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Back by popular demand in 2018... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB draft season and regular season our Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups List.  Be sure to also use our other lineup tools shown in the icons below.

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Eric Thames (1B/OF, MIL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After missing seven weeks from left thumb surgery, Eric Thames had a quiet return to the Milwaukee Brewers, going 1-for-10 with six strikeouts. He came alive on Sunday, bombing two home runs, collecting four RBI and a steal. The big day brought his season slash to .244/.344/.628. Thames is the antidote for managers looking for power, with nine long balls in only 89 plate appearances. His 30% HR/FB entering Sunday will moderate but a 45% FB% could support...continue reading

Anibal Sanchez (SP, ATL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six starts this season, throwing seven scoreless innings in two of his last three starts. Sanchez has also won each of his last two starts and is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA this season, striking out 32 batters in 37 1/3 innings. While his numbers look good, this does come with a 90.3% strand rate and .206 BABIP, two concerning numbers...continue reading

Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario has seen a bit of a downturn in his statistics, as he only has two hits in his last five games. He hit .283 in the 2017 season and was also a .283 hitter through the month of April this season Candelario hit .262 in May, and is hitting .179 thus far this month, but he does have a 38.8% hard hit ball rate since the beginning of May and has only...continue reading

Jon Jay (OF, ARI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay was acquired by Arizona from the Royals earlier this season and has been a spark plug for his new team. The new leadoff hitter for the Diamondbacks had four consecutive multi-hit games from June 12-15 and has a .309 batting average in his time between the Royals and Diamondbacks. Jay had a triple and home run in the aforementioned hot streak for Arizona, scoring six runs and driving in six runs. Considering...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Josh Harrison has five multi-hit games in his last eight games, seeing his batting average jump to .297. He has also recorded an RBI in three of the last four games and has scored a run in back-to-back games. Harrison, who only has four home runs this season, hit two of his home runs in the last week and has a .473 slugging percentage since May 20. His line drive rate (32.9%) is excellent...continue reading

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin has allowed two earned runs or less in each of the last three games, registering a quality start in two of those appearances. He has also won each of those three starts and has struck out at least five batters in four of his last five starts. While Eflin has looked good of late, remember that Eflin had a three start streak to close May where he did not last five...continue reading

Michael A. Taylor (OF, WSH) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor does not start every game, but does have a hit in 13 straight games where he has started. He has three multi-hit games in that time span, hitting five doubles and stealing six bases since May 27. Taylor still only has a .226 batting average this season, but he has a .354 batting average since his hot streak started on the 27th. He also has seven extra-base hits in that time span,...continue reading

Joc Pederson (OF, LAD) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is a streaky player and appears to be streaking in a good way over the last couple weeks. Pederson has seven home runs this month already, adding in five doubles and two multi-hit games as well. He is hitting .281 with a .556 slugging percentage this season, posting a .275 isolated power in 180 plate appearances. Pederson also has a 9.4% BB rate and 14. 4% K rate for the season and,...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is a player to watch for fantasy purposes, as he has a .295 batting average this season. He has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four multi-hit games, and has also scored a run in five of his last six games. Since the beginning of May, Hicks has a .319 batting average, .464 slugging percentage, and 11 extra-base hits. He has a .408 BABIP since the beginning of May,...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is about to get more playing time at Coors, considering the struggles of Chris Ianetta. A post-hype player who most owners will know, but few will own based on the past seasons. This year at Triple-A, Murphy is hitting about 40 points better than last season and is still showing good pop with 16 homers. The other key stat is that his HR/FB rate is up to 22%. If Murphy can continue...continue reading

Willie Calhoun (OF/2B, TEX) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers second baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun is field away in the “guys that you’re not sure when they’re going to help you” category, but it is high time that Mighty Mouse was mentioned here. The Rangers’ top prospect has really turned in on in recent weeks, hitting .424 over his last 33 at-bats while flashing the huge power that we came into the season expecting to be on display in Arlington. He finally looks like the player that...continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, MIL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been particularly hot as of late and the city of Chicago is happy not to see him this week. In two of his last three starts, Chacin pitched a combined 11 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, with 12 strikeouts, against both the Cubs and White Sox.

