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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

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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

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 - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Believe it or not, April is almost coming to an end. Before it does, we'll look at some of the men at first and third base who have made a good early impression, but are still underowned in fantasy leagues. The corner infield positions traditionally offer power with the potential for high averages, so you may want to target players that can offer an advantage in those categories to bolster your team. In this piece, I'll identify Week 4 waiver wire targets for first base and third base who should be able...continue reading

Chase Headley (3B, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The window to add Chase Headley is quickly closing. The veteran third baseman is off to a torrid start this season, hitting over .350 and slugging over .600. Many owners were likely slow to add Headley given his recent history of struggles and .264 career average, but he's been able to keep the pace up so far. A regression should be expected, but he has put up theses types of numbers before. As a member of the Padres in 2012...continue reading

Travis Shaw (1B/3B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Eric Thames is getting a lot of attention in Milwaukee, and deservedly so - but he isn't the only Brewer swinging a hot bat. Travis Shaw has hit four home runs in his last five games, bringing his overall line to .254/.309/.635. His 16 RBI are tied for fourth in MLB, and he's also scored 10 runs hitting primarily in the cleanup spot. 12 of Shaw's 16 hits so far this season have gone for extra bases, and...continue reading

Travis Shaw (1B/3B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw faded badly after a hot start with the Red Sox last season. Traded to Milwaukee over the winter, he's the starting third baseman and hitting in the middle of what figures to be a sneaky-good Brewers lineup. While Fenway Park has a well-deserved reputation as a hitter’s park, it's actually one of the most difficult places in the game for lefties to hit a home run. Miller Park is among the best parks for lefty power, and it's...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Since the 2015 All-Star break, Yangervis Solarte has quietly been an excellent hitter. In 663 plate appearances – roughly the equivalent of a full season – he’s hit .297 with 21 home runs, 89 runs, and 89 RBI. He plays for a bad team in a pitcher’s park, but he hits in the middle of the order and is eligible at both second and third base. Solarte is off to a strong start in 2017, slashing .333/.364/.600 with a...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Joey Gallo has shown his ridiculous power in every level of the minor leagues. He has been the definition of a three-true-outcome hitter in the majors, with a career 48.8% strikeout rate, 13.4% walk rate, and a .195 ISO. This season he has been filling in at third base for the injured Adrian Beltre, and he seems to have made some improvements in his approach early on. He got his first major league hit...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

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of FleaFlicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Those who enjoy both DFS and season long fantasy know that the Padres will be a favorite team to stream against thanks to their terrible pitching staff. That has also led many to believe that their lineup is equally bad, which isn’t the case. While their lineup is far from the scariest in the league, there is some talent present and Solarte figures to bat third or fourth in the lineup throughout the season. Despite an injury-shortened season last year,...continue reading

Travis Shaw (1B/3B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Last call on Travis Shaw. With his ownership rate climbing to around 50%, he will soon be owned in most competitive 10-12+ team leagues. He's probably not winning any leagues, but given his hot start he's worth an add in most formats. Shaw has had an excellent start to the 2017 season, hitting .357 in the extremely small four-game sample. All five of his hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one home run), flashing some of...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Joey Gallo— the one true king of the three true outcomes. The 23-year-old has homered, walked or struck out in 113 of his 165 career plate appearances (68.5 percent) to date. So far this year, he is 2-for-10 with one long ball and two walks. Gallo’s 80 power tool made him a top prospect just two years ago, but he never projected as anything close to an above-average hitter— at least not at the major league...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

Travis Shaw (3B, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 27% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Travis Shaw faded badly after a hot start with the Red Sox in 2016. Traded to Milwaukee over the winter, he'll be the starting first baseman and likely hit fifth in a sneaky-good Brewers lineup. While Fenway Park has a well-deserved reputation as a hitter’s park, it's actually one of the most difficult in the game for lefties to hit a home run. Miller Park is among the best parks for lefty power, and it's not...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

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 25-50% Owned Pickups

Wow, we're really here. After all this time, baseball is truly back. Happy Opening Day RotoBallers! In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Today, we'll look at players who are owned in 25-50% of Yahoo leagues and see who stands out. You can see our deeper leagues list of 0-25% owned players as well. These are your Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already...continue reading

Jose Reyes (3B/SS, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 210 CURRENT ADP: ~ 246 ANALYSIS: David Wright beginning the year on the DL opens up the door for Jose Reyes to start at third base for the Mets this season. In 60-games last season he showed us he still has something left in the tank as the Mets leadoff hitter. He hit .267/.326/.443 with eight HR, nine steals, and 45 runs scored. Reyes was a different hitter last season than he has been throughout his career, and it was a good thing...continue reading

Draft Values: The 2017 All-Bargain Team

This article first appeared on the Metro news publication. Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon. After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team. Best Draft Values in 2017 Catcher: Brian McCann, Houston Astros McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in nine straight seasons, and has averaged 135 games played over the...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B/3B/OF, ARI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: ~263 ANALYSIS: Drury opened the season with some flash by hitting four homers each in April and May with respective batting averages of .294 and .283, but then dealt with some injuries and didn’t have an everyday job in a crowded Arizona lineup. He will now hold down the keystone position in hitter-friendly Chase Field, largely thanks to a wild September that saw him slash .357/.417/.633 – making him one of 11 hitters to slug over .630 in the month. Now, if the 24-year-old can roll that...continue reading