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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 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: He hasn't even been able to hit a HR in the 237 AB that he's taken since the start of July, but Matt Duffy is about to bring his first full season with the Rays to an encouraging conclusion after having missed the entirety of 2017. Duffy has been performing steadily better at the plate in each month since July, with his OPS being rather mediocre in July and August at .584 and .639. Though this month, Duffy...continue reading

Wade LeBlanc (SP, SEA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: In a season that has seemed chock-full of 34-year-old pitchers producing resurgent seasons out of the blue, ten-year MLB veteran Wade LeBlanc has been an extremely pleasant surprise for the Seattle Mariners during the 2018 campaign. In 152 IP this year (25 GS out of 30 appearances) LeBlanc has a 3.49 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, though "Frenchy" has been absolutely infuego over his last four starts with a 1.16 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 23.1 IP. He has...continue reading

Yoshihisa Hirano (RP, ARI) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: After having spent eleven seasons as an elite pitcher in Japan, Yoshihisa Hirano is about to finish his first campaign in the MLB at the age of 34 with sensational results. In 64.2 IP this year Hirano boasts a 2.09 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he has been especially deadly over the last two months, holding a 1.47 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 18.1 innings. It is easy to see what have been some key catalysts of Hirano's...continue reading

Ji-Man Choi (1B, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ji-Man Choi has been performing steadily better at the plate each month since June, and has settled into a fantastic rhythm all throughout September. In 60 AB this month, he has wracked up five dingers in addition to a remarkable slash of .283/.380/.617 with a season-high ISO of .330. Choi has accomplished this hot run down the home-stretch by leveling out his high grounder rate of 43.5% with a very high frequency of fly balls (41.3%) and producing...continue reading

Jay Bruce (1B/OF, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Jay Bruce has been a big disappointment this year. Bruce is normally known for his power and routinely provides 30 homers annually. Unfortunately, he has just nine this year. Bruce has slowly bounced back to give you the power your roster needs. It would not be wise to acquire him if you have a concern with batting average. In the last 14 days, he has three homers and 12 RBI, but...continue reading

Daniel Palka (1B/OF, CHW) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka has been destroying pitching recently. He has six homers, nine RBI and a .273 average in the last 14 days. His 2018 rookie campaign has brought about 27 homers. Unfortunately, he does need to work on his plate discipline as he has a 33% strikeout rate. Also, he currently doesn’t use most of the field; he pulls the ball 44% of the time. Palka will have a full seven-game schedule...continue reading

Josh Bell (1B, PIT) – Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Leagues   ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has been a bag of mixed emotions this year. 2018 has not been what fantasy owners had expected, particularly following a 2017 season in which he hit 26 homers with 90 RBI. The outlook is trending up though even with only 11 homers this year. In 70 fewer at-bats, Bell has already hit 31 doubles, compared to 26 in all of 2017. Bell never demonstrated elite power in the minors but...continue reading

Hunter Dozier (1B/3B, KC) – Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues   ANALYSIS: Over the last 30 days, Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier has four homers, 15 RBI, and a .269 average. It doesn’t sound particularly impressive. However, he is useful in most leagues if you just need power. Dozier has a 46% hard-hit rate, 52.7% against right-handers which he faces the most this week. He also has a .293 wOBA against right-handed pitchers. In the second half, he has made some improvements at the plate. He has increased...continue reading

Peter O'Brien (1B/OF, MIA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins outfielder/first baseman Peter O'Brien completely evaded my radar until I spun up my usual tools for finding and picking out waiver wire adds. However, while I usually would just chalk up a line like .294/.375/.647 and three dingers over his first 40 major-league plate appearances since 2016 as beginner’s luck, I was intrigued enough to dive in. A 28-year-old rookie on his seventh organization, O’Brien had six home runs on just 79 plate appearances heading into...continue reading

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been talked about a lot over the course of the 2018 season, so I won’t belabor the point. The Blue Jays’ centerfielder is one of the few players you need to watch for where he’s hitting in the order. Luckily for owners, he’s getting in good spots for him and filling up the stat sheet. The 29-year-old is the only option of this list where he has a good...continue reading

Joc Pederson (OF, LAD) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is one of my favorite fantasy assets. He also happens to be one of the most misunderstood. The fact that his ownership percentage is at 18% is evidence of this fact. To their credit, the Dodgers have learned how best to utilize him, and fantasy owners should learn the same. Joc is a hard split asset. You deploy him against right-handed starting pitching and never against southpaws. There really isn’t any...continue reading

