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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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Trey Mancini (1B/OF, BAL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: For most of 2018, Trey Mancini has failed to meet the standard that he sent in his successful rookie campaign last year when he produced a .826 OPS and 24 HR. While he never failed to hit less than three HR in a month all year, between May to July he produced mediocre OPS between .597 and .674, while his ISO hovered between .125 and .151 off of hard contact rates between 25.5% and 33.3%. That wasn't a...continue reading

Ronald Guzman (1B, TEX) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite all the success of younger rookies, Texas Rangers first baseman Guzman has had what should be considered a successful rookie campaign. He has demonstrated an ability to hit for power. In 297 at-bats, Guzman has 13 homers and 47 RBI. His power occurs despite a 30% hard-hit rate; however, he does distribute the ball all over the field (38%pull, 36%center, 26%opposite field). Guzman’s developing power does come with an increased strikeout rate (29%). This stems from his tendency to...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, TB) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers started off his rookie campaign quite strong. In the first half, he hit .252 with five homers, 25 runs, and 18 RBI. He also added 13 doubles and a couple of stolen bases. However, the league has made adjustments and now he must do the same. The second half, contrary to the first half, has been a mixed bag. He has nearly matched the first half numbers with four homers and 16...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS/3B, BAL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham, who is already 28 years old, is having a rollercoaster season, with most of the ride going down. He is currently struggling at the plate with only seven hits in the last 43 at-bats. During that time he has run into four homers and six RBI. His struggles could be expected considering he had to face off against the aces of the Red Sox, Mets, and Indians during that time. For his own part, Beckham has adapted...continue reading

David Freese (1B/3B, PIT) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates infielder David Freese is doing just enough to get a fantasy squad into the playoffs. He continues to hit for a very high average. Unfortunately, the other counting stats will depend on his teammates. In the last two weeks, Freese has one homer with six runs, five RBI, and a .344 AVG. He is also hitting .324 overall in the second half, which should give optimism that he can produce. The Pirates believe so...continue reading

Todd Frazier (3B, NYM) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: At 32 years old, New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is a forgotten man who is seemingly passed along until the Mets scooped him up. They have a recent tendency to ride players until they are old and gray, regardless of performance. However, Frazier is making their choice appear like a smart one. In two weeks, Frazier has two homers, 11 RBI, and a .348 batting average. He has also chipped in two stolen bases. As history has demonstrated, Frazier...continue reading

Tyler White (1B, HOU) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Keep an eye on Houston Astros first baseman Tyler White as he continues to perform when he is in the lineup. With the return of George Springer from the disabled list, there are fewer spots for Yulieski GurrielMarwin Gonzalez, and White to occupy. Even with only 12 plate appearances in the last week, White hit two homers, four RBI, and a .364 batting average. In 94 plate appearances, White has a...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has not hit for any power to speak of (two home runs) in his extremely limited 173 plate appearances in July and August this season, but he has quietly put together two solid months of production at the plate. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .280/.341/.408. In August (69 PA), Polanco has two dingers and produced a solid slash of .288/.304/.455. His ISO for the year sits low at...continue reading

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Ketel Marte is in an awkward spot for playing time, something that could hurt his fantasy value. Arizona’s acquisition of Eduardo Escobar could end up cutting into Marte’s playing time when Jake Lamb heals up from his recent injury. Chris Owings is also hitting well, making it even tougher for Marte. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has been, though, getting at-bats will not be...continue reading

Joey Wendle (2B/OF, TB) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays super-utilityman Joey Wendle was a total unknown before this season. Dubbed a “little engine that could”, Wendle was not considered anything particularly useful to most ball clubs, let alone a fantasy team. While he came into the season on no ones radar, the 28-year-old rookie is slashing a respectable .292/.340/.416 for the season. Furthermore, since the All-Star break, he has produced a .321/.370/.488 line while chipping in a steal, 10 extra base hits, 12 runs,...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario offers an alternative for owners who need speed if they are also looking for run production. The Mets’ second-year man is hitting just .242 on the season, but he has swiped eight bags in nine tries so far in the second half, and he has totaled 35 R+BI in those 26 games as well. The former top prospect has a .269/.315/.418 since the beginning of August, hitting six extra-base hits, and...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Adames had a rough start to his rookie season, but he has looked much better since the calendar flipped to August. In 15 contests so far this month, the 22-year-old has slashed .354/.418/.604 with three homers and four steals. Whiffs were a major issue for him early, but he has cut his strikeout rate almost in half during this hot streak. He is still hitting toward the bottom of the Tampa lineup,...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien has a modest overall batting line sof .262/.321/.386, but he has notched double digits in home runs (10) and stolen bases (13) for the fourth consecutive season and is pacing toward 90 runs scored. He has done this while running the best strikeout rate of his career to boot. The whiffs have gotten even more infrequent since the All-Star break (17.2%), during which time Semien has hit .294/.374/.451 with three homers, three steals,...continue reading

