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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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Juan Soto (OF, WSH) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: No one saw this coming this soon. It was announced that 19-year-old Juan Soto was getting the call up to Washington Saturday evening and those who have been following him probably jumped to the wire. Soto started the 2018 season in Low-A, moved to High-A after 16 games, and after 15 games moved to Double-A. Now, after only seven games and 31 plate appearances in Double-A, Soto has been called up to the big leagues. In those 38 total games played, he has accumulated 14...continue reading

Nate Jones (RP, CWS) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Chicago White Sox may have found their guy after going through a closer carousel to start the season. Nate Jones has converted the past two save opportunity for the Sox and it's worth it to assume that they might ride the hot hand here. Joakim Soria is still the White Sox leader in saves, however, he hasn't converted one since April 27. Soria also has given up at least one run in four of...continue reading

Seranthony Dominguez (RP, PHI) - Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Phillies turned to rookie flamethrower Seranthony Dominguez to nail down the save today against the Cardinals, and he delivered. Dominguez was initially brought in the eighth inning, but came back out for the ninth again. He finished with two scoreless innings, zero hits or walks, two strikeouts, and the save. Those speculating for saves should add him immediately and see how this situation plays out - the talent is real here. Let's take a look. Dominguez...continue reading

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: While outfield mates Franmil Reyes, Franchy Cordero, and Manuel Margot are more hyped players, San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski has been the most productive this season. Hitting .370 in plate appearances, Jankowski has a hit in six of his last seven games, including four multi-hit games. While Jankowski is not a power threat, he has hit two triples, stolen five bases while not being caught, and has...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez has won each of his last three starts, earning a quality start in the last two. While his 4-4 record and 4.37 ERA for the season are not that solid, Vinny Velo has only allowed four earned runs over his last three starts and had 12 strikeouts in six innings against the Giants on May 10. The 25-year-old has struck out 55 batters in 47 1/3 innings, walking just 16 and...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, OAK) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Two-Start Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSISTrevor Cahill returned to action on Wednesday and was promptly greeted by Boston. While the outing wasn’t stellar, Cahill still kept the damage to a minimum. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any outing this year. Cahill has also compiled at least five strikeouts in four of his last five games. Among his two home starts this week, one of those matchups is against Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 30th in team wOBA (.275) against right-handed...continue reading

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Eric Thames injured, Jesus Aguilar has seen more playing time. In just 106 plate appearances this year, he has a line of .308/3/15/14/0. While he has hit lefties better than righties, he has the ability to provide power against either, albeit at a low batting average. If other options are off the board and you are seeking to gamble on power and run production, he is a good bet.

Jack Flaherty (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS:  The good news is that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty allowed just one run over his 5 2/3 innings of work on Tuesday night against the Twins, lowering his ERA to 2.87 over three Major League starts this season, as he looks to establish himself in a crowded rotation. He also walked just one, which is important to see given his fantastic walk rates in the Minors not translating to the bigs over his...continue reading

Matt Koch (SP, ARI) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Two-Start Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSISMatt Koch was clobbered in his last outing. The Brewers tagged him for eight earned runs (four homers) in 4.1 innings of work. Unfortunately, Koch gets Milwaukee in his first start of Week 8. On the bright side, that was Koch’s worst outing of 2018 and he’s allowed no more than three earned runs in any previous appearance. Hopefully, that was just one bad start and he can rebound/redeem himself. Also, the Brewers and Athletics are both in...continue reading

Franchy Cordero (SD, OF) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: With injuries to Wil Myers and a struggling Manuel Margot, expect Franchy Cordero to be with the big league club a lot this season. All of a sudden he has moved from a bench player with some power and speed upside to a regular starter than might push into OF3 consideration for fantasy lineups. Setting aside the unattractive K%, his profile is compelling. His .252 AVG with six...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: The definition of a buy-low candidate, Yonder Alonso has not had the start to the season he and the Cleveland front office expected. While the rest of the offense has taken off, Alonso is stuck in neutral with a measly .218 AVG and 88 wRC+ so far this season. Even looking to May, the numbers do not get better, and in some cases, they get worse. Since May 1, Alonso is hitting .189 with only one homer. Why...continue reading

