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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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Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Duffy has been a solid points producer this year on a Tampa Bay Rays team that has a limited number of fantasy relevant players. He's having one of his best years so far at 27 years old. He's hitting .317 and has an average .344 wOBA. While he only has four home runs this year, he has 16 doubles and 78 singles. Duffy doesn't have great speed, but he has seven stolen bases so far. Duffy...continue reading

Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Harvey has lost all of his fantasy respect over the last few years due to injury and poor performance. That is why he's available right now. He has turned things around of late, as he has won his last four decisions. Harvey has a 3.64 ERA this year with the Cincinnati Reds. This is just 0.02 points lower than his career average for ERA. His K/9 is at 6.80. This isn't great, but he has...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes has been pleasantly surprising. He has 10 home runs this year which are often hard to come by at the catcher position. He has 34 runs and 31 RBI. Gomes has been very successful against southpaws this year. He's hitting .324 against them with numbers that aren't much lower even in 26 fewer games than against right-handed pitching. He's owned in 36% of leagues, and should be added in 12+ team leagues. Like most...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ben Zobrist has had a really good year as an experienced veteran. He has gotten more playing time than usual as he has filled in well for Kris Bryant while he recovered from his injury. Ben Zobrist still figures to see plenty of playing time in both the infield and outfield. He's slashing .287/.383/.418. He has a .352 wOBA. Zobrist has been successful in most categories besides home runs. He has 41 runs and...continue reading

Greg Bird (1B, NYY) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is very quickly turning his season around, hitting .321 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 12 RBI this week. The short porch in right field of Yankee Stadium is particularly advantageous for a left-handed hitter like Bird who has a 53.7% pull rate. The question then becomes his ability to make consistent contact. Bird’s contact percentage of 76.8 is average but his swinging strikes of 10.3% is below average and needs to be...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was not expected to see his fantasy stock drop this much this season, but, after an awful season line of .172/.257/.281 and a busted thumb later, and fantasy owners have given up en masse on the Rays’ 28-year-old star. Kiermaier has been unquestionably bad this year, looking overmatched and underpowered in nearly every way, and the stats support what the eye test says. KK’s approach seems to have deteriorated, his pop has...continue reading

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler has one of the strangest profiles in baseball. He continues to be very effective against left-handed pitching, but struggles against the strong side put him at risk of losing at-bats to one of the Twins’ very talented hitters in the minors. All that said, Kepler is a potent power bat that has improved his approach at the plate dramatically, posting an 11% walk rate and just a 15.4% strikeout rate. What is most...continue reading

Will Smith (RP, SFG) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Hunter Strickland sidelined by a broken finger sustained while punching a door in anger after a blown save, the Giants have tried a number of different relievers in the ninth inning. Most recently, they've been turning to Will Smith to shut the door. The veteran left-hander has successfully converted the team's last three save opportunities and has allowed just one run since May 25, and just three runs all season long. Naturally, Smith is the...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Stephen Piscotty's Athletics tenure got off to a less than ideal start. Through May 27, his line stood at a wholly uninspiring .222/.277/.335, and he'd spent most of the season buried in the batting order. Since then, however, the 27-year-old has turned his season around. He drew some attention in fantasy circles by homering in four consecutive games this week, but the turnaround actually began in earnest a month ago. Piscotty has hit a blistering .302/.374/.635 with eight home...continue reading

Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last six trips to the hill and has surrendered just one in each of his last four. Some of those starts have been more tightrope-y than others due to shaky control (he walked four Cubs on Sunday), but he has still quickly become a fantasy asset. On top of his run prevention, he calls pitcher-friendly AT&T Park his home...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: His ratios don't jump off the page (4.39 ERA, 1.24 WHIP), but Vince Velasquez is having a sneaky-solid season in Philadelphia. The question of whether he would perform well enough to stick in the rotation was a pressing one this spring for a Phillies team that hoped to contend. That he's answered the bell thus far is a big reason why the Phillies find themselves in first place in the National League East at the moment. After a...continue reading

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros outfielderJosh Reddick has had something of a bizarre season thus far. He blasted six home runs in his first 18 games, then went over two months before hitting another. After hitting .281 and .314 in the last two seasons, Reddick's average was as low as .221. He has brought it up more than 40 points since then, hitting a robust .305/.345/.390 with a pair of home runs and four stolen bases since the beginning of...continue reading

Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was seen as a free agent bust after a few rough offensive seasons, but has shown some good signs of late. He has a .306 batting average since the beginning of June, posting a .478 slugging percentage and .172 isolated power. Heyward has a .354 OBP in the same time period, putting up solid extra-base and run production totals. Heyward has four home runs and 11 doubles since the beginning of June,...continue reading

Carlos Gonzalez (OF, COL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has a hit in each game that he has started this month, hitting a home run on July 8 and two homers on July 11. He has 15 extra base hits since the beginning of June (including five home runs), knocking in 20 runs, and scoring 28 runs. Gonzalez has a .297 batting average in the same time period and has posted a .517 slugging percentage as well. While Gonzalez is hitting...continue reading

Kyle Gibson (SP, MIN) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSISAfter back-to-back nine-strikeout performances, it seems as though Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is on the right track. He has allowed three earned runs, or less, in nine of the last 10 starts and has struck out at least five batters in four of his last five appearances. While he is only 4-6 this season, he has a 3.42 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 8.9 strikeouts per nine, and his 1.23 WHIP this season; all of those...continue reading

Joe Musgrove (SP, PIT) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSISPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has struck out at least five batters in seven of his eight starts in 2018. In his last outing, on July 10 against the Nationals, he struck out a season-high nine batters in just five innings while allowing two earned runs. He will face the Brewers today and, pending today's start, Musgrove will be a strong player to add. 

Unfortunately, he will have the tough task of facing the

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Brent Suter (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter returned from the DL to pitch on Saturday and allowed one earned run in five runs. After this good start, he will be lined up to start a couple games in Week 16, after the All-Star break.

Suter has struck out at least five batters in three straight starts and, even though he has allowed at least four earned runs in back-to-back games, he is still solud. Prior

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Joey Wendle (2B/OF, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Joey Wendle was very happy to see June end, as he had a .192 batting average last month. July has been a different story, however, as Wendle pushed his July batting average up over .400 (.405) with a two-hit effort on Saturday. That was his second consecutive multi-hit game, and fifth in the last two weeks. Even with a rough June factored in, Wendle only has a 14.3% soft hit ball rate...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko slumped hard in June, but he has slashed .324/.444/.622 since the calendar flipped to July. He has four multi-hit games already this month, and has walked more often than he is struck out. While he’s pacing toward his lowest power output since 2014, Gyorko entered this season having averaged 25 HR/600 PA for his career. It would not be a surprise to see him pop balls over the fence more often...continue reading

Scott Kingery (OF/SS/2B/3B, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies utility player Scott Kingery has not lived up to expectations as a rookie, although to be fair, those expectations were absurd. To be fair though, there were multiple people speculating that he could produce a 30/30 campaign, something that no MLB player has done since 2012. The 24-year-old has only gone deep four times and has a lousy .611 OPS on the season. However, he has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. Kingery’s two-hit...continue reading

Derek Dietrich (1B/2B/3B/OF, MIA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Marlins are not very good, but utility player Derek Dietrich has been a bright spot for them in the season’s first half. The versatile veteran has hit .288/.350/.452 with 11 home runs and 49 runs scored across 92 games, primarily hitting in one of the first two spots of the Miami batting order. Since the beginning of June, the former 2nd round pick for the Rays is slashing .319/.386/.489, slugging five home runs and eight doubles. He...continue reading

C.J. Cron (1B, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman C.J. Cron is thankful to be in the month of July. He is working his way back from a terrible June in which he hit for a .130 batting average. In two weeks of July, Cron has a .405 batting average and has reduced his strikeout rate by 16.2%. Over the last seven days, Cron is hitting .400 with three home runs, five runs scored, and 10 RBI. Additionally, his Hard-Hit percentage...continue reading

Kendrys Morales (1B, TOR) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales is proving that age is nothing, but a number and is on a power surge. Overall, it might be easy to believe that his bat is slowing down as his season stats do not look particularly impressive. Morales has a 9.2 BB%, 23.7 K%, and a .195 ISO for the season. However, the last 30 days his performance is much more fantasy friendly. During that time, Morales had a walk...continue reading

Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is currently on the disabled list with knee inflammation but the well-timed All-Star break gives him the possibility of returning fully healthy for the second half. Over the last seven days, Pujols has a .333 batting average, four home runs, and six RBI. Even at 38 years old, Pujols continues to smack the ball with authority, with a Hard-Hit rate better than he has in the last seven years (42.2%). Unfortunately, he is swinging at...continue reading

Anibal Sanchez (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSISAtlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez has had quite the turnaround of a season in 2018. He went from a 6.41 ERA in 105 1/3 innings in Detroit last year to a 2.72 ERA in 59 2/3 innings in Atlanta this season. Sanchez has even allowed only one earned run in back-to-back appearances.

