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Back by popular demand in 2019... RotoBaller has brought back for the MLB draft season and regular season our Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers and Waiver Wire Pickups List.  Be sure to also use our other lineup tools shown in the icons below.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers by MLB Position

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Mike Soroka (SP, ATL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 275 CURRENT ADP: ~295 overall ANALYSIS: Although he only threw 25.2 big league innings last year, there’s a lot to love about Mike Soroka. The fact that he already received his Major League call-up in May this past season says enough in itself that he’s a top-tier talent. Soroka’s season was cut short in 2018 due to an injury to his throwing shoulder, which has caused his draft stock to take a hit so far in early drafts. This fact gives him huge sleeper...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 230 CURRENT ADP: ~250 overall ANALYSIS: After an obscure 2018 where he batted .224 with 20 HR, 80 R and 58 RBI, Max Kepler is still refining his overall game. Possessing good plate discipline skills is not something that's easily taught, but this is where Kepler makes a difference. The 24-year-old posted a career 15.4% K% in the minors to go along with a 10.6% BB%. Kepler doesn’t possess earth-shattering power numbers for a player as big as himself. His best power season in the farm...continue reading

Daniel Palka (OF,CWS) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 300 CURRENT ADP: ~310 overall ANALYSIS: Not many caught onto Daniel Palka last year, making him a solid OF3 in most leagues without any acquisition cost. More specifically, in 2018 Palka slashed .240/.294/.484 with 27 homers and two steals. No threat of speed here and Palka is a power-first player, making him a three-true-outcomes player to be had. Admittedly, Palka might not make a ton of contact, with a 34.1% K rate, but when he does hit the ball, it goes far. In...continue reading

Jordan Hicks (RP, STL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 200 CURRENT ADP: ~220 overall ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks was a fireballing rookie last season that dazzled with 70 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings; he also only had a 3.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. A starting pitcher in the minors, Hicks made 73 appearances out of the Cardinals pen last season, walking 45 batters as well. The 22-year-old Hicks did not pitch above High-A in the minors, but his 2.74 ERA in 105 innings in 2017 was enough to make the...continue reading

Scooter Gennett (2B, CIN) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 75 CURRENT ADP: ~85 overall ANALYSIS: In 2018, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett slashed .310/.357/.490 with 23 HRs, 86 R, and 92 RBI, the best full season of his career. But let’s not just focus on last year. Gennett has begun to surge since he joined the Reds in 2017 when he put up a slash line of .295/.342/.531 with 27 HR, 80 R, and 97 RBI. Typically, we can be skeptical after one breakout year, but continued and even better performance...continue reading

Francisco Mejia (C, SD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 225 CURRENT ADP: ~240 overall ANALYSIS: In 2019, there is a new bat ready to make an impact at the catching position which breaks the mold of your prototypical backstop. Francisco Mejia of the San Diego Padres can hit. Not only can he hit, but he can flat out rake. The only thing standing in the 23-year-old's way is a possible platoon in 2019, but with Mejia’s hit tool and versatility, he should be on everyone’s sleeper list going into this season. Mejia was a...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF,NYM) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 400 CURRENT ADP: ~510 overall ANALYSISA fantasy darling for a few seasons, Keon Broxton owners are still waiting for that breakout campaign. A move to New York might be the key to playing time, and the right opportunity to flaunt his stuff in the Bigs. No longer is he blocked by MVP candidates in Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, but instead takes a spot on a team in need of a true anchor...continue reading

Jung Ho Kang (3B, PIT) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 400 CURRENT ADP: ~460 overall ANALYSISPittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is the pure definition of a sleeper. After missing the entire 2017 season due to legal issues in his home country of South Korea, Kang re-obtained his work visa in April of 2018 and shortly returned to the organization in an attempt to get back into baseball shape. It took until the Pirates' final series of the season to make his debut, marking his first games at PNC Park in...continue reading

Jesus Luzardo (SP, OAK) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 235 CURRENT ADP: ~255 overall ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo has yet to pitch a big league inning, yet the 21-year-old is being as hyped up as any rookie starter coming into 2019. While hype can easily lead to disappointment, the young Peruvian has allowed just 43 earned runs in 152 2/3 minor league innings. He has also struck out 177, walked just 35, and has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings as well. While there are a lot of reasons to...continue reading