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSISKyle Gibson splits opinions on his performance, not only in the fantasy community but also with Twins fans in general. The former top prospect has never reached the heights expected, but still might offer a nice floor play in fantasy play. So far through nine starts, only one win should not be a red flag as most of this comes down to back Minnesota bullpen play as opposed to Gibson’s performance. That's not ideal for fantasy...continue reading

German Marquez (SP, COL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSISColorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez is a bit of a risky addition. Any time you add pitchers who are below 25 percent owned, it comes with a high risk of ruining your fantasy team’s ERA and/or WHIP for the week. Therefore, it is wise to only stream pitchers with that low of ownership when you need to add strikeouts and/or potentially get the win/QS for my weekly lineups.

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Nick Pivetta (SP, PHI) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Two-Start Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Pivetta was nearly perfect in his last outing: 7 IP, 1 ER, and 11 K (@ BAL). Two of his next starts are at home, where he’s 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA (five games) and 36 strikeouts in 29 innings. Atlanta is next on the docket. Pivetta has produced a 5.14 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings (three starts) against Atlanta this season. The good news is that Pivetta has allowed only one run in...continue reading

Jake Faria (SP, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Two-Start Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: You want the good news or the bad news first when it come to Jake Faria? I’ll start with the negatives. Faria has already faced the Red Sox and Orioles this season. Those matchups did not end well. Faria has a 14.29 ERA in two outings against Boston and a 9.58 ERA in two starts against Baltimore. The good news? Faria is a much better pitcher at home this season He has a 1.74 ERA (20.2 IP) in four home...continue reading

Jeremy Hellickson (SP, WSH) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Two-Start Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jeremy Hellickson is no stranger to the two-start streamer posts. In Week 6, we suggested Hellickson for his two appearances and he thrived (1-0, 1 ER, and 13 K in 11.2 innings of work). Hellickson returns to the two-start write-up with the Padres and Marlins on the horizon. San Diego (.294) and Miami (.281) are 26th and 29th, respectively, in team wOBA. The Padres are 26th in runs scored (168 runs in 45 games) and second in...continue reading

Chris Davis (1B, BAL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chris Davis has been nothing short of putrid in 2018, compiling a -1.0 fWAR in just 39 games. He has a wRC+ of 41. After hitting .215 last year and .221 in 2016, he is batting a robust .169 on the year. The power (four homers) and run production aren’t there either. So why is he on the list? Well, he’s been a streaky player. This week, he faces good pitching matchups and has seven games in...continue reading

Yolmer Sanchez (2B/3B, CHW) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISYolmer Sanchez may be the most unexciting fantasy option who continues to appear on this list. In 2017, he posted a .267/12/63/59/8 line. In 39 games so far this year, he has a batting line of .286/2/16/20/3. He provides just enough all around production that he is a valuable asset in weeks where he has seven games against good pitching matchups. That is the case this week, and he is a good bet to provide balanced production without...continue reading

Michael Conforto (OF, NYM) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSISMichael Conforto provided a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners early this year when he returned from injury much sooner than expected. However, he has followed that pleasant surprise with disappointment, starting the year with an extremely underwhelming line of .200/3/15/9/1. While there are not many positive signs in his batted ball profile to suggest that he is simply unlucky (other than a low BABIP which is reflective of other poor aspects of his profile rather than bad luck),...continue reading

Mark Trumbo (OF, BAL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSISMark Trumbo was on the DL for most of the year, and thus it is hard to tell if he is more the 2016 version who swatted 47 homers with 108 RBIs or the 2017 version who batted .234 with 23 homers. However, Trumbo is a player who has seasons of 34, 32, and 29 homers in addition to his 47 homer campaign. This week he faces good pitching matchups, including three lefties against whom he has historically...continue reading