The Pirates, one of the two teams that Chacin will face this week, saw Chacin on May 5th of this year

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Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon has made two starts since rejoining the team and is looking to inject some life into their poor staff. White Sox starters have a team ERA of 5.18 (27th in baseball) and Rodon will likely be the most valuable pitcher for Chicago for the remainder of the season.  Rodon recently recovered from shoulder surgery and is back to flashing his strikeout potential. In both starts, he has allowed at...continue reading

Daniel Descalso (1B/2B/3B/OF, ARI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Daniel Descalso has come out of nowhere to be a waiver wire option. Somehow the Diamondbacks have enough confidence to allow him to hit in the middle of the lineup. He is rewarding that good faith with production we have never seen from him before. Descalso has a slash line of .280/.374/.542 in 203 plate appearances. He is also carrying an abnormally high flyball rate (48%) and hard hit rate (44%). Over the...continue reading

Dylan Covey (SP, CWS) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISChicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey will surprise you when you look at his game log, especially after his struggles last season. This season, Covey has allowed two earned runs, or less, in five consecutive starts and he has tallied at least five strikeouts in four of those contests. A 2.29 ERA looks very nice and a 2.15 FIP in 35 1/3 innings shows that he has not been particularly lucky (illustrated by his 71.7% strand...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B,TB)  - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers is one of the Tampa Bsy youngsters that was recently brought up and is having success. Bauers has been performing quite well recently. After starting his career off 0-for-8, he has since figured things out and has gone 10-for-41. He has a .400 batting average, four home runs, six runs scored, and seven RBI over the last week, even stealing a base. It is a terribly short amount of time...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Rays are finally getting ambitious and bringing up their young prospects to actually let them play. Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy has been batting leadoff ahead of this young talent. 2015 was the last time Duffy had any amount of offensive success, but a .281 batting average, two home runs, three RBI, and six runs scored over the last week is very solid. Since a fantasy relevant 2015 season, he has spent most of the time...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B, HOU)  - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is the safest bet of any free agent pickup this week. He is a sure thing, nearly as guarantee-able as death and taxes. This week, Gurriel is hitting .455 with a home run, five runs, and six RBI. Gurriel is somewhat safe bet for a .300 AVG and little power. Gurriel’s .302 average is pretty good, but is unlikely to help to increase your team’s batting average. It is unfortunate that...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners infielder Ryon Healy has had a roller coaster season and the roller coaster of production is riding at a high point for Healy in recent weeks. Over the last seven days, Healy is hitting .360 with four home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI. Unfortunately for those looking at Healy, his opponents this week are the Yankees and Red Sox. In total, he will face-off against right-handers five out of six matchups this week. Healy...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (OF/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/outfielder Niko Goodrum had another surprisingly good week. A .267/.294/.600 line is pretty solid for 15 at-bats, but the thing that gets me is the extra base hits. Of his four hits this week, three of them including his homer went for extra bases. In fact, 19 of his 36 hits on the year have gone for extra bases, including the six home runs. The surprising speed that Goodrum brings to the table allows...continue reading

Scott Kingery (OF/SS/2B/3B, PHI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies utility man Scott Kingery is eligible all over the diamond, making him a valuable player to pick up. Kingery was waaaay overvalued entering the season thanks to a good performance in the spring and the always popular prospect effect. After a good stretch to open the season, Kingery’s value hit a Bitcoin-level fever pitch, one that he could have never hoped to live up to. Taken altogether, the last calendar month has been brutal, with just...continue reading

Domingo German (SP, NYY) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSISNew York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German might be one of the best pitchers to stream for this week. He is striking out batters at a furious pace recently, as he has struck out at least nine batters in back-to-back games.

