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

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Jordan Hicks (SP/RP, STL) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jordan Hicks doesn't have a ton of value right now for saves, but he has great value in leagues that count holds. Hicks has 12 thus far. He has been the setup man as Bud Norris usually gets the save opportunities for the St. Louis Cardinals. Bud Norris is only on a one year deal, and Hicks is a great position to be the closer next year. There have been talks of a...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (2B/OF, CLE) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Is Jason Kipnis back?! Quite possibly. Those who drafted Kipnis in 2017 were left thoroughly disappointed with the most lackluster season of his career, and many sought to avoid that train wreck this season. Kipnis, once a perennial top-10 second baseman, was barely getting drafted this year on account of one bad, injury-riddled year. Over the past 30 days, Kipnis has double-digit runs and RBI, along with four home runs and two stolen bases. However, what's most...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Duffy has been a pleasant surprise this year on a Tampa Bay Rays team that wasn't expected to do a whole lot. He's having one of his best years so far in his still young career. He's hitting .317 and has a mediocre .340 wOBA. While he only has four home runs this year, he has 16 doubles and 67 singles. Duffy doesn't have great speed, but he has six stolen bases so far. Duffy was...continue reading

Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jesse Winker looked to be in danger of losing playing time after an atrocious showing during the month of May, but ever since the calendar flipped to June, he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. The sophomore (he just barely cleared 130 plate appearances last season, so he's not technically a rookie) has posted a blistering .374/.476/.577 line in that span, with six home runs and 49 R+BI. As you might have surmised from that absurd on-base...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP/RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hopefully, Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill got the cobwebs off his arm during his return to action against Houston  (3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). This could have been expected in Houston against the powerful Stros' and his seasonal statline remains impressive. He still holds a 3.10 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 3.15 xFIP and 3.34 SIERA through 52 1/3 frames — all marks that rank within the top-25 for starters (50 IP min.). He will...continue reading

Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: It may seem like Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward has been in the league forever, but in fact, he's just 28-years-old.  Now playing in his 9th MLB season, Heyward is having a very serviceable year. He seems to have lost a lot of his power and stolen base upside that was present earlier in his career (six home runs and one stolen base in 2018), but a .287/.350/.426 batting line is solid and he's also...continue reading

Kirby Yates (RP, SDP) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Brad Hand shipped off to Cleveland, Kirby Yates figures to be first in line for saves in San Diego. The 31-year-old has been exceptional this year, with sparkling ratios (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP) and 48 strikeouts in 38 innings. Yates had previously shown an ability to miss bats, but his vulnerability to the long ball kept him from breaking into the ranks of the elite. That problem appears to be resolved. The fix was the...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Now that the start of this year is behind him, A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty is finally showing what he is capable of in the batter's box. The prolonged illness and subsequent death of his mother understandably impacted Piscotty at the end of his tenure in St. Louis and the beginning of this season in Oakland. He turned a corner at the plate starting in June and has batted over .300 for the past two months with nine homers...continue reading

Willie Calhoun (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: FINALLY!!! IT HAPPENED!!! This week is just full of emotions for me. After a surprise demotion to start the season followed by a mopey initial two months, Texas’ top prospect Willie Calhoun has finally gotten back to the show. While it’s exciting that we’ll finally get to see the short slugger in Arlington this year, there are numerous reasons for concern. Not the least of these is his production in the first half of 2018. While his approach is...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Yonder Alonso has had a weird season. He's as hot and cold as a hitter could be, but his overall numbers make him worth owning. He's on this list today because he has been heating up recently. Over his past 30 days, he has 17 RBI and four home runs, two of which came in the same game on Saturday. Any deep league roster needy of a power boost should consider adding him. Alonso's batting average and on-base percentage on the...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (2B/OF, CLE) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Is Jason Kipnis back?! Quite possibly. Those who drafted Kipnis in 2017 were left thoroughly disappointed with the most lackluster season of his career, and many sought to avoid that trainwreck this season. Kipnis, once a perennial top-10 second baseman, was barely getting drafted this year on account of one bad, injury-riddled year. Over the past 30 days, Kipnis has double-digit runs and RBI, along with four home runs and two stolen bases. However, what's most important, especially for leagues that...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: If it’s batting average you’re after, Zobrist is pacing toward his best mark in nearly a decade. The ageless wonder is hitting .293 and has drawn more walks than strikeouts, which has helped him return to fantasy relevance this year despite modest pop (six home runs) and speed (2-for-5 in stolen base attempts). He’s moved around quite a bit, but generally has hit in the top half of the order for the Cubs’ top-five offense. That’s allowed him to...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: It appears that many fantasy owners lost track of Polanco, who returned from a PED suspension earlier this month. His numbers since returning don’t jump off the page (.262/.338/.377 with no homers in 16 games), but he does already have three stolen bases and is running a double-digit walk rate. The 25-year-old drew some buzz this spring prior to his suspension after hitting .316/.377/.553 with 10 homers and seven steals over the final two months of last season. If you’re...continue reading