Alex Gordon (OF, KC) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Hitter Streamer for Week 8 OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: After an OPS of .608 in 2017, Alex Gordon started the season with a .623 OPS in March and April. Yikes! However, after coming off the DL, he has rebounded nicely in May, going .308/3/10/7/1 in just 14 games. While his batted ball profile suggests this may be just good luck, in a week of shallow streaming options, he is worth the gamble. Before his collapse in 2017, there was a lot to like about Gordon as a...continue reading

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland has been absolutely mashing the ball when given the opportunity in 2018. He is a classic platoon hitter who has the honor of hitting in the heart of the most potent offense in the MLB. On the season, Moreland is posting career-best statistics across the board along with elite advanced hitting metrics. His slash line sits at .319/.398/.606 with six home runs, 21 RBIs, and an insane .287 ISO...continue reading

Brad Ziegler (RP, MIA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Brad Ziegler's traditional numbers (0-3, 5.89 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) are pretty ugly for any pitcher, let alone a reliever. Despite that, he's retained a firm grasp on the closer role in Miami. The veteran submariner has converted all seven of his save opportunities, as virtually all of the damage done against him has come in non-save situations. There's also an argument that Ziegler hasn't earned those crooked numbers. His SIERA checks in at a tidy 2.40, he's running...continue reading

Adam Duvall (OF, CIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: A significant portion of fantasy owners appear to have given up on Adam Duvall. That's a mistake. Sure, Duvall is still hitting under .200, but the underlying numbers don't support that putrid mark. Not only is Duvall making more contact than usual, he's hitting the ball harder than ever when he does. The Reds slugger has also pushed his walk rate up over the 10% mark, which has kept his OBP within shouting distance of his career mark despite...continue reading

Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: When a little-owned pitcher dominates the defending World Series champions, fantasy owners tend to take notice. That's what happened with Andrew Heaney this week, as his ownership rate skyrocketed after he struck out 10 Astros in eight shutout innings. A former first-round pick, Heaney has had trouble staying both healthy and effective thus far in his career. Just a few weeks away from his 27th birthday, the lefty might finally be figuring things out. Through six starts in 2018,...continue reading

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is a young, basically unowned player who has been given a chance to prove himself after the primary catcher, Jason Castro, was lost for the year due to a knee injury. Garver has dominated the minors; most recently, he had a great year in Triple-A last season, where he continued to show power with very good plate discipline. He hit 17 HR and 29 doubles to go with a 13.4 BB% and .291...continue reading

Mallex Smith (OF, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith cooled off after a hot start to the 2018 season, but has hits in three of the last four games, including a 3-for-5 effort with a stolen base against the Angels on Friday. The stolen base was his 10th of the season in 14 attempts and the three hit performance was his second of the week. Smith's .402 BABIP is the contributing factor to why most do not believe in his...continue reading

Denard Span (OF, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Denard Span is on a bit of a hot streak this week, registering a hit in five consecutive games coming into Friday night's game with the Angels. Span was held hitless in six at-bats in Los Angeles, but still had two extra-base hits and three runs scored in his previous three games. For the season, Span has 11 extra-base hits, walking more times than he strikes out, and scoring 23 runs while driving...continue reading

Junior Guerra (SP, MIL) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra snapped a three-start losing streak against the Diamondbacks on May 14 and has a strong 3.08 ERA this season. Guerra is 3-3 this season and has also struck out 37 batters in 38 innings, allowing just three home runs. While the base statistics are strong for Guerra, there are underlying factors that are not that sunny for those looking at Guerra. He has walked 18 batters this season and his 78.1%...continue reading