Rafael Ortega (OF, MIA) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins outfielder Rafael Ortega is a 27-year-old non-prospect who had gone through four organizations before coming to the Marlins as a minor-league free agent this past offseason. Weighing in at a slight 160 lbs., he has good-to-great speed, makes good contact, but has almost no pop. His one extended look in the bigs took place in 2016 with the Angels, where he finished up 202 plate appearances with a paltry .232/.283/.292 with a homer and...continue reading

Melky Cabrera (OF, CLE) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians outfielder Melky Cabrera is a rare example of the ballplayer that is better in fantasy than he is in real life. He is a terrible defensive outfielder and, despite attractive looking peripheral numbers, he has actually been a below replacement level hitter at the dish four of the last six seasons. However, of course, almost no fantasy league in the world counts WAR or other, more subjective advanced metrics. Over the last week, put up a pair of homers...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfield Kevin Pillar returns to the waiver wire after spending some time being shuffled around the lineup. Regular readers will recall that where he slots in the batting order is of fairly significant importance when determining start/sit with Pillar. Whenever Pillar hits in a premium spot, he plummets. Whenever he is buried in the lineup, he shines. Of course, when he shines, the Jays move him up the lineup, and he falls back...continue reading

Travis Jankowski (OF, SD) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski is one of the more explosive waiver wire pickups. He is an incredibly streaky player, which is maddening for fantasy owners. Guys like Jankowski are like deep ball receivers in fantasy football. You never know when they are gonna hit, but you definitely want them around when they do. The 27-year-old has 20 steals in 312 plate appearances, which is pretty good. True to his reputation, five of them have...continue reading

Austin Gomber (SP, STL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSISAfter back-to-back shutouts for St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber, the road will be tougher this week. He will face both the Dodgers and Rockies on the road, with his start in Denver as a particularly tough matchup.

Even with his tough matchups to come, in his last two outings, he struck out nine total batters and allowed only seven hits with zero earned runs. While Los Angeles and Colorado have better offenses than

...continue reading

Marco Estrada (SP, TOR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: It has been a rough road for Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada over the last month or so. He has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts and has struck out five batters, or more, only once in the last six appearances. Posting a 6-9 record with a 4.87 ERA, Estrada has only punched out 83 batters in 112 2/3 innings after whiffing 341 batters in 362...continue reading

Shane Bieber (SP, CLE) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber will get two turns in the Cleveland rotation this week, facing both the Red Sox and Royals on the road. Bieber has allowed three earned runs, or less, in three consecutive starts and has struck out at least five batters in four straight appearances (six of the last seven, too).

His opponents are vastly different, however especially in the run producing category, this season. Boston leads the league

...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minus a rough outing in Arizona (4 IP, 4 ER, and 2 K), Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez has been a solid streaming starter and borderline staple to a fantasy rotation. He has allowed two earned runs, or less, in seven of his last 10 appearances and struck out at least seven batters in four games during that same span.

Vinny Velo is also a two start pitcher this week, facing the Nationals in Washington and

...continue reading

Trevor Richards (SP, MIA) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards has allowed three earned runs, or less, in six of the last seven appearances. He has also punched out at least six batters in four of the last five outings and has 88 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings this season. The 25-year-old is 3-7 with a 4.28 ERA, but has a 3.97 FIP in 2018 and allowed just two earned runs in a four start stretch from July 14-August 3 (23...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: After only taking 17 AB in April, Johan Camargo has yet to finish a month with an OPS south of .733 or a HR total less than three. Now, over his last 95 AB in 25 games, he has produced four dingers and a slash of .295/.330/.505. The interesting thing is that, despite his consistent offense, he has sported some inconsistent peripherals. His strikeout rate has been anywhere from 13.1% to 25.6%, and his walk rate has deviated...continue reading