Sanchez will see the Nationals in Washington and Marlins in Miami after the All-Star break. He has thrown 10 innings against

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Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSISColorado Rockies starting pitcher Jonathan Gray should only be added to your roster if you need strikeouts, as he is coming off of the DL and still has a start in Colorado this week. The ERA is rough (5.77 ERA) and he has allowed at least five earned runs in two of the past three games. He has allowed at least three earned runs in eight of the last nine appearances.

However, on the

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Alex Verdugo (OF, LAD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Alex Verdugo makes great contact, drives the ball, and can make something out of nothing at the plate. He also does not strike out much, loves to lace line drives into the gaps, and has enough speed to play even at the bigs. It is all there for him to be a stud in the big leagues; the question is to see where he ends up. It would surprise no one if...continue reading

Jordan Luplow (OF, PIT) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jordan Luplow had an 87 plate appearance cup of coffee with Pittsburgh a season ago, and has now taken 10 plate appearances in 2018. In case you have not noticed, the Pirates are not likely to morph into contenders anytime soon, so now is the time to start looking at the talented youngsters in line to snag at-bats. Luplow has shown marked improvement in the speed department each season, and scouting reports paint a picture of a smart ballplayer...continue reading

Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of leagues ANALYSIS: Let’s play a round of Guess That Player. Here are the first two clues: I am a Cincinnati Reds player who has a top-five on-base percentage in baseball. At this point there is only one answer that comes to mind; it has to be Joey Votto. But now for the final clue: I am just 17% owned in fantasy. Much more difficult, but the answer is 24-year-old outfielder Jesse Winker, who...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/SS/3B, ATL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Johan Camargo is a great addition in redraft leagues, but even better in dynasty leagues. Camargo has 30 runs and 39 RBI. He has a .337 wOBA, and continues to improve upon that. 20 of his runs came in the month of June. July hasn't been a spectacular month for him, but the all star break will give him much needed rest. Camargo is hitting .249 which isn't great, but he's hitting at the bottom of...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: For obvious reasons, it's rare that Rockies pitchers are recommended for regular use in fantasy leagues. However, Tyler Anderson's recent performance can't be ignored. The 28-year-old has logged quality starts in five of his last seven outings, posting sparkling ratios (2.09 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) and striking out over a batter per inning during that time. Making this run even more impressive is that four of those starts were at Coors Field, with two of the others at Great American...continue reading

Kike Hernandez (2B/3B/SS/OF, LAD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Enrique “Kike” Hernandez has nearly become indispensable for fantasy owners. Not only is he crushing the ball, .500 slugging percentage since the beginning of June, but he can play all over the field. He is only hitting .236 in 122 plate appearances since the beginning of June, but there is a strong case to be made that Hernandez should be on all fantasy rosters. Mainly playing shortstop and center field, Hernandez has a .264 isolated power...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (2B/OF, CLE) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Kipnis is a veteran showing signs of a turnaround after an abjectly awful start. Since the beginning of July, Kipnis has hit .250/.432/.571 with two homers, six runs scored, and six RBI. Over the last month, Kipnis has a 33.7% hard hit ball rate and just a 30% ground ball rate, which would show that his .304 BABIP is still a bit unlucky. He has a hit in four of his last seven games,...continue reading

Brandon Nimmo (OF, NYM) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has received a lot of playing time this season with Yoenis Cespedes currently on the disabled list and has made the most of his opportunities. The 25-year-old is hitting .254/.377/.504 on the season, with 13 home runs and seven stolen bases in 297 plate appearances. Nimmo is entrenched as the leadoff hitter and has been capable in this role, even if his strikeout rate his jumped to 35.4% since...continue reading

