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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds by MLB Position

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Brad Brach (RP, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brad Brach is back in the closer's role after Zach Britton was shut down for the last week of the 2017 season. Brach has 17 saves this season with Britton struggling with injuries all season and Brach has responded with a 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 66 2/3 innings. He has blown six saves this season, and lost on September 19 against the Red Sox, but he has a solid...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor only has five hits in his last eight games, but did have a three hit game on September 20 and has three multi-hit games in his last 10 games. Taylor is hitting .292 with four home runs and 11 RBI in September, seeing his numbers jump after posting a .576 OPS in August. He had 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases in the first half, posting an .830, making him...continue reading

Collin McHugh (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh has only made 10 starts in an injury plagued 2017 season, but he has allowed less than three runs in each of his last six starts and has won each of his last three decisions. The issue with that is McHugh has not pitched more than five innings in any of his last three starts and did allow three runs in three innings against the Athletics on September 9. What McHugh has...continue reading

Jed Lowrie (2B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie has been on fire over the last seven days, posting a .389 batting average and 10 RBI, making him a great addition for fantasy owners. Lowrie had a grand slam on September 19, part of a five-RBI game, and has hits in nine of his last 10 games, including two three-hit games. He is hitting .361 this month, clubbing 10 extra-base hits, scoring 14 runs, and driving in 16, adding 14...continue reading

Nick Williams (OF, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has frequently been on our waiver wire list here at Rotoballer and back-to-back multi-RBI games could show that he is hot once again. Williams only has a .208 batting average over the last seven days, but has a .321 batting average in September, including eight extra-base hits, 10 runs scored, and 22 RBI. He only has five hits over his last eight games, but has a .289 batting average this season and his...continue reading

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

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

Mitch Haniger (OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger only has a .208 batting average over the last seven days, but does have two home runs in that time span and his huge September puts him on the fantasy radar. This month, Haniger is hitting .350 with 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBI, and 13 runs scored, hitting five of his 14 home runs in September. While Haniger only has one multi-hit game in his last six games, he does have hits in...continue reading

Dexter Fowler (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler has been white hot over the last seven days and is not only a good player to add this week, but also is one that can help you win a fantasy championship. Fowler is 11-for-21 with six extra-base hits, seven runs scored, and nine RBI over the last seven days and is hitting .389 with eight extra-base hits in September. He has a five-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in four of the...continue reading

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has hits in eight of 10 games, posting six extra-base hits, making him a strong option for the stretch run. He is only hitting .261 in September, notching multi-hit games in only two of his last 10 games, but scored a run in two of his last three games and is now seventh in the American League with 87 runs scored. He only has a .264 batting average for the season, but hit .314 in...continue reading

Arodys Vizcaino (RP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino earned a save in two scoreless appearances last week and should be owned in all saves leagues. Vizcaino did allow four earned runs in his two proceding appearances, prompting some to drop the Braves closer, but he still has a strong 2.68 ERA and 1.07 WHIP this season. He has a strikeout in eight of his last 10 appearances, earning five saves, and is 10-for-12 on saves this season. He took over...continue reading

Howie Kendrick (1B/2B/3B/OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals utility man Howie Kendrick has fallen off of the fantasy radar a bit this month with his .217 batting average, but should still be a fantasy option for the playoff run. While Kendrick only has two multi-hit games in his last 10 games, he does have a modest three-game hitting streak and has scored a run in four of his last five games. Since being acquired by the Nationals from the Phillies, Kendrick has a...continue reading

Matt Joyce (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has home runs in three of his last five games and his 23 home runs this season are a career-high. Joyce has 12 of fhis 23 home runs in the second half and his second half OPS sits at .957 after posting a .949 OPS in August and his scortching hot start to September. He has a hit in nine of his last 10 starts for the Athletics, seeing his batting average...continue reading