German started against Tampa Bay in his last time out, pitching six innings, allowing three earned runs, and punching out 10 Rays. While he has a 5.23 ERA this season, he has a 3.69

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Nick Pivetta (SP, PHI) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta has allowed 10 runs in his last two appearances, but is still one of the top waiver wire picks this week. He is a two-start streamer this week and there are a lot of reasons to start him against the Cardinals at home and the Nationals in Washington.

Pivetta did have a poor outing against the Nationals earlier this season (1 IP, 6 ER), but he will get

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Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith is a top streamer for Week 12, but one that could get into trouble. He will throw on the road twice this week, first against the Giants and then against the Rockies.

First, the good news. Smith has started against both of these teams already this season and performed well. In his last appearance, Smith pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs, while striking out four batters,

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Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi burst into the fantasy scene earlier this season and has since cooled off since as evident by his low ownership rate. So far he has almost split the playing time with Brian McCann, so the usual risks of playing time with the backup role do not apply here. At the same time, his production has been much better than McCann's with a .256 batting average and six homers. There...continue reading

Kevan Smith (C, CHW) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith has been recently recalled to Chicago and getting a run of games.  Still, Smith is relatively under-owned and looks to have a key spot on this team. In all fairness, Smith might not be a top prospect but could be a nice fantasy add in the short term at least. Only six games so far mean a small sample size, but the results so far have been promising to say the...continue reading

Andrew Knizner (C, STL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner has had his best season to date with a slash of .333/.400/.444 at Triple-A after a strong showing to start the season at Double-A. In Springfield, he hit .305/.376/.424 with two homers in 31 games. While the numbers do not show the power upside, contact has always been his highest graded tool and there is no reason for it not to continue moving forward. With the power jump that comes from...continue reading

Jonathan Loasigia (SP, NYY) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga is so much of an outlier that we are not sure if his name is even spelled correctly in our database (it is, don't worry). The Yankees are in need of a starter with Masahiro Tanaka on the DL for the foreseeable future and it was confirmed on Tuesday night that Loaisiga, who is still not in Yahoo's player pool, would be getting at least one turn in...continue reading

Dylan Covey (SP/RP, CHW) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: If you remember anything about Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey from 2017 then you probably want nothing to do with him. No one can blame you either: the man had a 7.71 ERA and 5.64 SIERA with a poor 13.3% strikeout rate in 70 innings. That makes for one terrible cup o’ coffee. However, Covey looks very different this season to those watching carefully because now he is throwing 95 mph and suddenly has command....continue reading

Paul Blackburn (SP, OAK) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Paul Blackburn allowed just one run on three hits over six strong innings in his 2018 debut, but he has his fantasy fleas. Namely, the three strikeouts in those six frames gives him a higher strikeout rate (15%) than his awful 9.2% K rate through 10 starts (58 ⅔ IP) last season. He has barely broken the 6.0 K/9 mark even in the low Minors, but he sports solid command and suppresses the...continue reading

Mike Montgomery (SP, CHC) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Mike Montgomery only has 25 strikeouts in 43 innings thus far, which may leave you looking elsewhere for SP options. However, a 3.56 ERA and 1.16 WHIP are very solid, particularly on a team like the Cubs that will help with wins. The southpaw has always been good at inducing low-quality contact and has a career .268 BABIP for this reason, but his 28.5% soft-contact rate is on another level right now. Not...continue reading

Mike Leake (SP, SEA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake only made one mistake on Tuesday night, which was spotting a great pitch on the outer corner at the knees of Mike Trout. Outside of Trout’s solo homer, Leake was effective against the Halos and has now held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. The three walks were uncharacteristic given how he had walked just two batters over his last six starts...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, MIN) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn has turned things around with four consecutive quality starts after forgetting that he was supposed to get batters out to open 2018. That being the case, you still cannot buy that his command woes are truly gone. He has still totaled 11 walks alongside the 21 strikeouts over 24 ⅔ innings during this “resurgent” stretch and has issued four or more free passes in half of his 12 outings this season....continue reading

