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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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Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: All in all, Dansby Swanson's season could be characterized as rather pedestrian. Over the last two weeks he has failed to hit a single home-run while producing a sub-par slash of .143/.279/.229 in 35 AB, contributing to his season OPS of .705. Despite this, Swanson does have a few factors swinging in his favor to close out September. This month has been by far his best of the year as far as plate discipline is concerned, as he sports...continue reading

Alex Gordon (OF, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: It may not exactly be a banner-year for the five-time Gold Glove award-winner, but Alex Gordon is finishing the last two months of the season on a strong note amidst a slew of slams and steals. He has accrued five homers and eight stolen bases in 149 AB since the start of August with consecutive OPS of .754 and .785. Throughout the year, his strikeout and walk rates have remained consistent and manageable, so there has only really...continue reading

Scott Schebler (OF, CIN) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Although 2018 has been a largely up-and-down season for Scott Schebler, he has hit an excellent stride since the beginning of September, as he has managed to hit three HR with a slash of .273/.373/.500 over 44 AB. He has still been striking out a lot this month at a rate of 29.4%, but he has helped to supplement his improved OBP for this month with a walk rate of 9.8%. Schebler has been producing grounders at a...continue reading

Brandon Lowe (2B/OF, TB) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays utility player Brandon Lowe went deep again on Saturday, bringing his total to five homers in just 101 plate appearances since arriving in the big leagues. Tampa’s recent surge is too little, too late for them to force their way into a stacked American League playoff field, but Lowe is just one of their many intriguing infielders. Never a highly regarded prospect, he has nonetheless hit at every level and is currently slashing .247/.366/.494....continue reading

Adam Frazier (2B/OF, PIT) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a forgettable first half, Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Adam Frazier has had a post-break surge that has flown under the radar in most fantasy formats. The small number of owners who have rostered him over the past two months have enjoyed a .333 average and solid run production, along with what equates to a 20-homer pace over a full season. He parlays a high contact rate into plenty of hits from a prime spot near the top...continue reading

Tyler White (1B, HOU) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Tyler White is right on the line, but why? How greedy are fantasy managers if they are not happy with the performance he provides. In the last 14 days, White has one homer with 11 RBI to go with a .286 batting average. He has a schedule of six games at home with a series against the Mariners before the Angels come into town. Currently, the schedule has him facing three righties, two...continue reading

Jeff McNeil (2B/3B, NYM) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil has turned it on and just will not stop. In the last 30 days, he has 19 runs, 12 RBI, and a .386 batting average. Admittedly, he doesn’t bring a ton of power with only one homer during that time, but he does surprise with a little speed, adding five stolen bases. Batting out of the two-hole with a .392 on-base percentage this year, McNeil has plenty of opportunities to...continue reading

Matt Davidson (1B/3B, CHW) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox corner infielder Matt Davidson shot out of the gates to start the season. He had nine homers with 18 RBI in March and April. However, since then he only has 11 homers in the rest of the season combined. He is dedicated to the fly ball revolution with a 47% rate. Although he doesn’t have an extremely high hard-hit rate, 39% is still well enough to produce some serious results. Davidson missed four games...continue reading

Ji-Man Choi  (1B, TB) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: At 27 years old, Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi has come out of nowhere to be a viable fantasy asset down the stretch. He has made an impression in the second half with seven homers, 24 RBI and a .290 batting average. Choi’s success is due in part to a 44.7% hard-hit rate contributing to a .517 slugging. Choi will even bring recent success into the upcoming schedule. In the last 14 days, he hit...continue reading

Ryan O'Hearn (1B, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn continues to surprise and give the Royals hope that there are some young bats that can turn this organization around quicker than expected. Power. He is giving you nearly a homer a week. It starts with a 49% hard-hit rate combined with a 43% fly ball rate. Then you see a .632 slugging and then all you need is a decent contact rate (70%). If O’Hearn can keep his 15% walk rate...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (C, SD) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Whether he is motoring around the bases or face-planting in the infield, Astudillo has been an exciting player to watch. Not only that but Astudillo, nicknamed La Tortuga (the turtle), has been a pleasure to own at the catcher position. In the last 14 days, he has two homers and six RBI to go with a .360 average. Yep, you read that right. If that isn’t impressive enough, Astudillo also has tremendous plate discipline. He has only struck out twice (4%) in 53...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hedges has become league average. That is a much-needed reprieve from the dumpster fire that is the catcher position this year. A .173 batting average with two homers and 30 strikeouts in April did not enlist a lot of confidence. However, he has turned things around toward the end of the season. He spent nearly two months on the DL for an elbow strain but returned with a .268 since the DL stint. His recent success has increased his season batting average...continue reading

Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez has been up and down this season. I tried to avoid “boom-or-bust” pitchers, but the pickings are slim when you look below 25% ownership. Suarez has allowed at least five earned runs in three of the last 10 starts and shut out three teams during that same span. The choice to add Suarez is a little safer knowing that San Diego is one of the teams he’ll face this...continue reading

Wade Miley (SP, MIL) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley has gone under the radar. I have a pitcher with a 2.23 ERA (4-2 record) and 1.19 WHIP in 68.2 innings of work. Interested? You should be. Miley isn’t a sexy name and he hasn’t posted a sub-4.90 ERA since 2015, but he’s doing well for the Brew Crew.

He’s allowed two earned runs, or less, in nine of the last 10 appearances and struck out at least five

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Jake Odorizzi (SP, MIN) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has defied the odds to put up some good starts. The Yankees were on the docket the last time Odorizzi was on the hill. Surprisingly, for a streamer, he posted terrific numbers: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, and 5 K.

Let’s hope that wave continues when Odorizzi travels to Detroit and Oakland this week. The Tigers are 29th in team wOBA (.293) against right-handed pitchers and 25th in runs scored (571

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Joe Musgrove (SP, PIT) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove looks like an amazing add as we move to the end of the season. Are there negatives to choosing Musgrove? Sure. He’s allowed at least four earned runs in three of the past four games.

However, on the bright side, he’s also punched out at least seven batters in four of the last five appearances. This week, the Royals and Brewers are on the menu. Kansas City has scored

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Wei-Yin Chen (SP, MIA) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen looks like one of the more impressive midseason bounce backs of the 2018 season. After an ugly 16 starts through the months of May, June, and July in which he produced a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 77.2 IP, Chen is 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in the second half, striking out at least six batters in each of the last three starts. It is tough to imagine that we would...continue reading

Jose Alvarado (RP, TB) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado should be owned in more leagues based on his 2.14 ERA alone, but, here we are, with him free in more than 70% of leagues. Yes, he has walked 4.12 batters per nine on the season, but that ratio is down to just 3.48 per nine in the second half. Oh yeah, he is also the primary closer for the surging Rays. While his 11.32 strikeouts per nine are enticing and...continue reading

Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit may not be hitting a home run every other night like he was a week ago, but is still a great addition for the fantasy stretch run. Posting a .265/.359/.559 slash since the beginning of September, Voit has been hitless in three of the last four games. Prior to that, though, Voit had a five game hitting streak that included home runs on back-to-back-to-back nights. Since being recalled by the Yankees on...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has now won six of his seven starts, is up to 12-7 on the season, and had struck out seven batters in his previous two starts. Since the All-Star break, Minor has a 2.70 ERA (but a 4.08 FIP) and has struck out 42 batters in 46 2/3 innings. While fantasy owners may be skeptical about his ERA considering his FIP, he has walked no more than two batters in seven of his...continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN): Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger is the closer for the Twins and, that alone, makes him a fantasy asset. There are a lot of things not to like about Hildy, the 4.45 FIP and 8.26 strikeouts per nine are a good start, but a closer is a closer. Since the All-Star Break, Hildenberger has an ugly 5.56 ERA, but also has not allowed a run since August 23 and has six saves. While his strikeout issues are...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is only slashing .225/.285/.386 over 328 plate appearances this season, but that does not speak to the player that Kiermaier is. After posting a .276/.338/.450 slash line last season, he has a .266/.312/.481 slash line in the second half, including three steals and 19 extra base hits. Since the beginning of September, Kiermaier has a gaudy .500/.516/1.036 slash line with seven extra base hits and 16 R+BI. Obviously, a lot of the interest in...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has shown why the Mets hold him in such high regard, posting a .277 batting average and 12 stolen bases since the All-Star break. While he has been caught stealing five times, and only has a .312 OBP, Rosario has shown that he is a good addition for speed and average. Since the beginning of September, Rosario is hitting .340 with seven extra-base hits. Rosario has scored 37 runs in the second...continue reading