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: From the end of July to this point in August, Matt Boyd has been in a nice rhythm for the Tigers to the tune of a 3.13 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 8.0 K/9 over his last five starts. He got off to an excellent start to the season through the first two months, but limped through June with a 6.32 ERA and 1.47 WHIP after allowing six HR and 42.7% hard contact on batted balls. Boyd struggled to...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite going hitless in each of the last five games, Austin Hedges still ranks as top-five catcher in standard leagues over the past month. He's hit .253 with five home runs, three stolen bases, and 19 R+BI in 22 games during that time. Hedges finished tied for eighth among catchers in home runs (18) as a rookie last year, but his lousy .214 batting average and tepid run production kept him from adding much value to fantasy rosters....continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: At this juncture of the season, saves can be tough to come by on the waiver wire. That's why it comes as a surprise to see Trevor Hildenberger still available for free in over 80 percent of Yahoo leagues currently. True, the ratios (4.58 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) are middling, and relievers who don't strike out a batter per inning seem to be a minority in this day and age. But Hildenberger has received (and converted) three of the...continue reading

Anthony Desclafani (SP, CIN) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: After missing all of the 2017 season due to injury, Anthony DeSclafani was a forgotten man in fantasy drafts this spring. Granted, it didn't help matters that he suffered an oblique strain in spring training, snuffing out any ideas some owners might have had of taking a late flier on him. Desclafani, as one might expect given that it had been nearly two calendar years since he'd thrown a pitch at the big-league level, showed some early...continue reading

German Marquez (SP, COL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Rockies are not generally a great source of pitching value in fantasy leagues, given the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. In 2018, though, most of their rotation has at least had stretches of usefulness. German Marquez is in one such period right now. The strikeouts have been there all season (146 in 135 2/3 innings), but his unfavorable home park and penchant for allowing home runs kept Marquez's ratios in largely unplayable territory. In his last...continue reading

Harrison Bader (OF, STL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Cardinals' outfield logjam has been a consistent source of consternation for fantasy owners in 2018. Thanks to injury (Dexter Fowler), trade (Tommy Pham), and defensive concerns (Jose Martinez), Harrison Bader is finally getting everyday at-bats, and he's making the most of them. The rookie already has seven multi-hit games in August, helping him to a .365/.424/.635 line during the month with three home runs, three stolen bases, and...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSISWilly Adames’ rookie season got off to a bumpy start, but he’s looked much better since the calendar flipped to August. In 15 contests so far this month, the 22-year-old has slashed .354/.418/.604 with three homers and four steals. Whiffs were a major issue for him early, and he’s cut his strikeout rate almost in half during this hot streak. He’s still hitting toward the bottom of the Tampa lineup, which caps his run production. However, it’s...continue reading

Nick Williams (OF, PHI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite posting an .811 OPS in his first MLB season, Nick Williams opened his second MLB campaign in a right field platoon with Aaron Altherr. Early returns weren't encouraging as he struggled in the timeshare, hitting below .200 in April. However, as the season progressed, Williams seized the starting job and Altherr found himself banished to the minor leagues. Over the past nine weeks, the 24-year-old has slashed .297/.369/.497 with 10 home runs and 57 R+BI....continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 15 homers this year in just 324 plate appearances, with four of them coming in August. While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did have 17 bombs...continue reading

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed has been solid over the last few weeks, but a rough week has seen his ownership dip a bit this week (down from 26%). The Diamondbacks’ infield is going to get crowded once Jake Lamb returns from the disabled list, as well, after Arizona acquired Eduardo Escobar at the trade deadline. Ahmed is now slashing .281/.333/.539 since the beginning of July, but he is only slashing .190/.261/.286 over the last...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, OAK) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers was acquired by the Athletics at the trade dealdine and looks to make an impact for his new team. While his 786 record is not much to write home about and his 3.38 ERA is passable (even if his 4.53 FIP is not), his move to Oakland from Detroit helps his stock Also, sorting specifically by homers on the FantasyPros park factor tool, Comerica Park stands at 13th while Oakland is...continue reading

