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

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Time flies when you're having fun, but it's important to remember that we're still in the first month of a six-month odyssey. Difficult as it may be to watch your team struggle out of the gate, you might just be making matters worse by doing something drastic to your roster. That doesn't mean you can't... Read More

2 hours ago

Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Managers can start to look at stats and use that information to initiate movement through the waiver wire. There is still no reason to make any rash decisions. Let your studs play so that you can get credit for the good if they've been playing poorly. Some outfielders would be better suited to stream for... Read More

2 hours ago

Leury Garcia (OF, CHW) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Flying under the radar so far in 2019 is White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia. Batting leadoff for any team in the majors holds significant fantasy appeal, but for the improving South Side Chicago team, it’s an even bigger boost. Yoan Moncada is... Read More

3 hours ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Leagues ANALYSIS: With a 2.35 ERA and dual eight-strikeout performances against the Mets and Nationals, Caleb Smith has been making waves to start the 2019 season. In 2018, Smith wan an early-season darling, when he showed moments of brilliance. Smith also suffered from some of the... Read More

3 hours ago

Christian Walker (1B, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Walker is 28 years old but just now getting his first test as an everyday player in the majors. Despite being an effective minor leaguer, Walker has struggled in the majors before this season. He’s had trouble with left-handed pitchers, against whom he generates... Read More

3 hours ago


Chad Pinder (2B/3B/OF, OAK) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Chad Pinder has been having an odd year. His strikeout rate is cut in half from last season, down from 26.4% last year to just 13.3% so far in 2019. Unfortunately his walk rate has been slashed even further, sitting at a... Read More

20 hours ago

Mike Soroka (SP, ATL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Health was the biggest concern for the 21-year-old Soroka heading into 2019. That, plus Atlanta's multitude of starting pitching options, made him a risky choice in redraft leagues this season. Soroka overcame the late spring shoulder injury that pushed him out of... Read More

21 hours ago

Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull is through four starts, and is now being recommended as a deep league add in his third week this season. That's due to this 3.43 ERA (3.16 FIP) as well as his 26.7% K rate and 7.8% walk... Read More

21 hours ago

Diego Castillo (RP/SP, TB) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Diego Castillo has emerged as a terrific late-inning arm for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Gaining a promotion after being used as an opener in 2018, the right-hander has flourished in his new end-game role and has earned two saves and... Read More

1 day ago

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After losing his closing job a year ago, Phillies reliever Hector Neris has found his way back into a part-time ninth-inning role. With David Robertson landing on the IL, the door has opened up for Neris to re-establish himself as a lights... Read More

1 day ago


Jeff Samardzija (SP, SF) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: A veteran of the MLB since 2008, no one has ever questioned Jeff Samardzija's athleticism or physical makeup. At 6-5, 240 lbs and a former wide receiver for the Notre Dame football team, no one has ever accused Samardzija of being a less-than-imposing presence... Read More

1 day ago

Nick Anderson (RP, MIA) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Just in case you missed out on his backstory since he first appeared in the majors for the Miami Marlins as a 28-year old rookie, Nick Anderson hasn't exactly had an easy or typical path to the MLB. With a meandering journey that took... Read More

1 day ago

Robert Stephenson (RP/SP, CIN) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Robert Stephenson has been a highly-touted, eagerly-awaited prospect within the Cincinnati Reds organization for what feels like (especially to Reds fans) a million years. The Reds organization seems to have an unfortunate habit of identifying fantastic relief pitcher qualities...in starting pitchers. Stephenson has seen... Read More

1 day ago

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Much like dril will never log off, I will never stop touting Padres outfielders as waiver wire additions. In previous weeks, we've looked at Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes, and today it's Manuel Margot's turn in the spotlight. The 24-year-old is off to a... Read More

2 days ago

Joey Wendle (2B/3B/SS/OF, TB) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: A hamstring strain has kept Joey Wendle sidelined for the entire month of April, but he's nearly ready to return to action. The 29-year-old was a pleasant surprise for the Rays and fantasy owners alike last season, hitting .300/.354/.435 while stealing 16 bases and... Read More

2 days ago


Ty Buttrey (RP, LAA) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Save speculation seems even more fraught than usual in 2019, but the proliferation of committee approaches has made locking down consistent saves even more critical in many formats. Ty Buttrey doesn't currently have a grip on the ninth inning or even a save... Read More

