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

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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J.P. Crawford (SS/3B, PHI) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford has been on a hot streak over the past week and change. Dating back to April 10th, Crawford has OPSed nearly 1.000 with three extra base hits and an equal number of strikeouts and walks. He has his average off the interstate for the first time all season and is trending in the right direction. He still only has a .598 OPS for the season, but has hit two home runs and driven in...continue reading

Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker leaves a little to be desired in the way of batting average. He has also not flashed any of the power that we saw from him in his brief stint in the majors last season. However, none of that matters, because he is taking after Joey Votto in the plate discipline department. Entering play on Thursday, Winker owns a walk rate higher than his strikeout rate (22% walk rate versus 18%...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Aledmys Diaz burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 460 plate appearances he hit .300 with 17 home runs. However, he failed to back that up in 2017 hitting just .259 with 7 HR in 301 PAs before being optioned to Triple-A. Díaz is not the first and he certainly will not be the last baseball player to suffer a sophomore slump, but how he rebounds in 2018 will go a long way to deciding what sort of career...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi has made four starts this season and has shown that he is a lethal strikeout option that can limit baserunners as well. While he threw only 9 2/3 innings over his first two starts, he has registered back-to-back quality starts for the Friars. Lucchesi has only allowed one earned run in those two starts, striking out 17 batters and walking one. He is scheduled to face the Diamondbacks this weekend,...continue reading

Eduardo Escobar (2B/3B/SS, MIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins utility man Eduardo Escobar has taken over the shortstop job in Minnesota while Jorge Polanco has been suspended for PED usage and has had the most of it. He is hitting .294 in 38 plate appearances to open the season and also has six extra-base hits. Escobar had a .758 OPS in 129 games for Minnesota last season, including 21 home runs in 499 plate appearances, showing that he has...continue reading

Christian Villanueva (3B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISChristian Villanueva continues to bat cleanup in the Padres lineup, giving him ample opportunities for RBIs. His average stands at .327 on the season. In the last week, Villanueva has a .310 AVG, a .408 OBP and hit three homers with four runs and eight RBIs. His average comes with a .417 BABIP so there is a definite expectation of regression. The current concern is strikeouts, which some think could be problematic. However, he’s never had a strikeout...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B, 3B, SS, TOR) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Judging by his ownership, many didn't trust Yangervis Solarte as a late-round draftee. Fair, other sleepers like Aaron Altherr, Ryan McMahon and Carlos Gomez were more interesting and readily available. Doh! Through April 17, Solarte is slashing .280/.393/.520 and has appeared in 14 of 16 games. Batting cleanup, his starts have primarily come at third and second base. Partially credit the early flourish to his move from Petco...continue reading

Sean Newcomb (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb was robbed of his second victory in ‘18 on April 14 as Atlanta blew a 10-2 lead in epic fashion, but the southpaw still racked up seven strikeouts despite turning in just 10 swinging strikes. That’ll happen when you can nibble 20 called strikes with your fastball alone. So what if he walked another four batters and now has eight walks in just 15 ⅔ IP, because the 2.87 xFIP, 51.2...continue reading

Michael Kopech (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS:The flamethrowing Chicago White Sox starting pitching prospect Michael Kopech has pitched 10 innings in 2018, allowing a lone run with 11 strikeouts against four walks. The four free passes are what we’re going to care about because we know the whiffs are going to be there no matter where he pitches. The youngster has shaved his walk rate down as he advances through professional ball, from over a 5.0 BB/9 at Class A Advanced in ‘16 to...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After crushing the Marlins in his first Major League start of 2018, New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was tasked with handling a much tougher Nationals lineup on Tuesday. While his overall line (6 IP, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 2K) does count as a quality start, anyone who started him is likely disappointed. I think there’s plenty to be happy about, though. While the whiffs weren’t there (only eight swinging strikes on 99 pitches), he was...continue reading

Freddy Peralta (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta is not in the Yahoo player pool yet, but you will want to have his name stashed somewhere in your memory banks. Peralta, who turns 22 in June, has won all three of his starts this year for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, posting a healthy 1.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. He has posted BB/9 marks around 4.5 through most of his Minor League career thus...continue reading

