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

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds by MLB Position

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Domingo Santana (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners were likely expecting a bit more in the power department from the 24-year-old Santana, but gains in his walk rate (up 2% from last year) and a significant decrease in his strikeout rate (down 6%) have helped Santana maintain a solid profile despite only five home runs. He is hitting .267/.367/.430 on the year and is on pace for 21 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He appears to have altered his approach at the plate,...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Healy was a fantasy darling down the stretch last year and thus was heavily targeted as a sleeper heading into 2017. His slow start has soured many impatient fantasy owners early on, but Healy has started to look more like that potential breakout candidate over the last few weeks. His season line is an unimpressive .260 with eight home runs and 19 RBI thanks in part to a regression to his BABIP, which was .352 last season and...continue reading

Matt Shoemaker (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: On the surface, Shoemaker is pitching like a replacement-level starter. A 3.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 2.39 K/BB and remarkably mediocre. These ratios aren't too off last year either (3.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), but the control is not the same (4.77 K/BB). The difference is that Shoemaker is walking 9.8% of batters, more than double last year's total. He's also allowing 1.59 HR/9 with a 38.3% hard contact rate that is the highest of his career. This may be enough to scare...continue reading

Scott Schebler (OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: To this point, Schebler is doing his best Adam Duvall impression. Aside from the obvious similarities as far as team and position, he's also a near-duplicate statistically to Duvall's 2016 season in which he broke out. With a week left in May, Schebler has 13 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and a .253 average. By contrast, Duvall had 13 HR, 29 RBI and a .264 average at the end of May last season. Schebler is two...continue reading

Jarrod Dyson (OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Finally an everyday player, Jarrod Dyson has yet to take his offensive game to the next level. The 32-year-old speedster is slashing just .206/.308/.301 through his first 43 games played, with two homers, 24 runs scored and 11 RBI. However, his .228 BABIP is incredibly low for a guy with his speed — mostly as a result of a career-high 34.3 percent fly ball rate — so if he can rectify that and return to his...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges has put together a fairly respectable run of late. The Padres' backstop had a six-game hit streak before Wednesday's game and has an .870 OPS over the last 14 days. He's also got the lead for most homers among catchers with eight and is third in RBI with 20. Not bad for a guy who initially looked like he might never get a hit this season. This push has also...continue reading

James Pazos (RP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Very Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: With Edwin Diaz removed as the closer for the Mariners earlier in the week, Seattle will scramble to fill the closer's role. Tony Zych and Nick Vincent could be solid options for Seattle and they are the front-runners, but 26-year-old reliever James Pazos is also a dark horse. Zych got saddled with the loss on Friday and Pazos's 12.05 strikeouts per nine in 18...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Godley has a sharp seasonal line (2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 20 K in 25 2/3 innings) over his first four Major League starts of 2017 to match his 24 innings of work at Triple-A (2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 23 K’s) prior to the promotion. He’s missing bats at an elite rate (15.2 percent) but he’s also riding an unsustainable .186 BABIP while walking a few too many hitters (3.5 BB/9) for anyone’s liking. Godley pitched against the...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler took a two-season hiatus following 2015 Tommy John surgery, but is finally back on the mound for the Mets, and has actually been one of their more reliable starters. Through eight starts, the 26-year-old righty owns a 3.74 ERA, a 21.7 percent strikeout rate and a 10.9 percent walk rate. He has fallen victim to the long ball a bit (14.7 percent HR/FB), but has limited opposing batters to just a .222 average. Wheelers’s...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B/3B/OF, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon Drury is off to a great start to the 2017 season, slashing .309/.347/.496 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 16 runs batted in and runs scored, respectively. Drury's batting average has leaped up 27 points from last season thanks to a gaudy .382 BABIP. However, that mark is unsustainable, so fantasy owners should expect Drury's batting average to dip. His SwStrk% has increased from from 9.4% to 11% due to his O-Swing% augmenting from 32.2% to 34.6%...continue reading

Logan Forsythe (2B, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe is expected to come off of the disabled list on Tuesday and will be a great addition to the Dodgers lineup.  Forsythe will also play third base with Justin Turner on the disabled list, allowing Chris Taylor and Chase Utley to stay in the lineup. He has played third 52 games in his career, so the position change...continue reading