Maikel Franco (3B, PHI) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had a rough 2017 season, but his 2018 season is making it easier for fantasy managers to maintain their loyalty. The hope is that his production this season is indicative of the maturation that is more friendly and enticing to fantasy baseball managers. Since the beginning of July, Franco is hitting .359 with a double and three homers. He continues to work on his plate discipline and has reduced his K% to...continue reading

Sergio Romo (RP, TB) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Sergio Romo has been a man of many talents this season, pitching as a starter, middle reliever, and closer for Tampa Bay. Since moving into the closer's role, after the trade of Alex Colome, Romo has turned into a lock down closer. Romo is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA with 11 saves this season, but 10 of those saves have come since June 1 and he has a 1.37 ERA...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi remains on far too many waiver wires, as fantasy owners are slow to pick him up after he comes back off of an injury. Lucchesi has yet to throw more than 5 1/3 innings since returning from the disabled list, but has still shown signs of regaining his form. One of the best signs of a pitcher limiting damage is striking out more than a batter per inning and inducing...continue reading

Jordan Zimmermann (SP, DET) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is on a tear right now, going 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 2/3 since June 15 (five starts). While he allowed four runs (two home runs) in 6 2/3 innings against the Rays on July 11, he had allowed two earned runs in his last three starts (20 innings pitched) and had back-to-back quality starts against the Blue Jays and Rangers to open July. Most, if not at, of Zimmermann's...continue reading

Eric Lauer (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer was dominant at home against the Dodgers on Tuesday night, falling one out short of a complete game to give him his second victory in as many starts. His overall numbers are still gross, but he now carries a 1.99 ERA/1.26 WHIP with a respectable 31 strikeouts in 36 1/3 IP over the last month. To quote Dodgers’ 1B Cody Bellinger, "He has a (bleeping) weird heater. It's...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez is set to come off the 10-day DL on Tuesday and face the Mets after missing the minimum thanks to a nasty comebacker off of his pitching arm. The key phrases here are “face the Mets” and “missing the minimum”. You should not worry too much about rust for pitchers who miss under three weeks and owning pitchers that face the Mets is a very good strategy. Rostering Velasquez means that you are accepting a certain degree...continue reading

Nick Kingham (SP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Nick Kingham bounced back from a terrible July 2 outing against the Dodgers to pick up his first win in six starts thanks to a six-inning gem versus the Phillies. The rookie allowed just one run on a solo shot and struck out five to trim his SIERA down to 3.92 behind the 4.26 ERA. He has a solid Minor League track record of limiting homers and walks alongside a groundball rate in...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill is finally set to return to Oakland’s rotation on Thursday against Houston after turning in a clean four-inning rehab appearance (with seven strikeouts) for Triple-A Nashville last Saturday. Even with some injury-saddled innings mixed in, Cahill has a 2.77 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 48 ⅔ IP with a 3.06 FIP, 2.90 xFIP and 3.09 SIERA. Pick whichever of those fielding-independent metrics you want; they are all telling you to take a...continue reading

Zach Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Zach Wheeler was far from his best in his last start, but that should not diminish the fact that he has been on a tear of late. Wheeler is part of a very small club for starters over the last month of play, as he, Zach Eflin and Aaron Nola are the only qualified SPs in that span with a soft-contact rate north of 20% (they’re all in the top-10 there) that...continue reading

Anibal Sanchez (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is highly unlikely to maintain his 2.72 ERA and 1.04 WHIP that you will find on his seasonal stat sheet. What you can say, though, is that since he shook off the rust following a DL stint in May, Sanchez has posted a quality start four out of seven times with a 40-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio over those 41 ⅔ innings. Again, he is not a low-two’s ERA guy, but his 3.76 SIERA from...continue reading

Tyler Mahle (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle has a 1.31 WHIP over the last month, far from ideal, but his 2.12 ERA, 30 strikeouts in 29 ⅔ IP and three wins over that same span will more than pay the bills. He has walked at least two in each of his last nine starts and only struck out more than five batters three times in that stretch, but he has curbed the longball of late (three in...continue reading

Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was seen as a free agent bust after a few rough offensive seasons, but has shown some good signs of late. He has a .303 batting average since the beginning of June, posting a .471 slugging percentage and .168 isolated power. Heyward only has a .336 OBP in the same time period, but his average and extra-base hits are very attractive. Heyward has three home runs and 11 doubles since the beginning...continue reading