Tyson Ross (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once one of the premier strikeout pitchers in baseball, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross fell off the face of the earth after 2016 shoulder surgery. He is attempting to recapture success after suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, the same injury that caused Matt Harvey’s performance to spiral out of control. There is not a good track record for recovery with this injury. A few other active pitchers that have suffered this injury are ...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez broke onto the scene with a three-hit, 16 strikeout shutout against the Padres in 2016, but it has been down hill from there. He has dealt with nothing but injuries and busted potential since then. In his start against the Rays this past weekend, the fastball looked close to what it was in 2016. His velocity was around 95 MPH in this start and topped out at 98 MPH. When he...continue reading

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez has allowed just three earned runs in 19 innings this season, making him a hot early season addition. The former top prospect, who was acquired by the White Sox in the Adam Eaton trade, has allowed just eight hits and has struck out 21 batters in his three starts. While his hot start cannot be dismissed, Lopez has also walked 11 batters this season and...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has a .422 OBP to open the 2018 season and has already scored 11 runs. Hernandez only has a .275 batting average, but hit .294 in each of the last two seasons and likely will see his average approach .290 this season. Pressured by super rookie Scott Kingery, Hernandez has held his spot at second base, clubbing four extra-base hits (two home runs) and stealing three bases....continue reading

Chris Owings (2B, SS, OF) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Chris Owings has five extra-base hits in 53 plate appearances this season and his ability to play all over the diamond makes him very interesting for fantasy owners. Owings has a .280 batting average this season, slugging a home run and stealing a base while playing second base and the outfield for the Diamondbacks. Owings stole 21 bases in 2016 and slugged 12 home runs in 2017, so if he can...continue reading

Bud Norris (RP, STL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Norris saw two save opportunities last weekend in the series against Cincinnati Reds, converting both of them. While the closer job was widely expected to go to Greg Holland after he led the the NL in saves last season with 41, Holland has had some trouble shaking off the rust after he signed with the Cardinals on the third day of the regular season. While his ERA is only 3.86 in two 1/3 innings, his WHIP stands...continue reading

Odubel Herrera (OF, PHI) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Herrera came into Sunday's game against the Rays scorching hot, having gone 14 for his last 33, but with only three RBI and six runs over that span. While he did go 0-for-3 on Sunday, he still managed to draw two walks and score a run to increase his OBP to an impressive .389. He is lacking in the power department as he is still looking for his first home run of the season after hitting at least 14 the previous...continue reading

Dexter Fowler (OF, STL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Leagues ANALYSIS: It makes me feel like an old fantasy player when Dexter Fowler has become a boring forgettable veteran. As a youngster in Colorado, Fowler's irresistible 20/20 potential never came to fruition, but now a 32-year-old in his 11th season, Fowler might just be bland enough to warrant a nameless bench spot. Amidst a .183/.265/.317 start, restless owners are doubtlessly abandoning the wagon. Fowler's early-season woes narrow to one fact: his .200 BABIP is a full 136 points...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: In only three starts this season, Matz has flashed the potential that has tantalized Met fans for years but has so far fallen short. After an up-and-down spring, Matz had a rocky start in a loss to the Cardinals, going only four innings while giving up three runs including two home runs. He bounced back with a stellar start against the Nationals, giving up only an unearned in five innings while striking out eight. His third start (and first win) against...continue reading

Yonder Alonso (1B, CLE) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Leagues Analysis: At first glance, Yonder Alonso has started off 2018 in the same funk that characterized the end of last campaign. After his trade from Oakland Alonso's numbers took a nosedive and put a bit of a damper on a breakout campaign. So far this season Yonder has only managed nine hits through 14 games and continues to struggle against lefties. That said, a .212 BABIP so far this term hints at some bad luck, much the like...continue reading

Junior Guerra (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: In his first start of 2018, last Wednesday, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra pitched 5 1/3 innings (86 pitches), allowed one earned run, and struck out four Cardinal hitters. He can now be endorsed hin deeper leagues now and can be added in nearly all leagues. To help ease your minds, Guerra gets Cincinnati and Miami this week. Both clubs are in the bottom five when looking at runs scored this season. If you are...continue reading

Adam Wainwright (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Is St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright back? In his last outing, Wainwright pitched seven innings and struck out four Brewers, however he allowed three earned runs (two homers). Next on Waino’s dance card is a trip to Wrigley. In his career, Wainwright is 10-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 116.1 innings of work. While his two starts this week are on the road (also travelling to Philadelphia), both ballparks should not...continue reading