David Peralta (OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: After an injury-riddled 2016 campaign, David Peralta has returned to form in the early stages of 2017. Through 36 games played, the 29-year-old has slashed .319/.367/.489 with four homers and four steals. He is cemented into the two-hole of a Diamondbacks lineup that had produced the fourth-most runs in all of baseball, slotted in front of Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas. Peralta has cut down...continue reading

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Reddick has bounced back nicely to begin 2017 after an abysmal and disappointing 2016 campaign. He is on pace for over 20 home runs after hitting just 10 all of last season. Much of that rebound comes from Reddick’s fly ball rate, which has jumped to 44.8%, his highest rate since 2014. He has maintained his low strikeout rate, meaning his .281 batting average should be sustainable. Reddick has an .861 OPS over the last...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B, 3B, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison has flashed surprising power in May, as he already has four home runs in the month and six total for the season. This has been due to a combination of an increased fly ball rate and increased hard hit rate, so his gains in the power department seem legitimate. Harrison has been extremely inefficient in efforts to steal bases, as he is just 2-for-5 on the season. It is a good sign that he continues...continue reading

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After hitting just .204 in April, things have been quite different for Anderson in May, as he is hitting .326 for the month. In fact, he has five multi-hit games in his past ten games after recording just three the rest of the season. After his slow start to the season, Anderson was bumped down in the order, which hurt his run-scoring potential. However, with his recent hot stretch and the limited number of options for the leadoff spot on...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot has lived up to his high potential coming into the 2017 season, posting a .287 batting average and four stolen bases over the last 30 days. The 22-year-old is barely touching is potential as well, and his .320 batting average over the last seven days could show that he is really about to break out. The untapped potential for Margot is on the basepaths, where he is only 5-for-10, as...continue reading

Nate Karns (SP/RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: While Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Nate Karns has yet to break double-digit wins in his career, his 10.71 strikeouts per nine this season (40 1/3 innings) just builds on his high strikeout profile. Karns struck out 9.64 batters per nine in 94 1/3 innings last season for Seattle and has struck out 9.4 / 9 IP in 305 2/3 career MLB innings. With strikeout numbers like that, Karns should be owned in fantasy leagues, but...continue reading

Jayson Werth (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last two weeks, posting a 1.308 OPS with three home runs, and is nearing "must-add" status in all fantasy formats. Werth has three home runs and nine runs scored over the last 14 days and his .904 OPS and .391 wOBA would each be the third-best of his career. The 38-year-old Werth has also stolen three bases this season, surprising for a...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario has a .361 batting average at Triple-A Las Vegas this season and could be on the brink of his MLB debut. Rosario has also stolen eight bases and has 18 extra-base in 41 games this season. This strong start comes after he had a .324 batting average in High-A and Double-A in 2016, a vast improvement on his .253 batting average in 2015. He also had 13 triples and 19...continue reading

Justin Smoak (1B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: A former first round pick, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has five home runs over the last 14 days, driving in 14, and has an 1.121 OPS. He has nine home runs this season, but the most impressive thing about his stat line is that he has four home runs in 30 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Smoak has also owned his home in Toronto, Rogers Center, posting a 1.038 OPS in 66 at-bats at home. Unfortunately...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B/OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates' first baseman Josh Bell has lived up to his power potential over the past week, clubbing four home runs and knocking in nine RBI. Moving his sample size to the last 30 days, Bell has a 1.014 OPS and .376 isolated power, scoring 16 runs and racking up 17 RBI. Those numbers make Bell look like one of the better sluggers in the league and his .270 batting average over the last month has...continue reading

Charlie Morton (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: It is rare that a pitcher finds velocity as a 32-year-old, but that is what happened last season for the then-Philadelphia Phillie Charlie Morton and the starting pitcher has brought those gains to the Houston Astros this season. Morton has struck out 10.72 batters per nine in 45 1/3 innings this season, posting a 3.97 ERA and 1.37 WHIP to go along with his 5-2 record. Even better for those looking at Morton, his FIP sits...continue reading

Tommy Joseph (1B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadephia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is owned in less than a quarter of Yahoo leagues, but that will quickly change if he keeps on hitting .417 in a two week period. Joseph has a 1.349 OPS over that time period, clubbing four home runs, and is now up to six home runs, 18 RBI, and 18 runs scored this season. A .478 BABIP over these last two weeks has been a big reason for the...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Yahoo ANALYSIS: In his first 10 games this season, Justin Bour had just five hits and no home runs. Given his 303 ADP, most owners either didn't notice or made him one of their first cuts of 2017. Since that ignominious start, however, Bour has been excellent. He's hit .309/.391/.619, with nine homers and 22 RBI. Bour has hit behind Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton most of the year, but has recently been seeing time between the two slugging...continue reading

