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Back by popular demand in 2017... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB season our Ultimate 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups List.  Be sure to also try our other lineup tools.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds by MLB Position

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Brandon McCarthy (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 60% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brandon McCarthy has never really put together a full season of excellence. He posted a league-best 2.86 FIP in 2011, making 25 starts, and a 2.89 ERA in 2014, in just 14 starts for the Yankees. So far in 2017, he seems to have put it all together for the Dodgers. McCarthy is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts, posting a 47.5% ground ball rate and a very nice 3.26 FIP and 8.25 K/9. While...continue reading

Chase Anderson (SP, MIL)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Coming into the season with a 4.26 ERA and 24-24 record in 418 2/3 career innings, Chase Anderson was not expected to return any value, in any type of league. He opened the season with four straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. He hit is first hiccup in Friday's start against Atlanta, allowing four runs, walking three and striking out just two. His ERA still sits at 2.10 and he has thrown 64% strikes this season. A...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

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Catcher is an offensively starved position, so much so that a catcher with a .188 batting average, Austin Hedges, is seen as a solid option going forward. While his batting average is poor, and he has 21 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances, he also six home runs this season, all within a nine game period between April 15 and April 24. Hedges hit 21 home runs with Triple-A El Paso last season and can be relied on for...continue reading

Corey Dickerson (OF, TB)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Corey Dickerson struggled in his first season in Tampa Bay last season, posting a .761 OPS, but had a .931 OPS in 2014 with Colorado and is back to his slugging ways with the Rays in 2017, clubbing six home runs and posting a 1.026 OPS in 88 plate appearances. In the short term, Dickerson has a three-game hitting streak, including two multi-extra base hit games and six of his eight hits over the last week have gone for...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: While new flashy players are nice, sometimes you need to revert to a former workhorse to find value; this is where Lance Lynn comes in. Lynn missed the entire 2016 season, but had a 2.87 ERA from 2014-2015 and was famous for high workloads and wins. Lynn has allowed one run or fewer in three consecutive starts, seeing his ERA dip to 2.45 in 29 1/3 innings this season. The Cardinals have struggled a bit to open the season,...continue reading

Bud Norris (RP, LAA)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Bud Norris was a journeyman as a starter, going 61-69 with a 4.47 ERA in 185 starts spanning five teams, but Cam Bedrosian's injury has made Norris the unlikely closer for the Los Angeles Angels. Norris has thrived in this role thus far, posting four saves and striking out five batters in four innings and has 15 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs in two separate outings this season,...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

Week 4 Waiver Wire: Catchers

Although the temperatures and the rain haven't been indicative, the calendar is, indeed, flipping to May. The grace period for players and teams off to a slow start is beginning to wind down. "It's early" will soon not be a valid excuse anymore. It's still tough out there in catcher-land. Trying to sift through these backstops to determine which ones to recommend has us like: It's like staring into a void. Gary Sanchez can't come back fast enough, though it's anyone's guess as to whether he'll regain the form...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 - Starting Pitchers

It’s been quite the wild ride through the first three weeks of the 2017 season. While we don’t want to be overreacting here, it’s never a bad time to check up on the waiver wire and see which under-owned arms might be available to help your squad. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try to cut things off around 35%. Data accurate as of April 25. Let's get to it. Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Targets Robert Gsellman - (NYM, SP): 26% owned Gsellman will be skipped in...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

Cody Bellinger (1B/OF, LAD) - Prospect Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: According to Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick, super prospect Cody Bellinger has been called up today:

Source: Cody Bellinger is being called up by Dodgers.

— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 25, 2017 For now, we are recommending adding him off the waiver wire for 12+ team leagues. If you have a roster spot to burn, he can be added in shallower leagues as well. It will be interesting to see how much he plays,...continue reading

Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: After an inauspicious start to the 2017 season with a stint on the DL, Trevor Rosenthal is back on fantasy radars. Any time a former closer with two seasons of 40+ saves finds his way back to the ninth inning, it's noteworthy. In this case, it's only one save for Rosenthal so far and Seung Hwan Oh is still the closer, but the distance between the two could be closing. Oh has...continue reading

Francisco Liriano (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: One of the most unpredictable pitchers in the league, Liriano is often feast-or-famine. He had the most forgettable first start of the season among all pitchers when he couldn't last more than one-third of an inning against the Rays while giving up five runs. He then proceeded to whiff 10 Orioles in his next start and blank the Red Sox for 5 1/3 after that. While Liriano's ratios still aren't pretty, his 4.08 xFIP isn't too bad and his 9.7 K/9...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

Trey Mancini (DH/OF, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: It took a pair of two-HR, four-RBI games to get our attention, but Trey Mancini is now on the fantasy radar. He barely saw the field the first week of April, but has been in at DH most nights since his last big performance. That's the problem right now with Mancini - he only qualifies as Utility player in Yahoo! He has made five appearances in the outfield, so he should gain OF eligibility...continue reading

Chris Devenski (SP/RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 60% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski burst onto the scene last season as a 26-year-old right-hander split between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He posted a 2.16 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.20 K/BB rate that was fourth in all of baseball (min. 100 IP), and has somehow improved upon those numbers in 2017— 1.35 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 25.00 K/BB rate. Obviously that stat line will not hold up over the course of a season, but Devenski has...continue reading

Week 4 Waiver Wire - Outfield

Welcome back to the Outfield Waiver Wire, where we take a look at the best outfielders available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Consider this column your recommendations for Week 4 outfield waiver wire pickups. Any and all advice at this point in the year carries the implicit caveat of "It's April." Don't get carried away with making any major changes to your roster at this stage of the game. Tinkering on the edges, though? That's perfectly fine, and that's what this column is designed to help you do. Let's get down...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

Ender Inciarte (OF, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Though he has flashed limited power in his first few seasons, Ender Inciarte has already hit four home runs this season. This is due in part to a fly ball rate a full 10% above his career rate and thanks to the fact that he is pulling the ball more frequently. As is normally the case, there has been a strikeout penalty to go along with the increased power, as Inciarte’s swinging strike rate has nearly...continue reading

Bud Norris & Blake Parker (RP, LAA) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 7% / 5% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cam Bedrosian was the latest closer to go down. Bedrosian was moved to the 10-day DL with a groin injury, but it's unclear how long he'll be out. When healthy, Bedrosian is a top-10 closer, so don't drop him in any league. In his place, Bud Norris or Blake Parker will fill in. Norris picked up the save last night with a strikeout and a hit in one...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lynn is ramping back up after missing last season due to Tommy John surgery, and while his first few starts weren’t disastrous, he showed clear signs of rust. The good news is that Lynn has improved in his past two starts, pitching deeper into games, striking out more batters, and generating more groundball outs. In his first two starts, Lynn induced 18 swinging strikes and struck out eight batters. In his most recent two starts, he has induced 29 swinging strikes...continue reading

Starlin Castro (2B, NYY) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Fleaflicker   ANALYSIS: Castro has gotten off to a hot start to 2017 as he already has four home runs and has driven in 13 runs. The power isn’t a huge surprise given that Castro hit 21 last season. However, he has shown progress with his plate discipline in the early portion of the season. That has helped him drop his strikeout rate 13.6%, his lowest rate since 2011, and caused his walk rate to jump up to 6.1%. If he can keep that...continue reading

Shawn Kelley (WSH, RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in all leagues Percentage Owned: 31.2% of all leagues Analysis: Shawn Kelley was recently announced by manager Dusty Baker as the go-to option for save situations for the Washington Nationals. Baker mentioned that Koda Glover will be second-in-command when Kelley is resting, but Kelley should see the bulk of the opportunities. He currently owns a whopping 12.38 K/9, which is right around his mark of 12.41 from last season. If he is able to hold down the position for an extended period of time,...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 30% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kevin Kiermaier had a bit of a slow start to the season, but he's been able to raise his average to just below the .300 mark. With his numbers, and a spot in the top third of the Tampa lineup, Kiermaier is worth a roster spot in all leagues. For owners looking to replace Sterling Marte, Kiermaier could be a viable option. He's only a career .260 hitter, but he's already shown signs of being productive this season. Kiermaier won't provide...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