Jackie Bradley (OF) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley is a defensive ace who occasionally has shown some success with the bat. In 2016, for example, he posted a line of .267/26/94/87/9. While that is likely the upper end of his ability, the 27 year-old has some power, a touch of stolen-base ability, and should not hurt you badly in the other categories. Facing decent pitching matchups this week (Angels and Athletics), he is a serviceable play if the...continue reading

Jeimer Candelario (3B) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: After his trade to the Tigers last year, Detroit Tigers infielder Jeimer Candelario got off to a hot start. He batted .330 with two homers and a .874 OPS in 27 games. Even though he is only batting .200 to start this young season, he already has six extra base hits and he has prospect pedigree. Facing favorable pitching matchups this week (Orioles and Royals, he has the potential to provide you with good power and...continue reading

Leonys Martin (OF) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin is known for his defense, but that will be of no use in fantasy leagues. While his defense will keep him in the lineup for the Tigers, Martin can provide you offensive value this week. Martin has always stolen bases, and he even has some pop. For his career, his 162-game averages are 10 homers and 30 steals. Martin is off to a decent start this year, batting .271 with a homer...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been fairly consistent over the last three seasons, averaging 12 homers and 18 steals. With stolen bases becoming increasingly sparse relative to homers, Pillar is an interesting pickup. This year, he is up to more of the same, with a homer and three steals in his first 14 games. He only faces average pitching matchups this week, but he has the opportunity to be a five category contributor nonetheless....continue reading

Tyler Skaggs (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: In Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs' lone start last week, he shut down the Rangers. He pitched five innings, allowed one earned run, and struck out seven batters. In all of his 2018 outings, Skaggs has struck out at least five batters and allowed two earned runs or less. The numbers that Skaggs have put up are more than ideal for a streamer. This week, he’s home to the Red Sox and Giants. While...continue reading

Trevor Williams (SP) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams has refused to allow more than two earned runs in an outing this season. In his next start, Williams will face the Rockies. Thankfully, that matchup will be at home, and not at Coors Field. Not only will Williams get to avoid the hitter-friendly environment in Colorado, but it is also a perk because Williams performed better at home in 2017 (3.45 ERA) as opposed to his road starts (4.96 ERA)....continue reading

Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of leagues ANALYSIS: While the Los Angeles Angels version of Albert Pujols is a shell of his former Cardinals' self, he is still a productive fantasy player given that he has hit at least 23 home runs and knocked in at least 95 RBI in each of the past four seasons. So far this season, Pujols already has three homers to go with six RBI and eight runs scored all while sporting a more than respectable .284 average. While his .304 OBP leaves something...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of leagues ANALYSIS: Frazier has the difficult job of attempting to become the Mets first everyday third baseman since their beloved captain, David Wright. So far, Frazier has done just that.  The Toddfather is hitting .282 with an eye-popping .423 OBP and a solid eight RBI in the first eleven games of the season. He blasted his first two homers of the season Friday night against the Brewers and he has already swiped a bag, something he did not do in his 66-game stint with...continue reading

Matt Wieters (C, WAS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters has been getting picked up by a decent amount of Yahoo! owners, as he is just coming off the disabled list. The good news for those looking at a catcher is that he is still WAY under-owned. He is only 1-for-10 since coming off of the disabled list and only had a .632 OPS with the Nationals in 123 games last season. While Wieters' OPS has dropped in each of the last four seasons...continue reading

Mike Foltynewicz (SP. ATL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has always had the stuff, but never seemed to be able to put it all together for very long stretches. If his start to this season is any indication, he may be turning a corner. Foltynewicz managed to neutralize the powerful Nationals lineup last week, throwing 5.1 innings of four-hit, one-run ball with 8 K and just 2 BB. Through 15 1/3 IP, he has posted a 2.95 ERA (3.55...continue reading

Colin Moran (3B) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: While Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran is more of a deep league target given his current ownership,  this is a very underrated hitter who could be an impact bat at a corner infield slot in 12-teamers. Moran always had a solid approach at the plate coming up through the minor leagues, but recently tinkered in an attempt to shorten up and get to the ball quicker. So far that’s worked: a 41.4% hard contact...continue reading

Nick Senzel (3B, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Senzel is currently plying his trade for the Louisville Bats of the International League, but that could change soon. One of the best prospects in baseball, Senzel was the second overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft and has moved quickly through the Reds' minor league system. The 22-year-old is known for his advanced plate approach and great bat-to-ball skills, and his burgeoning power should play up at Great American Ball Park. Senzel moved around the infield...continue reading