Sean Manaea (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% Yahoo ANALYSIS: At first blush, it may seem strange to recommend a guy with a 5.52 ERA who just returned from the disabled list as an add in all formats. But with approximately three million pitchers injured right now, the wire is pretty thin these days. In any case, there's plenty to like about Sean Manaea. Let's start with the fact that only five starters in MLB have a higher swinging strike rate, while only three starters have induced a higher rate of...continue reading

Tony Zych/Steve Cishek/Nick Vincent (RP, SEA) - Speculating the Mariners' Closer

Edwin Diaz looked like the best young closer in baseball down the stretch last season, mowing down opposing hitters to the tune of a 2.79 ERA and 5.87 K/BB. However, he has struggled to command his pitches in 2017, leading to a 5.28 ERA and just 2.00 K/BB. The Mariners finally made a change on Tuesday, pulling Diaz from the closer role. Tony Zych, Steve Cishek and Nick Vincent are expected to be the three main candidates

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Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cozart is now slashing .356/.444/.596 with 11 doubles, two homers, and 14 RBI for the Reds. He recently took over the second spot in the lineup, which puts him in an excellent position to score plenty of runs hitting ahead of first baseman Joey Votto and outfielder Adam Duvall. Cozart is worth a waiver add if your current fantasy shortstop isn't getting the job done.

Nate Karns (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Look past Nate Karns’ 4.58 ERA and you'll realize that he’s got a 1.22 WHIP with over a strikeout per inning (36 in 35 1/3 IP, including 17 in his last 12 1/3 IP) and gets a rather K-happy team in the Orioles (21.8 percent as a team) next. Karns and his 3.56 SIERA is worth some attention, but just be sure he’s maintaining his solid control. Also, keep an eye on his ground-ball rate...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: While a torn ligament in the left thumb may be bad news for Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, it could be a huge boost for Amed Rosario and his soon-to-be fantasy owners. Cabrera hasn't hit the DL yet, but if/when he does, be ready to pounce on top prospect Rosario. He has been tearing it up in Las Vegas this season, hitting .359 with 22 RBI and seven steals. Rosario was thought initially to...continue reading

Ben Gamel (OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: First Mitch Haniger, now Ben Gamel emerges as a surprising young contributor in the Mariners' outfield. Gamel's road to fantasy relevance was a bit more unexpected, as the former Yankees prospect was in Triple-A to start the season. Numerous injuries forced him into the lineup and he has delivered with a .318/.423/.500 slash line, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored over 71 plate appearances. Gamel hit over .300 each of the last two...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: It's fair to be skeptical of any Mets pitcher nowadays, but so far so good for Zack Wheeler this season. Wheeler hadn't pitched in the majors for two whole seasons until coming back in 2017. While it hasn't been perfect, there are some encouraging signs in his return from arm troubles. Wheeler currently sports a 4.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across six starts. His strikeout numbers are just league-average while his 3.9% BB% is slightly higher. The...continue reading

Corey Knebel (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Any time a closer is newly minted, the fantasy community immediately takes notice. Corey Knebel is no exception, as he takes over Neftali Feliz's brief reign in Milwaukee. Knebel certainly has "closer stuff," with an eye-popping 41.1% K%, .156 BAA and no home runs allowed this season. He's also inducing a 12.5% swinging strike rate, which is well above last season's 7.7% SwStr%. He won't necessarily blow hitters away with a 96 MPH fastball,...continue reading

Scott Schebler (OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  A player that has shown power, but just needed an opportunity, Scott Schebler has gotten the chance to play every day in Cincinnati and has 10 home runs this season. Schebler had a decent .167 isolated power in 2016, hitting nine home runs in 257 at-bats and had an .825 OPS in 36 at-bats in 2015. He is slashing .320/.382/.520 over the last 14 days, including two home runs, and has similar OPS against left-handed pitchers...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Ryon Healy caught our attention in half a season in 2016, stroking 33 extra-base hits in 72 games. So far, he has six home runs to open the 2017 season. He only has a .732 OPP, however, including a .762 OPS over the last seven days, but advanced statistics show that Healy could break out soon. Healy has seen his flyball percentage jump from 39% in 2016 to 48% in 2017, but his HR/FB rate has...continue reading