Ross Stripling (SP, LAD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 200 CURRENT ADP: ~215 overall ANALYSIS: Entering his age-29 season, Ross Stripling will begin the year locked into a rotation spot for the first time in his career. Stripling showed us an excellent first half in 2018 that led to his first ever All-Star selection. An injury-riddled second half put a damper on his season as a whole, but he still ended his year going 8-6 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 6.18 K/BB in 122 IP. Stripling's disappointing finish has caused...continue reading

Kevin Gausman (SP, ATL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 165 CURRENT ADP: ~190 overall ANALYSISNo pitcher benefited from a mid-season trade more than Kevin Gausman in 2018. During his time in Baltimore, Gausman had posted a 4.43 ERA, five wins, and a 1.52 HR/9. Following his move to Atlanta, those numbers changed to an ERA of 2.87, five wins, and 0.75 HR/9. Albeit, the Atlanta metrics came in half the innings, but even so, the changes are there to be seen. The question for fantasy owners entering 2019 draft...continue reading

Steven Souza Jr. (OF, ARI) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 300 CURRENT ADP: ~345 overall ANALYSISSteven Souza Jr. is 29 years old but it feels like he has been around for years. In fact, he first debuted in the Washington Nationals minor league system all the way back in 2007. After coming off his 30 home run season for the Rays in 2017, he was then traded to the Diamondbacks and had a rough time of it. His 2018 season never really got started as he was injured in March when diving for...continue reading

Lourdes Gurriel (SS/2B, TOR) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 200 CURRENT ADP: ~215 overall ANALYSIS: There is a multitude of reasons to like what Lourdes Gurriel has to offer at his currently very low draft price. The 25-year-old shortstop from Cuba is entering just his second MLB season after spending 2017 and about half of 2018 accelerating through Toronto’s minor league system. He definitely impressed in his brief taste of the big leagues, hitting .281/.309/.446 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI, 30 runs scored, and one steal across 249 at-bats. His positional...continue reading

Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~165 overall ANALYSIS: The Angels have two promising southpaws in their rotation, but Heaney, in particular, is generating a lot of buzz for the 2019 fantasy baseball season. Andrew Heaney pitched 180 IP last season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 180 SO. The numbers don't look overly sexy on the surface, but there is plenty to be excited about when you dig a little deeper. First off, pitching 180 innings is a great sign after missing almost all...continue reading

Merrill Kelly (SP, ARI) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 415 CURRENT ADP: ~445 overall ANALYSIS: It’s almost becoming a trend for players to travel overseas to play baseball after struggling to make it in the MLB, only to end up back in the Majors better than before. In 2017 it was Eric Thames and last year it was Miles Mikolas. You can now add Merrill Kelly to the list. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Kelly to a two-year $5.5M contract in hopes of him bringing...continue reading

Ramon Laureano (OF, OAK) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 175 CURRENT ADP: ~195 overall ANALYSIS: A 16th-round pick by the Houston Astros back in 2014, Ramon Laureano went largely overlooked as a prospect, rarely featuring in lists of notable farmhands. The Astros didn't bother to protect him on the 40-man roster after a disappointing 2017 season in the minors, and he was traded to the Athletics in November of that year. Promoted to the major leagues the morning of August 3, Laureano managed only one hit in five trips to the plate in that...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 175 CURRENT ADP: ~200 overall ANALYSIS: In his rookie year, left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi made an instant impact. He allowed a total of four earned runs over the first four starts, posting a 25:4 K:BB ratio. It appeared that Lucchesi might be a legitimate candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. An injury sent him to the disabled list temporarily in mid-May and he ran into some trouble with the long ball upon his return, derailing some of his fantasy value. Lucchesi finished strong, however,...continue reading