Clayton Richard (SP, SD) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard ended his 2017 season by posting a 3.52 ERA (3.69 SIERA) and being rather useful over his final 10 starts. Well, after a rocky April, Richard is back to mowing down opposing hitters with his groundball ways and now has a 3.04 ERA (3.15 SIERA) over his last seven starts. Richards has won each of his last two starts (and four of his last five decisions), pitching seven innings in...continue reading

Seth Lugo (SP/RP, NYM) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo is coming off of his best start of the season, creating a waiver rush like no other. Lugo dismantled the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, as he allowed a mere two singles and struck out eight with zero walks over six scoreless frames to end the Mets’ losing streak at eight. The key is not only his velocity jump found in the bullpen, much like what we saw from ...continue reading

Frankie Montas (SP/RP, OAK) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Write off Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas at your own risk. The young, hard-throwing right-hander has been traded three times before the age of 25, and the consensus seemed to be that he didn't have what it takes to stick in an MLB starting rotation. Montas made 23 appearances (all in relief) for the Athletics in 2017, posting a horrific 7.03 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 32 innings. Though he also sported an abysmal 7.17...continue reading

Steven Wright (SP/RP, BOS) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright is a bit of a lone ranger in today's MLB landscape - he is the only active pitcher still fooling professional hitters throwing a pitch that averages just 74.2 MPH.  That pitch, of course, is the famous knuckleball. Wright is throwing the knuckleball 84.9% of the time in 2018, and to say that the pitch is currently "on" is just a bit of an understatement. He has thrown a...continue reading

Jon Jay (OF, ARI) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jon Jay's usefulness as a fantasy commodity is clear in that you pretty much know what you're going to get from him fantasy-wise. Now in his ninth year, he sports an impressive .289 AVG and .355 OBP for his career.  Similarly in 2018, Jay has a .292 AVG and a .355 OBP. These are the categories Jay will help you in, while he historically falls short in the other counting stats for fantasy (runs scored, RBI, stolen...continue reading

Max Muncy (1B/3B/OF, LAD) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Max Muncy has a seven game hitting streak going, including a two home run game on June 3rd, and home runs in each of the last three games. At just 42%, he still is criminally underowned. In the last 30 days, Muncy has a .731 slugging percentage, including eleven home runs, and has 21 RBI. Mainly playing first base and third base for the Dodgers, Muncy has also found a place at the...continue reading

Dustin Fowler (OF, OAK) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Since being promoted to the major leagues a month ago, Dustin Fowler has hit a respectable .247/.300/.452 with four home runs and four stolen bases in only 80 plate appearances. The category juice would be enough to make him interesting, but Statcast data suggests he should be doing even better, pegging him for a .298/.351/.497 line. It's not hard to understand why. Fowler is hitting the ball hard often, and along with his speed and contact ability, that...continue reading

Joakim Soria (RP, CHW) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: After allowing runs in four of five appearances during a rough patch in mid-May, it looked like Joakim Soria had lost his position as the preferred option for saves on the South Side. The veteran hasn't allowed a run in nine appearances since that iffy stretch, however, and has recorded three saves over the last five days. On the season, Soria boasts respectable ratios (3.42 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) to go with his seven saves, buoyed by a sparkling 22.5...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SDP) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: One of April's trendiest waiver wire adds, Joey Lucchesi appears to have been the victim of injury-related roster crunches for many fantasy owners. The Padres' left-hander, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday, recently faced live hitters for the first time since landing on the disabled list about a month ago. He's on track to return in mid-June, so fantasy owners in need of a boost to their pitching staff should consider stashing him now if they're in...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: At 37 years young, Ben Zobrist is one of the oldest position players with an every day role in the MLB. The reliable second baseman has been doing his thing for a very long time now, first making his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays way back in 2006. These days, he hits lead off for the potent Chicago Cubs lineup, who rank fifth in the MLB in runs scored, third in weighted Runs...continue reading