Yunel Escobar (3B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yunel Escobar is a solid addition in points leagues due to his lack of strikeouts and ability to hit for average. He has hit over .300 each of the past two seasons to go along with a 11.8% K%. This season his strikeout rate has fallen to 10.8%, but his average has dipped to .259/.310/.401. Over the past 12 games he has helped his case by hitting .296/.345/.556, and has seen a huge boon in his...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yonder Alonso was a top prospect in the Reds' and Padres' systems, but was seen as a player that would be a good doubles hitter with an average in the .300s. He had a .943 OPS in 47 games in 2011, but his 1.077 OPS and 12 home runs so far this season have come out of nowhere. The 12 home runs are already a career high and his 1.077 OPS is more than 300 points better than...continue reading

Charlie Morton (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: A boost in velocity at the end of 2016 has seen Charlie Morton become one of the breakout strikeout pitchers in baseball, posting a 9.98 strikeout per nine mark in 39 2/3 innings. Morton struck out 19 batters in 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies this season, but has been even better this year, adding a 3.63 ERA to those high strikeout totals. He does have an elevated 1.36 WHIP this season, mainly because of his...continue reading

Santiago Casilla (RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Santiago Casilla has been up and down in his career, but is now the closer of the Athletics and an automatic addition to any fantasy roster. Casilla's current statistics are unappealing and the Athletics are not one of the top teams in baseball, but saves are a key part of most fantasy leagues and he is one of the 30 closers in baseball. His ERA is 5.02 in 14 1/3 innings and only has struck out 7.53 batters...continue reading

Brett Gardner (OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: With another home run on Sunday, Brett Gardner has already matched his 2016 HR total with seven and the 33-year-old has an .821 OPS and five stolen bases this season. Gardner has a fly ball percentage in the 30s (32%) for the first time since 2014 and 2015, which was also when he combined for 33 home runs. His isolated power is a career-best .205 and he has pulled balls 10% more this season than in last season...continue reading

David Peralta (OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The baseball season is a long one for sure, as David Peralta has slipped from one of the best pickups available to a streaming option in the matter of a week. Peralta is fresh off of a week with a .682 OPS and has a .577 OPS over the last two weeks, a stark drop-off for a player with an .824 OPS this season. A huge change for Peralta is that he only has hit 4%...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have been resistant to buying into Cahill’s hot start as the right-handed starter is just 52% owned despite having very impressive numbers. Cahill has done a very good job of limiting home runs, he has allowed just .51 HR/9 to this point, thanks to a high groundball and strikeout rate. The high groundball rate is nothing new or unexpected as he has a groundball rate at 55% for his career. His strikeout rate is quite different, however, as his 30%...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kevin Pillar has found a home as the Blue Jays leadoff hitter, which has helped him on his way to becoming a three-category standout. His 21 runs scored has him on pace for over 100 on the season, an impressive number in spite of Toronto being a bottom-third offense in baseball in terms of runs scored.  He also has stolen six bases, and while he has been caught stealing four times, this puts him on pace...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS:  Rupp was a popular sleeper heading into the season, but thanks to a slow start, he is very low-owned. However, since April 27, his average has risen from .170 to .263 and he has been a season-long standout for those in OBP leagues with a .362 OBP. That same patience has worked against him as well, however, as he has been less aggressive at the plate leading to lower counting stat numbers and more strikeouts. Most of his power peripherals...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Broxton was a sleeper in name only heading into 2017. Plenty of fantasy owners were drawn to his combination of power and game-breaking speed after he hit nine home runs and stole 23 bases in just 244 plate appearances last season. His ice-cold start to the year led some to jump off the bandwagon, and those people are certainly kicking themselves now. Since snapping an 0-for-19 skid on April 21, Broxton has hit a blistering .375/.444/.679, with two homers, six steals, and 14...continue reading

Jose Berrios (SP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 23% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners are unlikely to have forgotten how poorly Jose Berrios performed as a rookie. The 22-year-old posted ghastly ratios (8.02 ERA, 1.87 WHIP) over 14 starts, in which he averaged just over four innings per. Berrios struggled in all facets of the game; he had serious issues finding the strike zone, and when he did, hitters teed off. As debuts go, there have been few worse. However, Berrios clearly has nothing left to prove in the minors, as he's...continue reading

Derek Law / Hunter Strickland (RP, SF) - Speculating the Giants Closer

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% / 6% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Giants closer Mark Melancon has been placed on the disabled list, and either Derek Law or Hunter Strickland could be the next in line for saves.