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 315 CURRENT ADP: ~340 overall ANALYSISOrlando Arcia was pegged by numerous fantasy baseball experts a year ago as a sleeper for the 2018 season. After polishing off his first full year in the majors in 2017 where he batted .277 with 15 home runs, 56 R, 53 RBI, and 14 stolen bases, Arcia took a significant step backward in 2018. The Milwaukee Brewers shortstop struggled mightily and was optioned down twice during the season to Triple-A. Finishing the year with an anemic .236/3/32/30/7...continue reading

Tyler Glasnow (SP, TB) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~175 overall ANALYSIS: The Rays acquired Tyler Glasnow at the end of July in the Chris Archer trade. Glasnow was only used out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh, racking up 56 innings before the trade. Despite his below average ERA of 4.34 pre-trade, he managed to strike out 11.6 batters per nine innings. Walks were the main issue, as he allowed almost 5.5 free passes per nine. Once he was shipped to Tampa, Glasnow continued to show his...continue reading

Mike Zunino (C, TB) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 225 CURRENT ADP: ~245 overall ANALYSIS: Acquired by Tampa Bay in the offseason, Mike Zunino could exceed his draft value more than anyone at his position. More so than prospects unproven in the majors, such as Willians Astudillo and Francisco Mejia, who are going ahead of him. With catcher being as weak as it is, fantasy owners should be bold and draft the biggest boom or bust player at the position. Zunino was by no means a...continue reading

Jorge Soler (OF, KC) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 325 CURRENT ADP: ~345 overall ANALYSIS: You’ve probably heard this one before, but for the umpteenth time, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler is officially on sleeper watch. The 26-year-old has been flirting with a breakthrough ever since he made the move to the American League in 2016. Amid their World Series run, the Cubs were happy to part ways with one of their brightest young talents in exchange for Wade Davis, and while Chicago won that trade (and...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, TB) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~265 overall ANALYSISJake Bauers exploded onto the fantasy landscape last summer only to fall off late in the season. Primarily a first baseman, Bauers also has shown the ability to play a decent outfield spot and should bounce between the two in Cleveland with a line-up still in flux. Bauers will be given an excellent chance to slot into a complementary role before proving himself for the future. The main reason to jump in on Bauers...continue reading

Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 180 CURRENT ADP: ~200 overall ANALYSIS: A key part of Luke Voit's potential success in New York could likely come down to opportunity. There is not a huge amount of competition for the first base job in the organization and that should mean Voit is given every opportunity in 2019. Voit's success last year was in sharp contrast to his 2017 rookie efforts with the Cardinals. In 2017, Voit hit .246 with just four home runs, 18 runs and 18 RBI in 124...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (C, MIN) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 315 CURRENT ADP: ~340 overall ANALYSISWillians Astudillo just might be my favorite player in baseball. It's almost impossible to look at him, and his stats, and not immediately become a fan. First off, he's just 5'9" yet weighs 225 lbs, so seeing him field and run the bases is fun for the whole family. Secondly, the guy is almost incapable of striking out - or drawing a walk, which means you get to see him run the bases almost every time...continue reading

Mallex Smith (OF, SEA) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 75 CURRENT ADP: ~100 overall ANALYSIS: After debuting back in 2016, Mallex Smith played his first full year in the majors and finally lived up to the hype revolving around his speed. Spending over half of his bats at the bottom of the order with the Tampa Bay Rays, Smith stole 40 bags last year. He accomplished it without sacrificing the AVG category as he swatted a .296 and he had pretty decent RBI and Run numbers (40 and 65 respectively). Smith carries...continue reading

Ronald Guzman (1B, TEX) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 325 CURRENT ADP: ~390 overall ANALYSIS:Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was regarded as another one of the powerful young lefty bats in Texas (see: Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara), even though he had never hit more than 16 home runs in the minors (2016 in Double-A/Triple-A). While the power was not there in the minors, Guzman did have a .298 batting average in Triple-A in 2017 and topped an .800 OPS for the first...continue reading

Jake Cave (OF, MIN) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 300 CURRENT ADP: ~405 overall ANALYSIS: Bouncing around from the Yankees to the Reds before he found a home in Minnesota, Twins outfielder Jake Cave made his MLB debut in 2018. After a 2017 season where he had a .305/.351/.542 slash line in the minors with the Yankees, Cave was sent to Triple-A with the Twins after he was acquired, posting a .269/.352/.403 slash line. In 91 big league games, though, Cave showed more of the power that led to him hitting 20...continue reading