Aaron Hicks (OF, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Aaron Hicks generated some buzz as a value pick in drafts this spring after putting up an .847 OPS, 15 home runs, and 10 stolen bases in just 361 plate appearances last season. With a stellar supporting cast around him, fantasy owners didn't have to squint too hard to see a potential four-category contributor. Unfortunately, Hicks strained his right intercostal muscle (AKA his ribs) on Opening Day. He was activated on Thursday after spending just a couple...continue reading

Nick Pivetta (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Nick Pivetta posted ghastly ratios last season as a rookie (6.02 ERA, 1.51 WHIP), thanks in large part to allowing 25 home runs in just 133 innings. Look closer, though, and you can see reasons for optimism. Pivetta’s 18.2 HR/FB% isn’t likely to repeat itself in 2018, nor is his 67.1% strand rate. He also got rather unlucky with a league-worst .327 BABIP on ground balls, when his expected BABIP on those based on hard-hit rate would have...continue reading

Keynan Middleton (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners know well at this point how much Mike Scioscia hates them. Since the start of the 2016 season, a whopping 13 pitchers have recorded at least one save for the Angels, more than any other team. Consequently, Los Angeles is the only team in baseball lacking a pitcher who has saved at least 20 games for them in that span. Bud Norris had 19 saves last year, and no other Angels pitcher cracked double digits in...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS/3B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Often overlooked by fantasy owners is the value that position flexibility offers for roster construction, and Yangervis Solarte fits that mold. In most leagues, he is at least 2B/SS/3B/MI/CI eligible with other leagues being even more lenient. Without turning this into a roster management post, the more players with flexible positions, the more owners can play with match-ups, adding value to Solarte’s profile. Even more, Solarte is a good add due to his offensive...continue reading

Corey Dickerson (OF, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson has made the best of his new home and has maintained his ability to be a reliable fantasy option. Tampa made the surprise move to cut a player who, a season ago, was their best hitter. A .282/.325/.490 slash line is strong, but there were enough warts there to warrant Tampa dumping his salary for little (read Fangraphs’ piece on the Rays’ bad fastball hitters, for example). In reality, he...continue reading

Robert Gsellman (RP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: After struggling mightily in the Mets rotation last season, New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman has thrived in a new role to open the 2018 season. The team decided to transition him into more of a long relief role, with the hopes of finding their own Chad Green of sorts, and Gsellman has allowed just one earned run in six innings this season. His velocity is up 1.5 mph in the new role, and...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler has (very) quietly had a nice start to the season, and the metrics suggest a big breakout could be coming. Granted, he has only registered 27 at-bats up until this point, but the eye test shows that he’s controlling the strike zone much better than at any point last season. Right now, Kepler’s walked five times versus one strikeout. He is hitting for more power, and has been a little unlucky on his...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISJorge Alfaro represents the ultimate problem for fantasy owners: is a toolsy player without production worth rostering for the upside? To be fair, Alfaro last season was certainly passable with a .318 AVG, five home runs, and 127 WRC+ in 29 games. At the same time, a 28.9 K% compared to a 2.6 BB% limits the ability to keep that line going. So then why does he appear on this list? Andrew Knapp....continue reading

Adam Ottavino (RP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino has seen his ownership numbers skyrocket after his fast start to the season, now being rostered in one-fifth of all leagues. Pretty crazy for a guy who held an ERA and FIP above five last season and is not a closer or starting pitcher. You only have to go back to late 2016/early 2017 though to get a sense of the type of talent he is and can be. In...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi will not always play the Rockies, but the rookie might wish he could after dismantling them a second time on Tuesday night. After allowing just one hit with three walks while fanning seven Rox over five innings in his first look at them, the Lucchador collected eight K’s thanks to 15 swinging strikes out of just 82 pitches. His fastball topped out around 93 MPH as his over-the-top delivery made the Rockies hitters look...continue reading

Andrew Triggs (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs has averaged nearly 11 K/9 through his first two starts and has been getting hitters to whiff consistently with his breaking pitches. While he did not have a strong 2017 season, these numbers were influenced by a hip/back injury that ended his season in June. Pitching through injury, Triggs saw his below-average velocity decline, and he surrendered 14 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his final two starts. If...continue reading