Blake Parker (RP, LAA) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker appears to be the man to own for saves in Los Angels for the remainder of the season. He has held off Cam Bedrosian, Kenyan Middleton, and Jim Johnson for saves throughout the season and the 32-year-old has fared well. Through 55 innings, Parker is 2-1 with 12 saves and a 3.27 ERA. Since the beginning of July, Parker only has three saves, but...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist has had a really good year as an experienced veteran. He has gotten more playing time than usual, as he had filled in well for Kris Bryant while he recovered from his injury. Since Bryant has returned, Zobrist has mainly played second and has also found opportunities at the top of the lineup. He is slashing .308/.392/.462 this season and has a .369 wOBA. While he only has...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because he refuses to quit hitting. The Royals’ shortstop, who just turned 23, has gone hitless in the last two games, but has posted a .290/.304/.450 slash since the beginning of July, with three homers and 12 stolen bases. Some of that success is certainly BABIP-fueled (.382), but given how tough it is right now to find players who can...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (RP/SP, OAK) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill is having a very solid year in 2018, bouncing back from a rough 2017 season in which he finished with a 4.93 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and an eye-popping 1.71 HR/9.  The 30-year-old had a rough close to 2017, 21 earned runs in 23 innings with the Royals, but he has rebounded in 2018. Overall, he has posted a 4-2 record, 3.39 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a 78/24 K/BB over 79 2/3 innings.  On...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B, PIT) – Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Leagues   ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has had a lost season in 2018, posting a .266/.349/.413 slash line, but seems to have turned the corner as of late. He has two home runs in the last week, getting a hit in six of his last seven games, and is flashing the power that led to 26 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017. Taking a step back to the beginning of July, Bell is slashing .310/.400/.490 and his...continue reading

Steven Souza Jr. (OF, ARI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. appears to be turning the corner and turning into the 30 home run/16 stolen base player that they traded for this spring. Unfortunately, Souza suffered a pectoral muscle strain in spring training that kept him out for most of the first half (he initially came back in May, but played poorly and landed back on the disabled list with the same injury a few weeks later). No matter his issues early on, he...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SDP) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi was a popular waiver add in April, but a month-long stint on the disabled list led to him being cast aside by many fantasy owners. Since then, it has been a roller coaster ride owning Lucchesi; this is when the roller coaster is at the top though. Fresh off of throwing six scoreless innings against the Phillies (two hits, six strikeouts), here we are suggesting the 25-year-old. Since the beginning of July, the...continue reading

Jose Leclerc (RP, TEX) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jose Leclerc appears to be making the most of a change to the closer's role. With both Keone Kela and Jake Diekman shipped off to contenders at the non-waiver trade deadline, Leclerc has seen his fantasy value sky rocket. The 24-year-old has always missed bats at an impressive clip (12.9 strikeouts/nine this season), but this year he has improved his control substantially. While he had nowhere to go but...continue reading

Derek Holland (SP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland continues to turn back the clock to his All-Star days with the Rangers. The end result did not look good, but Holland had notched a quality start before his bullpen shattered it into itty-bitty pieces during his last start against Pittsburgh. After logging a strikeout to open the seventh inning, he was suddenly at 105 pitches after a walk and single, which would eventually lead to Francisco Cervelli launching a...continue reading

Jalen Beeks (TB - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Do not let the seasonal line fool you (12.79 ERA in 6 1/3 innings), Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jalen Beeks is another name that  has been quite effective in Rays threads thus far. Tampa Bay scooped the southpaw from Boston after he stunk up his MLB debut against Detroit, but he  has now strung three strong appearances together. Tuesday night saw him enter in relief after Hunter Wood opened against the Yankees, with Beeks setting...continue reading

John Gant (STL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant helped himself with a homer off of Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday night to fuel his second straight victory, as the Cardinals continued to kick the Nationals while they are down. The righty is not more than a streamer thanks to a mediocre 65-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio -- he just cannot overwhelm opponents -- but those who streamed him against the Marlins and Nationals know that he is a good...continue reading

Zach Davies (MIL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: We do not know whether Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies will be returning to a slot in the starting rotation, but those in deep waters may want to jump ahead of that potential news given Milwaukee’s strong team environment (namely, the offense and the bullpen). Davies has not had a strong rehab campaign thus far (12 strikeouts, eight walks, 10 earned in 14 2/3 IP), but his window is up on Aug. 25, so the...continue reading