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

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

Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: It's difficult to understand why fantasy owners seem so reluctant to embrace Jeimer Candelario. The Tigers' third baseman just hit his tenth home run of the year on Saturday night, pushing his overall line to .263/.352/.512. He's occupied a spot in the top half of a better than expected Detroit lineup all season, allowing him to total 62 R+RBI in his 53 games. Candelario has outproduced several more widely-owned or well-known players at his position, including ...continue reading

Clay Buchholz (SP, ARI) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz has now had four consecutive strong outings. He has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a start and has compiled 21 punch outs in 24 innings of work. This could be your final chance to add him to your lineup.

If we see two more successful performances from Buchholz, he will no longer be a streamer; he will be a keeper in all formats. There are many

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Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF, PIT) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates utility man Josh Harrison has had his season slowed down due to injuries and other personal matters. However, when he has been in the lineup, he has continued to hit. The Pirates lineup has not been able to take advantage of Harrison being on base in recent weeks, but that has not slowed him down. He has a .333 batting average, two runs scored, and three RBI over the last week While he only has two...continue reading

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Villar (2B/OF, MIL) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder/second baseman Jonathan Villar, of course, was one of the 2017 season’s biggest disappointments. A year after hitting 19 home runs and pacing the league with 62 stolen bases, his totals in those categories dropped to 11 and 23, respectively. Villar has eight extra-base hits over the last month, hitting .284 with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. While a .373 BABIP could be seen as unsustainable, he does also have a 45.5% hard hit...continue reading

Michael A. Taylor (OF, WSH) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor may be forced out of the starting lineup with the return of Adam Eaton, but he has been particularly hot of late. Taylor has a hit in each of his last 10 starts (hitless as a pinch hitter on June 1) and is also 16-for-17 on stolen bases this season. He has a double in three of his last four games and is hitting .310 since May...continue reading

Ian Kinsler (2B, LAA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler is only hitting .218 this season, but has been heating up lately. He had six stolen bases coming into the month of June, but has now hit four of his seven home runs this month and already has three multi-hit games. Kinsler has regained his lead off spot and has scored a run in four of seven games this month. Kinsler has a .356 batting average over the last two weeks...continue reading

Yolmer Sanchez (2B, 3B, CHW) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Playing in the depths of the Southside, Yolmer Sanchez has quietly had a well-rounded season, slashing .276/.313/.413 with 24 runs scored and 27 RBI. He's also gone yard three times and is 5-for-7 in stolen base attempts. Sanchez primarily plays third base but also qualifies at second which is critical for his fantasy value. He's sat the last couple games for rest but has otherwise been playing daily for the White Sox. Sanchez bats second ahead of slugger...continue reading

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson has a six-game hitting streak and is now hitting .304 for the season. Over his hitting streak, Anderson has four multi-hit games and also has an extra-base hit in five of the six games. Since May 15, Anderson is hitting .370 with a .489 slugging percentage, 11 RBI, and 12 runs scored at the top of the Marlins lineup. Anderson has a .458 BABIP over that time period, but also has...continue reading

Nick Kingham (SP, PIT) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last four starts and has lost two of his last three as well. Kingham has also pitched six innings or fewer in three of the four starts and has an unsustainable .256 BABIP. That being said,  there are a lot of positives with the 26-year-old. A lot of his positives begin with the fact that he has 30 strikeouts against...continue reading

Carlos Gonzalez (OF, COL) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a four-game hitting streak and has five RBI and five runs scored in the same time period. Gonzalez has a .400 (and six multi-hit games) since going 4-for-4 with a home run against the Reds on May 27 and has capitalized on matchups at home. He has eight runs scored and 10 RBI in that time period, hitting six extra-base hits and even stealing a base. Gonzalez hit 40 home runs as...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, OAK) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill appears to be back to his old tricks. In 2017, before getting shelled after a trade to the Royals, he had a 3.69 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 61 innings for the Padres. Since moving to the Athletics this season, Cahill has a 2.77 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed just 37 hits and has reinvented himself as a strikeout pitcher over the last few seasons....continue reading