Franmil Reyes (OF, SD) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes has a current six-game hitting streak, seeing his batting average rise to .315 since the beginning of the second half. Reyes also has nine home runs in the second half, hitting four in a five game period at the end of August and early September, posting a .602 slugging percentage. Normally hitting fifth or sixth for the Padres, Reyes has 32 R+BI in the second half. Known for his power, Reyes only has...continue reading

Derek Holland (SP, SF) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland has a 7-8 record and 3.46 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter per inning (159 in 158 2/3 innings). He has also struck out seven batters or more in each of his last two starts. Even though Holland has not won any of his last three starts, he also has not lost a start since July 10. One issue for Holland, on top of his lack of wins, are with...continue reading

Todd Frazier (3B, NYM) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is part of a resurgent Mets lineup and has eight home runs and four stolen bases in the second half. Posting a .474 slugging percentage since August 2, Frazier had two home runs last week and has routinely been hitting either fourth or fifth in the Mets lineup. The 32-year-old only has two multi-hit games this month, but does have five extra-base hits in 44 plate appearances. While he has a 44.4%...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis may only be 8-12 with a 4.28 ERA this season (and a 4.65 FIP), but he could make the difference in a fantasy championship this week. Since the All-Star break, Junis is only 3-2, but is striking out nearly a batter per inning (58 in 60 1/3) and has a 2.83 ERA. He has a 3.21 FIP, but his 1.79 walk rate and 47.6% GB rate show how he is limiting damage. After...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals infielder Adalberto Mondesi has a hit in each of the last four games and in seven of the last eight games. Known mostly for his speed, Mondesi is hitting .286 this season, posting a .333 batting average in September. He has five stolen bases this month, 18 in the second half, and is slashing .304/.338/.486 in the second half. Touting 2B/SS eligibility, Mondesi was on fire in July and early August, cooled off as August closed,...continue reading

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SDP) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe should be bought for his power, but he also has a hit in five of the last six games, including two multi-hit games as well. Roping a double and two home runs this week, Renfroe has a .275/.293/.675 slash line this month. Renfroe has continued his power surge this month as well, clubbing five home runs in September. Since the All-Star break, Renfroe has a .585 slugging percentage, posting eight doubles and 15 home runs,...continue reading

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez is feeling it lately, yielding just four combined earned runs over his last four outings (25 ⅔ IP) with 29 punchouts. The highlight of this stretch was his most recent turn against the Angels, where he took a tough-luck, 1-0 loss despite striking out 10 Halos across six scoreless frames. He gets the face the Orioles in Baltimore next on Sept. 15, which gives him a good chance at securing...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: In four starts since coming off of the DL in mid-August, New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has struck out 31 hitters against five walks with a 2.25 ERA and 2.51 xFIP in 24 innings. With his next start slated for Thursday against the Marlins, we know several fantasy owners who would pay top dollar for the southpaw’s services. It is wise to be one of those owners, as Matz should be owned in all leagues.

Felix Pena (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena has seen his effectiveness rebound alongside his velocity lately, as he’s turned in back-to-back 7-IP starts against the Astros and White Sox with just one and two earned in each respective outing. His sinker-slider mix is gaining some polish as he’s boosted his offerings by nearly 2 MPH since a rough patch in August. He’s delivered a healthy 37/8 K/BB ratio over his last six trips to the hill and...continue reading

Brad Keller (KC, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller is a mixed bag in fantasy circles. Keller’s unsightly overall 87/46 K/BB ratio over 127 ⅓ IP will make you cringe, but the 23-year-old’s been a force over the last month. He held the ChiSox to just one run across seven innings on Tuesday night, which gives him six straight outings with two or fewer earned runs surrendered. With a groundball rate north of 50% and a growing affinity for...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has now won six of his seven starts after holding the Halos to one run across six strong innings on Monday night. He only struck out three, but the 1.96 ERA/0.83 WHIP over the last month is what you’re paying for. Minor is turning in some major ratio relief here and draws a favorable matchup with the Padres at Petco Park in his next scheduled start on Sept. 16. This is enough for...continue reading