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/OF, DET) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum has a hit in seven consecutive games, including a two-home run performance against the Indians on May 14. Goodrum now has 11 extra-base hits in just 88 plate appearances this season and has also stolen four bases for Detroit. From May 8-May 15, Goodrum scored a run in five consecutive games, putting him right on the fantasy radar with three consecutive multi-hit games as well. Goodrum first gained some fantasy interest when...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Injuries limited Tampa Bay Rays infielder Matt Duffy over the last few seasons and, unfortunately, a hamstring injury may limit Duffy once again. However, if he is able to stay on the field, a six-game hitting streak from May 6-May 15 shows why he has earned the right to be considered in deeper formats. Duffy has four multi-hit games in his active six-game hitting streak, a home run and three doubles as well, and has nine extra-base...continue reading

Mike Soroka (SP, ATL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka deserved so much better on Saturday, as he was through 4 ⅔ innings before inducing a grounder toward third base that should have ended the inning. Instead, Jose Bautista booted the thing and, wouldn’t you know it, a bases-clearing double followed. While we are all for holding a pitcher accountable under pressure and dealing with adversity/poor defense, Soroka is only 20 years old and still has a lovely 15-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio...continue reading

Caleb Smith (SP/RP, MIA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith should have been owned for a while and, hopefully, RotoBallers who have bought him surely will not have bailed already. However, his ownership is still too low and we need more people to realize the talent in South Florida. Since being given the “Be Aggressive” order by manager Don Mattingly, Smith has produced the following line: 24 IP, 4 ER, 4 BB, 31 SO. His .250 BABIP and 84% strand rate portend some...continue reading

Jordan Lyles (SP, SD) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: There is something poetic about San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jordan Lyles dominating the Rockies, a team that he was absolutely awful on for the better part of four seasons. The 27-year-old had given up just one earned over five innings with six strikeouts against the Cardinals on May 10 -- his first start of ‘18 -- but had only tallied eight whiffs on 81 pitches. Lyles doubled that with 16 swinging strikes on 85 pitches against...continue reading

Alex Reyes (SP, STL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Reyes is getting closer to the big leagues and this is likely the last chance to get this talented pitcher. Reyes tore through the Low-A Clinton LumberKings in his latest rehab start, striking out 12 out of 15 batters over five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks. According to scouts on the scene, his fastball was sitting around 95-99 MPH and occasionally hit triple digits. The results are lovely,...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hard-hitting 1B Yonder Alonso needs to be owned in more leagues, simply put.  His 2018 numbers to this point are not great, as he's hitting just .216/.284/.440 with 9 HR and 23 RBI over 148 AB. However, there are quite a few key factors that make Alonso a very intriguing player moving forward. The most glaring stat is his .211 BABIP, which is extremely low compared to his career .297 BABIP. This suggests he is getting unlucky with...continue reading

Mark Reynolds (1B, WAS) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Remember Mark Reynolds?  You should - he hit .267 with 30 HR and 97 RBI in 2017 with the Rockies.  Well, after spending the first few months on the Nationals Triple-A squad, the HR-specialist is back.  He made his return to the MLB a loud one, as he smacked around the Diamondbacks to the tune of 3/4, 2 HR, and 3 RBI in his first plate appearances of the year.  If you're thinking, "Reynolds is...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starter Steven Matz has had an up-and-down career since debuting for the team back in 2015. He has flashed high strikeout upside at times, but injuries and inconsistencies have plagued him continually throughout his first four years. In his most complete season in 2016, Matz started 22 games, going 9-8 with a respectable 3.40 ERA and a noteworthy 129/31 K/BB ratio. He opened the 2018 season on the DL with elbow discomfort, and came off the...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: When Top Prospects Fail could be the name of a Discovery Channel show as compelling as Shark Week. If so, Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler could have been featured. Last year, analysts hyped Kepler as a major breakout candidate. Then he struggled to match his minor-league numbers and was largely discarded as another failed prospect. As often happens, those predictions may have been a year too early, because this year Max Kepler is killing it. Kepler’s batted...continue reading