Ian Happ (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ has a .304 batting average in September and his 21 home runs this season make him a fantasy asset. Happ has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit games, and has seen his seasonal average jump from .246 to .256 over the last 10 games. He is coming off of the best month of his young career as well, posting a .958 OPS in August, and he...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has an 11-game hitting streak and his .333 batting average in September has helped pace the Angels playoff push. Cron has five extra-base hits this month and has knocked in 11 runs in September, looking more and more like the middle of the lineup thumper that many hoped for. He is chasing down his career high in home runs (he has 14 in 79 games and his career-high is 16 in each...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has hits in eight of his last 10 games and his .345 batting average this month is attractive to fantasy owners. In fact, the two games where Kiermaier does not have a hit, he has still be productive, getting an RBI in a hitless effort on September 3 and working a walk in his hitless affair last night. After posting a .737 OPS in 233 at-bats before the All-Star break, Kiermaier has a...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has allowed three runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts and should be relied upon for the stretch run. Gray has won three of his last five starts, including beating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Thursday, and is now 7-4 with a 4.07 ERA this season. After posting a 6.66 ERA in July, Gray was down to a 2.30 ERA in August and has allowed four runs in 11 innings...continue reading

Matt Olson (1B/OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson has a home run in six of his last 10 games and his seven home runs in that time span have put him on the fantasy radar. Olson has 15 home runs in 44 games this season and had seven home runs in just 59 at-bats last month, posting a 1.020 OPS and strong .305 average. With his home run barrage, Olson now has three multi-hit games in his last 10 games...continue reading

Victor Robles (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Nationals top farmhand Victor Robles is reportedly heading to the nation’s capital to join the big league club, making the jump straight from Double-A. The No. 4 overall prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline will not be eligible to compete in the postseason, but he should provide the Nats with a spark over the last few weeks of the season. As for his immediate fantasy value (he’s one of the more attractive keeper/dynasty pieces in all...continue reading

Jose Pirela (2B/OF, SDP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Entering the season, it's fair to assume that the vast majority of fantasy owners had never heard of Jose Pirela. 27-year-old utilitymen with no MLB track record, no prospect hype, and no guaranteed starting role on a lousy team tend not to inspire much excitement. Pirela's performance, however, has been good enough to put him on the radar. After opening the season with 13 homers in 48 games at Triple-A, the Padres elected to give him a shot. He's rewarded that show...continue reading

Blake Treinen (RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Blake Treinen opened the season as the Nationals' closer, but early struggles led to him quickly losing that role. Washington's bullpen was a nightmare during the entire first half, so they made a deal with the Athletics to acquire their best two relievers, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Treinen was part of the package going the other way, and he's looked much better since arriving in Oakland. The 29-year-old has been a workhorse out...continue reading

Shane Greene (RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Shane Greene hasn't recorded a save since August 28 and has allowed runs in two of his last three appearances. Still, he's the unquestioned closer for the Tigers and has performed well since assuming the role. Greene has converted all six of his save opportunities, with solid ratios (2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) and a 9.8 K/9. Detroit's status as an also-ran doesn't preclude Greene from being a viable fantasy closer for the remainder of the season, and he's free to add in...continue reading

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

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

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Robinson Chirinos had outplayed Jonathan Lucroy for much of the season, but was still finding himself with limited playing time while Lucroy remained in a Rangers uniform. However, after Lucroy was dealt to the Rockies in late July, Chirinos has become the Rangers primary catcher. He has done quite well in that role, as over the past 30 days, he has been the fourth best fantasy catcher according to the ESPN Player Rater. Chirinos...continue reading

Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Kole Calhoun isn’t generally regarded as an exciting fantasy option, but he had an outstanding month of August. In that month, Calhoun hit four home runs, scored 20 runs, and driven in 14. The recent additions of Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips will likely shift Calhoun’s fantasy profile, as their additions have moved Calhoun out of his usual second spot in the lineup. For example, over the weekend series,...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has hits in four of his last five games and the former top prospect should be owned in all keeper leagues. This came after Rosario was hitless for three consecutive games and he is still only hitting .252 in 30 games, poor numbers even if he has a lot of promise. He had a double, three triples, and four home runs in August, showing that he has power and a...continue reading

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has hits in seven consecutive games, and nine of 10, making him a strong option for the stretch run. Not only has Choo been hitting the ball, but he has also been hitting the ball for power, hitting three home runs in the last six games and clubbing two doubles as well. Choo also scored a run in six consecutive games from August 26 to September 1 and is now up to...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton only has three hits over the last 10 games, but his combination of power and speed are interesting for fantasy owners. Broxton has 20 home runs and 19 stolen bases this season and had a .795 OPS in August, an improvement on his .741 OPS for the season. One more stolen base will make him the second MLB player with a 20/20 season this season (Jose Altue) and masks the fact...continue reading