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hunter Renfroe, for me, has lived in the same space of the fantasy world as Mark Trumbo or Joey Gallo. Those are guys that I know I’ll almost never own because I hate guys that strikeout a ton and always swing for the fences. Sure, you can get 40 home runs, which Trumbo did in 2016 and Gallo did in 2017, but that’s literally all they’re good for usually. In my...continue reading

Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Over the last two weeks, Cole Kalhoun Kole Calhoun has been extremely productive. The 30-year-old collected four home runs en route to a .296/.375/.778 line. During this period, Kalhoun Calhoun hit fly balls on more than half of his contact, and was rewarded with a completely unsustainable 40% HR/FB rate. So, is this a return to form for a once budding star or just a very good blip on the radar The 2018 season hasn’t been kind to Calhoun. Nine homers...continue reading

Zach Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler had one of his lesser outings in his last start, but it did lead to his first victory since April 29. He and the Mets beat the Nationals on July 14 after he yielded four runs over 7 ⅔ IP. He has now struck out at least seven in five of his last six outings and carries a 3.63 ERA, 3.25 FIP and 3.86 xFIP since mid-May (11 starts). Wheeler is...continue reading

Will Smith (RP, SF) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Hunter Strickland sidelined by a broken finger sustained while punching a door in anger after a blown save, the San Francisco Giants have tried a number of different relievers in the ninth inning. Most recently, they have been turning to Will Smith to shut the door and he has taken over the role quite successfully. The veteran left-hander has successfully converted the team's last three save opportunities and has allowed just two runs since May 25,...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TBR) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: C.J. Cron has predictably not maintained the torrid pace he set early in the season, but that doesn't mean he can't still help your fantasy squad. In fact, after a putrid June, he's rebounded quite nicely in July. The 28-year-old has five multi-hit games this month, which has helped him to produce a .375/.426/.708 line. Cron has also flashed improved plate discipline in that time, posting easily his best walk and strikeout rate of the year on...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B, TBR) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Given the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox, the Rays were never likely to contend for a playoff spot. They've been respectable, though, posting a .500 record and a positive run differential entering Sunday's action. One reason has been the play of rookie Jake Bauers. The 22-year-old has hit .243/.354/.471 with five home runs and two stolen bases in 38 games since getting promoted to the majors last month. He hasn't run as much as fantasy...continue reading

Jordan Zimmerman (SP, DET) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Here is a familiar face to the fantasy community. Jordan Zimmerman has not been relevant in leagues since he left the Nationals in 2016 to join Detroit. The reason why may be injuries or the change of scenery affecting his mindset. To the Tigers chagrin, Zimmerman has not been able to log a full season in Detroit without a DL stint. However, in 2018 Zimmerman looks like he is settling in and more comfortable on the mound. Despite missing over...continue reading

Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Prior to his latest start against the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants 25-year-old starting pitcher Andrew Suarez had been on a pretty impressive roll. In his five starts prior to July 15th (where he gave up four earned runs over just five innings pitched), the young lefthander allowed just one earned run four times and only two earned runs in the other outing. He also racked up 27 strikeouts against just eight walks across 31...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/SS/3B, ATL) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Johan Camargo is a great addition in redraft leagues, but even better in dynasty leagues. Camargo has 31 runs and 40 RBI. Of his 31 runs, 20 came in the month of June. July hasn't been a spectacular month for him, but the all star break will give him much needed rest. He has a .339 wOBA, and continues to improve upon that. Camargo is hitting .252 which isn't great, but he's hitting at the bottom...continue reading