Tyler Glasnow (SP/RP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow has seen his fantasy stock drop a bit. It’s like a guy can’t implode every once in a while without everyone freaking out. The entire fantasy community became a Glasnow expert after Toronto lit him up for seven runs in the first inning, but what about his second stellar effort against the Indians in the last two weeks? After holding Cleveland to just one run over seven innings on Aug. 31,...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint has looked amazing in 14 of his 16 major league innings thus far. His six-inning MLB debut against the Marlins was clean from start-to-finish. He held Boston without a hit over four innings before unraveling in the fifth and eventually taking the loss. His latest start on Sept. 9 saw him blank Arizona through five innings before they plated two in the sixth, though he did walk five and was clearly...continue reading

Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena is a tough player to evaluate. You don’t have to love the guy -- in fact, I’d say it’s best not to -- but Urena has looked sharp ever since that whole fracas with the Braves on Aug. 15. The Marlins’ Opening Day starter held the Mets to one run over 6 ⅓ IP on Tuesday and has now yielded just seven earned in his last 28 ⅓ IP, which includes...continue reading

Joe Ross (SP, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross was set to make his 2018 debut on Sept. 7 against the Cubs, but that start was rained out. Washington opted to keep everyone else on schedule and push Ross’ turn back a week. So now he due for a home start against the same Cubbies at home on Wednesday, which will be his first MLB appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. He struck out 19 and walked eight over...continue reading

Jorge Lopez (KC, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Pablo Lopez captivated the baseball world by coming within three outs of perfection on Sept. 8 against the Twins, ultimately settling for the win and one earned run over eight-plus innings. This was his follow-up performance to tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Orioles on Sept. 2, when he struck out eight Baltimore birdies. He gets a rematch against the Twins next on Sept. 14 as he looks to make right...continue reading

Brandon Lowe (2B/OF, TB) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Brandon Lowe has made his mark on baseball over a short period of time. We don’t know where the Rays find these guys, but here’s another no-name utility player who has played a critical role in Tampa’s improbable run to threaten the Wild Card. A tool-less player with no standout abilities, Lowe does everything just well enough to have earned himself a spot with the cheap seat Rays. All he’s done in...continue reading

Yairo Munoz (OF/SS/2B/3B, STL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Anyway, if you are not familiar with St. Louis Cardinals 23-year-old utilityman Yairo Munoz, he was the key piece that came back in the trade for outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Widely regarded as bat-first, he disappointed slightly in his rookie season. Plagued by injury and ineffectiveness, Munoz has collected just eight home runs, five steals, and 28 runs on a .281/.348/.438 in 276 plate appearances. When you’re a defensive liability, that’s not going to guarantee...continue reading

David Dahl (OF, COL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl was not one of our better calls in the pre-season. We argued that, with health, Dahl would be a solid value on his draft position. Unfortunately, the “with health” part didn’t pan out. Once again,  Dahl succumbed to a variety of bumps and bruises, only playing in 58 games so far in 2018. Worse yet, the 24-year-old dealt with ineffectiveness when he was in the lineup, and his .264/.316/.494 season line...continue reading

Jay Bruce (OF, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce has had an up-and-down 2018 season. Bruce has been really bad, save for spurts of very good production that have led to a somewhat salvaged line of .227/.306/.365 with just six home runs and a .137 ISO on 284 plate appearances. Yeah, that’s salvaged. Don’t look now, but we’re on the hilltop with Bruce. Over the last two weeks, his line of .306/.390/.528 and a .222 ISO with a third of his dingers on...continue reading