Ian Happ (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ has hits in four of his last five games and is a viable fantasy option in all formats. Happ has an RBI in two of his last three games and had a double, home run, and four RBI against the Pirates on August 30. He finished the month of August with a .958 OPS, seven home runs, and 17 RBI, the best season of his young career and now has 20...continue reading

Curtis Granderson (OF, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson has been crushing the ball lately and his trade to the Dodgers only makes his fantasy value greater. Granderson has seen his fantasy stock drop a bit, as he only has three hits in his last 10 games, but he has two home runs in his last 10 games and has also walked seven times in his last 10 games. He is only hitting .215 this season, and .179 in the...continue reading

Kolten Wong (2B/OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals second baseman/outfielder Kolten Wong has hits in seven of his last 10 games and a little bit of a power spurt makes him a great fantasy addition. Wong only has four home runs this season, but two of those home runs have come over the last eight games, adding to his .304 batting average this season. He finished the month of August with a .347 batting average and 13 extra-base hits, knocking in 18,...continue reading

Wilmer Difo (2B/SS, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals second baseman/shortstop Wilmer Difo is in a tough position with the return of Trea Turner, but is still a fantasy asset. Difo played shortstop while Turner was on the disabled list, and has a .289 batting average this season, but now has to find another way to get in the lineup with Turner back. Fortunately, the Nationals are juggling their lineup to get Difo in there, as Difo has hits in eight...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has hits in nine of his last 10 games and his two-home run performance on August 29 shows his power potential. Cron now has a .257 batting average this season after hitting .308 in August and he has a .965 OPS in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He had a .568 OPS in the first half, taking him completely off of the fantasy radar and sending him to Triple-A...continue reading

Trey Mancini (1B/OF, BAL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini has hits in eight of his last 10 games and is still a good addition for fantasy owners. Mancini has been on and off waiver lists over the last few months, and a .732 OPS in July saw him go back on the waiver wire in a lot of leagues. While his .819 OPS in August is not nearly as good as his 1.013 OPS in June or even his .877...continue reading

Eddie Rosario (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario had a five-game hitting streak coming into Friday's game and, even with the 0-for-5 performance against the Royals on Friday, he is one of the better fantasy additions. Rosario had an RBI in four of his five games during the hitting streak, clubbing two home runs on Wednesday and a double on Thursday night to finish the month of August with a .944 OPS. In fact, Rosario has had an OPS over .850 in...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts and three straight quality starts put him on the fantasy radar. Gray saw his ERA drop all the way to 6.23 on July 14, but his ERA is now down to 4.18 and he has 73 strikeouts against 23 walks in 75 1/3 innings this season. He was 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in August, striking out 27 batters and walking...continue reading

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver has struck out 10 batters in consecutive starts, walking just one batter in each start, and should be added in all formats. Weaver has made seven appearances (four starts) this season and has only allowed more than two runs in one of those appearances. He has 36 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched this season, winning each of his last three appearances and has a 1.17 WHIP. Weaver has induced a 50.7% ground ball...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Jake Junis has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts and his 15 strikeouts in his last two starts make him very attractive. Junis is 6-2 this season, finishing August 3-0, and had 27 strikeouts against just two walks in 27 1/3 innings last month. Since the All-Star break, Junis put his 5.66 ERA in the first half in the background, pitching to a 4-0 record and 2.86 ERA in the...continue reading

Mark Leiter (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter is coming off of back-to-back quality starts and his 3.88 ERA this season make him a good addition in deeper leagues. Leiter has also struck out five batters or more in four of his last five starts, finishing the month of August with a 3.41 ERA in six games (three starts) while striking out 29 batters in 29 innings. He has lost two of his last three starts, but has seen his...continue reading

Arodys Vizcaino (RP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino took over the closer's role from Jim Johnson in August and regained most of his fantasy value in the process. The key thing in that statement is "most", as Vizcaino has allowed runs in each of his last two appearances (including two home runs against the Rockies) and Johnson does have 22 saves this season. Fantasy owners that own or are considering Vizcaino do need to also remember that...continue reading