Brandon Phillips (2B, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brandon Phillips has gotten his Braves career off to a solid start. The 35-year-old, who had spent his entire MLB career playing for teams based in Ohio before this season, is hitting .326/.371/.448 with a homer and four stolen bases. We've got a ways to go before batted ball types begin to stabilize, but with all the attention paid to the fly ball revolution, it's interesting to note that Phillips has gone in the opposite direction early on, hitting over...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges got some sleeper buzz heading into 2017 after lighting up the minors last year. Even adjusting for the offensive environment of the Pacific Coast League, Hedges' breakout was impressive. He hit .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles, and 82 RBI in just 82 games. The outburst was all the more surprising given his prior performance, which suggested that only his work behind the plate would sustain him as a viable major league catcher. With the scarcity of...continue reading

Steven Souza (OF, TAM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Steven Souza Jr. delivered some category juice in his first two big-league seasons, totaling 33 homers and 19 stolen bases despite only playing in 230 games due to myriad injuries. However, contact issues made him a significant liable in batting average. Thus far in 2017, he's hitting a robust .349/.438/.603 with three homers and 26 R+RBI in 17 games, though he hasn't even attempted a steal yet. Naturally, Souza shouldn't be expected to make a run at a batting title; he's...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

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The closer landscape remains a wild, crazy ride for fantasy baseball owners in 2017. After Jeanmar Gomez was yanked from the closer's role, veteran Joaquin Benoit nailed down the first save opportunity for the Phillies. It seemed that the new closer had been chosen, but that may not be the case anymore. In tonight's game against the Mets, Benoit pitched in the 8th inning and Hector Neris was called upon...continue reading

Koda Glover, Shawn Kelley (RP, WAS) - Closers and Saves Draft and Waiver Targets

BALLER MOVE: Add in Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 17% / 55% of Yahoo Leagues for Glover / Kelley ANALYSIS: Figuring out the Nationals closer situation has been a headache since before the season started. Blake Treinen was given the job initially, but as manager Dusty Baker said “This ain’t working.” Now, we’re left with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. Baker has said the two will split closing duties moving forward, and have Treinen come in in the sixth or seventh...continue reading

Antonio Senzatela (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A pair of rookies dispelled the myth last year that you can't start Rockies pitchers at Coors. This season it has been another unexpected rookie who is continuing the trend. Antonio Senzatela was a surprise addition to the rotation late in the spring, having never seen Triple-A ball, but he has been untouchable in his first three starts. He started with five scoreless innings against Milwaukee and then passed his first home test by tossing seven innings...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

Ender Inciarte (OF,ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43 % of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Is Ender Inciarte the next Brady Anderson? Nostalgic reference aside, Inciarte has shocked everyone, probably himself included, by jacking four home runs in a four-game span. For context, he hit three all of last season and has a single-season career high of six. His power surge won't last, proven by his hugely inflated 30.8% HR/FB rate, but that's not why you want Inciarte anyway. He collected two more hits on Monday, raising his average to .269, but...continue reading

Matt Bush (RP, TEX) - Fantasy Baseball's Next Elite Closer?