2 days ago

Ryan McMahon (1B/2B/3B, COL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: A popular target in the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts after a torrid spring, early returns were disappointing for Ryan McMahon and owners who had invested in his services. He produced a lousy .200/310/.280 line in the season's opening week before landing on the injured... Read More

2 days ago

Scott Kingery (3B/SS/OF, PHI) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: After signing a six-year, $24 million deal last spring that set a record for money guaranteed to a player with no MLB experience, Scott Kingery's rookie season failed to live up to expectations. He appeared overmatched against big-league pitching, with terrible plate discipline and... Read More

2 days ago

Closers and Saves Report - Week 3 Waiver Wire

Only Week 3 and we're already looking at a pretty wild season, bullpen-wise at least. We have our first "out for the season" injury for a team's closer, and we have a legitimate top closer back on the mound after coming off the injured list. And also: Craig Kimbrel. Week 3 brought bat flips, petulant... Read More

2 days ago

Deeper NL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

2 days ago


Deeper AL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

3 days ago

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

The catching position in fantasy baseball has become a dried-up talent pool in recent seasons. The 2019 season has pumped a few gallons of skill and fantasy competence back into the tank as we are entering some better weather here in mid-April. With early injuries at the position and some underperforming bats not impressing owners,... Read More

5 days ago

1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Two weeks down, 24 to go. As we'll continue to remind you in our early-season coverage, the fantasy baseball season is long. The most likely outcome of drastic decisions at this point in the year is regret. That doesn't mean you can't look for ways to improve your roster at this juncture. The good news... Read More

5 days ago

2B and SS Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

The 2019 MLB campaign has reached Week 3, and as typically comes with the first month of the season, we find ourselves both befuddled by the surprising starts of some players and desperately awaiting the acceleration of others. With still a limited sample size of AB under each player's belt, it could cause any human... Read More

5 days ago

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

As tempting as it may be if your squad is off to a slow start, resist the urge to make an overabundance of drastic roster decisions. Remember - the fantasy baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. That doesn't mean you can't tinker on the edges, which is precisely what this column is designed... Read More

5 days ago


Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Managers continue to slide through the waiver wire at alarming rates. Try not to overreact and make rash decisions. Let the underperforming stars get into a groove. Their numbers will normalize. Some outfielders would be better suited to stream for a hot bat. Others need to be replaced just because they are no longer on... Read More

6 days ago

Alex Gordon (OF, KC) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: What is in the water these days. The fountain of youth is real in KC. Maybe its all the young speedsters running all over the place for the Royals but something has lit a fire in Alex Gordon. On the year he is batting .390... Read More

6 days ago

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Polanco has quietly been one of the hottest hitters in the league, boasting an excellent .372/.417/.721(!) slash line with a pair of home runs and six runs scored. While that pace obviously won't last, Polanco looked solid after coming back from an 80-game... Read More

7 days ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith is an inning away from starting off the 2019 campaign with three straight quality starts, having only gone five innings in his season debut. His last outing was a beauty, tossing six shutout innings with only one hit... Read More

7 days ago

Jeremy Jeffress (RP, MIL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jeremy Jeffress is expected to be activated from the injured list prior to Monday's game against the Cardinals. While he will likely be eased back into action, the veteran figures to see some save chances once he's up to speed. It's true that Josh Hader... Read More

7 days ago


Jeff McNeil (2B/3B/OF, NYM) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jeff McNeil was brought up and shocked the fantasy community in 2018. It wasn’t miraculous, but it was steady, consistent production that led many teams to a fantasy championship. He finished the year with three homers, seven RBI, and a .329/.381/.471 triple slash. Also impressive was his... Read More

7 days ago

Freddy Galvis (2B/SS, TOR) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: April makes for strange bedfellows. Case in point, we're seriously putting Freddy Galvis forward as a viable mixed-league option. Though it may not last, the veteran has been scorching the ball in the early going, with a .395/.435/.744 line, four home runs, and 16... Read More

7 days ago

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: If he could ever manage to stay healthy, Kevin Kiermaier probably wouldn't ever appear in the hallowed pages of our waiver wire blog. Alas, his career has been marred by a variety of injuries that have kept him from logging 500 plate appearances in... Read More