Brad Ziegler (RP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins pitcher Brad Ziegler has grabbed the closer's role in Miami and has earned the right to be a part of fantasy rosters. Ziegler blew a save on Friday night, but is still 9-for-12 on saves this season and was 9-for-9 on saves in August, not allowing a run in 13 innings. He was awful in the first half of the save, posting a 6.52 ERA in 29 innings and walking 13 while striking out 17,...continue reading

Blake Snell (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has looked much better since returning from Triple-A Durham and a strong August has him back on the fantasy radar. After walking 34 batters in 52 innings before the All-Star break, and posting a 4.73 ERA, Snell has 15 walks in 46 2/3 innings since the All-Star break, striking out 42 batters and pitching to a 3.66 ERA. In August, Snell was 2-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 1/3 innings,...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is a good addition for those looking for a weekend addition leading into the stretch run. Castillo was 0-3 in August, but did have a 2.76 ERA in five starts, striking out 32 batters in 29 1/3 innings and striking out at least seven batters in each of his last three starts. He has lost each of his last three decisions, and is only 2-7 this season, so fantasy owners may need...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Yahoo ANALYSIS: A popular breakout pick this spring, Gray made just three starts before landing on the disabled list with a foot injury and missed two and a half months of action. While his overall numbers (4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) certainly don't jump off the page, they're inflated by a disastrous outing against the Mets back on July 14. In that game, Gray allowed eight runs and retired only six batters. We can't pretend that didn't happen, but strip out that awful night and he has a 3.31...continue reading

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Yahoo ANALYSIS: With Adam Wainwright on the disabled list with an elbow injury, Luke Weaver finds himself in the Cardinals' rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander was a first-round pick in the 2014 amateur draft and has had success at every level in the minor leagues. Weaver's first taste of the majors came last season, with mixed results. He flashed elite strikeout potential (27.0 K%) and didn't issue many walks, but allowed a ton of hard contact and home runs. As a...continue reading

Arodys Vizcaino (RP, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Arodys Vizcaino has finally wrestled the primary closer role away from Jim Johnson and the results have been as expected. Prior to his last outing on August 26th, Vizcaino had not allowed a run in 10 consecutive appearances. He pitched 9.1 innings in that span and struck out nine batters while allowing just three hits and two walks. That made him a strong contributor in every category and makes him a player...continue reading

Brad Ziegler (RP, MIA) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Brad Ziegler certainly doesn’t carry a typical closer’s profile, as he has just 21 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched. He also has a cringe-worthy 4.73 ERA and 1.58 WHIP for the season. That makes it little surprise he is owned in only 42% of leagues despite converting nine saves in the month of August. However, it is imperative to look beyond his season-long ratios. Since he was activated from the DL on July 29 and put...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Luis Castillo has been a revelation for the Cincinnati Reds, a team in desperate need of viable starting pitchers. He has been a strong fantasy producer, and there is little reason to believe that will change down the stretch of the fantasy season. The key to Castillo’s fantasy success has been his ability to pitch deep into games, as he has completed six or more innings in eight of his past ten starts. This has allowed him...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Marcus Semien has missed the majority of the season with a broken wrist, but his recent performance has merited consideration in deeper fantasy formats. Semien is slashing .333/.354/.489 across his last 45 at-bats, with a home run and seven RBI. His patience at the plate this season has been an unexpected bonus for fantasy owners, as his 11% walk rate is a career high and has led to a nice .342 OBP despite a pedestrian...continue reading

Shane Greene (RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: After trading closer Justin Wilson, the Tigers turned to former starter Shane Greene to take over ninth inning duties. While the Tigers have not played particularly well in the month of August, Greene has done his part by earning four saves and a win across nine innings. He has a 10:3 K:BB ratio in that time and has given up three runs. Greene has twice earned five-out saves, giving fantasy owners a small...continue reading

Jose Pirela (SD, 2B/OF) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in deeper mixed and  NL-only leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jose Pirela has been under looked the entire season as he quietly has put together a .295 batting average and .858 OPS with eight home runs on the season in just 244 at-bats. Yes, the Padres don’t offer the best lineup, but Pirela has held his own and is worth a look in NL-Only leagues. Eligible at both second base and outfield the Padres number three hitter has a .292 average over the past...continue reading