Brian Anderson (3B, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson is a prime example of the value of opportunity and playing time. He never had an elite skill set in the minors, but he could hit (OPS over .850 in each of the last two seasons). With the Marlins rebuilding, Anderson now has the opportunity with Martin Prado out. Anderson manages the strike zone well with a very good BB% and a solid K% rates. Thus far, he has...continue reading

Joakim Soria (RP, CWS) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Joakim Soria has seemed to distance himself as the closer for the White Sox, at least in the early going of the 2018 season. Who would hold down this job was one of the big unknowns through the offseason, as many speculated that young relievers Nate Jones or Juan Minaya would get a chance. Once Joakim Soria was traded to the Sox in January, GM Rick Hahn said...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons enjoyed the best offensive season of his career in 2017, hitting .278 with 14 home runs, 19 stolen bases, and 146 R+RBI in 158 games. Judging by his ownership rate, fantasy owners were not overly impressed with the breakout. Those who drafted him have thus far enjoyed Simmons collecting 15 hits in 10 games and posting a .357 batting average. He has also added two doubles and has driven in seven...continue reading

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Available in just under 50% of leagues, Shin-Soo Choo is a solid option to have on your watch list if you are in need of a boost or an injury replacement. The 35-year-old Choo tends to be an afterthought come draft day, yet has been able to string together a solid stat line when healthy (only played 48 games in 2016). Choo is off to a great start in 2018 with a .325/.386/.625 slash line and a 50.0%...continue reading

Preston Tucker (OF) - Week 2 Wire Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISPreston Tucker is a name known to most fantasy players, but mostly due to his underperformance. Picked up to hold the spot for super prospect Ronald Acuna, Tucker has gotten off to one of the fastest starts among eligible batters with a .385 AVG, two home runs, and nine RBI. If you own Acuna, Tucker is the obvious play to take advantage of the free spot in the line-up. If not he...continue reading

Marco Estrada (SP, TOR) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Marco Estrada kicked off his 2018 by holding the Yankees to three runs with an even 1.00 WHIP over seven frames, which shows promise that the righty has reclaimed his form after an up-and-down ‘17 campaign. While he only induced five swinging strikes on the day, he scored an impressive 17 called strikes -- 10 with his fastball alone -- and only allowed an average exit velocity of 83 MPH. His 2017 was ruined by sleep/stress issues in relation to...continue reading

Michael Brantley (OF) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Michael Brantley might never return to his 2014 near-American League MVP season, but Friday's Cleveland home opener shows just how valuable to the team he is. Slotting right into the five spot in the Cleveland order, Brantley swung at the first pitch he saw and blooped a single to right field, driving in two runs. Don't expect a ton of power from Brantley, but in this offense, singles score runs. Brantley will be hitting behind ...continue reading

Brent Suter (SP, MIL) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Brent Suter isn’t going to blow anyone away with his velocity, but owns an unorthodox delivery and is currently 1-0 on the young season after holding the Padres to three runs over five innings of work on Saturday. I realize the 5.40 ERA isn’t impressive, but Milwaukee just made Zach Davies a 17-game winner last year and though I feel Suter would be best used as a multi-inning reliever, his opportunity here makes him a worthy add. The career...continue reading

Brandon Belt (1B) - Weeks 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: The knock on Brandon Belt has always been the regrettable fact that he plays in the worst ballpark for left-handed power. While he has not changed teams or venues, the reliance on a pull-heavy power seems to be a thing of the past. So far this year, Belt is hitting the ball to the opposite field 5% more often and making hard contact at a clip of 54.5%. Already boasting an impressive 29.7 GB% last...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Jake Junis traveled to Detroit in his first outing of the season. He recorded a win and punched out six Tigers without allowing an earned run in seven innings. Junis has two home starts on his upcoming schedule. Last season, Junis was a much better pitcher at Kauffman Stadium. He finished the 2017 season with a 3.43 ERA (5.03 ERA on the road). For Junis’s first matchup, against the Mariners, their current active roster posted a team wOBA of .316...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B, PHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: I don’t know about the half of fantasy owners who've left Hernandez sitting on the waiver wire, but I like the idea of adding an everyday leadoff man who’s going to hit .290 and swipe 20 bases. Don’t worry about the Phillies’ bevy of young infielders; Hernandez is locked into a starting role. Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery are fighting for that everyday spot at...continue reading