Lourdes Gurriel (2B/SS/OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: Though a leg injury robbed Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of a few weeks and perhaps a bit of momentum (recall that at the time of the injury, he had recorded multiple hits in 11 straight games), Gurriel has had himself a nice year as a rookie. In 62 games, the 24-year-old is hitting .292/.320/.463 with 11 home runs and 64 R+BI. Three of those homers have come in the last three games, including a...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been a regular presence in this space down the stretch. His ownership rate has risen substantially during that time, but he still comes in well below the cutoff. Since August 1, the 22-year-old has hit .302/.332/.454 with five home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 57 R+BI in 45 games. 2018 ended up being a season to forget in Queens, but the Mets have had a top-five scoring offense in the...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Braves clinched their first division title since 2005 on Saturday. Credit for that is due to many players, and Johan Camargo is one of them. Seemingly an afterthought in Atlanta’s initial plans (remember that they opened the year with Jose Bautista penciled in at third base), the 24-year-old forced his way into the lineup in short order. He’s hit .272/.352/.458 with 18 homers and 133 R+BI in 127 games. While he will not put up...continue reading

Framber Valdez (SP, HOU) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSISHouston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez has struck out 14 batters in the past 19 1/3 innings, all while allowing five total earned runs. The young lefty will get two more turns in the Astros rotation to end the regular season.

Both starts are on the road against AL East foes, first facing the Blue Jays and then the Orioles. Baltimore is 30th in team wOBA (.276) against southpaws and Toronto is 22nd in

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Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSISCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey hates facing the Brewers. They have been on the schedule twice in the past five outings and each one has ended poorly for Harvey. He has thrown a combined 9 1/3 IP with 12 ER allowed. Thankfully, Milwaukee is not on the menu this week.

Instead, he gets home starts against Kansas City and Pittsburgh to close the 2018 seasons. Both teams are in the bottom 11 in

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Austin Gomber (SP, STL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSISSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber has been a solid addition to the Cardinals rotation for a majority of the season. Remove one bad game against the Dodgers (3 IP, 7 ER, and 3 K) and you have a solid pitcher. Gomber has allowed two earned runs, or less, in seven of the last 10 appearances and punched out at least five batters in five of the last nine games.

This week, Gomber

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Derek Holland (SP, SF) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSISIf you are looking for strikeouts, then San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland is your guy. He has struck out about a batter per inning this season and that trend will likely extend through this week.

He will face the Padres and Dodgers in San Francisco this week. This season, he has pitched 19 2/3 innings against the Padres with 19 strikeouts and 18 innings against the Dodgers with 21 strikeouts. However, his 3.57

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Jake Odorizzi (SP, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSISMinnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been solid as of late and his matchups this week will help fantasy owners. He is a two start pitcher this week, making both of his starts at home.

Odorizzi face the Tigers and White Sox this week. In 2018, Odorizzi is 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA in three outings against Detroit. On the bright side, he has struck out 17 Tigers in 16 1/3 innings of work

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Chase Anderson (SP, MIL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSISMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson continues to be under-owned in fantasy baseball. Let’s all do this man a favor and make him 100% owned in fantasy leagues for the final week of the season. He’s allowed two earned runs, or less, in six of the last 10 performances.

Anderson has punched out at least five batters in four games during that span and will face the Cardinals in St. Louis and Tigers in Milwaukee. The

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Ty Buttrey (RP, LAA) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's rare, but there are still times when a player emerges on the fantasy landscape and my response is, "Who?" Such is the case with Ty Buttrey. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox back in 2012, he washed out as a starter and transitioned to relief last season before being dealt to the Angels at this year's trade deadline for Ian Kinsler. He's been impressive in a limited sample so far, with 19...continue reading

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: I've spent most of the year warning fantasy owners against relying on Reynaldo Lopez. His early-season success did not reflect his peripherals and it was clear that a correction was imminent. That correction arrived near the end of the first half, as Lopez allowed at least four runs in seven of 11 starts between June 20 and August 19. Since that stretch, however, Lopez has allowed just four runs total in five starts totaling 32 2/3 innings...continue reading

Franmil Reyes (OF, SDP) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Franmil Reyes showcased some impressive pop in his first taste of MLB action, but also an allergy to contact that made him a batting average anchor. Since returning to the big leagues after a brief midseason demotion, however, Reyes has drastically cut down on the strikeouts and the results have been impressive. The 23-year-old is hitting .333/.396/.603 with 10 home runs in 44 games since the All-Star break. During that time, he has struck out just 21.6% of the...continue reading

Luke Voit (1B, NYY) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Remember when everyone thought Greg Bird was going to be a fantasy stud? He's battled injury as usual, and been pretty terrible when he has played. Enter Luke Voit, a little-known 27-year-old who entered the season with 62 plate appearances in the majors. Since taking command of the Yankees' first base job on August 24, Voit has hit an absurd .342/.422/.747 with 10 home runs and 39 R+BI in 90 plate appearances. That includes three...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (C, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Bartolo Colon at least theoretically nearing the end of his career, there's an opening for a hefty baseball man to capture the hearts and minds of the Internet. Willians Astudillo could be that man. The Twins' backstop has hit well thus far since being promoted to the Show, putting up a .317/.338/.508 line with three home runs and 14 RBI in just 65 plate appearances. The most impressive thing about him is his contact...continue reading