Trevor Williams (SP, PIT) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~390 overall ANALYSIS: After being acquired by the Pirates from the Marlins in 2015, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams made his MLB debut in 2016 and then pitched 150 1/3 innings in 2017.  His 7-7 record and 4.36 ERA in 99 first half innings in 2018 led many to just see Williams as a middling option at starting pitcher, not much to watch for fantasy purposes. Then, in 71 1/3 second-half innings, Williams allowed just 11 earned runs, 57...continue reading

Freddy Peralta (SP, MIL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 280 CURRENT ADP: ~320 overall ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta only had a 6-4 record and 4.25 ERA after being called up from the minor leagues in 2018. In his 14 starts, he allowed at least three earned runs in seven of them and walked multiple batters in 11 starts. All of that being said, Peralta is lauded as one of the top starting pitcher sleepers coming into 2019. Peralta is so valuable because, in 78 1/3 MLB innings, he allowed just...continue reading

Danny Jansen (C, TOR) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 200 CURRENT ADP: ~240 overall ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen had a .275/.390/.473 slash line in 88 games with Triple-A Buffalo in 2018, enough for him to earn a call up to the bigs. In his 31 games with the Blue Jays, he slashed .247/.347/.432, walking nine times and striking out 17 in 95 plate appearances. This came after a 2017 season where Jansen had a .322/.400/.484 slash line that included him walking (41) more times than he struck out (40). After...continue reading

Dylan Bundy (SP, BAL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~280 overall ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy took a bit of a step forward in 2017 with a 13-9 record and 4.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, priming him for a potential breakout in 2018. We know how that turned out, as what followed was a 16-loss season with a 5.45 ERA and 41 home runs allowed for a faltering Orioles team that lost 107 games. Still only 26, can Bundy bounce back from a poor season, put his injuries...continue reading

Franmil Reyes (OF, SD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~194 overall ANALYSIS: To begin last season, San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes was coming off of a 2017 season where he had a .258/.322/.464 slash line in Double-A, hitting 25 home runs and knocking in 102 batters. In 2018, now in Triple-A, he bettered those numbers with a .324/.428/.614 slash line, hitting 16 home runs in just 250 plate appearances. When he made the jump to the big leagues, his slash line of .280/.340/.498 was impressive, as were his...continue reading

Felix Pena (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena burned some of you (...us) by getting hit for six runs over four innings in Oakland on the 19th, but he rebounded with a quality start against Texas at home and will get to redeem himself against an A’s squad that may be looking over the Angels at their Wild Card matchup come Sept. 30. He has a 3.49 ERA/3.44 FIP/3.73 xFIP with a 45/11 K/BB ratio over his...continue reading

Zach Davies (MIL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Some of you simply need wins, and while Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies has taken two straight losses at the hands of the Pirates, he and the Brewers take on the Tigers at home on Sept. 28 in their quest for the NL Central title. Davies has maxed out at five innings since returning to action earlier this month but has a 3.32 ERA/1.11 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in those 19 innings. In other words, perfectly...continue reading

Trevor Richards (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards will face the Mets in New York for his final performance of the 2018 season, and while the Mets have shown more life in the second half, they’re still batting .228 as a team with an above-average 22.8% strikeout rate over the last two weeks. Richards hasn’t been the sharpest with command in September, but his latest trip to the rubber saw him dominate Cincinnati with nine strikeouts over seven shutout...continue reading

Antonio Senzatela (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela is another doozy for the SP/RP crowd, as the young Rockie will face the Phillies on Sept. 27 as Colorado fights for its playoff life. He’s won his past two starts with two combined runs allowed over 12 innings, though they were both away from Coors Field. However, the Phillies’ collective 23.4% strikeout rate and .218 batting average over the past 14 days are worse than the Mets if you need...continue reading

Cody Reed (CIN, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Those of you who specifically like getting SP/RP eligible starters to shoehorn into your lineup should be all over Cincinnati Reds pitcher Cody Reed, who faces the Royals at home as he looks for his third straight strong outing. Reed struck out 10 Cubs over five shutout innings on Sept. 15 before holding the Marlins scoreless over six frames on the 20th, as the 25-year-old Red may just have figured something out down the stretch.