Jose Bautista (3B/OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jose Bautista is currently a very widely available asset to fantasy baseball managers due to a recent rough stretch in which he held a .203/.322/.365 slash line, yet still has three HR over his last 74 AB. In his time with the Mets in 2018 (132 AB) the 37-year old former MVP candidate has a solid slash of .235/.396/.432 with five homers and even two steals. So are his recent struggles just the result of a regular...continue reading

Jordan Zimmermann (SP, DET) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is on a tear right now, going 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 2/3 since June 15 (five starts). While he allowed four runs (two home runs) in 6 2/3 innings against the Rays on July 11, he had allowed two earned runs in his last three starts (20 innings pitched) and had back-to-back quality starts against the Blue Jays and Rangers to open July. Most, if not at, of Zimmermann's...continue reading

German Marquez (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez enters the All-Star break having finally posted a strong start at Coors Field. Prior to July 11’s quality start (and win) against Arizona, Marquez had posted just one QS in his previous eight starts at home. He also hit a bomb off of Daniel Descalso, but that is not too relevant here. He has walked just two batters in his last three outings despite facing the Dodgers, Mariners and...continue reading

Jake Faria (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria suffered an oblique strain on May 22 after getting hit hard at Fenway Park and is roughly three rehab appearances from being stretched out for the bigs. He has two rehab starts under his belt already, with his latest being a three-inning showing at Triple-A Durham on July 13, but he has struck out only one in five total innings so far. This comes after posting a 6.99 K/9 in...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Overall, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez looks suspiciously like the 2016 version of himself. His K/9 sits around 10.5 (10.44 in ‘16, 10.49 in ‘18) with an ERA that’s roughly half a run higher than his xFIP and SIERA. However, there are some promising differences. The most notable is how he carried a rough 1.33 WHIP around in ‘16, thanks in large part to a .325 BABIP that was rooted in a 24% line-drive rate. He’s dropped his...continue reading

Ervin Santana (SP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana is 35 years old and coming off of finger surgery that may very well dent his abilities as a Major League starting pitcher. Plus, he has never been a big strikeout guy (career 7.19 K/9), so there are good reasons why he may be going under the radar. Also, his latest Triple-A rehab start saw him give up three runs on four hits (two homers (one to Gary Sanchez) and a walk...continue reading

Nick Williams (OF, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Williams is not the most exciting player in the world, but he just might be a good asset in deeper leagues. Although Williams has cooled off over the course of the past week, his past month's work has been very solid. He is getting more playing time as he has seemingly usurped Aaron Altherr in right field. It is fair to presume that the consistent at-bats have given him confidence and allowed him to get into a productive groove. Over...continue reading

Lou Trivino (RP, OAK) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Lou Trivino is having himself one hell of a season. The rookie reliever is sporting a 1.22 ERA through 44.1 innings of work and is one of the main contributors to Oakland's surprisingly decent season. The 24-year old righty has established himself as the set-up man behind Blake Treinen. Despite only being a middle reliever, he has nabbed himself some counting stats along the way. Trivino has accumulated seven Wins and four Saves so far this season with a nice...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Duffy has been a solid points producer this year on a Tampa Bay Rays team that has a limited number of fantasy relevant players. He's having one of his best years so far at 27 years old. He's hitting .317 and has an average .344 wOBA. While he only has four home runs this year, he has 16 doubles and 78 singles. Duffy doesn't have great speed, but he has seven stolen bases so far. Duffy...continue reading

Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Harvey has lost all of his fantasy respect over the last few years due to injury and poor performance. That is why he's available right now. He has turned things around of late, as he has won his last four decisions. Harvey has a 3.64 ERA this year with the Cincinnati Reds. This is just 0.02 points lower than his career average for ERA. His K/9 is at 6.80. This isn't great, but he has...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes has been pleasantly surprising. He has 10 home runs this year which are often hard to come by at the catcher position. He has 34 runs and 31 RBI. Gomes has been very successful against southpaws this year. He's hitting .324 against them with numbers that aren't much lower even in 26 fewer games than against right-handed pitching. He's owned in 36% of leagues, and should be added in 12+ team leagues. Like most...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ben Zobrist has had a really good year as an experienced veteran. He has gotten more playing time than usual as he has filled in well for Kris Bryant while he recovered from his injury. Ben Zobrist still figures to see plenty of playing time in both the infield and outfield. He's slashing .287/.383/.418. He has a .352 wOBA. Zobrist has been successful in most categories besides home runs. He has 41 runs and...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is very quickly turning his season around, hitting .321 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 12 RBI this week. The short porch in right field of Yankee Stadium is particularly advantageous for a left-handed hitter like Bird who has a 53.7% pull rate. The question then becomes his ability to make consistent contact. Bird’s contact percentage of 76.8 is average but his swinging strikes of 10.3% is below average and needs to be...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was not expected to see his fantasy stock drop this much this season, but, after an awful season line of .172/.257/.281 and a busted thumb later, and fantasy owners have given up en masse on the Rays’ 28-year-old star. Kiermaier has been unquestionably bad this year, looking overmatched and underpowered in nearly every way, and the stats support what the eye test says. KK’s approach seems to have deteriorated, his pop has...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler has one of the strangest profiles in baseball. He continues to be very effective against left-handed pitching, but struggles against the strong side put him at risk of losing at-bats to one of the Twins’ very talented hitters in the minors. All that said, Kepler is a potent power bat that has improved his approach at the plate dramatically, posting an 11% walk rate and just a 15.4% strikeout rate. What is most...continue reading

Will Smith (RP, SFG) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Hunter Strickland sidelined by a broken finger sustained while punching a door in anger after a blown save, the Giants have tried a number of different relievers in the ninth inning. Most recently, they've been turning to Will Smith to shut the door. The veteran left-hander has successfully converted the team's last three save opportunities and has allowed just one run since May 25, and just three runs all season long. Naturally, Smith is the...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Stephen Piscotty's Athletics tenure got off to a less than ideal start. Through May 27, his line stood at a wholly uninspiring .222/.277/.335, and he'd spent most of the season buried in the batting order. Since then, however, the 27-year-old has turned his season around. He drew some attention in fantasy circles by homering in four consecutive games this week, but the turnaround actually began in earnest a month ago. Piscotty has hit a blistering .302/.374/.635 with eight home...continue reading

Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last six trips to the hill and has surrendered just one in each of his last four. Some of those starts have been more tightrope-y than others due to shaky control (he walked four Cubs on Sunday), but he has still quickly become a fantasy asset. On top of his run prevention, he calls pitcher-friendly AT&T Park his home...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: His ratios don't jump off the page (4.39 ERA, 1.24 WHIP), but Vince Velasquez is having a sneaky-solid season in Philadelphia. The question of whether he would perform well enough to stick in the rotation was a pressing one this spring for a Phillies team that hoped to contend. That he's answered the bell thus far is a big reason why the Phillies find themselves in first place in the National League East at the moment. After a...continue reading

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros outfielderJosh Reddick has had something of a bizarre season thus far. He blasted six home runs in his first 18 games, then went over two months before hitting another. After hitting .281 and .314 in the last two seasons, Reddick's average was as low as .221. He has brought it up more than 40 points since then, hitting a robust .305/.345/.390 with a pair of home runs and four stolen bases since the beginning of...continue reading

Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was seen as a free agent bust after a few rough offensive seasons, but has shown some good signs of late. He has a .306 batting average since the beginning of June, posting a .478 slugging percentage and .172 isolated power. Heyward has a .354 OBP in the same time period, putting up solid extra-base and run production totals. Heyward has four home runs and 11 doubles since the beginning of June,...continue reading

Carlos Gonzalez (OF, COL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a hit in each game that he has started this month, hitting a home run on July 8 and two homers on July 11. He has 15 extra base hits since the beginning of June (including five home runs), knocking in 20 runs, and scoring 28 runs. Gonzalez has a .297 batting average in the same time period and has posted a .517 slugging percentage as well. While Gonzalez is hitting...continue reading

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSISAfter back-to-back nine-strikeout performances, it seems as though Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is on the right track. He has allowed three earned runs, or less, in nine of the last 10 starts and has struck out at least five batters in four of his last five appearances. While he is only 4-6 this season, he has a 3.42 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 8.9 strikeouts per nine, and his 1.23 WHIP this season; all of those...continue reading

Joe Musgrove (SP, PIT) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSISPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has struck out at least five batters in seven of his eight starts in 2018. In his last outing, on July 10 against the Nationals, he struck out a season-high nine batters in just five innings while allowing two earned runs. He will face the Brewers today and, pending today's start, Musgrove will be a strong player to add. 