Fernando Romero (SP, MIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Fernando Romero has been truly devastating since being called up to the big leagues. The former top-100 prospect has allowed just one earned run in 16 2/3 innings, striking out 20 batters. He has allowed nine walks, but has shown positive trends that display his talent. The first positive number for Romero is his run prevention, helped by his strong ground ball rate that helps his 36.8% hard hit ball rate. If a pitcher...continue reading

Jim Johnson / Blake Parker (RP, LAA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson may be the major benefactor of another injury to Keynan Middleton and could get save opportunities in Los Angeles. Middleton, who has six saves this season, just came off the disabled list on Thursday. He was put on the DL on May 2 because of elbow inflammation and came off of the mound on Sunday with a similar issue. This opens up save opportunities for the Angels and...continue reading

Franmil Reyes (OF, SD) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes came seemingly out of nowhere to hit 14 home runs in 154 plate appearances for Triple-A El Paso this season. The big league team could not deny his numbers any longer, calling him up to the Show on Sunday night. If fantasy owners are shocked about Reyes' ascent to being a player with a .738 slugging percentage, they are not alone: he is not even in the Yahoo player database. Reyes...continue reading

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland has four games against the Orioles this week, and if that is not reason enough to start him, there is more. The righty-masher has a home run every 20.2 at bats against righties in his career with a .258 average. This year, he has batted .339 against them with a homer every 11.8 at bats. He should face six right-handed starters this week. However, he has also managed to hold...continue reading

Bruce Rondon (RP, CHW) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox reliever Bruce Rondon got a save opportunity on Sunday night and could be in a place to unseat Joakim Soria as the closer in Chicago. Soria and Nate Jones have each had opportunities to finish games for the White Sox, but have a combined 4.23 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings. This could open the door for the big 27-year-old Rondon. Once the closer of the...continue reading

Neil Walker (1B/2B, NYY) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees infielder Neil Walker has seemingly come out of nowhere to be one of the most productive players for the league's best team. While he is only hitting .210 this season with five doubles and 10 RBI, Walker has a .974 OPS over the last 14 days and has scored 17 runs this season. We have to say that Walker has seemingly come out of nowhere in a bit of a tongue in cheek way,...continue reading

Jose Pirela (2B/OF, SD) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres journeyman Jose Pirela came into 2018 as a popular sleeper, but has thus far disappointed. After punching 10 home runs on a .202 ISO in just 344 plate appearances, Pirela has struggled to match those numbers this season. He was a surprise, effective middle infield/outfield option for fantasy owners down the stretch run, and draftees hoped the changes that spurred the improvements would continue into this season. Thus far, Pirela has provided none of...continue reading

Daniel Palka (1B/OF, CHW) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Across the board production is the category for Chicago White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka, who is only given an opportunity because of a hamstring injury to Avisail Garcia. Palka has a .295 batting average with six runs, four homers, and 11 RBI to go with one stolen base in 44 at-bats in 2018. Over the last 7 days, Palka has scored two runs, hit one HR, driven in three runners, stolen one base, and...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler has flown relatively under the fantasy radar this season, but the 25-year-old has made some encouraging signs of improvement. While Kepler had a less than inspiring week, hitting just .190 with a home run, the season long production and projection forward is worth discussing. Kepler has made gains in almost every relevant hitting metric. His line of .264/.348/.488 is up from .243/.312/.425 in 2017, and his ISO of .224 is up from...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko is a guy that will never give up. You have to respect and appreciate those types of guys. He has been beat up left and right in the fantasy community, particularly after not meeting expectations following a 30 HR season in 2016. Gyorko had a letdown season in 2017, like only fantasy fans can know, in the form of 20 HR, six stolen bases and a .272 batting average. Still...continue reading