Trevor Hildenberger (RP, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger is the closer for the Twins and, that alone, makes him a fantasy asset. There are a lot of things not to like about Hildy, the 4.55 FIP and 8.37 strikeouts per nine are a good start, but a closer is a closer. Since the All-Star Break, Hildenberger has an ugly 7.56 ERA and has allowed at least one run in each of the last three appearances. While he earned a save...continue reading

Randal Grichuk (OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk has rebounded after a terrible start to the 2018 season. He hit just .106 in April after being acquired from the Cardinals and then missed the entire month of May due to injury. Since the All-Star break, though, Grichuk has a .281/.326/.562 slash line, hitting 13 home runs and tallying 57 R+BI. He has also been hitting either fourth or fifth in the Blue Jays lineup. Posting a career strikeout rate around 30%, Grichuk...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has a hit in six of the last seven games, keeping his fantasy stock at its seasonal highest. While his lack of power was a downside over the last few weeks, Polanco does have four extra base hits in five games, adding to his solid performances over the last two months. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .287/.343/.430. While that line is good, his .372/.426/.581 slash line since September 10...continue reading

Ivan Nova (SP, PIT) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last three starts and has allowed two or fewer in five of his last six starts as well. While a 4 1/3 inning, like his last start against the Brewers, does not constitute a quality start, Nova was still able to see his seasonal ERA drop to 4.01. Since the All-Star game, Nova is 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA and...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, pitching into the seventh inning in three of those six starts. Matz has a 4.03 ERA this season, which is not supported by his 4.68 FIP, but has struck out 140 batters in 145 innings. Over the last month, Matz has struck out 39 batters in 35 1/3 innings. Some disastrous starts after the All-Star break have...continue reading

Ryan O'Hearn (1B, KC) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was a sleeper slugger who has made an instant impact for Kansas City with his power. After hitting 11 home runs in 100 Triple-A games this season, O'Hearn has matched that total in 38 games for the Royals. It starts with a 45.3% hard-hit rate combined with a 43% fly ball rate. With a decent contact rate (70.2%), it is easy to see why he has been on a power surge. If...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis has allowed five home runs in his last two starts (11 innings), but his second half form has made him a waiver wire darling. A tough outing in his last start against the Twins aside, where he allowed four runs in three innings, Junis had allowed five earned runs in 24 innings in his three previous starts. Since the All-Star break, Junis is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts, striking...continue reading

Joey Wendle (2B/3B/OF, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays utility man Joey Wendle has a .302/.354/.439 slash line this season, coming out of nowhere to be a vital piece of the Rays and fantasy lineups. Wendle not only has a current five game hitting streak, but also has an extra base hit in each of those games as well. Since the All-Star break, Wendle is slashing .330/.386/.503, striking out in just 11.1% of plate appearances Over this mini five game spurt, Wendle has...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has a seven game hitting and has produced a .320/.399/.491 line with seven homers, five steals, and 49 R+BI since the beginning of August. Of his 12 extra-base hits in that time period, three have come in his hitting streak. Since August 1st, Adames has walked in 11.2% plate appearances and also has a 38.7% hard hit ball rate in the same time period. Too many ground balls will not help...continue reading

Mychal Givens (RP, BAL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens has been getting the saves in Baltimore of late, making him a vital piece of a fantasy roster. Since the dealing of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, Givens has a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings and has saved seven games. He has allowed two home runs in September, though, and has gone without a strikeout in four of his last five outings. While there are some issues...continue reading

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is only slashing .222/.287/.380 over 358 plate appearances this season, but he has turned it on as of late. After posting a .276/.338/.450 slash line last season, he has a .255/.310/.457 slash line in the second half, including four steals and 21 extra base hits. Since the beginning of September, Kiermaier has a .352/.410/.685 slash line with nine extra base hits and 21 R+BI. Obviously, a lot of the interest in Kiermaier stems from...continue reading

Jason Kipnis (CLE, 2B/OF) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS:  Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Jason Kipnis is having a rough 2018 overall, but he has been an offensively powerful player of late. While he only has 12 hits in September (.222 batting average), six of those hits have been extra base hits. Kipnis also has 16 RBI in September (seven runs scored as well) and has even chipped in with a stolen base. While he has had his struggles at the plate of late (hits in four of the last...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor earned a no-decision in his last start against the Padres, but has now lost just three games since the beginning of June. He is 12-7 this season with a 4.14 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings. Since the All-Star break, though, Minor has a 2.72 ERA (but a 4.00 FIP) and has struck out 49 batters in 53 innings. While fantasy owners may be skeptical about his ERA considering his...continue reading