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Brent Suter (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter returned from the DL to pitch on Saturday and allowed one earned run in five runs. After this good start, he will be lined up to start a couple games in Week 16, after the All-Star break.

Suter has struck out at least five batters in three straight starts and, even though he has allowed at least four earned runs in back-to-back games, he is still solud. Prior

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Joey Wendle (2B/OF, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Joey Wendle was very happy to see June end, as he had a .192 batting average last month. July has been a different story, however, as Wendle pushed his July batting average up over .400 (.405) with a two-hit effort on Saturday. That was his second consecutive multi-hit game, and fifth in the last two weeks. Even with a rough June factored in, Wendle only has a 14.3% soft hit ball rate...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko slumped hard in June, but he has slashed .324/.444/.622 since the calendar flipped to July. He has four multi-hit games already this month, and has walked more often than he is struck out. While he’s pacing toward his lowest power output since 2014, Gyorko entered this season having averaged 25 HR/600 PA for his career. It would not be a surprise to see him pop balls over the fence more often...continue reading

Scott Kingery (OF/SS/2B/3B, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies utility player Scott Kingery has not lived up to expectations as a rookie, although to be fair, those expectations were absurd. To be fair though, there were multiple people speculating that he could produce a 30/30 campaign, something that no MLB player has done since 2012. The 24-year-old has only gone deep four times and has a lousy .611 OPS on the season. However, he has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Kingery’s two-hit...continue reading

Derek Dietrich (1B/2B/3B/OF, MIA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Marlins are not very good, but utility player Derek Dietrich has been a bright spot for them in the season’s first half. The versatile veteran has hit .288/.350/.452 with 11 home runs and 49 runs scored across 92 games, primarily hitting in one of the first two spots of the Miami batting order. Since the beginning of June, the former 2nd round pick for the Rays is slashing .319/.386/.489, slugging five home runs and eight doubles. He...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron is thankful to be in the month of July. He is working his way back from a terrible June in which he hit for a .130 batting average. In two weeks of July, Cron has a .405 batting average and has reduced his strikeout rate by 16.2%. Over the last seven days, Cron is hitting .400 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 10 RBI. Additionally, his Hard-Hit percentage...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales is proving that age is nothing, but a number and is on a power surge. Overall, it might be easy to believe that his bat is slowing down as his season stats do not look particularly impressive. Morales has a 9.2 BB%, 23.7 K%, and a .195 ISO for the season. However, the last 30 days his performance is much more fantasy friendly. During that time, Morales had a walk...continue reading

Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is currently on the disabled list with knee inflammation but the well-timed All-Star break gives him the possibility of returning fully healthy for the second half. Over the last seven days, Pujols has a .333 batting average, four home runs, and six RBI. Even at 38 years old, Pujols continues to smack the ball with authority, with a Hard-Hit rate better than he has in the last seven years (42.2%). Unfortunately, he is swinging at...continue reading

Anibal Sanchez (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSISAtlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez has had quite the turnaround of a season in 2018. He went from a 6.41 ERA in 105 1/3 innings in Detroit last year to a 2.72 ERA in 59 2/3 innings in Atlanta this season. Sanchez has even allowed only one earned run in back-to-back appearances.

Sanchez will see the Nationals in Washington and Marlins in Miami after the All-Star break. He has thrown 10 innings against

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Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSISColorado Rockies starting pitcher Jonathan Gray should only be added to your roster if you need strikeouts, as he is coming off of the DL and still has a start in Colorado this week. The ERA is rough (5.77 ERA) and he has allowed at least five earned runs in two of the past three games. He has allowed at least three earned runs in eight of the last nine appearances.