Giants just placed Mark Melancon on the DL with a right pronator strain. They're playing a man short tonight.

— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 9, 2017 According to CSN Bay Area, Derek Law may...continue reading

Patrick Corbin (SP, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Like many pitchers, Corbin didn’t enjoy his start at Coors Field on Saturday night, which inflated his ERA to 3.89 and WHIP to 1.40. Putting those numbers aside is important, however, as Corbin is currently posting a career-best 11.5% swinging strike rate, leaving upside for Corbin to boost his strikeout numbers as the season wears on.  Likewise, his first pitch strike rate is also a career best, meaning he has been able to put the ball where he wants it....continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto’s offense was nothing short of terrible to start the year. However, they have picked it up as of late and are averaging 4.7 runs per game in their last seven. In a suddenly good offense, Pillar is a real asset. He is batting .303 with four homers and three steals to start the year. Pillar also is outstanding at home this season and has a 1.025 OPS at Rogers Centre this season in 49 at-bats. In the prior...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison enjoyed a trip home this week to Cincinnati, hitting three home runs, and an injury to David Freese has helped get Harrison continued eligibility at 3B as well at the top of the Pirates' lineup. Harrison has absolutely owned left-handed pitchers this season, hitting three of his five home runs on the season and posting a 1.252 OPS in 30 at-bats, but only has a .688 OPS against right-handed pitchers...continue reading

David Peralta (OF, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After hitting .312 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI in 2015, Peralta fell back to Earth with a .251 batting average in 48 games of 2016. Thus far in 2017, he has shown that 2015 was closer to his production level than his injury-riddled 2016, as he has a 1.134 OPS over the last 14 games. His performance has slipped a bit over the last seven games, as he only has a .182 batting average in 11 at-bats, but he still has...continue reading

Marwin Gonzalez (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: There is no player in baseball that is hotter over the last week than Marwin Gonzalez, as he has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a stolen base. On top of his strong performance, Gonzalez's eligibility at every position other than catcher makes him nearly indispensible when he is on a hot streak like this one. He is also a switch hitter, which is why he is matchup proof as of now (1.086 OPS against left-handed pitchers...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cody Bellinger posted a 1.055 OPS in 67 at-bats with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers before being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers; he has been even better in the majors, posting a 1.127 OPS clubbing four home runs. He has found a spot in the Dodgers' lineup in left field, but will now get opportunities at his preferred position of 1B with Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list. While Bellinger has...continue reading

Hernan Perez (2B/SS/3B/OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Adding players with eligibility at multiple positions and strong potential for power and speed is one of my favorite strategies and a player like Hernan Perez fits that mold perfectly. While he only has three home runs and two stolen bases this season, he had 13 home runs and 34 stolen bases last season. Most importantly for those that are looking at Perez, his batting average has actually gone up year over year (.272 in 2016 to...continue reading

Carlos Gomez (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After posting a .284/.362/.543 batting line with eight home runs over 116 at-bats with the Rangers at the end of 2016, Carlos Gomez has responded with a .243/.328/.449 line in 107 at-bats this season. While this does not look great, those numbers are boosted to .364/.423/.727 over the last seven days and he has also stolen three bases over the last 14 days. Most importantly for those looking at Gomez, he is walking in 10% of plate...continue reading

Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After saving 93 games from 2014-2015, Trevor Rosenthal struggled to a 4.46 ERA and 14 saves in 2016, blowing four saves and seeing his WHIP balloon to an unslightly 1.91. After Seung-Hwan Oh had a strong 2016 season, with 103 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings and a 1.92 ERA, Oh was seen as a top-five RP and Rosenthal as an afterthought. In the early going, though, Oh has struggled to a 3.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler has struck out nearly a batter per inning (25 in 26 1/3 innings), but has yet to register a quality start in his five starts of 2017 and has a 4.78 ERA this season. An issue of late for Wheeler has been walks, he has walked multiple batters in each of his last three starts, but his 64% strand rate shows that he has been a bit unlucky, particularly with a 51% ground ball...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Cozart has a strong .344 batting average this season, but may be on the downturn of his hot start to the season. Cozart only has a .250 batting average and .333 slugging percentage over the last seven days, but has found other ways to maintain his fantasy value. He has scored six runs over the last seven days, and has 17 runs scored this season, and his 15% BB is by far the best of...continue reading