Edwin Jackson (OAK - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Edwin Jackson has proudly won three straight games without allowing an earned run, most recently going 7 ⅓ innings against the Angels. Absolutely no one is buying the 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP at face value, but his career-low .224 BABIP and high 80% strand rate do not jive with an elevated 23.5% line-drive rate. There are other reasons to believe in Jackson, namely the lower walk totals (7.9% would be his lowest...continue reading

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Boyd is a top-50 overall player per Yahoo’s 5x5 system over the last month, which has come by way of a 2.37 ERA/0.89 WHIP and three wins. He has managed to increase his fastball velocity from an early average of 89-90 mph to above 92 mph in August, yet his breaking pitches have stayed roughly the same. His splits are noticeable, with a 2.80 home ERA (4.93 xFIP) and 5.60 road ERA...continue reading

German Marquez (COL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez entered Tuesday night’s start against Houston with a 2.95 SIERA over the last 30 days -- good for eighth-best out of 83 qualified SPs. His 2.49 xFIP over that span makes him one of just six to skirt under the 2.50 mark out of 114 SPs with >20 IP. Justin Verlander tops that list, and guess what? Marquez just beat him and the defending world champs on Tuesday...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (ATL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint had a great major-league debut against the Miami Marlins earlier this week. The rookie coasted through six innings and could have gone longer had his spot in the order not come up with runners in scoring position. He picked apart the Marlins and featured all of his four-pitch arsenal by throwing 25 curves, 21 four-seamers, 20 splitters and 16 sinkers. He only mustered four strikeouts and six whiffs overall, which is...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Tampa Bay Rays clearly had a plan for Tyler Glasnow and boy, has he executed it. Big G’s first appearance was a typical three-inning open, but the last effort saw him toss 79 pitches over five innings. Okay, now we have got more than just strikeouts and ratios here, but we are still waiting for Glasnow to pitch long enough to earn a win Of course, combining for 12 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 20 K...continue reading

Trevor May (SP/RP, MIN) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Trevor May has pitched less than five innings since the September 2016, yet he has a legitimate shot to earn some saves in Minnesota. The Twins have been without a true closer after trading veteran Fernando Rodney to the A's earlier this week. Trevor Hildenberger was the first to step up Saturday against Detroit. He promptly allowed two runs but ended up with his first save of the season. Recent outings have not been kind to Hildenberger as he has allowed...continue reading

Tyler White (1B, HOU) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Jose Altuve and George Springer on the disabled list, there was some reshuffling done which now allows first baseman Tyler White to get some playing time at first base. Thus far, he is making the most of it. In the last two weeks, he has three homers, nine RBI, and a .342 batting average. In 79 plate appearances, White has a slash line of .279/.380/.574. These totals are boosted by a 14% walk rate...continue reading

Daniel Palka (1B/OF, CHW) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: In the last 30 days, Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka has compiled seven HR with 17 RBI and a .306 AVG. The important thing to know is that he has very unique splits. At home, he is a .277 hitter that only generates 33% hard-hit rate and his swing is catered toward a ground ball result (46%). Contrarily, on the road, his swings generate more fly balls (44%) and hard-hit rate (43%), resulting in more...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS/3B, BAL) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham started off the season very slow with a .206 batting average in the first half with two HR and 13 RBI. In only 89 plate appearances of the second half, Beckham already has five homers, 15 RBI, and a .303 average. It should be noted that Beckham does not hit the ball with authority, as his hard-hit rate is only 31%. He needs to improve that similar to the rate of 2017...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS The Rays are putting together a nice young team and infielder Matt Duffy is in position to capitalize on it. He is a steady bat that will get some counting stats if the rest of the offense can do their part. He is not the kind of player that will generate his own production. Duffy is not going to give you a lot of power as he only has a .382 slugging on the season. However, he can...continue reading

David Freese (1B/3B, PIT) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates infielder David Freese has been an underestimated player this year. Ok, may he is not big-time power hitter, but he is just another guy who can hit the ball. However, it is worth pointing out that he does have a slash line of .292/.346/.474 so Freese does provide exactly what you need in a player, the ability to get on base and above-average slugging. In the last 14 days, Freese has two homers with nine...continue reading

Steven Souza Jr. (OF, ARI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. appears to be turning the corner and turning into the 30 home run/16 stolen base player that they traded for this spring. Unfortunately, Souza suffered a pectoral muscle strain in spring training that kept him out for most of the first half (he initially came back in May, but played poorly and landed back on the disabled list with the same injury a few weeks later). No matter his issues early on, he...continue reading