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After getting torched repeatedly to start the season, and blowing multiple games, the Rangers have finally done something about it by placing Sam Dyson on the disabled list. This is the best possible situation for most folks involved. Dyson can have time to work out his issues and maybe regain the closer's role at some point in the future, the Rangers get to replace him with someone effective, and fantasy owners can stash him in their DL slot if...continue reading

Steven Souza, Jr. (TAM, OF) – Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 18% of all leagues ANALYSIS: The injury bug and poor plate discipline have prevented Steven Souza, Jr. from becoming that elite power/speed combo outfielder the Washington Nationals dreamed of when they drafted him in 2007. Since being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014, the story hasn't changed. While Souza, Jr. has tallied double-digit dingers in his first two seasons with the Rays, he has also recorded strikeout rates over 30% and batting averages of .225 and .247. However, in 2017 the script seems to...continue reading

Trey Mancini (DH, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Trey Mancini has gotten off to a record breaking start at the plate to begin his career. On Easter Sunday against the Orioles, Mancini got the start at first base and went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Dating back to last season, he has seven HR and 14 RBI over the first 12 games of his major league career. Obviously he won't keep up this torrid pace, but it's impressive to see...continue reading

Brad Brach (RP, BAL) - Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Targets

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Current closer Zach Britton had been placed on the disabled list for the Baltimore Orioles with a forearm injury. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined for, and Brad Brach is expected to serve as the closer for now. This is a surprising turn of events for the Orioles and fantasy owners, as Britton is considered one of the best closers in the game. Darren O'Day may be another...continue reading

Domingo Santana (OF, MIL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% in Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: It’s no secret that Santana packs plenty of power in his swing, as his career HR/FB rate is 28.4%. He has displayed that with two early season home runs and three doubles. However, he has been too passive at the plate for a power hitter of his caliber, both throughout his career and to start this season. By far the most encouraging early season return, however, is Santana’s swinging strike rate, as it has dropped from 14.5% and...continue reading

Ryan Zimmerman (1B, WAS) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Zimmerman has mashed three home runs in 34 at-bats this season and has also added three doubles to his ledger. That type of production is reminiscent of his 2012 and 2013 seasons. With a return to health and a new approach at the plate, there is a lot of buzz and discussion surrounding whether or not this start is sustainable. His metrics in this regard are not promising. His fly ball rate is at its lowest rate...continue reading

Jayson Werth (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Teams Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jayson Werth hasn't found his way onto many fantasy rosters yet this season, but that could change soon. Go ahead and take a chance on him before it's too late. The veteran outfielder has four multi-hit games in nine total contests and is hitting over .300 in the early going of the season. He's been declining in recent years, having his average dip to below the .250 mark in the last two years, but he seems to be turning...continue reading

Mitch Haniger (OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: If you expected Mitch Haniger to be the Mariners' best hitter at this (or any) point in the season, then pat yourself on the back. Haniger was taken late, if at all, in fantasy drafts as a lottery ticket, but so far he's paying off. Haniger has three homers, six RBI and his 10 runs scored is the best in baseball right now. While he has shown a propensity to whiff with 11 K in 35 AB, Haniger is...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Manuel Margot was already a preseason breakout candidate due to his excellent speed; he stole at least 30 bases in four different seasons in the minors. Now, it appears we can add power to his list of assets. Margot surprisingly has launched three solo homers in the first nine games for San Diego. He has hit safely in all but two of those games and has a slash line of .343/.395/.686. Margot also has some variables working in his favor...continue reading

Joe Panik (2B, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Teams Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Joe Panik was a popular pick in fantasy drafts a year ago thanks to two solid first years in the big leagues. He appeared in a total of 173 games between 2014 and 2015 and recorded a .309 average. However, those who took Panik last year were greatly disappointed, as he was slowed by a concussion and never seemed to turn things around. The second baseman played in 127 games and managed just a .239 average. Fortunately, those who...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lance Lynn missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he’s a full 18 months removed from the procedure. He certainly didn’t look rusty in his first start this year, pitching 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the defending champion Cubs. Lynn owns a career 3.37 ERA and 8.7 K/9, and has averaged 15 wins in his four full MLB seasons as a starter. While he's never been an asset in terms of...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