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been continuing to take care of business over the last month or so, quickly getting on the fantasy radar. Over the last two weeks, the former Cardinal has connected for two home runs, six runs, six runs batted in, with two-thirds of his hits going for multiple bases on a .267/.313/.533 line. H is still almost allergic to taking a walk, but he is also showing better plate discipline and is headed...continue reading

Victor Robles (OF, WAS) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: There is not much to say about Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles since he has been sidelined for nearly the entire season with an elbow injury, but the Nationals have recently sent him on a rehab assignment to get back in the groove. Robles’ ownership numbers suggest that his injury combined with Juan Soto’s ascension have left him a tad forgotten in the fantasy landscape, so let me remind you of his credentials. Prior to...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (OF/2B/C, MIN) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catching prospect Willians Astudillo has been featured over at Fangraphs.com a couple of times as being the strangest minor league player since his callup, and we are inclined to agree. He is primarily a catcher, but has played infield and outfield enough in the minors to qualify there in a number of leagues. What is even more odd is that the Twins seem fine with running him out almost literally anywhere. In fact, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh noted...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves infielder Johan Camargo deserves to be a top waiver wire pickup, even if he is an unheralded player in the Braves lineup. His performance alone deserves more attention than he is receiving, not with a mere 23% ownership. The 24-year-old continues to represent players that come out of nowhere every year. He has a .364 batting average over the last week, hitting two home runs, scoring four runs, and driving in five runs. Not known...continue reading

Zach Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSISNew York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler is dealing lately and he could soon be a permanent addition to someone’s fantasy baseball roster. In the past four games, Wheeler has notched at least five strikeouts. He’s allowed two earned runs, or fewer, in three of the last four appearances.

Even better, Wheeler is a two-start pitcher this week, facing the Phillies and Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals and Phillies are 19th and 20th,

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Joe Jimenez (RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers 23-year-old relief pitcher Joe Jimenez is going to be getting his shot as the team's primary closer, as regular closer Shane Greene was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.  The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Jimenez has been tabbed as the "closer of the future" for the Tigers and will have a chance to showcase his skills in the coming weeks....continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stumbled out of the gate early this season, as he did hit just .250/.326/.333 with no homers and just four RBI in April. Since the calendar flipped to May, however, Russell has slashed .298/.370/.438 with five homers and three stolen bases. While these numbers are not mind boggling, he does hit at the bottom part of the Cubs lineup, leading to lower totals in runs scored and RBI. His numbers have been...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson got knocked around pretty badly to open 2018, but he has recently pitched like the first rounder that the Rockies drafted in 2011. Anderson has back-to-back starts where he has pitched eight scoreless innings and has struck out at least eight batters in each of his last three starts. For the season, Anderson is 6-3 with a 3.90 ERA. Anderson has pitched six innings or more in five of his last...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi remains on far too many waiver wires, as fantasy owners are slow to pick him up after he comes back off of an injury. The rookie did not allow a ball to leave the infield during his last start, a five-inning shutdown of the Pirates, as he continued to stretch out his arm. The Padres let him go 70 pitches the start before this 85-pitch showing, with both starts resulting in just...continue reading

Antonio Senzatela (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela likely helped Colorado feel comfortable with Jon Gray going to the minor leagues by tossing 7 ⅔ scoreless frames with just three hits and a walk allowed to San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate on June 28. His ERA is now 2.15 alongside a 1.09 WHIP on the farm in 2018. He then mirrored the effort by blanking the big-league Giants and scattering just three hits over seven innings....continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is a tough pitcher to evaluated. Sure, he will pitch a dud every once in awhile, but Chacin can be a reliable streamer, too. He has allowed two earned runs, or less, in four of the past five games.