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SDP) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: After reaching base three times in four plate appearances on Saturday (single, double, walk), Hunter Renfroe's season line stands at .251/.317/.489. This represents a legitimate step forward across the board in his second full MLB season. The caveat, of course, is that he hasn't played every day thanks to a surplus of outfielders on the Padres' roster. That should be less of an issue going forward, particularly with Wil Myers injured yet again....continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: After the dealing of Fernando Rodney to the Oakland Athletics, a the Minnesota Twins are going to have to find a replacement for high-leverage situations among their bullpen that holds the sixth-worst ERA in baseball at 4.67. Of those candidates, Trevor Hildenberger stands out as a strong contender for several reasons. For one, despite a recent stretch of particularly ugly outings to kick off August, he had been producing a solid amount of encouraging peripherals....continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 14 homers this year in just 300 plate appearances, with four of them coming in his last 11 games. While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did...continue reading

Manuel Margot (OF, SD) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot has had a disappointing 2018 season after posting an ADP of 138 (36th among outfielders) this spring. Fantasy owners were clearly betting on the promising form Margot had flashed in the second half of last year when he looked like a viable 20/20 candidate. Instead, Margot has just five home runs and only has 10 stolen bases. Those poor numbers mask the fact that the 23-year-old has quietly turned his season around as the...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because he refuses to quit hitting. The Royals’ shortstop, who turned 23 last week, has gone hitless just twice since July 10 and posted a .305/.317/.492 line during that time, with a three homers and eight stolen bases. Some of that success is certainly BABIP-fueled (.385), but given how tough it is right now to find players who can contribute...continue reading

Blaine Hardy (SP, DET) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSISDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Blaine Hardy is more of a dart throw as, obviously, the talent level drops when you get below the 25-percent-owned line in fantasy baseball. Hardy was hit hard in his last outing, allowing five earned runs in five innings against the Angels in Los Angeles, only striking out three batters. A poor outing last time out aside, he has also dealt some decent performances.

Hardy has allowed one run, or less,

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow looked liked the guy that the Rays traded for on Tuesday night. Glasnow’s second start for Tampa Bay yielded nine strikeouts over four innings of one-run ball, allowing just two baserunners before being lifted. His two “openings” for Tampa combine for a line of 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 14 K. Sure, facing the Orioles is as easy as the AL East is going to get for a...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (ATL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Those unfamiliar with the embarrassingly-rich stable of young Braves arms are learning a lot in 2018. There are rumblings of prospect Touki Toussaint getting a spot start with Max Fried hitting the 10-day DL, and even the most distant rumblings mean you need to pay attention with a talent like Touki. The 22-year-old tore through Double-A with a 2.93 ERA/1.19 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 86 IP before a promotion to Triple-A, where he has posted...continue reading

Pablo Lopez (SP, MIA) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez is basically unowned, so get your hands on Lopez now, before it is too late. Lopez has allowed two earned runs, or less, in three of the last four appearances and struck out at least five batters in four of the past five starts.

Lopez will make two starts this week, both on the road, facing both the Braves and the Nationals. Atlanta is first on the docket

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Heath Fillmyer (SP, KC) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSISKansas City Royals starting pitcher Heath Fillmyer is available in almost every league, but should be on your fantasy radar. Fillmyer was filthy against the Cubs in his last appearance, earning his first MLB win. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cubs and, while only striking out three batters, showed that he is worthy of a look in deeper leagues

Fillmyer is a two start pitcher this week, facing the Blue Jays in Kansas

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Franmil Reyes (OF, SD) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: After the first few months of his 2018 campaign were characterized by a slough of struggles with a pinch of power, 23-year old Franmil Reyes has exploded into the month of August with a 1.637 OPS and three dingers in 18 AB so far. He sports a few plate peripherals that are far from ideal for power hitting. His incredibly high strikeout rate of 35.4%, along with a below-average pull rate of 34.2%, and a GB/FB ratio of...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Former top-100 prospect Jorge Polanco hasn't hit for any power to speak of in his extremely limited 129 AB in July and August this season, but he has quietly put together two solid months of production at the plate. In his cumulative work on the year he has a .760 OPS with a single homer and four stolen bases in six attempts. Over the last two weeks alone, encompassing 47 AB, Polanco hit his sole dinger for the...continue reading