Thomas Pannone (TOR, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Thomas Pannone is now 4-1 with four quality starts in five starts for Toronto in ‘18, with a particularly impressive stretch of limiting the Indians, Yankees and Rays to just two runs each in recent weeks. It’d be nice if he could face someone other than the Rays for his final start considering they’re a top-five offense in the last 14 days. No matter the issues, Pannone has dialed up a spectacular...continue reading

Nathan Eovaldi (SP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi shut down the Yankees on Sept. 18 with six scoreless frames and then followed that up with a season-high 10 strikeouts over five innings of one-run ball against the Orioles. Unfortunately, he has to do battle with the Yanks once again in his final start of the regular season on Sept. 30, but at least he’s shown the ability to handle his former team. Plus, 23 strikeouts in 18 September...continue reading

Ryan Borucki (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki now has four consecutive quality starts and has collected a QS in 11 of his 16 Major League outings so far. I'd have preferred he didn't force himself to work around four walks in his latest appearance against Tampa Bay, but he struck out seven for the second straight time and has yielded just four hits apiece in each of his last four times on the bump. It's never ideal...continue reading

Adam Wainwright (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will face the Cubs in Wrigley on Sept. 28 for his last start of the regular season. Scoreboard-watchers won’t feel as confidently about him as those who saw his start against the Giants, as he was solid through six innings before a string of four singles bounced him in the seventh and inflated his numbers. He'd walked none and scattered four hits through six frames, so let's hope he either...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: He hasn't even been able to hit a HR in the 237 AB that he's taken since the start of July, but Matt Duffy is about to bring his first full season with the Rays to an encouraging conclusion after having missed the entirety of 2017. Duffy has been performing steadily better at the plate in each month since July, with his OPS being rather mediocre in July and August at .584 and .639. Though this month, Duffy...continue reading

Wade LeBlanc (SP, SEA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: In a season that has seemed chock-full of 34-year-old pitchers producing resurgent seasons out of the blue, ten-year MLB veteran Wade LeBlanc has been an extremely pleasant surprise for the Seattle Mariners during the 2018 campaign. In 152 IP this year (25 GS out of 30 appearances) LeBlanc has a 3.49 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, though "Frenchy" has been absolutely infuego over his last four starts with a 1.16 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 23.1 IP. He has...continue reading

Yoshihisa Hirano (RP, ARI) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: After having spent eleven seasons as an elite pitcher in Japan, Yoshihisa Hirano is about to finish his first campaign in the MLB at the age of 34 with sensational results. In 64.2 IP this year Hirano boasts a 2.09 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he has been especially deadly over the last two months, holding a 1.47 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 18.1 innings. It is easy to see what have been some key catalysts of Hirano's...continue reading

Ji-Man Choi (1B, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ji-Man Choi has been performing steadily better at the plate each month since June, and has settled into a fantastic rhythm all throughout September. In 60 AB this month, he has wracked up five dingers in addition to a remarkable slash of .283/.380/.617 with a season-high ISO of .330. Choi has accomplished this hot run down the home-stretch by leveling out his high grounder rate of 43.5% with a very high frequency of fly balls (41.3%) and producing...continue reading

Jay Bruce (1B/OF, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Jay Bruce has been a big disappointment this year. Bruce is normally known for his power and routinely provides 30 homers annually. Unfortunately, he has just nine this year. Bruce has slowly bounced back to give you the power your roster needs. It would not be wise to acquire him if you have a concern with batting average. In the last 14 days, he has three homers and 12 RBI, but...continue reading