7 days ago

Yan Gomes (C, WAS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: When a player is involved in a platoon, it's often tough to consider them in mixed leagues as their production doesn't have the consistency owners look for. Gomes is in such a situation with his new team, but so far he's continued his... Read More

7 days ago

Franmil Reyes (OF, SD) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: A quick glance at Franmil Reyes' current circumstances might make one wonder why he deserves the coveted "universal add" designation. After all, he's hitting just .167/.270/.400 and fighting for playing time in a crowded Padres outfield. Go deeper, though, and there's plenty to be excited... Read More

7 days ago


Clint Frazier (OF, NYY) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: With the Yankees' roster ravaged by injury, opportunities have arisen for bench bats and minor leaguers to accrue everyday at-bats. Clint Frazier is one of those beneficiaries. The 24-year-old, acquired as part of the Andrew Miller deal at the 2016 trade deadline, has ascended... Read More

7 days ago

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: 28-year-old Twins catcher Mitch Garver has torn the cover off the ball to kick off the 2019 campaign, blasting three home runs in just six games while sporting a .474/.474/.1.000 slash line. You don't need me to tell you that that kind... Read More

7 days ago

Rowdy Tellez (1B, TOR) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Since the Toronto Blue Jays dealt away Kendrys Morales to the Athletics, the door opened for Rowdy Tellez to solidify himself as a big leaguer. In the early going of 2019, the left-handed slugger has shown glimpses of a potential top-tier power... Read More

7 days ago

Trevor Richards (SP, MIA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: There has been much ado about the Marlins young pitching staff to kick off the 2019 campaign, and it is easy to see why. Of that group, right-hander Trevor Richards may have the most promise, but also the most volatility. Case in... Read More

7 days ago

Tyler Mahle (SP, CIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Reds came into 2019 counting on big comeback-seasons for starting pitchers Luis Castillo and off-season acquisition Sonny Gray. One player that was in equal need of a bounce-back campaign, and who could also have a significant impact on the Reds' season, is... Read More

1 week ago


Jorge Soler (OF, KC) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: In 2018, Jorge Soler was able to bounce back in a big way from his disastrous first year as a Kansas City Royal, compiling an impressive slash of .265/.354/.466 with nine HR and three SB in the process before his season was cut short. Now,... Read More

1 week ago

Richard Lovelady (RP, KC) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Richard Lovelady: Name of a 19th Century romantic novelist, or 23-year old rookie reliever for the Kansas City Royals out of Kennesaw State University? If you're still curious, the answer is the latter, and Lovelady's track record suggests that he could be a force... Read More

1 week ago

Chad Pinder (2B/3B/OF, OAK) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: A lot of people probably didn't even know who Pinder was before this year, even though he hit a combined 28 home runs with the A's in 2017-18 in 197 games. But he's also never hit more than 16 homers in a season. His... Read More

1 week ago

Brandon Woodruff (SP, MIL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A quick glance at Woodruff's numbers through his first three starts isn't going to make you run to the waiver wire. He boasts a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP after giving up four earned runs in each of his last two... Read More

1 week ago

Adam Frazier (2B/OF, PIT) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: The 27-year-old is often overlooked, and it's easy to see why. He only hit three home runs in the minors and plays on a Pirates team that isn't nearly as strong as it has been in recent years. But Frazier's elite contact skills (86.5... Read More

1 week ago


Closers and Saves Report - Week 2 Waiver Wire

If the first two weeks are any indication, this should be a good baseball season. There are fans of some teams that may dispute that claim, and as a Marlins fan myself...well, bullpens have been crazy haven't they? Smart baseball minds have been saying for years that a team's best relief pitcher shouldn't be pigeonholed... Read More

1 week ago

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

We're a week and a half into the 2019 baseball season, giving us a larger sample size to assess the state of our fantasy rosters. If you were one of the advocates to punt the catching position to the late rounds of your draft, you might be looking for an upgrade at the position by... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, CLE) – Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hyped in some circles before the season, Jake Bauers has seen his ownership levels drop after a shaky start to this season. Modest numbers last season haven’t been enough to inspire confidence with his .182 average, zero home runs, three runs, and... Read More