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Alex Verdugo (OF, LAD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Alex Verdugo makes great contact, drives the ball, and can make something out of nothing at the plate. He also does not strike out much, loves to lace line drives into the gaps, and has enough speed to play even at the bigs. It is all there for him to be a stud in the big leagues; the question is to see where he ends up. It would surprise no one if...continue reading

Jordan Luplow (OF, PIT) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jordan Luplow had an 87 plate appearance cup of coffee with Pittsburgh a season ago, and has now taken 10 plate appearances in 2018. In case you have not noticed, the Pirates are not likely to morph into contenders anytime soon, so now is the time to start looking at the talented youngsters in line to snag at-bats. Luplow has shown marked improvement in the speed department each season, and scouting reports paint a picture of a smart ballplayer...continue reading

Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Let’s play a round of Guess That Player. Here are the first two clues: I am a Cincinnati Reds player who has a top-five on-base percentage in baseball. At this point there is only one answer that comes to mind; it has to be Joey Votto. But now for the final clue: I am just 17% owned in fantasy. Much more difficult, but the answer is 24-year-old outfielder Jesse Winker, who...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/SS/3B, ATL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Johan Camargo is a great addition in redraft leagues, but even better in dynasty leagues. Camargo has 30 runs and 39 RBI. He has a .337 wOBA, and continues to improve upon that. 20 of his runs came in the month of June. July hasn't been a spectacular month for him, but the all star break will give him much needed rest. Camargo is hitting .249 which isn't great, but he's hitting at the bottom of...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: For obvious reasons, it's rare that Rockies pitchers are recommended for regular use in fantasy leagues. However, Tyler Anderson's recent performance can't be ignored. The 28-year-old has logged quality starts in five of his last seven outings, posting sparkling ratios (2.09 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) and striking out over a batter per inning during that time. Making this run even more impressive is that four of those starts were at Coors Field, with two of the others at Great American...continue reading

Kike Hernandez (2B/3B/SS/OF, LAD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Enrique “Kike” Hernandez has nearly become indispensable for fantasy owners. Not only is he crushing the ball, .500 slugging percentage since the beginning of June, but he can play all over the field. He is only hitting .236 in 122 plate appearances since the beginning of June, but there is a strong case to be made that Hernandez should be on all fantasy rosters. Mainly playing shortstop and center field, Hernandez has a .264 isolated power...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (2B/OF, CLE) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Kipnis is a veteran showing signs of a turnaround after an abjectly awful start. Since the beginning of July, Kipnis has hit .250/.432/.571 with two homers, six runs scored, and six RBI. Over the last month, Kipnis has a 33.7% hard hit ball rate and just a 30% ground ball rate, which would show that his .304 BABIP is still a bit unlucky. He has a hit in four of his last seven games,...continue reading

Brandon Nimmo (OF, NYM) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has received a lot of playing time this season with Yoenis Cespedes currently on the disabled list and has made the most of his opportunities. The 25-year-old is hitting .254/.377/.504 on the season, with 13 home runs and seven stolen bases in 297 plate appearances. Nimmo is entrenched as the leadoff hitter and has been capable in this role, even if his strikeout rate his jumped to 35.4% since...continue reading

Maikel Franco (3B, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a rough 2017 season, but his 2018 season is making it easier for fantasy managers to maintain their loyalty. The hope is that his production this season is indicative of the maturation that is more friendly and enticing to fantasy baseball managers. Since the beginning of July, Franco is hitting .359 with a double and three homers. He continues to work on his plate discipline and has reduced his K% to...continue reading

Sergio Romo (RP, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Sergio Romo has been a man of many talents this season, pitching as a starter, middle reliever, and closer for Tampa Bay. Since moving into the closer's role, after the trade of Alex Colome, Romo has turned into a lock down closer. Romo is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA with 11 saves this season, but 10 of those saves have come since June 1 and he has a 1.37 ERA...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi remains on far too many waiver wires, as fantasy owners are slow to pick him up after he comes back off of an injury. Lucchesi has yet to throw more than 5 1/3 innings since returning from the disabled list, but has still shown signs of regaining his form. One of the best signs of a pitcher limiting damage is striking out more than a batter per inning and inducing...continue reading

Jordan Zimmermann (SP, DET) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is on a tear right now, going 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 2/3 since June 15 (five starts). While he allowed four runs (two home runs) in 6 2/3 innings against the Rays on July 11, he had allowed two earned runs in his last three starts (20 innings pitched) and had back-to-back quality starts against the Blue Jays and Rangers to open July. Most, if not at, of Zimmermann's...continue reading