Daniel Palka (1B/OF, CHW) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka has been destroying pitching recently. He has six homers, nine RBI and a .273 average in the last 14 days. His 2018 rookie campaign has brought about 27 homers. Unfortunately, he does need to work on his plate discipline as he has a 33% strikeout rate. Also, he currently doesn’t use most of the field; he pulls the ball 44% of the time. Palka will have a full seven-game schedule...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B, PIT) – Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Leagues   ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has been a bag of mixed emotions this year. 2018 has not been what fantasy owners had expected, particularly following a 2017 season in which he hit 26 homers with 90 RBI. The outlook is trending up though even with only 11 homers this year. In 70 fewer at-bats, Bell has already hit 31 doubles, compared to 26 in all of 2017. Bell never demonstrated elite power in the minors but...continue reading

Hunter Dozier (1B/3B, KC) – Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues   ANALYSIS: Over the last 30 days, Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier has four homers, 15 RBI, and a .269 average. It doesn’t sound particularly impressive. However, he is useful in most leagues if you just need power. Dozier has a 46% hard-hit rate, 52.7% against right-handers which he faces the most this week. He also has a .293 wOBA against right-handed pitchers. In the second half, he has made some improvements at the plate. He has increased...continue reading

Peter O'Brien (1B/OF, MIA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins outfielder/first baseman Peter O'Brien completely evaded my radar until I spun up my usual tools for finding and picking out waiver wire adds. However, while I usually would just chalk up a line like .294/.375/.647 and three dingers over his first 40 major-league plate appearances since 2016 as beginner’s luck, I was intrigued enough to dive in. A 28-year-old rookie on his seventh organization, O’Brien had six home runs on just 79 plate appearances heading into...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been talked about a lot over the course of the 2018 season, so I won’t belabor the point. The Blue Jays’ centerfielder is one of the few players you need to watch for where he’s hitting in the order. Luckily for owners, he’s getting in good spots for him and filling up the stat sheet. The 29-year-old is the only option of this list where he has a good...continue reading

Joc Pederson (OF, LAD) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is one of my favorite fantasy assets. He also happens to be one of the most misunderstood. The fact that his ownership percentage is at 18% is evidence of this fact. To their credit, the Dodgers have learned how best to utilize him, and fantasy owners should learn the same. Joc is a hard split asset. You deploy him against right-handed starting pitching and never against southpaws. There really isn’t any...continue reading

Lourdes Gurriel (2B/SS/OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: Though a leg injury robbed Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of a few weeks and perhaps a bit of momentum (recall that at the time of the injury, he had recorded multiple hits in 11 straight games), Gurriel has had himself a nice year as a rookie. In 62 games, the 24-year-old is hitting .292/.320/.463 with 11 home runs and 64 R+BI. Three of those homers have come in the last three games, including a...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been a regular presence in this space down the stretch. His ownership rate has risen substantially during that time, but he still comes in well below the cutoff. Since August 1, the 22-year-old has hit .302/.332/.454 with five home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 57 R+BI in 45 games. 2018 ended up being a season to forget in Queens, but the Mets have had a top-five scoring offense in the...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Braves clinched their first division title since 2005 on Saturday. Credit for that is due to many players, and Johan Camargo is one of them. Seemingly an afterthought in Atlanta’s initial plans (remember that they opened the year with Jose Bautista penciled in at third base), the 24-year-old forced his way into the lineup in short order. He’s hit .272/.352/.458 with 18 homers and 133 R+BI in 127 games. While he will not put up...continue reading

Framber Valdez (SP, HOU) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSISHouston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez has struck out 14 batters in the past 19 1/3 innings, all while allowing five total earned runs. The young lefty will get two more turns in the Astros rotation to end the regular season.

Both starts are on the road against AL East foes, first facing the Blue Jays and then the Orioles. Baltimore is 30th in team wOBA (.276) against southpaws and Toronto is 22nd in

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Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSISCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey hates facing the Brewers. They have been on the schedule twice in the past five outings and each one has ended poorly for Harvey. He has thrown a combined 9 1/3 IP with 12 ER allowed. Thankfully, Milwaukee is not on the menu this week.

Instead, he gets home starts against Kansas City and Pittsburgh to close the 2018 seasons. Both teams are in the bottom 11 in

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Austin Gomber (SP, STL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSISSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber has been a solid addition to the Cardinals rotation for a majority of the season. Remove one bad game against the Dodgers (3 IP, 7 ER, and 3 K) and you have a solid pitcher. Gomber has allowed two earned runs, or less, in seven of the last 10 appearances and punched out at least five batters in five of the last nine games.