Domingo Santana (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Domingo Santana has been hot over the last seven days, posting a 1.364 OPS and scored four runs and driven in four runs as well. Santana has also seen his walk rate jump from 11% in 2016 to 14% in 2017 and his strikeout rate drop from 32% in 2016 to 25% in 2017. Fantasy owners will also be pleased to see that he has stolen three bases this season as well, giving him double-digit stolen...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Didi Gregorius has only played seven games this season, but his .321 batting average shows that his breakout 2016 season may not be a fluke. Gregorius is not showing the same power that he did last season, as his .071 Isolated Power is 100 points lower than 2016, and his .391 BABIP is completely unsustainable. Fantasy owners need to be aware that Gregorius does not walk (3% BB in 2016 and 2017) and he does not steal...continue reading

Brandon McCarthy (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon McCarthy has shown up on the waiver wire blog previously, but a poor start against the Phillies where he allowed four runs in five innings could make him less desirable to fantasy owners. While McCarthy has allowed a home run in back-to-back starts and has walked a batter in every start, McCarthy has a strong 3.10 ERA and 1.21 WHIP this season. Those looking to buy McCarthy do need to realize that he only has...continue reading

Scott Schebler (OF, CIN) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Leagues      ANALYSIS: Schebler has already smacked eight home runs this season. His metrics indicate this jump in power is no accident as his flyball rate is up from 29% last season to 44% this season and his HR/FB% has jumped from 15.8% to 24.2%. His hard contact rate has actually fallen from last season, but encouragingly, his strikeout rate has not taken a major hike as a result of his changed plate approach. There are a few concerns, as the left-handed...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B, 3B, OF, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Leagues      ANALYSIS: Drury has created a new, and somewhat surprising, fantasy profile to this point in the 2017 season. His average is over .300 thanks to a .384 BABIP. While that is quite a high BABIP, Drury has sprayed the ball to all parts of the field more frequently and also has the benefit of calling Chase Field home. There are some troubling aspects of his profile, however, as his swinging strike rate has jumped from 9.4% last season to...continue reading

Joaquin Benoit (RP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Phillies closers just seem to not want to hold on to the job for long, as Hector Neris was the latest to implode, giving up four runs in a third of an inning, including an insane three home runs in Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers. Neris still has the job as of this second, and he leads the team with three saves. Benoit still holds the veteran advantage, however, and he now also holds the edge in...continue reading

Brett Gardner (OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Brett “The Hitman” Gardner didn’t even have a run batted in on the season prior to April 29 -- when he launched two homers. He then went powerless in his next two games before smashing two more rockets on May 2. Yes, both of these games house his only seven RBI in 2017 as we all know who Gardner is at this point. Then the Yankees played the Cubs on Friday and, guess what, Gardner hit a game-winning...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A popular pre-season sleeper, Keon Broxton's bat hasn't quite woken up yet. A line of .234/2/5  may not seem worth rostering a month into the season, but Broxton has the speed and potential to make for a sneaky stash. Broxton started out even slower last season, hitting .125 in the first half before being sent down to Triple-A. He caught fire upon being recalled, with a .294 average, 20 runs, and 16 steals in the last 45 games...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A week into the season, Yulieski Gurriel was looking completely drop-worthy in all leagues. A 3-for-24 start had some concerned that his skill set just wouldn't translate to the majors after he slashed .262/.292/.385 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats in his debut last season. It didn't take long for Gurriel to pick up the pace, though. In the last 18 games, Gurriel has eight multi-hit games and four games with three hits. He's now slashing a...continue reading

Week 5 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

What a nutty April, eh? With a month of the 2017 baseball season in the books, we’ve got some real evaluating to do moving ahead. Are you one of those teams just hit with awful luck, skills- and health-wise? Or are you riding unsustainable starts to a hubris-loaded, early-season lead? Either way, staying abreast of the waiver wire is always a good idea, so let’s check out some starting pitchers that can be had in most leagues. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try to cut...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Greg Bird will be shut down for the next week or so with no baseball activities. Bird had his second MRI of the season on his ankle. The first showed a bone bruise that the team hoped would heal. Today's test proved it has not. The first baseman will not be traveling to Chicago, and time away from the game may help him rest both physically and mentally. After posting strong numbers in spring training, Bird is hitting on...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The 2016 season was a huge revival season for Dan Straily. In 2015, he pitched mostly in the minors with the Astros, and knew a change needed to be made. In his first and only season with the Reds he threw 191 1/3 innings over 34 appearances (31 starts), with a 3.92 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He won 14 games, and notched 20 quality starts which placed him in the top-20 among all starters. He picked up right where he...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Didi Gregorius is back in the lineup for New York, and he has picked up right where he left off in 2016. The 27-year-old set career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, hitting .276 with 20 home runs. He had 68 runs, 70 RBI, seven steals, and it was easily the best season of his young career. There were a few warning signs coming into 2017, such as a 3.7 walk rate and a rather pedestrian 24.5 percent hard hit...continue reading