Randal Grichuk (OF, TOR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: The first month of the 2018 season was an unmitigated disaster for Randal Grichuk. He hit just .106, then hurt himself trying to make a diving play in the field. Since returning from that injury, however, he's done his best to overcome that rough first impression in Toronto. Grichuk has hit .273/.323/.546 with 14 home runs and 73 R+BI in 56 games after his stint on the disabled list, and has been seeing the bulk of his...continue reading

Derek Holland (SP, SFG) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite earning the victory, Derek Holland didn't pitch particularly well on Friday against the Pirates. That, however, was the first time he had allowed more than three runs since May 30, or more than two since July 1. The veteran southpaw has had a quietly solid season, striking out a batter per inning and posting playable ratios (3.97 ERA, 1.28 WHIP). Though he spent most of July shuffling between the Giants' rotation and bullpen, Holland should get regular turns...continue reading

Nick Pivetta (SP, PHI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: A 4.51 ERA is admittedly unimpressive, but it's worth pointing out that over 20 percent of the runs Nick Pivetta has allowed this season came in two blow-ups covering just 2 2/3 innings. His ERA outside of those poor outings is a much more palatable 3.62, and considering that only nine qualified starters boast a higher strikeout rate, Pivetta ought to be more widely owned than he is at the moment. He's not without some risk - and even recommending...continue reading

Wily Peralta (RP, KCR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Generally, we here at RotoBaller are not in the habit of recommending pitchers who have BB/9 rates in excess of 5.00 in both the majors and Triple-A. But saves are saves, and they're tough to come by in the dog days of August. Of course, Wily Peralta can tell you that from experience, as he hasn't actually recorded one since July 31. These facts probably have not endeared you to the idea of rostering him! But another fact is...continue reading

Jake Bauers (1B/OF, TBR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: While Jake Bauers has slumped a bit since the All-Star break, that has at least a little to do with a low BABIP that doesn't pass the smell test. Said slump has dropped his average to .233, but he still boasts an OPS above .800 to go with nine home runs and four stolen bases in 239 plate appearances. By virtue of hitting in the top half of the Tampa batting order, Bauers has also gifted fantasy owners with...continue reading

Mallex Smith (OF, TBR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of leagues ANALYSIS: Mallex Smith has been on fire recently, which is why his ownership rate has skyrocketed accordingly over the last few days. If he's still floating around on your league's waiver wire, though, it's time to put in a claim. The speedy outfielder has bounced back from a June swoon in a big way; since the start of July, he's slashed an absurd .395/.485/.616 and stolen 10 bases. Seven of those swipes have come in the last 10 games. Obviously...continue reading

Jake Odorizzi (SP, MIN) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSISMinnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has had a boom-or-bust type of season. On a start-to-start basis, fantasy owners. He has allowed two earned runs, or less, in six of the last 10 starts, but he has also allowed four earned runs, or more in the other four appearances. Even the strikeouts are inconsistent; he has struck out five batters, or more, in six out of 10 starts and punched out three batters, or less, in...continue reading

Nick Pivetta (SP, PHI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta is easily one of the better streamers of the week. He has punched out at least six batters in five consecutive appearances and allowed two earned runs, or less, in back-to-back starts. Pivetta also has a 31.4% K-BB% over the last 30 days, which is the 2nd best in baseball. Pivetta has a 4.20 ERA in the same time period, but also has a 60.6% strand rate, 1.07 WHIP, and .348...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Embattled starting pitcher Trevor Cahill is having a very solid year in 2018, bouncing back from a rough 2017 season in which he finished with a 4.93 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and an eye-popping 1.71 HR/9.  The 30-year-old is now playing in his 10th season and in his second stint with the Oakland Athletics, where he played his first three years at the MLB level.  Most of Cahill's statistics this year are great, and it is now officially...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro has hits in three of the last four games, driving in a run in each of those three games. Alfaro also tallied a multi-hit game on August 3, tallying a run scored and RBI in that game. He has a .250 batting average since the All-Star game, hitting three extra-base hits, knocking in six runs and scoring eighth. Unfortunately for Alfaro, there are a lot of negative traits in his portfolio, starting...continue reading

 





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