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last five starts, registering seven scoreless innings against the Royals on May 29. For the season, Gibson has 73 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings, posting a solid 3.54 ERA and allowing just 53 hits. While Gibson's numbers are very solid, he is only 1-3 this season, not winning since March 31. He has a solid 47.8% ground ball rate this season,...continue reading

Ryan Tepera (RP, TOR) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Ryan Tepera has been profiled as a top waiver wire pickup frequently, but his ownership is only up 2% over the last week. Tyler Clippard was the closer for the Blue Jays over the last few weeks, but now it appears that Tepera is the man to end games north of the border. Tepera threw 3 1/3 innings last week and, while he did not register a save, he did...continue reading

Marco Gonzales (SP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales has made three straight starts without allowing an earned run and now has a 2.41 ERA/1.26 WHIP over the last 30 days. This has rejuvenated his ownership lately, but he has also been extremely lucky over that time period. Gonzales has a 12-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 4.53 SIERA over the last 30 days. After being all too hittable and opening the season with a .405 BABIP, he has posted a...continue reading

Chris Stratton (SP, SF) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton has had a strong stretch of games recently. He has allowed three runs, or less, in four consecutive games. He is 7-3 with a 4.63 ERA this season, posting a 1.44 WHIP in 68 innings, winning each of his last four outings.

That run could continue as he has road matchups against the Marlins and Dodgers this week. The Marlins are 30th in runs scored this season (215

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Chase Anderson (SP, MIL) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson has not been striking out as many batters as in the past, but that has not hindered him in regards to run prevention. Anderson has allowed three earned runs, or less, in three of the last four games. However, as previously mentioned, Anderson only struck out 13 batters during that 19 2/3 inning stretch. While he is 4-5 with an 4.58 ERA this season (and has a 5.81 FIP), Anderson did have...continue reading

Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney has been on a hot streak and should be able to take advantage of an injury. With Shohei Ohtani sidelined, Heaney is likely to see two starts in Week 11, making him one of the better waiver wire moves. Heaney dominated his last outing against the Royals, allowing just one hit in a complete game shutout while striking out four batters. He has a 3.12 ERA this season (supported by...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso is a guy who gets you power, but could be a liability in other categories. The liability in this case is his batting average. He has a slash line of .245/.317/.446 to go with 11 homers, but has looked better of late. Over the last seven days, Alonso is hitting .410 with two home runs, six RBI, eight runs scored, and has even added a stolen base. Alonso consistently bats fifth in...continue reading

Justin Bour (1B, MIA) - Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Much was expected from Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour after he hit 25 HR in 2017. Some owners are let down because they are not getting the power they anticipated, as his ISO is down to .191, which is still better than league average. However, he has become an overall better hitter. Over the last week, Bour has a .304 batting average, three runs scored, and three RBI. Bour has better control at the plate with a...continue reading

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin has had back-to-back rough outings. He has allowed five earned runs in two straight starts (@ LAD, vs. TOR). On the bright side, he struck out 12 batters during those 8 2/3 innings of action.

He has had some bad starts this season, 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but also has 29 strikeouts and just eight walks allowed in 26 innings pitched this season. Eflin will also make

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Nick Williams (OF, PHI) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Williams is hitting just .236/.304/.415 on the season and has largely functioned as the Phillies' fourth outfielder this season. Why recommend him? Well, with Rhys Hoskins on the disabled list and Aaron Altherr, Williams has a golden opportunity to play his way back into a more prominent role. He's hitting like he knows it, too; five of the six home runs he has hit in 2018 have come since May 13,...continue reading