Nick Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Nicholas Castellanos has manned third base in Detroit for the past three years, but is yet to have a breakout season. So far in 2017, he hasn't been spectacular, but has been a quietly effective run producer. In 103 at-bats, he has driven in 15 runs while slashing .252/.319/.466. The averages closely resemble his career marks, so there may not be a huge upswing there, but the untapped power potential still lurks. Castellanos' ground-ball rate is down to 32.9% early...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler continues to be close but not quite there in his return from Tommy John. He faced the Nationals twice in the last eight days, giving up five runs over 11 2/3 innings, a victory with the way the Nats offense is going right now. He did not get a win in either, though, and did not make it out of the fifth in the latter start. He is getting closer though.

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Phillips had a few days off during the past week, but he’s still worthy of a roster spot, as proven by his continually increasing own percentage in Yahoo. In the previous week, Phillips had a solid week, hitting .357 with a homer and a steal in 28 at bats. Phillips is due for a bit of regression, but he’s still got rosterable talent even when that decline comes.

Matt Shoemaker (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker earned a win Wednesday, his first since his scary head injury last September. He went five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He was lifted after 100 pitches in just five innings, but otherwise had a very solid night. Shoemaker has given up exactly two earned runs in four of his five starts this year, but has only made it through...continue reading

Zack Cozart (SS, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Cozart hit .252/16/67/50/4 in only 121 games last year. He has started this year with a line of .379/1/9/11/1. His .462 BABIP is unsustainable, so his average will drop. Nevertheless, he should continue to produce at a high level, just as he did last year. This week, he gets to play all his games in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, and he faces favorable pitching matchups. If the top two options are unavailable, Cozart is a great alternative.

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Panik continued his production last week and is hitting .301 (before Monday’s game) all of the sudden with his typical 12 HR/8 SB production. It was only two seasons ago that Panik hit .312 over a 100-game sample, and his line drive (25.9%) and hard hit ball rate (33.3%) are back at those 2015 levels again this year. The Giants have been struggling this season, but Panik has 12 runs and eight RBI, solid figures for a second baseman available in 79...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The Blue Jays haven’t had much go right on the hitting side of things in the season’s first month, but Pillar has things working at the plate now. Even after going hitless on Sunday, he’s slashing .301/.339/.505 with four homers and two steals (albeit in five attempts). Pillar was 39-for-49 on stolen base attempts the prior two seasons, so he’s likely to get his success rate up as the year progresses. He’ll get his chances if he keeps hitting like he...continue reading

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team and Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: When the Brewers dealt Jonathan Lucroy last season, they chose not to fill that void with another free agent. That seems to have been a wise choice, as Jett Bandy has delivered surprising results on offense this April. Bandy is slashing an impressive .327/.377/.633 with four homers, eight RBI and nine runs over 49 at-bats. Bandy did show modest power last year with the Angels (eight HR in 70 games), but only hit .234....continue reading

Aaron Altherr (OF, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: It's an interesting time to be an outfielder for the Phillies. The team has a plethora of options to mix and match and seem to be rolling with whoever has the hot hand, outside of mainstay Odubel Herrera. Recently, it has been German product Aaron Altherr who is swinging the hot stick. In a recent five-game span, Altherr picked up eight hits, homered, scored six times and stole two bases. That...continue reading

Michael Conforto (OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of fantasy leagues ANALYSIS: With Yoenis Cespedes hitting the disabled list, there are now opportunities in the Mets oufield; this is where former first round pick Michael Conforto can garner fantasy impact. The Mets have big hopes for Conforto in the future, and he has played well enough in short spurts to justify these hopes, but his run of play so far in 2017 shows that he might be close to breaking out. His six home runs and...continue reading