Edubray Ramos (RP, PHI) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Edubray Ramos was the recipient of a save opportunity on Sunday, putting him squarely on the fantasy radar. Traditional Phillies closer Hector Neris has saved eight games this season, but also has a 5.17 ERA in 15 2/3 innings and has walked nine batters. Also, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is far from traditional and may be known to use his bullpen more situationally than most managers. While Kapler's strategy may...continue reading

Freddy Peralta (SP, MIL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Rookie pitcher Freddy Peralta was called up for a spot start on Sunday after Chase Anderson hit the 10-day DL with an illness. He dazzled in his debut performance, picking up the win at Coors field, while racking up 13 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings versus allowing only one hit, two walks, zero runs. Making it even more impressive, a whopping 90 of the 98 pitches he threw today were fastballs. Prior to getting...continue reading

Alen Hanson (2B/OF, SF) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants second baseman/outfielder Alen Hanson is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, but his strong start to the 2018 season cannot be dismissed. A former top prospect for the Pirates, Hanson has four home runs and three stolen bases in just 14 games for the Giants this season and had three home runs and six stolen bases for Triple-A Sacramento before being recalled. Still just 25 years old, Hanson stole at least 20 bases in each...continue reading

Wilmer Difo (2B/SS, WSH) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals infielder Wilmer Difo may be seeing his playing time dwindle as Daniel Murphy nears a return to the field, but Murphy is still not back just yet. In the mean time, Difo has posted a .364 OBP (which matches his 2016 mark in a similar time span) and has stolen two bases while hitting seven extra base hits. Difo is only hitting .267 this season, but has walked 16 times and has...continue reading

Daniel Robertson (2B/SS/3B, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Daniel Robertson is hitting a very respectable .279 this season, but his eye is what puts him on the fantasy radar. Those in OBP leagues should pay close attention to Robinson, as he has walked 22 times this season and has a .436 OBP. The high walk total has inflated his OPS this season (.890), but he has also hit three home runs and seven doubles, serving as a protypical top of the...continue reading

Howie Kendrick (2B/OF, WSH) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick is hitting .294 this season with four home runs and an NL-best 13 doubles. Kendrick only has 11 RBI and 15 runs scored this season, but the 34-year-old has flashed an impressive contact profile over the last six seasons. Since 2013, Kendrick has hit .293 or better in five of six seasons and was a .315 hitter in 2017, splitting time with the Phillies and Nationals. He has also stolen 10...continue reading

Michael A. Taylor (OF, WAS) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals OF Michael A. Taylor has been presented with a golden opportunity in 2018, as regular starter Adam Eaton recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle and has been placed on the 60-day DL. He's expected to miss most of the season, meaning Michael A. Taylor gets to step in as an everyday player hitting in an elite lineup (9th in runs scored) and a fantasy-friendly home...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres OF Manuel Margot has been teasing us with his immense stolen base upside ever since breaking in with the Red Sox organization back in 2012.  He amassed 162 SB across five minor league seasons, at a robust average of 32.4 SB/season. He received his first dosage of regular playing time in the MLB last year with the Padres, hitting .263, swatting 13 HR, and registering an impressive 17 SB over 487 AB. However, Margot...continue reading

Tyler Mahle (SP, CIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle has compiled just 12 starts in his young career, was not a highly-touted fantasy prospect and has the misfortune of playing for one of the worst teams in baseball. However, through those starts, he has shown the potential to become a high-floor back-end or even middle-of-the-rotation starter for fantasy players. Through eight starts this season, Mahle has posted a respectable 3.86 ERA with an 8.93 K/9 ratio and a...continue reading

Eduardo Rodriguez (SP, BOS) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSISAfter back-to-back starts where he allowed five earned runs apiece, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez shut down the powerhouse Yankees offense in his last outing, pitching five scoreless innings while allowing one hit and striking out eight batters. He has now struck out at least eight batters in two consecutive starts. Rodriguez will be a two start pitcher this week, as he will face both Baltimore (May 15) and Oakland (May 20). Both teams...continue reading

