had a seven-game hitting streak snapped on Friday as well. Solarte has shown good plate discipline this season, walking seven times and posting a .351 OBP. He can fill the void at 2B or 3B and with...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

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