This week, Gomber

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Derek Holland (SP, SF) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSISIf you are looking for strikeouts, then San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland is your guy. He has struck out about a batter per inning this season and that trend will likely extend through this week.

He will face the Padres and Dodgers in San Francisco this week. This season, he has pitched 19 2/3 innings against the Padres with 19 strikeouts and 18 innings against the Dodgers with 21 strikeouts. However, his 3.57

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Jake Odorizzi (SP, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSISMinnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been solid as of late and his matchups this week will help fantasy owners. He is a two start pitcher this week, making both of his starts at home.

Odorizzi face the Tigers and White Sox this week. In 2018, Odorizzi is 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three outings against Detroit. On the bright side, he has struck out 17 Tigers in 16 1/3 innings of work

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Chase Anderson (SP, MIL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson continues to be under-owned in fantasy baseball. Let’s all do this man a favor and make him 100% owned in fantasy leagues for the final week of the season. He’s allowed two earned runs, or less, in six of the last 10 performances.

Anderson has punched out at least five batters in four games during that span and will face the Cardinals in St. Louis and Tigers in Milwaukee. The

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Ty Buttrey (RP, LAA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's rare, but there are still times when a player emerges on the fantasy landscape and my response is, "Who?" Such is the case with Ty Buttrey. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox back in 2012, he washed out as a starter and transitioned to relief last season before being dealt to the Angels at this year's trade deadline for Ian Kinsler. He's been impressive in a limited sample so far, with 19...continue reading

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: I've spent most of the year warning fantasy owners against relying on Reynaldo Lopez. His early-season success did not reflect his peripherals and it was clear that a correction was imminent. That correction arrived near the end of the first half, as Lopez allowed at least four runs in seven of 11 starts between June 20 and August 19. Since that stretch, however, Lopez has allowed just four runs total in five starts totaling 32 2/3 innings...continue reading

Franmil Reyes (OF, SDP) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Franmil Reyes showcased some impressive pop in his first taste of MLB action, but also an allergy to contact that made him a batting average anchor. Since returning to the big leagues after a brief midseason demotion, however, Reyes has drastically cut down on the strikeouts and the results have been impressive. The 23-year-old is hitting .333/.396/.603 with 10 home runs in 44 games since the All-Star break. During that time, he has struck out just 21.6% of the...continue reading

Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Remember when everyone thought Greg Bird was going to be a fantasy stud? He's battled injury as usual, and been pretty terrible when he has played. Enter Luke Voit, a little-known 27-year-old who entered the season with 62 plate appearances in the majors. Since taking command of the Yankees' first base job on August 24, Voit has hit an absurd .342/.422/.747 with 10 home runs and 39 R+BI in 90 plate appearances. That includes three...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (C, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Bartolo Colon at least theoretically nearing the end of his career, there's an opening for a hefty baseball man to capture the hearts and minds of the Internet. Willians Astudillo could be that man. The Twins' backstop has hit well thus far since being promoted to the Show, putting up a .317/.338/.508 line with three home runs and 14 RBI in just 65 plate appearances. The most impressive thing about him is his contact...continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger is the closer for the Twins and, that alone, makes him a fantasy asset. There are a lot of things not to like about Hildy, the 4.55 FIP and 8.37 strikeouts per nine are a good start, but a closer is a closer. Since the All-Star Break, Hildenberger has an ugly 7.56 ERA and has allowed at least one run in each of the last three appearances. While he earned a save...continue reading

Randal Grichuk (OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk has rebounded after a terrible start to the 2018 season. He hit just .106 in April after being acquired from the Cardinals and then missed the entire month of May due to injury. Since the All-Star break, though, Grichuk has a .281/.326/.562 slash line, hitting 13 home runs and tallying 57 R+BI. He has also been hitting either fourth or fifth in the Blue Jays lineup. Posting a career strikeout rate around 30%, Grichuk...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has a hit in six of the last seven games, keeping his fantasy stock at its seasonal highest. While his lack of power was a downside over the last few weeks, Polanco does have four extra base hits in five games, adding to his solid performances over the last two months. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .287/.343/.430. While that line is good, his .372/.426/.581 slash line since September 10...continue reading