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSISAtlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has had one rough start this season (allowing six earned runs on May 4th), but other than that, he has been stellar. He has only allowed more than two earned runs in that one horrendous appearance. He is 3-2 with a 3.21 ERA, posting a 1.31 WHIP and striking out 47 batters in 42 innings. Due to that stinker against the Giants, Foltynewicz’s home ERA is 4.22 (2.18 ERA...continue reading

Carlos Gomez (OF, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez has appeared on this list numerous times over the past couple years due to his power/speed combination. While he is no longer going to hit 20 homers and steal 40 bases in a season as he did in 2013, Gomez still possesses the tools. To start 2018, he has a line of .195/5/18/8/3, but there are reasons for optimism for the 32-year-old. In 118 games last year, he had 13 homers and...continue reading

Dustin Fowler (OF, OAK) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has had an interesting start to his career. In the first inning of his debut, he suffered a gruesome injury. Then, he was traded for Sonny Gray. Now, he has made his way back to the bigs, again showing the promise that had Oakland trade for him. For fantasy purposes, Fowler is first and foremost a basestealer. In 451 minor league games, he stole 82 bases. However, he has also...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners infielder Ryon Healy had 25 home runs for the Athletics this season and, while he has dealt with ankle and hand injuries since coming to the Mariners, has six home runs in just 76 plate appearances this season. Healy has a career-best .548 slugging percentage this season, as he has added three doubles, and has 13 runs scored and 16 RBI this season. Healy only has three walks (against 17 strikeouts) this season and only...continue reading

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is a former first round pick that appears to have rounded into form in his sixth full MLB season. He is just 1-1 in seven starts, but has a very acceptable 3.49 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings. Gibson opened with a six inning no-hitter on the road against the Orioles on March 30 and has allowed five hits or less on the road against the Rays (April...continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has struggled over much of the last two seasons, but a jump in batting average has led to him becoming more of a fantasy asset. Russell did have 21 home runs and 95 RBI in 151 games in 2016 before dropping to 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 110 games last season, but his .238 batting average in 2016 and 2017 has risen to .261 in a small sample size...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron appears to be reaching his power potential in 2018 and is on the fantasy radar. After hitting 16 home runs in each of the last three seasons, Cron has already hit seven home runs in his maiden season with the Rays and has 20 RBI as well. Cron is not known for his patience (seven walks in 142 plate appearances), but his .264 batting average is in line with his...continue reading

Tyler Clippard (RP, TOR) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tyler Clippard received the first save opportunity since Roberto Osuna was placed on the restricted list and may have the best chance for saves in Toronto. Osuna was arrested for assaulting a woman, and is out for an undetermined amount of time, so either Clippard or Ryan Tepera would be the best bet for saves north of the border. Tepera appeared to be the safest bet for...continue reading

Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario has not stopped hitting since coming to the Tigers and has earned the right to be a starting third baseman in all deep leagues. Candelario had an .874 OPS in 106 plate appearances with the Tigers last season and has backed that up with an .889 OPS in 158 plate appearances this season. Candelario has roped an impressive 12 doubles this season, adding in three triples and five home runs as well,...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro only has a .212 batting average this season, and has struck out a staggering 41 times in 93 plate appearances, but he still has value in two catcher leagues. He has walked seven times, so his .280 on-base percentage is not terrible, and he has hit four home runs. Also, Alfaro showed last season that he can be a legitimate slugging catcher, as he posted a .874 OPS in 114 plate appearances...continue reading

Joakim Soria (RP, CWS) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Joakim Soria appears to be the closer in on the North Side of Chicago, making him part of an elite group in fantasy baseball. He has four saves this season, striking out 13 batters in 12 1/3 innings. A two-time 40 save pitcher, who had a 2.01 ERA in 255 innings from 2007-2010, Soria has regressed over the last few seasons. While he has only walked two batters this season, he has...continue reading