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson may never live up to the hype he generated as a rookie a couple years ago, but he has been swinging the bat well lately. Over the past four weeks, the Braves’ shortstop has batted .293/.358/.573 with six homers and four stolen bases. He has also managed respectable run production despite hitting almost exclusively out of the eighth spot in the lineup. Atlanta is looking for its first division title since 2005,...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/3B/OF, DET) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Though his seven-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday, Detroit Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum filled up the box score during that week. He homered three times, stole two bases, and scored seven runs while driving in an additional four. Goodrum’s rookie campaign has been a mixed bag, but he has tallied 16 homers and 11 steals. He also qualifies at every position save catcher, and that versatility is especially handy down the stretch. As we...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has cooled slightly over the last week or so, but he has still produced a .321/.397/.491 line with five homers, five steals, and 33 R+BI since the beginning of August. Saturday’s two-hit showing was his 11th multi-hit game during that span. Adames posted double-digit totals in both HR and SB in each of the past two seasons in the minors, and has a decent chance to duplicate the feat at the...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (CLE, 2B/OF) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: 2018 has not been a great season for Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Jason Kipnis overall, but he has caught fire at the plate in recent days. Over the past dozen games, the veteran is hitting .357/.404/.738 with four home runs, two stolen bases, and 22 R+BI. That run production is especially impressive given that he primarily has hit seventh in the Cleveland lineup during this stretch, although in the last couple of games he has been slotted in the...continue reading

Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS:  It has been a rough year for Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena. He is 5-12 with a 4.41 ERA and was tossed from a game earlier this season for hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. on the first pitch of an outing.

Nowadays, he has allowed one earned run, or less, in three of the last four performances. In his last contest, Urena struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run (solo homer)

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Sandy Alcantara (SP, MIA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara could get two turns in the rotation this week, but he is good enough to where one start could be enough to earn his keep. In two starts this season, he’s allowed a total of one earned run and Alcantara has struck out eight batters in 12 innings of action.

Those two games were against the Mets and Phillies. This week, Alcantara has a chance to pitch against

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Mike Minor (SP, TEX) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor has majorly improved over his last three starts. During that span, he has allowed no more than two earned runs in an outing and has struck out a total of 18 batters in 17 innings of work.

Minor's last start was against the Angels and he will make his first start of the week in Los Angeles this week. He struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in

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Lucas Giolito (CWS, SP) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito is a 10-10 pitcher with a 5.85 ERA, but he is a good addition for the first playoff week. Lately, he has allowed one earned run in two of the past three games and struck out 17 batters in the past 14 2/3 innings of action.

This week, the Royals and Orioles are on the schedule for Giolito. Both clubs are in the bottom four in terms of

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Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSISLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney is a weird play this week. This is one of those scenarios where you can either use Heaney for only one start, or you add this pitcher to bolster your strikeout total and you do not worry about the ERA hit.

Heaney faces the Rangers for the third time in less than three weeks. In the previous two performances, Heaney allowed a total of 10 earned runs

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Wade LeBlanc (SP, SEA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSISSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc has locked down his opponents lately. In the past three appearances, he has allowed a grand total of one earned run and struck out 14 batters in 19 innings of work. This time around, he could face the Padres and Angels in one week’s time.

The Padres have a team wOBA of .298, which is 26th in the league. The Angels are 23rd (.300 wOBA) in the same

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Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: It has taken forever for people to realize that Johan Camargo is the third baseman for the Atlanta Braves and is more than a low-budget fill-in. He continues to earn not only your attention but also a place on your fantasy roster. His game all along has been about batting average. Recently, he is trying to change that narrative as well. In the last 14 days, Camargo has hit four homers with eight RBI and a...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy has been overlooked all season yet continues to excel at what he is capable of providing; he is a batting average guy. In the last two weeks, he has seven runs, seven RBI, one stolen base, and a .300 batting average. I have repeatedly recommended him in the past. Of all times to finally initiate movement on that guidance, this week is NOT the time to blindly obey. Duffy finds himself playing at home against...continue reading

Trey Mancini (1B/OF, BAL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Some people are waiting for the 2017 Trey Mancini to return. It is likely that will be one of his career-best performances. However, the performance he had in the first half this year is also not indicative of his true talent. The skill he has displayed in the second half is more likely to be the player he becomes. He has a .345 wOBA with an improved hard-hit rate (39%). He is one short of matching his RBI output...continue reading

Tyler White (1B, HOU) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Tyler White has supposedly struggled the last couple of weeks, at least for our liking. During that time he hit three homers and 13 RBI with a .265 batting average. If nothing else, he has demonstrated he is human and will have stretches where he won't have super-elite production. Of course, when looking at the underlying stats you notice that he had a BABIP of .243, meaning he isn’t underperforming as much as we thought. To support...continue reading

Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit looks like a downright steal by the Yankees. They acquired him from the Cardinals at the deadline for a couple of pitchers in a trade that slipped by the attention of most fantasy analysts, as Voit appeared to be just a backup to Greg Bird. With Bird in a terrible slump, Voit was given the opportunity and seemingly has zero desire to give the job back. Since the trade...continue reading

Shohei Ohtani (UTIL, LAA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a putrid spring training and the announcement that Los Angeles Angels utility player Shohei Ohtani had possible elbow damage, Ohtani surprisingly took the baseball world by storm to begin the season. The Babe Ruth comparisons seemed on point. Recently, it was announced that Tommy John surgery was recommended for Ohtani. He responded by going 4-for-4 with two homers and a stolen base. So long as Ohtani continues to play through the injury, he looks to be a...continue reading

Ryan O'Hearn (1B, KC) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn has come out of nowhere to be a fantasy asset to close the season. In 61 at bats against righties this year, O'Hearn is batting .361 with eight homers and a 1.311 OPS. That is a microscopic sample, but wow. The lefty is a power hitter who likely will hit for a low average and not steal you bases, but he can provide value in the right week. Given that he...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, a former top prospect, is still just 22 years old. In just 177 MLB games, he has a line of .255/11/79/53/25. 18 of those stolen bases have come this year. Even though Rosario is still developing as a 22 year-old, he is now providing fantasy value and should be started in the right week. This is one of those weeks. If you need stolen bases with the potential for some contribution...continue reading

Todd Frazier (3B, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been consistent over the last few years. He hits a ton of homers, steals you a decent amount of bases, provides good run production, but destroys your batting average. This week, you should expect more of the same. He faces decent pitching matchups. If you can stomach a major hit to your batting average, he can produce in the other four categories. He has 16 homers and nine steals...continue reading

Michael Conforto (OF, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is a tough player to evaluate.As we often write, we do not often look to recent performance over a longer span of performance unless there is a reason to do so. With Conforto, there is a potential reason why that is the case. He was coming off of an injury to start the year, and the All-Star Break provided some rest. In 45 games since the break, he has posted a line of...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals infielder Adalberto Mondesi carries loads of value in his ability to steal bases. In just 52 games, he already has 18. In his MLB career, he has 32 in 124 games. He had 31 over his last two minor league seasons in 114 games. Given how scarce stolen bases are these days, he is worth starting for that asset alone so long as the matchups are not so terrible that he will never find...continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger has not had a great season, there's really no other way of spinning it. He's sitting at a 4.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 59/22 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has allowed an eye-popping 11 homers on the year. His 1.5 HR/9 allowed is almost double his 2017 HR/9 rate of 0.86.  However, fantasy baseball is about opportunity a lot of the time, and Trevor Hildenberger is getting his. He's currently entrenched as...continue reading

Jamie Barria (SP, LAA) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: The Angels have dealt with an avalanche of injuries to members of their starting rotation from the jump this season, culminating in the news from earlier this week that Shohei Ohtani will require Tommy John surgery. Jamie Barria's performance stands as a silver lining. The rookie doesn't boast eye-popping strikeout numbers, but his 3.30 ERA and 1.23 WHIP are more than adequate for fantasy purposes. Barria had issues with the long ball earlier this season and appears to...continue reading

Ryan Yarbrough (SP/RP, TB) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough has allowed just 15 batters to reach base and two to score in his last five appearances, spanning 21 innings. Only one of those was an official start, as he is most often been used this season after a short stint by an "opener." All in all, this has helped him rack up 13 victories - more than Chris SaleTrevor BauerPatrick Corbin,...continue reading

Drew Smyly (CHC, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Dynasty Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Drew Smyly has had a lost 2018 season and may not even pitch this season. This is strictly for very deep keeper and dynasty folks, but Tuesday saw Smyly toss 23 pitches in a simulated game after he struck out all three batters he faced during his Low-A rehab appearance the week before. The Cubbies may add him to the bullpen later, but his $10 million deal over two years speaks to a starting...continue reading