Ivan Nova (SP, PIT) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last three starts and has allowed two or fewer in five of his last six starts as well. While a 4 1/3 inning, like his last start against the Brewers, does not constitute a quality start, Nova was still able to see his seasonal ERA drop to 4.01. Since the All-Star game, Nova is 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA and...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, pitching into the seventh inning in three of those six starts. Matz has a 4.03 ERA this season, which is not supported by his 4.68 FIP, but has struck out 140 batters in 145 innings. Over the last month, Matz has struck out 39 batters in 35 1/3 innings. Some disastrous starts after the All-Star break have...continue reading

Ryan O'Hearn (1B, KC) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was a sleeper slugger who has made an instant impact for Kansas City with his power. After hitting 11 home runs in 100 Triple-A games this season, O'Hearn has matched that total in 38 games for the Royals. It starts with a 45.3% hard-hit rate combined with a 43% fly ball rate. With a decent contact rate (70.2%), it is easy to see why he has been on a power surge. If...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis has allowed five home runs in his last two starts (11 innings), but his second half form has made him a waiver wire darling. A tough outing in his last start against the Twins aside, where he allowed four runs in three innings, Junis had allowed five earned runs in 24 innings in his three previous starts. Since the All-Star break, Junis is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts, striking...continue reading

Joey Wendle (2B/3B/OF, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays utility man Joey Wendle has a .302/.354/.439 slash line this season, coming out of nowhere to be a vital piece of the Rays and fantasy lineups. Wendle not only has a current five game hitting streak, but also has an extra base hit in each of those games as well. Since the All-Star break, Wendle is slashing .330/.386/.503, striking out in just 11.1% of plate appearances Over this mini five game spurt, Wendle has...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has a seven game hitting and has produced a .320/.399/.491 line with seven homers, five steals, and 49 R+BI since the beginning of August. Of his 12 extra-base hits in that time period, three have come in his hitting streak. Since August 1st, Adames has walked in 11.2% plate appearances and also has a 38.7% hard hit ball rate in the same time period. Too many ground balls will not help...continue reading

Mychal Givens (RP, BAL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens has been getting the saves in Baltimore of late, making him a vital piece of a fantasy roster. Since the dealing of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, Givens has a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings and has saved seven games. He has allowed two home runs in September, though, and has gone without a strikeout in four of his last five outings. While there are some issues...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is only slashing .222/.287/.380 over 358 plate appearances this season, but he has turned it on as of late. After posting a .276/.338/.450 slash line last season, he has a .255/.310/.457 slash line in the second half, including four steals and 21 extra base hits. Since the beginning of September, Kiermaier has a .352/.410/.685 slash line with nine extra base hits and 21 R+BI. Obviously, a lot of the interest in Kiermaier stems from...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (CLE, 2B/OF) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS:  Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Jason Kipnis is having a rough 2018 overall, but he has been an offensively powerful player of late. While he only has 12 hits in September (.222 batting average), six of those hits have been extra base hits. Kipnis also has 16 RBI in September (seven runs scored as well) and has even chipped in with a stolen base. While he has had his struggles at the plate of late (hits in four of the last...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor earned a no-decision in his last start against the Padres, but has now lost just three games since the beginning of June. He is 12-7 this season with a 4.14 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings. Since the All-Star break, though, Minor has a 2.72 ERA (but a 4.00 FIP) and has struck out 49 batters in 53 innings. While fantasy owners may be skeptical about his ERA considering his...continue reading

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SDP) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe should be bought for his power, but he also has a hit in four of the last five gamesl. Roping a double and two home runs this week, Renfroe has a .221/.254/.559 slash line this month. Renfroe has continued his power surge this month as well, clubbing seven home runs in September. Since the All-Star break, Renfroe has a .558 slugging percentage, posting nine doubles and 17 home runs, and has also driven in 40...continue reading