Matt Chapman (3B, OAK) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners showed a lot more love toward Oakland's other second-year Matt (that'd be Matt Olson) in drafts this spring, but Matt Chapman quietly smacked 14 home runs in half a season as a rookie last year. He's off to a great start in 2018, hitting .400/.455/.633 with two home runs and 10 R+RBI through eight games. He's also cut down on the whiffs in the early going, and strikeout rate tends to stabilize...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery got the job done in his first start of 2018, allowing just one run on two hits in five innings of a 11-4 win over the Rays. He wasn't perfect - note the four walks, which kept him from going deep enough into the game to factor into the decision - but on a cold day in the Bronx where he clearly didn't have his best stuff, Montgomery successfully battled through. He relied heavily on his...continue reading

Tyler Skaggs (SP, LAA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Skaggs is off to a nice start in 2018. The 26-year-old southpaw has taken two turns thus far and boasts a 1.64 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. Perhaps most importantly, he issued just two walks and didn't allow a home run in those starts. He could stand to benefit in these areas by increasing the usage of his changeup. The pitch has a 13% whiff rate and 54% ground ball rate...continue reading

Jacob Barnes (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Corey Knebel is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury, which means that the ninth inning is up for grabs in Milwaukee. There are several viable candidates for the role. Josh Hader is the flashiest name, but also the most widely-owned. In addition, he's a lefty and probably more suited to his current multi-inning fireman role. Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Albers are veterans with prior closing...continue reading

Joakim Soria (RP) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Who will be the White Sox closer in 2018? This was one of the big unknowns through the offseason, as many speculated that young relievers Nate Jones or Juan Minaya would get a chance. Once Joakim Soria was traded to the Sox in January, GM Rick Hahn said it would "provide us with veteran depth and enhanced flexibility." The team doesn't figure to contend in 2018, but they decided...continue reading

Dexter Fowler (OF) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: While Dexter Fowler has gotten off to a slow start in 2018, going 3-for-23 with seven strikeouts and a walk, fantasy owners should not be alarmed as this is normal for Fowler. In three of the last four seasons, Fowler has had a batting average below .250 with a strikeout rate of 23 percent or more over the first two weeks of the season. Despite the slow starts, he has been able to average 14 HR and 13...continue reading

Jakob Junis (SP) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: There isn't a much better way for Jakob Junis to have started his season, as he threw seven shutout innings on his way to his first win of the year over the Tigers. He allowed only three hits and one walk, while striking out six — his seventh career strikeout with six or more strikeouts. While it was just one start, it is worth noting that he posted an 11.5 swinging strike percentage and had batters...continue reading

Joe Panik (2B) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Joe Panik made headlines by hitting home runs in the Giants' first two wins of the season over the Dodgers, against Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen no less. While he's hit "only" one home run since then he has continued to hit the ball well. Through six games, Panik is hitting .380 with three homers, three runs, three RBI and three walks across 25 plate appearances. Panik is a...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons finally got his bat rolling last season and the result was a 4.9 WAR, making him the 20th-best position player in the league (higher than Gary Sanchez, Marcell Ozuna, and George Springer, notably). To the surprise of no one, he’s carried last year’s offensive success into 2018. Hitting .417 through six games, Simmons is just adding more to...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: First baseman Yonder Alonso, now with Cleveland, broke out in 2017 and came into 2018 as one of the top sleepers in the draft. It’s crazy how his draft stock failed to ascend after finally breaking out during his age-30 season, though. I thought we were beyond massively discounting post-hype breakouts, but apparently we’re not. That crazy high fly ball rate of his keeps chugging along, sitting at 46.2% through five games. It...continue reading

Shin-Soo Choo (OF, TEX) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Shin-Soo Choo finds himself in the ideal position for an aging ballplayer who could struggle to get into the lineup due to the fact that he is basically unusable in the field. Now that Delino DeShields is out for the next several weeks, it opens up an opportunity for the eagle-eyed Choo to cement himself at the top of the Texas Rangers' lineup. Choo will also benefit from the departure of ...continue reading