Chacin's Week 15 value will come from the fact that he will face two weak offensive teams on the road, the Marlins and the Pirates. He has faced the

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Jesse Winker (OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Jesse Winker looked to be in danger of losing playing time after an atrocious showing during the month of May, but ever since the calendar flipped to June, he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. The sophomore (he just barely cleared 130 plate appearances last season, so he's not technically a rookie) has posted a blistering .333/.453/.540 line in that span, with five home runs and 35 R+BI. He's also walked more than he's struck out,...continue reading

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Reddick has had something of a bizarre season thus far. He blasted six home runs in his first 18 games, then went over two months before hitting another. After hitting .281 and .314 in the last two seasons, Reddick's average sat at .221 a month ago. He's brought it up nearly 50 points since then, hitting a robust .349/.375/.458 with a pair of home runs and four stolen bases during that span. The counting stats are likely to...continue reading

Matt Duffy (2B/3B, TB) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Duffy has been a pleasant surprise this year on a Tampa Bay Rays team that wasn't expected to do a whole lot. He's having one of his best years so far in his still young career. He's hitting .306 and has a slightly below average .335 wOBA. While he only has four home runs this year, he has 16 doubles and 67 singles. Duffy doesn't have great speed, but he has six stolen bases so...continue reading

Lou Trivino (RP, OAK) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite playing at close to a 90-win pace thus far, the Athletics are 10 games behind the Astros for first place in the AL West, and 6.5 games back of the Mariners for the second wild-card slot. Their playoff odds aren't great, in other words, and it would likely only take one prolonged slump this month to bring them near zero. That would make Oakland's closer, Blake Treinen, a potential trade chip. He's been absolutely fantastic, but just...continue reading

Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: When the Mets shipped him to Cincinnati earlier this season, it was fair to wonder if we were seeing the end of Matt Harvey's major league career. The one-time ace hadn't looked like anything close to his former self in the last three years, and the spotty track record for recoveries from thoracic outlet syndrome didn't inspire much optimism. Nor did Harvey's first seven starts for the Reds, in which he completed the sixth inning only twice and...continue reading

Wilmer Flores (2B/3B/SS, NYM) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite the Mets’ pathological unwillingness to hand him a starting job, New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores continues to produce when called upon. Since the start of the 2016 season, the 26-year-old has produced the following line (prorated to 600 PA): .269 AVG, 66 R, 27 HR, 85 RBI. First called up as a shortstop, the 26-year-old has found a way to stay in the lineup by playing all over the infield. Since the middle of June, when he took...continue reading

Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, CHC) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ben Zobrist has been taking advantage of his opportunity. With Kris Bryant on the disabled list, Zobrist has been moving all around the field and playing everyday. He still has value once Bryant is back, but his value is really high right now. Over 26 games in June, Zobrist hit .308. He was well balanced with 14 runs, 15 RBI and 15 walks. The benefit with him over other available players is that...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B, HOU) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel continues to be an under-appreciated asset on the waiver wire. As has been said in the past, he is a source of excellent AVG with the potential for more production based on his team and position in the lineup. He demonstrated this week the benefits of being apart of the Astros lineup as there have been ample RBI opportunities. Gurriel is securely slotted in the cleanup spot with Alex Bregman and ...continue reading

Maikel Franco (3B, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has had a rough 2018 season, making it difficult for fantasy managers to maintain their loyalty. The hope is that his production the last couple of weeks is indicative of the maturation that is more friendly and enticing to fantasy baseball managers. In the last two weeks, Franco is hitting .323 with five doubles and a homer. Over the last week he is even better; he is hitting .462 with...continue reading

Brad Miller (1B/2B/SS, MIL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers infielder Brad Miller was acquired from the Rays roughly a month ago, but he immediately spent two weeks in the minors before being recalled to resolve a troubling infield position for the Brewers. In the last two weeks, Miller has two homers, three doubles, and a .316 AVG. Even better, over the last week, Miller is hitting .333 with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Miller has joined the fly ball revolution...continue reading

Jedd Gyorko (1B/2B/3B, STL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko continues to linger around and entice fantasy managers in hopes that he will regain his 30 HR power while maintaining a decent average. He does have his moments where everything syncs and now seems to be one of those times. Gyorko is hitting .360 over the last week with two home runs, four runs scored, and eight RBI. With a career best 39.7% hard hit and 43.3% flyball rates, Gyorko is...continue reading

Danny Duffy (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSISKansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy has been boom-or-bust this season. Just looking at his last 10 starts, Duffy has allowed one earned run, or less, in five appearances and allowed at least four earned runs in the other five contests. While he is 4-8 with a 5.19 ERA this season, Duffy has thrown at least six innings in five consecutive starts and has allowed one run or fewer in three of those five starts...continue reading

Mike Leake (SP, SEA) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of leagues ANALYSISSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake may not be the first choice of a pitcher to stream, but he is still a solid option on a winning team. Leake has allowed three earned runs, or less, in three consecutive appearances and eight of the last nine starts. He has also compiled at least five strikeouts in two of the past three outings.