Felix Pena (LAA, SP/RP)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Felix Pena has made his mark on baseball in a short time period. Pena’s last month has seen him strike out a batter per inning (31 in 30 ⅔ IP) with a 3.23 ERA and 1.04 WHIP for the Halos. He sports dual-eligibility on the bump and has worked hard to change his arsenal since moving to the big leagues. He has transitioned to a sinker from his old four-seamer to strong results,...continue reading

Joe Ross (WAS, RP/SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross is set to start against the Cubs at home on Friday, which will be his first MLB appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. At just 25 years old, Ross could be a useful piece in 12-team leagues down the stretch. He struck out 19 and walked eight over 26 ⅓ rehab innings and we can get a look to see if that sinker is working. Before getting hurt...continue reading

Adam Wainwright (SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once a top-flight arm that fantasy owners would fight tooth and nail over, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has seen injuries derail his efforts in recent years. He held an ugly 1.83 WHIP over his first 18 innings of ‘18 before elbow and hamstring ailments saw him hit the 60-day DL. However, now Waino is coming back for a start on Sept. 10 against the Pirates. This comes after quietly stringing together six scoreless rehab...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (ATL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint was cruising with four hitless innings against the Red Sox in his second big-league start when the fifth inning just got away from him. That being said, we are not out to hold one frame against a 22-year-old arm that’s been nothing short of dominant in Double- and Triple-A this year. Boston was never going to be as easy as his strong debut against Miami (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER,...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has allowed just four runs and 13 baserunners over his last 19 innings (three starts), posting a crispy 23/3 K/BB ratio over that span. This is especially heartwarming considering how rusty he looked in his first start off the DL on Aug. 16, yielding four runs in just two frames. Though he still has not earned a win in any of these last three outings (thanks Mets), he has serious...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis is a tough player to trust. We have all been sucked in by Junis before and do not want to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar again. However, Junis is much more than his last two dominant outings. He has muscled through six rather impressive starts in a row now with a 39/5 K/BB ratio in 39 frames without any sizable pockets of luck propping him up. That said,...continue reading

Tyler Glasnow (SP/RP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow has continues to make the most of his move to Tampa. Glasnow’s ownership has crept up from roughly 26% to 30% over the last couple days and, even though it is just people looking for streamers, there is good reason to hold Glasnow. Maybe, when streaming Glasnow, you can see why his ownership levels continue to rise. In his last start, Glasnow yielded just one run on two hits and a...continue reading

Josh James (SP/RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Josh James is a player so new to fantasy owners that ESPN only JUST got him in their player pool. His MLB debut saw him fan nine Angels over five innings, with the only damage coming on a Kole Calhoun three-run homer. The three walks point to the 3.9 BB/9 from the minors this season, but the nine punchouts are tethered to an absurd 171 Ks in just 114 ⅓ IP on the...continue reading

Matt Shoemaker (LAA ,SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker returned from his elbow injury with five innings of shutout ball against the Rangers, needing only 62 pitches to impress in his first MLB start since March 31. He scattered two hits and a walk throughout the start and draws a road date with the White Sox on Sept. 9 next. Be aware of the pitch count -- he had made just one rehab start in which he gave up...continue reading

Curt Casali (C, CIN) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Curt Casali helped earn himself 51 AB over the month of August with time replacing Joey Votto at first base and flourished in that role for the Reds with two homers and a slash of .333/.375/.510. Even though he was striking out at his highest clip of the year during August (25%), he also continued to manage to pad his OBP with a 7.1% walk rate. Even though he was only able to hit batted balls...continue reading

Wei-Yin Chen (SP, MIA) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: After an ugly 16 starts through the months of May, June, and July in which he produced a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 77.2 IP, Wei-Yin Chen has caught absolute fire for the fish with a 1.44 ERA and 0.798 WHIP over his last five starts Though his last few seasons have been hampered by health issues and subsequent inconsistency, does his success during August and the start of September mean Chen is poised for a strong...continue reading

Mychal Givens (RP, BAL) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Since the dealing of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, Mychal Givens has seemingly been the high-leverage man for the Baltimore Orioles, and racked up and impressive 2.89 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 9.1 IP. During August, Givens was also able to accumulate four saves for the last-place Orioles after totaling just one all year up to that point. With the exception of his successful run in May (2.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP...continue reading

 





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