Hunter Renfroe (OF, SDP) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe should be bought for his power, but he also has a hit in four of the last five gamesl. Roping a double and two home runs this week, Renfroe has a .221/.254/.559 slash line this month. Renfroe has continued his power surge this month as well, clubbing seven home runs in September. Since the All-Star break, Renfroe has a .558 slugging percentage, posting nine doubles and 17 home runs, and has also driven in 40...continue reading

Ramon Laureano (OF, OAK) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano has three consecutive multi-hit games and is now hitting .297 in 146 MLB plate attempts. Getting some opportunities at the top of the lineup, Laureano has 16 extra-base hits in his young MLB career and has seven R+BI over the last three games. He is also a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts and has 40 R+BI. Laureano does have some strikeout issues (27.4% strikeout rate), but his .370 OBP is more than passable...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Apologies to those who left Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint in their lineups for his unscheduled one-inning relief appearance where he gave up three runs, but he’s still yielded a paltry .495 OPS to opposing batters through three starts (16 ⅓ innings). Some of that is the .200 BABIP, which has helped offset the nine walks given up in those starts (he walked four in the ugly relief inning). However, the 3.15 FIP and 3.76 xFIP...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross is getting a late start to the 2018 season, but may be able to make an impact. Ross’ first major league start of 2018 was extremely mundane, as he didn’t strike a single batter out over five innings of two-run ball. He threw 47-of-74 pitches for strikes and it’s worth noting that he struck out 19 hitters across 26 ⅓ rehab innings, so the whiffs are modest but not gone. He draws...continue reading

Ryan Borucki (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki is a tough player to evaluate. The pessimist in me sees a rookie in the terrifying AL East with a 4.57 xFIP and 4.72 SIERA through his first 84 innings in the bigs. The optimist sees a man who posted six quality starts in his first seven outings before stinking for about five straight starts, but he’s since rattled off a QS in each of his last three starts. Monday...continue reading

Erick Fedde (SP, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Nationals don’t have much to be happy about in September, but perhaps Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde can put some polish on it with a strong final couple of starts in 2018. He stumbled a bit against the Marlins on Monday night, allowing two runs on two hits and four walks over 4 ⅓ innings. However, he hadn’t allowed a run until the fifth when he opened the frame with two walks that would eventually...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: As everyone is quick to point out, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is a different pitcher in Miami. Over 71 innings at home, Chen has a sweet 1.77 ERA/0.99 WHIP /.545 OPS allowed. Now take all of that goodness, strip out the luck, add some walks and you've got a road ERA of 9.29 with an OPS that has nearly doubled -- up to 1.018 OPS surrendered. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's no good....continue reading

Chris Stratton (SP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton most recently fired off a brilliant complete-game shutout against the Rockies (in San Fran, not at Coors) with seven strikeouts. He scattered two hits and two walks throughout the affair and has now tossed four quality starts in five outings since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 21. The .183 BABIP from that stretch will not last, but the 3.27 FIP/3.68 xFIP underneath are still worth a look compared to the...continue reading

Adam Wainwright (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright turned back the clock 10 years with his performance on Sunday by striking out nine Dodgers over six innings. It was encouraging to see regarding his fantasy prospects for 2018 after an ugly first start off of the DL on the 10th. He threw 101 pitches in this latest effort and should be ready to set down a punchless Giants team who rank in the bottom-five for team wRC+ with...continue reading

Felix Pena (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: Zoom out on Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena and just look at the 3.75 ERA/1.25 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning (76 in 81 ⅔ IP) and you get a serviceable arm. Not terribly exciting, but not bad either. Zoom in to his last six starts and you get a 2.37 ERA/1.08 WHIP with 36 K’s in 38 frames -- plus, a nifty 21.2% soft-contact rate. Well, that takes him from okay to pretty...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: You know the wide range of outcomes you’re getting with Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, yes? Everyone was quick to point out his horrible outing against Toronto, so I know you know the floor. People aren’t as vocal when someone is just steadily showing improvements, though. The 25-year-old righty’s latest start saw him blank Texas over six frames, yielding two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Now with a 49/14 K/BB ratio across 44 ⅓...continue reading

Matt Boyd (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: I’m willing to bet that Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Boyd will see his ownership mark ebb above 30% due to the streamer tide, especially since he’s set to face the Royals next on the 20th. He only went 5 ⅓ innings in his last start against the Indians, which snapped a streak of six straight starts of at least six innings. Try saying that six times fast! Since the All-Star break, Boyd has posted a 3.09 ERA with...continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

 





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