Hanley Ramirez (1B, BOS) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: First base is loaded with talent but is also producing some slow starters during the first week of the 2018 season. If you're an antsy owner, you can find a quick fix with Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez. He's had multi-hit games in three of his first five starts, along with four RBIs, a home run, and two stolen bases. Don't get too excited; Ramirez is in the twilight of his career and shouldn't...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS, BAL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham had a breakout year in 2017, posting a 3.5 WAR with a .334 wOBA. Expectations for Beckham to continue to play at that level may be an exercise in foolishness given his BABIP was an unsustainable .365; granted, his career .340 isn't far off from that. Its also a pretty small sample despite Beckham is heading into this fifth season where he played almost as many games in 2017 than he...continue reading

Yangervis Solarte (2B/3B/SS, TOR) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Any player, regardless of offensive prowess, who is eligible for more than two positions is still a valuable player to have on your team. Toronto Blue Jays' utility infielder Yangervis Solarte is just that kind of player. Solarte is good for the most part; he's got some pop, doesn't strike out too much, and stays healthy. His .258 BABIP in 2017 is very disconcerting, yet you can only assume that he's due for a bounce-back year after...continue reading

Miles Mikolas (SP, STL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Perhaps you caught St. Louis Cardinals' starter Miles Mikolas' debut this past Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers and weren't impressed. He gave up four earned runs, three of which were homers, and seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched. He also surrendered zero walks while striking out five batters; just over 70 percent of his pitches resulted in strikes. And while it doesn't' count for anything, he hit a massive home run to help his cause and...continue reading

Keone Kela (RP, TEX) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: As someone who treats relief pitchers as expendable due to their volatility, I always wait until much later in the draft to grab one. Closers, in particular, lose their jobs often depending on the competition behind them; never mind the possibilities for injuries. Case in point: Keone Kela of the Texas Rangers. Kela will have ample opportunities to cement himself as the closer for the Rangers. The problem will be if the guys in front of him can...continue reading

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Cesar Hernandez has quietly put up All-Star numbers the past two season posting 4.3 and 3.3 WAR in 2016 and 2017. These numbers are even more impressive considering how weak the Philadelphia offense has been. Last year, for example, the Phillies finished 27th in total runs with 690, and Hernandez accounted for 85 of those on his own. With the addition of Carlos Santana and a whole season of ...continue reading

Brandon Drury (2B) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon Drury looks primed to take advantage of the “pinstripe bounce” during the 2018 season following a move from Arizona to the Bronx. Flying under the radar in 2017, Drury posted the 13th-best slugging percentage (.447) and fourth-best doubles total (37) of second basemen with a minimum of 200 ABs. The concerning number for fantasy owners is that Drury only homered once every 34 ABs, but that can mostly be attributed to his 50.1 GB%...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Whether to pick up Kevin Pillar will be a popular question after his three steals in a single game this past Saturday. With Billy Hamilton looking so bad so far and Delino Deshields getting hurt, there will be owners scrambling for another source of steals or other owners seeing an opportunity to build up a lead before either of those guys get going. The good news is that...continue reading

Lewis Brinson (OF) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: “Really? You want me to play a Marlin this year?” Perhaps the first thought as you saw Brinson's name on this list. Yes, yes we do. First, look to the fact that Brinson actually wants to be in Miami. As a Florida kid, the chance to play in front of Mom was a critical piece of his early season interviews. Not only does this take some of the pressure off, but it will keep him in the line-up. Who are the...continue reading

Jose Martinez (1B/OF, STL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Martinez looks like he could be the next late bloomer to turn into a power stud after tallying a .309/.379/.518 triple slash in 307 big-league PAs for St. Louis. I’m sure you’ve heard about his wild 2017 and his 90.4 MPH average exit velocity, good for 26th on the leaderboard (min. 100 batted-ball events) right in between Carlos Correa and Robinson Cano. Out of batters with at least 300 PAs, Martinez’s...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Damn, y’all are fickle. Remember when Alonso made the American League All-Star squad last year with an awesome first half? Or are you really that burned by the second half that you’re just out on the guy? Even if I grant you that he’s the type who can’t keep this up all year based on a one-year sample size, Alonso was ID’d last year as a potential breakout by Eno Sarris due to his fly-ball ways in...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Davidson hit three home runs on Opening Day, in case you missed that. He is a poor defender and has some pretty crummy contact skills, leading some to want Yolmer Sanchez playing third for the South Siders instead (sorry, I wrongfully called them the North Siders originally). If that isn’t a ringing endorsement then I don’t know what is! Luckily, the Chi Sox play in the A.L. and have the DH slot to fall...continue reading