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

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

Tim Anderson (CWS, SS) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team and AL-only leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox was a hot name heading into fantasy drafts this year. For most of this season the young shortstop has disappointed both for the Chicago White Sox and fantasy owners. However a light has flicked on for the youngster who has been on a roll of late. Over the past two weeks Anderson has 15 hits over 51 at-bats. Not only has he been hitting the ball at a...continue reading

Kolten Wong (STL, 2B/OF) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team and NL-Only leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kolten Wong is the perfect example of a player who should be owned as soon as owners give up on the player. Wong has been hyped up every season by both fantasy owners and the St. Louis Cardinals every season. As soon as owners are ready to put their stock into Wong he has struggled and either dealt with slumps or mid-season demotions. However in classic Kolten Wong fashion, he...continue reading

Neil Walker (MIL, 2B) - Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-12 team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Neil Walker is a player I have mentioned before in this article. Now that he is with the Milwaukee Brewers, his stock should only improve as he joins a much more potent lineup while hitting in the heart of the order since his arrival. Known for his power over the past six years, he should be owned in way more than 23% of Yahoo leagues. Walker was out for part of the year due to a...continue reading

Matt Belisle (RP, MIN) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Matt Belisle certainly isn’t going to fall in line with Craig Kimbrel, Kensley Jensen, or other elite closers, but he has been solid since taking over the closer role after Brandon Kintzler was dealt at the trade deadline. Since the trade deadline, Belisle has gone 3-for-4 in converting save opportunities. He has pitched four innings in that time and has posted eight strikeouts, a surprising mark given that he had struck...continue reading

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, TEX) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Shin Soo-Choo has shockingly low ownership despite being a contributor across every fantasy category. Though he is a boring name and at a prime age for regression, Choo could be a key contributor to fantasy teams down the stretch of the fantasy season. Choo is especially valuable in OBP and points leagues thanks to his tremendous .368 on-base percentage. He is also a standout in the runs category, as he has 70 runs scored to this point in the season,...continue reading

Randal Grichuk (OF, STL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Randal Grichuk is perceived as a streaky hitter, and while his production does come in bunches he has shown an ability to contribute regularly. For example, his average has fallen below .240 just one month this season, and his slugging percentage has remained well above .500 in the months of June, July, and August. Grichuk has been especially good of late. Despite hitting only two home runs to this point in August, he has nine RBI and...continue reading

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

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

Patrick Corbin (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin has back-to-back scoreless appearances and his 3.70 ERA in four August starts is attractive to fantasy owners. While Corbin opened the month by allowing 14 runs (10 earned) in his first two starts, he has 15 1/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, striking out 15 batters and walking just two. He has won four of his last six starts, allowing three earned runs or less in nine of his last...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has been a massive part of the Angels' playoff run, clubbing five home runs in 51 at-bats this month. Moreso than his home runs, Cron also has a .351 batting average in August, posting six multi-hit games in his last 10 games, and has scored 10 runs and driven in 12 this month. He has a home run in two of his last three games, and four of his last...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has hits in eight of his last 10 games and his .304 batting average is very interesting to fantasy owners. Hernandez has also contributed nine runs scored this season and, while he is not known for his power, he does have a home run and six doubles this month as well. His .277 batting average before the All-Star break was solid, but that number has risen to .317 since the break...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot is only hitting .207 in August, but his burst of power has made him interesting for fantasy owners. Margot has four home runs in August, including a two home run game on August 11, and now has 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 88 games this season. His batting average has dipped to .267 with his poor performance in August and he has only walked 20 times in 356 at-bats this...continue reading

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

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

Shane Greene (RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene has not recorded a save this week, he has not had an attempt either, but should still be owned in all formats. Greene did allow two runs on three hits in a non-save opportunity against the Rangers on Wednesday, his first runs allowed since June 24, as he finished July without a run allowed in 10 2/3 innings. It is also a bit alarming that Greene has allowed at least two hits in each...continue reading