Leake will be a two start pitcher this week, facing the Angels

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Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena has shut out his opponent in two of the last three starts and has struck out at least five batters in three of the past four outings. He is also a two start pitcher this week, facing the Brewers and Phillies at home.

The good news is that Urena was already successful against the Phillies, allowing one earned run in seven innings while striking out six batters. On the

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Jake Bauers (1B, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers is having impressive start to his rookie campaign. He is no Juan Soto, but Bauers is slashing .267/.409/.493 with a 45.3% hard-hit rate – Soto only has a 39.1%. The big difference thus far is Bauers does not have a fly ball rate (23%) similar to Soto (33%). Over the last seven days, Bauers is hitting .318 with a home run, stolen base, three RBI, and five...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers utility man Niko Goodrum went 4-for-4 on Saturday, giving him two such performances already in the month of July. Despite a forgettable June, the Tigers’ Swiss Army Knife (he is eligible everywhere but catcher) has hit .251/.325/.461 with eight homers and seven steals in less than a half-season’s worth of plate appearances. While two four-hit games will help, Goodrum does have a solid .328 OBP since the beginning of June. He has 13 extra-base hits in...continue reading

Ryon Healy (1B/3B, SEA) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Since returning from an early-season ankle injury on April 26, Ryon Healy has hit .262/.292/.496 with 17 home runs and 69 R+BI in 65 games. More than half of those home runs have come over the past month, but Healy remains on the waiver wire in well over half of Yahoo leagues at the moment. Sure, the on-base percentage is terrible, but it's not like we've never seen a player with a putrid walk rate put up a...continue reading

Kike Hernandez (2B/3B/SS/OF, LAD) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Enrique “Kike” Hernandez has nearly become indispensable for fantasy owners. Not only is he crushing the ball, .557 slugging percentage since the beginning of June, but he can play all over the field. He is only hitting .250 in 100 at-bats since the beginning of June, but there is a strong case to be made that Hernandez should be on all fantasy rosters. Mainly playing shortstop and center field, Hernandez has a home run in each...continue reading

Michael A. Taylor (OF, WSH) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor has found a way to stay in the lineup, even with the addition of players off of the disabled list. Taylor has a hit in the last four games that he has started and even scored three runs in a 2-for-4 performance against the Marlins on June 5. The most impressive thing about Taylor, though, are his 23 steals this season. While he has not stolen a base since June 24, Taylor...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has thrown four consecutive quality starts, putting him squarely on the lower end of the fantasy radar. Minor has has a 4.63 ERA in 91 1/3 innings with the Rangers this season, posting a 6-4 record and striking out 74 batters. Minor is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA since the beginning of June, seeing his strand rate rise from 69.3% for the season to 77.5% in this 32 inning sample. He still...continue reading

Gerardo Parra (OF, COL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra has been hitless in four of his last six games, but his .341 batting average since the beginning of June is still attractive. Parra has knocked in 23 runs in this time span and is a .299 hitter this season. The starting left fielder for Colorado, Parra has eight extra-base hits since the beginning of June. A lot of the issues with Parra's performance come from his .387 BABIP since the beginning...continue reading

Scott Schebler (OF, CIN) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler has hits in three of the last five games and, while he only has one multi-hit game in his last 10 games, he has a .315 batting average since June 1. Schebler has a .380 OBP in the same time period, reaching base in every game he has started in the same time span. Schebler has 15 extra-base hits since the beginning of June (five home runs and 10 doubles), posting a...continue reading

Tyler Clippard (RP, TOR) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tyler Clippard is the current beneficiary of Roberto Osuna's suspension and Ryan Tepera's injury, as he is now the closer for the Blue Jays. While his role with Toronto is tenuous to say the least, Clippard has a track record as a closer (even with the Blue Jays this season) and will continue to get opportunities north of the border. For the season, Clippard is 4-2 with...continue reading

 





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