Eric Lauer (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer was dominant at home against the Dodgers on Tuesday night, falling one out short of a complete game to give him his second victory in as many starts. His overall numbers are still gross, but he now carries a 1.99 ERA/1.26 WHIP with a respectable 31 strikeouts in 36 1/3 IP over the last month. To quote Dodgers’ 1B Cody Bellinger, "He has a (bleeping) weird heater. It's...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez is set to come off the 10-day DL on Tuesday and face the Mets after missing the minimum thanks to a nasty comebacker off of his pitching arm. The key phrases here are “face the Mets” and “missing the minimum”. You should not worry too much about rust for pitchers who miss under three weeks and owning pitchers that face the Mets is a very good strategy. Rostering Velasquez means that you are accepting a certain degree...continue reading

Nick Kingham (SP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham bounced back from a terrible July 2 outing against the Dodgers to pick up his first win in six starts thanks to a six-inning gem versus the Phillies. The rookie allowed just one run on a solo shot and struck out five to trim his SIERA down to 3.92 behind the 4.26 ERA. He has a solid Minor League track record of limiting homers and walks alongside a groundball rate in...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP/RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill is finally set to return to Oakland’s rotation on Thursday against Houston after turning in a clean four-inning rehab appearance (with seven strikeouts) for Triple-A Nashville last Saturday. Even with some injury-saddled innings mixed in, Cahill has a 2.77 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 48 ⅔ IP with a 3.06 FIP, 2.90 xFIP and 3.09 SIERA. Pick whichever of those fielding-independent metrics you want; they are all telling you to take a...continue reading

Zach Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Zach Wheeler was far from his best in his last start, but that should not diminish the fact that he has been on a tear of late. Wheeler is part of a very small club for starters over the last month of play, as he, Zach Eflin and Aaron Nola are the only qualified SPs in that span with a soft-contact rate north of 20% (they’re all in the top-10 there) that...continue reading

Anibal Sanchez (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is highly unlikely to maintain his 2.72 ERA and 1.04 WHIP that you will find on his seasonal stat sheet. What you can say, though, is that since he shook off the rust following a DL stint in May, Sanchez has posted a quality start four out of seven times with a 40-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio over those 41 ⅔ innings. Again, he is not a low-two’s ERA guy, but his 3.76 SIERA from...continue reading

Tyler Mahle (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle has a 1.31 WHIP over the last month, far from ideal, but his 2.12 ERA, 30 strikeouts in 29 ⅔ IP and three wins over that same span will more than pay the bills. He has walked at least two in each of his last nine starts and only struck out more than five batters three times in that stretch, but he has curbed the longball of late (three in...continue reading

Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was seen as a free agent bust after a few rough offensive seasons, but has shown some good signs of late. He has a .303 batting average since the beginning of June, posting a .471 slugging percentage and .168 isolated power. Heyward only has a .336 OBP in the same time period, but his average and extra-base hits are very attractive. Heyward has three home runs and 11 doubles since the beginning...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been continuing to take care of business over the last month or so, quickly getting on the fantasy radar. Over the last two weeks, the former Cardinal has connected for two home runs, six runs, six runs batted in, with two-thirds of his hits going for multiple bases on a .267/.313/.533 line. H is still almost allergic to taking a walk, but he is also showing better plate discipline and is headed...continue reading

Victor Robles (OF, WAS) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: There is not much to say about Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles since he has been sidelined for nearly the entire season with an elbow injury, but the Nationals have recently sent him on a rehab assignment to get back in the groove. Robles’ ownership numbers suggest that his injury combined with Juan Soto’s ascension have left him a tad forgotten in the fantasy landscape, so let me remind you of his credentials. Prior to...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (OF/2B/C, MIN) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catching prospect Willians Astudillo has been featured over at Fangraphs.com a couple of times as being the strangest minor league player since his callup, and we are inclined to agree. He is primarily a catcher, but has played infield and outfield enough in the minors to qualify there in a number of leagues. What is even more odd is that the Twins seem fine with running him out almost literally anywhere. In fact, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh noted...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves infielder Johan Camargo deserves to be a top waiver wire pickup, even if he is an unheralded player in the Braves lineup. His performance alone deserves more attention than he is receiving, not with a mere 23% ownership. The 24-year-old continues to represent players that come out of nowhere every year. He has a .364 batting average over the last week, hitting two home runs, scoring four runs, and driving in five runs. Not known...continue reading

 





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