Harrison Bader (OF, STL) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: At this point in the season, everyday players are progressing rapidly toward the point where a single game doesn't cause wild swings in their overall numbers. Harrison Bader has yet to reach this point, as an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday dropped his OPS to .798, a decline of 32 points. Still, it's hard to find the kind of pop/speed combo Bader has offered so far (five home runs, six stolen bases) on the wire this time of year. Or,...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Phillies have hit a rough patch of late, but the team's larger performance doesn't reflect the individual effort of Vince Velasquez.  After a middling April that added more fuel to the fire for the argument that Velasquez belongs in the bullpen, the hard-throwing righty has pitched to a 2.14 ERA in his past six starts, striking out 45 batters in 34 innings and adding nearly 10 points to his ground ball rate. That last metric has helped him...continue reading

Kyle Barraclough (RP, MIA) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: Brad Ziegler held the closer's role in Miami for two months despite horrendous ratios because his clunkers had mostly been confined to non-save situations. Those splits probably don't mean anything, but he was so terrible that it stood to reason he'd blow a save eventually. And once he did, Marlins' skipper Don Mattingly wasted no time in making Kyle Barraclough his new closer. Truth be told, this is how it should always have been. Bearclaw has the...continue reading

Devin Mesoraco (C, NYM) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco has found new life since being traded from the Reds. The new-ish Mets catcher has seen his ownership rise 20 percentage points in the last week and a half. Despite his continued hot hitting (5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R in the last 30 days), he is set to split time with Kevin Plawecki, who recently returned from a stint on the DL. A 25-home run hitter in 2014,...continue reading

Max Muncy (1B/3B/OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Dodgers are starting to pick up steam, and most of that momentum has to do with bench bats playing above expectations. Max Muncy is one of those players, and to be honest, has forced himself into a starting job until he stops hitting. Through 37 games he is slashing .235/.347/.500 with seven homers and double-digit runs and RBI. This year has been his best in the majors so far, as with Oakland his average...continue reading

Kyle Barraclough (RP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough will not be the closer in Miami with Brad Ziegler out of a job. Manager Don Mattingly has seemingly grown tired of Ziegler’s recent lackluster performance, and Barraclough could be the beneficiary. While this is not set in stone (Drew Steckenrider also could see some closer duties), this is a situation to monitor in shallow leagues if you are in need of some saves. Barraclough has been lights out...continue reading

Yairo Munoz (SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Ryan Tepera (RP, TOR) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Ryan Tepera was assumed to be the closer in Toronto after Roberto Osuna went on the restricted list, but did not win the job right away. Tyler Clippard was the closer for the Blue Jays over the last few weeks, but now it appears that Tepera is the man to end games north of the border. Tepera earned two saves last week and was 2-0 with...continue reading

Jose Iglesias (SS, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi has been tearing the cover off the ball all season (.303/.367/.562 in 89 AB) and will finally get a chance for more playing time. He will get a chance to take over behind the plate for the next week or so as Brian McCann occupies a spot on the disabled list. Stassi’s specialty is crushing lefthanders; while he has four of his five homers against righties, he is 16-of-32 against lefties...continue reading

Clayton Richard (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS:  San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard may have a 4.74 ERA, but he has allowed only two earned runs in three of his last four starts. His latest outing was against a team Richard will face in Week 10, the Marlins.

He pitched seven innings and struck out five Fish last week, while allowing two earned runs on four hits. As for his first opponent this week, the Braves, Richard will have the

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Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: A former top Pittsburgh prospect, Alen Hanson seemed to have found himself a role with the Giants before injury struck. While starting the season on the bench Hanson played every game from April 25th to May 12th, and in the process performed well enough to get on the fantasy radar. This season Hanson is slashing .298/.346/.638 with four homers and three steals showing off both his speed and contact skills. For a player who was almost...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso has been on fire over the last week, posting a hit in seven consecutive starts before an 0-fer on Friday night. Alonso had two doubles and two home runs over that hot streak, scoring five runs and driving in seven runs. In the month of May, Alonso scored 12 runs and drove in 12 runs, posting a .759 OPS for the month, hitting eight extra-base hits. Alonso has a 36.8% hard...continue reading

 





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