2 weeks ago

1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

The second week of the 2019 fantasy baseball season is upon us. If your first week went poorly, it is officially time to cut or trade everyone on your roster. Kidding, naturally. But we've already had a bunch of injuries, which while unfortunate also creates opportunities to play the waiver wire lottery. Snagging the next... Read More

2 weeks ago

2B and SS Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

The 2019 MLB campaign has officially arrived in full swing, and though the offensive sample size has been extremely limited so far, the shaking out process has already begun between assets of real value and those not worth the time or effort for fantasy baseball managers. Players have come into 2019 either looking to build... Read More

2 weeks ago


Domingo German (SP, NYY) – Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a surprisingly effective 2018, German entered the pre-season without a clear spot in the Yankees' rotation. After Luis Severino’s injury, however, the Yankees rewarded the 26-year-old by naming him their fifth starter. In two outings, he has two wins, a 1.64... Read More

2 weeks ago

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: The first overall pick in the 2015 draft hasn't lived up to the offensive hype in his first two full seasons in Atlanta and hit just .238/.304/.395 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 136 games in 2018. There was... Read More

2 weeks ago

Yonny Chirinos (SP/RP, TAM) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most often used as a "follower" last season by the Rays, Yonny Chirinos made a strong case for himself as a traditional starter with his 2019 debut. The 25-year-old dominated a dangerous Astros lineup last Sunday, allowing just two hits and striking out... Read More

2 weeks ago

Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: If you read this column last week, you would have seen a suggestion to pick up Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull, even after a rocky first start on the season. For those of you who listened, you were rewarded with an outstanding second... Read More

2 weeks ago

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Jorge Soler (OF, KC) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A quick look at Jorge Soler's big league career and it's easy to see why there has been so little buy-in to him on fantasy teams in 2018. Still, he did get off to a hot start in 2018 before a broken... Read More

2 weeks ago


Clint Frazier (OF, NYY) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A rash of injuries to the Yankees offense has forced them to call up highly-touted outfielder Clint Frazier, who slotted into their lineup in the seven spot over the last few games. He has gotten off to a hot start, blasting home... Read More

2 weeks ago

Yan Gomes (C, WAS) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes is playing for a different team than the Cleveland Indians for the first time in six years, and he is carrying plenty of offensive momentum with him to his new home with the Washington Nationals. Last season as the Tribe's backstop he... Read More

2 weeks ago

Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kole Calhoun has long been a reliable defensive fixture in the outfield for the Los Angeles Angels, taking home a Gold Glove award for his fearless exploits in 2015. "The Red Baron" had always been fantastically consistent on the offensive side as well, producing... Read More

2 weeks ago

Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Managers continue to dig through the waiver wire at alarming rates for a season that just begun. Try not to overreact and make rash decisions. Trust in your draft strategy and the players you drafted. Give them time to get into a groove, which should be more than a single week. While there hasn’t been... Read More

2 weeks ago

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Being only a week and a half into the season, drastic measures are to be avoided. None of us are happy with Yu Darvish right now, for example, but kicking him to the curb after two starts amounts to fantasy malpractice in most situations. That doesn't mean you can't tinker on the edges, which is... Read More

2 weeks ago


Closers and Saves Report - Week 1 Waiver Wire

Welcome back, baseball. We missed you. Your offseason was mostly boring, so here's hoping you make up for it with a great season. So far, you're off to a good start. Okay, enough. Closers and Saves Report is back for another year of looking over all of the important bullpen news of the week. With... Read More

2 weeks ago

Adam Frazier (2B/OF, PIT) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Volume is a huge factor when determining a player's fantasy value, and for Adam Frazier, he will get plenty of it in 2019. Batting leadoff for the Pirates this season, Frazier is in a tremendous spot to amass some attractive numbers as... Read More

2 weeks ago

Aaron Sanchez (SP, TOR) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most fantasy owners didn't want anything to do with the risk associated with Sanchez -- 141 innings the last two years due to finger injuries -- but we can't forget his 15-2 record, 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 2016. It's also become increasingly... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Candelario's first full season in Detroit in 2018 was both promising and disappointing. He slashed .224/.317/.393 with 19 home runs, 78 runs scored and 54 RBI in 144 games. The young third baseman got off to a hot start, but wrist issues plagued him... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jung Ho Kang (3B, PIT) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jung Ho Kang came to the MLB from South Korea with plenty of surrounding hype and potential, and at least through his first two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he very much lived up to the excitement he brought. Though he took only 739 combined... Read More