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

Chris Devenski (RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski was one of the better relievers in all of baseball last season, compiling a 2.16 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over 108.1 innings. He held a tidy 4.9% walk rate, with a good but not elite 25.5% strikeout rate. His play was supported by a 2.34 FIP, which would have placed him 12th among all qualified relievers last season. So far in 2017 he's proven that performance was no fluke. Devenski has made two...continue reading

Joaquin Benoit (RP, PHI) - Closers and Saves Waiver Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Surprise surprise, the thin ice that Jeanmar Gomez was tip-toeing around on cracked rather quickly. Replaced as the closer, Gomez's fantasy value has plummeted. He is no longer worth owning in any fantasy baseball league, even deep NL-only leagues.  Drop him immediately, if not sooner! Stepping into the void is Joaquin Benoit, who is a spry 39-years-young. Don't let the age fool you though. Over the past decade-and-a-half, Benoit has put up steadily solid...continue reading

Week 2 Waiver Wire - Outfield

First, a programming note: This feature will now be published on Mondays, rather than Wednesday as it was last week. The content, of course, remains unchanged. In this space, we'll take a look at the best outfielders available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Consider this column your recommendations for Week 2 outfields waiver wire pickups. Any and all advice at this point in the year carries the implicit caveat of "It's April." Don't get carried away with making any major changes to your roster at this stage of the game. Tinkering...continue reading

Corey Dickerson (OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Dickerson is off to a .360 average with two homers, four RBI and four runs scored. Dickerson is also batting leadoff in Tampa, which didn't sound too exciting until the season actually got underway. After one week, the Rays are fifth in team average (.271) and sixth in runs scored (33). Dickerson's run-scoring potential seems better than previously expected, in addition to his power potential. He has gone for 24 home runs twice in the last three seasons....continue reading

Kendall Graveman (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed and AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 51% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kendall Graveman enjoyed a solid sophomore season in 2016, posting a 4.11 ERA across 186 innings, but he has made some offseason adjustments. The 26-year-old has essentially eliminated all off-speed pitches from his repertoire — 99 percent of his pitches this year have been either a two-seamer or a cutter — and it has paid dividends thus far. Graveman has allowed three runs and struck out 12 batters over his first 13 innings of work, even...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

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

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Jeanmar Gomez entered the 2017 season as a closer on a short leash, and it hasn't taken long to tighten. He has allowed two home runs in three appearances which nearly cost the Phillies two wins in the early going. If Gomez completely loses his grip on the closing gig, Hector Neris is the ideal candidate to move into the role. Neris was one of the best Phillies relievers all of last season....continue reading

Ryan Zimmerman (1B, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Ryan Zimmerman had been written off by most fantasy owners after hitting .249 in 2015 and down to .218 in 2016. Throw in the 215 games missed in the last three years and his fantasy value was practically nil entering this season. He has turned that around in a hurry through just one week. Zimmerman was already hitting .300 with a pair of homers in the first week before stepping in and hitting a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning against...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

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers (Week 2): Head-to-Head Leagues

Now that it's Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season, rotations are all jumbled up, and we can really get to streaming. Time to get rid of that bench bat off to a slow start or that middle reliever you have hanging around. Instead, maximize your starts with some pitchers who have two starts this week and are probably still available in your league. Here are the top two-start pitchers to stream for Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season. This can be especially helpful for head-to-head (H2H) leagues, where every start...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

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

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

Mark Reynolds (1B, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: With Ian Desmond out for the foreseeable future, Reynolds has a great opportunity in front of him. Tasked with first base and the number seven spot in the Rockies lineup for now, he has responded with seven hits and two walks in 15 plate appearances. They have been productive at bats as well, with two home runs, three doubles, three runs, and six RBI through just three games (he has started every game). Reynolds posted a surprisingly...continue reading

Cameron Maybin (OF, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Maybin enjoyed some of his best baseball in 2016, slashing .315/.383/.418 with four homers and 15 steals across 391 plate appearances. His walk rate (9.2 percent) was the highest of his career, while his strikeout rate (17.6 percent) was the lowest. An absurd .383 BABIP indicates he will like fall back below .300, but even the .267/327/.370 line he posted in 2015 would suffice if accompanied by 20 or more stolen bases. Maybin provides little...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