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Zach Eflin entered the 2018 season with 22 MLB starts spanning 128 innings on his ledger. In those games, he went 4-10 with a 5.85 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 4.65 K/9, and 1.97 HR/9. Hard-hitting expert analysis incoming: Those numbers are bad! But since being recalled from the minors at the beginning of the month, Eflin has made two starts and posted a 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts. Good fortune? There's some of that here, absolutely...continue reading

Eduardo Rodriguez (SP, BOS) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Just looking at his career numbers, Eduardo Rodriguez doesn't jump off the page. He's struck out about a batter per inning, but middling walk rates and a vulnerability to the long ball have kept him from producing good ratios. Dig a bit deeper, though, and there are signs that the 25-year-old might have more to offer. Before suffering a knee injury last season, Rodriguez made nine starts during which he posted a 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 26.6 K%,...continue reading

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Mitch Moreland has never been a terribly exciting player for fantasy purposes. His struggles against left-handed pitching and streaky nature generally have put him firmly into the streamer or bench bat bucket. You can give him points for consistency in the power department, though; he's hit 23, 23, 22, and 22 home runs in his last four full seasons. Moreland is currently running hot, with four multi-hit efforts and four homers in his last six games. That barrage has...continue reading

Franchy Cordero (OF, SDP) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's not hard to see why people are excited about the potential that Padres OF Franchy Cordero has. He's only 23 years old, possesses the ultra-valuable speed/power skillset, and is now getting regular playing time with the big-league club. During five minor league seasons, Cordero displayed very consistent power and and speed numbers.  He averaged 32.6 XBH and 17.4 steals per season, while he just had his most productive season hitting bombs last year with 20...continue reading

Mallex Smith (OF, TB) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Mallex Smith is getting regular playing time for the first time in his career, and those in deeper leagues should be taking notice.  He has played in 29 of 34 games this year, and has an excellent chance to retain his spot in the Rays outfield for the remainder of the season. Smith's baseline stats are nice, as he's hitting for an eye-popping .326 AVG, chipping in five RBI, 11 R, and eight SB.  He is...continue reading

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith has really taken a shine to this whole “being aggressive” schtick, as his swing-and-miss stuff was once again on display against the Reds on May 5. Smith rung up seven Redlegs over 5 ⅔ shutout innings (sorry, QS leaguers), walking only one in his third consecutive stellar outing. He has now walked just two against a whopping 26 strikeouts over those three starts (18 ⅔ IP), with just seven hits allowed...continue reading

Chris Iannetta (C, COL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is below the 50% threshold of ownership. Sure, he is hitting .217 with three homers, but his home park is still one that can revive his bat VERY quickly. The weather will continue to get warmer and his bat should heat up some along with those temperatures. He is now hitting just .143/.268/.314 over his last 10 games and .217/.323/.361 on the season, losing some playing time to ...continue reading

Jeremy Hellickson (SP, WAS) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: It would appear that Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is doing that thing again where he does not walk a lot of people and induces awful contact. He had begun to stand out even before taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Padres on Tuesday night, but is now a viable fantasy option. While his 3.00 ERA may still rise toward 3.60, but buying into that alongside a WHIP that could sit under...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson got knocked around pretty badly in his 2018 debut at Arizona and it seems to be haunting him and his ownership levels even through May. That is not "wrong" of folks to do -- ignoring the bad for the good is not good all the time-- but he has a 2.03 ERA (3.89 SIERA) in the 31 innings since that March 30 start! SIERA is mentioned because it is awesome and...continue reading

Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez did well to scatter seven hits and allow a lone unearned run over 5 1/3 innings against Atlanta on Sunday en route to his first Major League W. The 25-year-old righty does not have great Minor League strikeout numbers and his current stat line of 18 K's in 17 2/3 innings could mislead fantasy owners, but he did have 23 strikeouts in 23 1/3 MiLB frames prior to the...continue reading