2 weeks ago


Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: In 2017, Tucker Barnhart officially announced his arrival in Cincinnati with seven HR, four SB (in four attempts), a .270/.347/.403 slash, and a highly impressive Gold Glove award at the catcher position. In 2018, while his defense remained top-tier and he hit a career-high... Read More

2 weeks ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues Miami Marlins starters may not seem like valuable fantasy assets, but Caleb Smith has become an intriguing option in 2019. In his first start this season against the Mets, Smith did what he does best: get strikeouts. He punched out eight batters over... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Polanco extended his season-opening hit streak to five games in the most dramatic of fashions on Friday, going 5-for-5 and hitting for the first cycle of the season. He has opened up the 2019 campaign with a tidy .286/.375/.476 slash line. He's been... Read More

2 weeks ago

Kyle Zimmer (SP/RP, KC) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Royals' bullpen is, predictably, a mess. Brad Boxberger, Wily Peralta, and Jake Diekman all sport ERAs of 8.00 or higher, and while both Boxberger and Ian Kennedy have successfully nailed down a save, they've each blown one as well. None of the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SD) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Thus far the victim of a logjam in the Padres outfield, Hunter Renfroe may not be the best use of a roster spot in leagues with shallow benches or deep waiver wire pools. However, assuming your format is less constrained, there are few... Read More

2 weeks ago


Anthony Swarzak (RP, SEA) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Why recommend a 33-year-old reliever with middling ratios (4.30 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) and a pedestrian strikeout rate (6.6 K/9) over nearly 600 career innings? Because, to paraphrase the Wu-Tang Clan, saves rule everything around us. Hunter Strickland's lat strain opened the door to another... Read More

2 weeks ago

Ramon Laureano (OF, OAK) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: With 14 strikeouts in his first 35 plate appearances of 2019, it's fair to say there is room for improvement in Ramon Laureano's first full MLB season. After leading off for the A's in the first game of the season, he's also been relegated... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jeremy Jeffress (RP, MIL) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jeffress was an All-Star in 2018 and had the best season of his career, going 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 89 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings and 15 saves. It helped that Corey Knebel's struggles allowed Jeffress to tally some saves late... Read More

2 weeks ago

Yandy Diaz (1B/3B, TB) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: It's hard not to love what we've seen out of Yandy Diaz in a short sample this season. He's slashing a blistering .310/.394/.621 with a 12.1% walk rate and just a 9.1% strikeout rate. He's always shown strong plate discipline, high contact... Read More

2 weeks ago

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Eflin was fantastic in his season debut on Tuesday against the Nationals, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings while walking only one and striking out a career high-tying nine for his first win of the 2019 campaign. The right-hander, who will turn 25 on... Read More

2 weeks ago


Ian Kennedy (SP/RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 2

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-only and 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After back-to-back disappointing seasons as a starter, it appears that Ian Kennedy may have found his new niche in Kansas City. He debuted this season in the eighth inning, preserving the team’s two-run advantage by throwing a clean frame. In... Read More

2 weeks ago

Anthony Swarzak (RP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 2

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Saves are more about opportunity than any other factor and Mariners relievers Anthony Swarzak just jumped up that list with Hunter Strickland out for a few months and the lack of great options in the Seattle bullpen. The first Mariner to get a... Read More

2 weeks ago

Blake Parker (RP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 2

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Leagues ANALYSIS: When the Minnesota Twins acquired Blake Parker this offseason, it wasn’t evident where the club planned to use his arm. The spring training hype for the Twins closer situation seemed to revolve around Trevor May winning the job, but now that we... Read More

2 weeks ago

Jed Lowrie (2B, NYM) – Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: As a productive and reasonably healthy player for the last two seasons, Lowrie has been undervalued as a useful asset for an underrated Oakland Athletics offense. He’s hurt again to start this season, and his timeline is unclear. However, managers with a... Read More

2 weeks ago

Adam Frazier (2B/OF, PIT) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Adam Frazier is 3-for-13 with two runs scored in his first three games of the 2019 campaign. The new second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 27-year-old is also the leadoff hitter for an underrated Pirates lineup. Frazier had a Jekyll-and-Hyde 2018 season but the... Read More

3 weeks ago