Eddie Rosario (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario has an eight-hame hitting streak and his huge month of August has made him a top waiver option. Rosario has a .351 batting average, four doubles, five home runs, 12 runs scored, and 12 RBI in August, posting five multi-hit games in his eight-game hitting streak. He now has a .301 batting average, 45 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, and 55 runs scored this season, making him look like a decent OF3 option. Those in...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: The trade that sent Alex Avila over to the Chicago Cubs has created more playing time for youngster James McCann, and he has responded with the best offensive stretch of his career. McCann is hitting .364/.402/.506 with two home runs and a steal over his last 77 at-bats. His .419 BABIP in that window is obviously unsustainable, but it is nice to see McCann drawing some walks and getting on base. He is...continue reading

Mikie Mahtook (OF, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: There are always players who fantasy owners stare at on the waiver wire, expecting any day that their hot streak will end and they will fade into fantasy irrelevance. It never seems worth it to pull the trigger on a streaky player who is just having a good week, but at some point you have to reevaluate that player and determine if they are worth the add. Mikie Mahtook has been hitting well enough for...continue reading

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

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

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

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

C.J. Cron (1B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Yahoo ANALYSIS: C.J. Cron was nobody's idea of an exciting fantasy asset, but he had improved in each of his first three MLB seasons. Heading into 2017, he deserved to at least be on the radar of owners in AL-only or super-deep mixed leagues. A combination of injury, ineffectiveness, and the presence of Luis Valbuena conspired to keep Cron from playing much in the first half of the season. Since the break, however, he's caught fire. The 27-year-old has hit a...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% Yahoo ANALYSIS: In April, Cesar Hernandez appeared to be building on his breakout 2016 second half before a slump and an oblique injury knocked him off the radar of most fantasy owners. Since returning from the disabled list, however, he's looked a lot more like the player we saw in the opening month. The Phillies' second baseman has a tidy .325/.414/.474 line over the last month (28 games), with 20 runs and six steals in as many attempts. That last bit is...continue reading

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  35% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers started off like a house on fire, though he must have started feeling the heat in July, since his production fell off. He's still hitting above .300, though his power has been lacking. With the rash of injuries that have befallen a lot of the catching options, he's also someone to grab to just fill the lineup slot. Right now he's hitting .301/9/37, and while he lacks the basestealing speed to make him a threat like J.T. Realmuto,...continue reading

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN:  8% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tucker Barnhart is another one of those catchers who has seen a somewhat significant increase in ownership numbers. This time, though... it was a modest bump, from 1% to 8%. Not exactly an amount that you'd want to hang your hat on as a full-time catcher in a 12-team league. The situation hasn't gotten THAT dire yet... though if a few more catchers get hurt, you might want to reconsider that thinking and promote him to first-string. Barnhart is getting...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN:  18% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: James McCann has been a hot property lately, with thousands of leagues snapping him up like he's the next coming of Mike Piazza. Well, maybe that's a little bit of hyperbole, but the fact that he drove in five runs on Aug. 12 seems to have sent a lot of fantasy owners into a tizzy.  That and the fact that there seem to be more catchers on the disabled list than actually on the field. It's been so...continue reading

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

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

Jose Pirela (2B/OF, SDP) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Jose Pirela is getting consistent major league at-bats for the first time in his career, and the results have been solid. Through 234 plate appearances, he is posting a .241 ISO with just a 21% strikeout rate. Pirela’s power has been a surprising part of his game as his ISO regularly hovered around .150 throughout all of his minor league stops. However, his batted ball profile indicates that he should be able to maintain a high...continue reading

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

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

Nick Williams (OF, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has hits in three of his last four games and his .343 batting average in August has caught the eye of fantasy owners. Williams has driven in 24 batters in 34 games this season and already has 16 extra-base hits in just 129 at-bats for Philadelphia. He has a home run and four doubles this month, but is only 5-for-23 over the last seven days, making him available in many leagues. A...continue reading

Dinelson Lamet (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet has allowed two runs or fewer in four consecutive starts and his strikeout potential gives him deep league intrigue. Lamet has been prone to get hit hard (he has allowed five runs or more three times in his last 10 starts), but he has 85 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings this season and has struck out at least five batters in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has also...continue reading

Blake Treinen (RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics pitcher Blake Treinen looks like the new closer in Oakland and has not given up a run in eight of his last 10 appearances. Treinen came over to Oakland in the trade that sent Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington and is getting another chance to close, as he was the closer for Washington as well. He has converted only six of his 11 saves this season, but...continue reading

 


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