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in deep mixed and AL-only leagues OWNED IN: 13% Yahoo!, 20.3% ESPN ANALYSIS: Mainly known for his Superman-esque play in centerfield, Kevin Pillar is often disregarded as a fantasy option in the majority of shallower mixed leagues. However, Pillar shouldn't be overlooked in deeper formats. Yes, Pillar's bat is less than stellar. Even though he has above-average wheels and solid contact skills (16% career K%), his 4.2% BB% prevents him from running batting averages and on-base percentages that are higher than .260 and .300, respectivley. However, it is Pillar's speed...continue reading

Matt Bush (RP, TEX) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Sam Dyson blew the save chance tonight against the Indians, giving up a grand slam to Francisco Lindor. His final stat line ended up being five earned runs, with three hits and two walks. Not good, especially after losing the same for the Rangers on Opening Day. That's two entries Dyson acting in the closer's role, and two failed attempts. Whether or not Dyson loses his job, Matt Bush should be owned in more than...continue reading

Jason Grilli (RP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Mixed Leagues OWNED IN: 37% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jason Grilli had command issues last season that led to inflated walk and home run rates, but he logged a 12.0 K/9 for the second straight year and fourth time in five seasons. With Roberto Osuna on the disabled list to begin the year, Grilli will take the closer baton in Toronto for at least a couple of weeks.

Hector Rondon (RP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: By virtually any measure, Hector Rondon has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the last three seasons. He has served as the Cubs' closer for the bulk of that time, but the defending champs opted to bring in Wade Davis via trade to handle closing duties. Davis had some arm troubles last season, though, and is coming off an extremely shaky spring. Rondon could find himself back in the ninth...continue reading

Daniel Norris (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 13% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Daniel Norris was one of just 19 starters who logged a strikeout per inning and walked fewer than three batters per nine. Most of the guys in that group are bona fide aces. Of course, Norris was the only player in the group who failed to log 100 innings, and he also had trouble with home runs and hard contact. But the former top prospect is just 23 and carries plenty of upside.

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The former first-round pick hasn't quite lived up to the hype, but Mike Foltynewicz has improved every season in the big leagues. He also seems to have developed his changeup into a viable third offering, which should allow him to stick in the rotation. His blazing fastball and slider have led some to conclude his future is in the bullpen. If the Braves were to make that move, Folty could be in line for some saves....continue reading

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Travis Jankowski strikes out too much to hit for average despite his quickness and doesn't have much power, but he does the starting job in left field. He also swiped 30 bags as a part-timer in 2016. Jankowski does get on base at a good clip thanks to a double-digit walk rate, so if the playing time holds up, 40-50 stolen bases are attainable.

Steve Pearce (1B/2B/OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 13% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The release of Melvin Upton Jr makes it clear that the Jays will give Steve Pearce every opportunity to run with the starting job in left field. He also carries eligibility at first and second base, and given that Devon Travis can't stay healthy and Justin Smoak is terrible, he could easily see time at either position. Pearce has never logged 400 plate appearances in a season before, but has...continue reading

Andrew Bailey (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Andrew Bailey will work in tandem with Cam Bedrosian in the Angels’ closer role to start the season, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Bailey, 32, totaled 75 saves across his first three big league seasons with the Athletics, but has struggled to stay afloat over the last four years. He enters 2017 with an ERA north of 5.00 in three of his last four seasons— granted, two of those three campaigns saw him...continue reading

Santiago Casilla (RP, OAK) - Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After an entire off-season of speculation, the Athletics may have tipped their hand on their closer for this season. Last night, Santiago Casilla nailed down the first save opportunity for Oakland. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle were not chosen to close the game out, and were brought in to pitch the eighth inning instead. Update: On Tuesday April 4th, Ryan Dull was brought in with a save opportunity,...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