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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds by MLB Position

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Josh Bell - (1B/OF, PIT)– Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Josh Bell began the season with a troubling profile as he was striking out frequently, which greatly hindered his batting average. While he showed some power, it wasn’t enough to make him fantasy relevant at first base. However, since June began, Bell has cut down his strikeout rate and increased his hard contact rate greatly. For example, after hard contact rates of just 27.8% and 29.3% in April and May respectively, Bell has upped those rates to...continue reading

Wilson Ramos - (C, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos has gotten off to a relatively strong start in his return from a torn ACL. Lately, he has also battled a minor hamstring that sidelined him, though he now appears healthy given that he has started three consecutive games. Though he has played in just 13 games this season, it is notable that Ramos now has three home runs on the season. He has also been able to drive in 11 to due to the...continue reading

Ian Happ - (2B/OF, CHC) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Ian Happ got off to a slow start in his first month in the big leagues, posting just a .741 OPS over 56 at-bats in the month of May. However, that number has jumped to nearly .900 for both June and July, which has forced the Cubs’ hand in making him an everyday player. The driving force behind Happ’s success has been his improved contact rate. In May, his strikeout rate was at a troubling 34.4%, however, that...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel is on pace for nearly 65 extra-base hits and should be owned in all fomats. Gurriel has a .365 batting average in July, slugging 10 extra-base hits in 52 at-bats, and has scored 10 times and driven in 14 runs. He has hits in seven of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit games, and has an RBI in three of his last five games. While stolen bases are not his calling card...continue reading

Sam Dyson (RP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants reliever Sam Dyson has excelled as the closer in San Francisco and can be added in fantasy leagues. Dyson has converted all five of his saves since replacing the injured Mark Melancon and has allowed a run in only one of his last nine appearances. He has allowed 10 baserunners in nine innings this month, allowing just one run, and has a win and two saves in his last three appearances....continue reading

Ian Kennedy (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy has four consecutive quality starts and his 2.79 ERA in July has garnered attention of all fantasy owners. Kennedy has allowed just 20 baserunners in 19 1/3 innings this month (three starts) and has 20 strikeouts and just four walks in July. His walk rate is up this season (37 in 93 2/3 innings), so control like this is a good sign, as is the fact that he...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini has found a spot in the Orioles lineup and has a .305 batting average this season. Mancini has hits in seven of his last 10 games, but since he only has three multi-hit games in that time span, he could have been dropped in some fantasy leagues because of a small dip in production. Even with a small dip in production, Mancini still has a .279 batting average in July, clubbing...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo has only made six career MLB starts, but his strikeout potential has caught the eye of fantasy owners. Castillo has struck out at least five batters in each of his starts and has 43 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. While he has walked 15 batters, he has walked one batter in three of his starts and is holding hitters to a .225 batting average. His 3.86 ERA is not Earth shattering,...continue reading

Paul DeJong (2B/3B/SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong has eligibility all over the infield and his 11 extra-base hits in July have put him on the fantasy radar. Much like teammate Jedd Gyorko, DeJong gained fantasy value with positional flexibility and has hits in seven of his last 10 games, helping him to stay relevant. He has a .286 batting average in 56 July at-bats, hitting four home runs, driving in six batters, and scoring nine...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers struck out 11 batters without a walk in his first start after the All-Star break and is once again on the fantasy radar. Fiers has now allowed five hits or fewer in each of his last six starts, registering six quality starts over his last 10 starts as well. He has 98 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings this season, walking 37 batters, and has a very respectable 3.75 ERA this season. Fiers'...continue reading

Martin Maldonado (C, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Catcher is and always will be the thinnest position in fantasy baseball. Because of that, two-catcher leagues present their own unique challenges. Trying to have elite offensive production from two different catchers on the same fantasy team is next to impossible, so the next best thing is making sure you have a catcher who plays regularly and can at least contribute in one category. Angels catcher Martin Maldonado meets those requirements and then some. Maldonado is in...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons has swung a hot bat this season, and fantasy owners will be wise to capitalize on the career year by the shortstop. Simmons is slashing .338/.357/.550 with two home runs, nine RBI and a steal over his last 80 at-bats. That brings his season line up to a tidy .287/.338/.434 with nine home runs, 13 steals and 40 RBI. Simmons has hit primarily fifth in the order, part of the reason he is on...continue reading

Wilson Ramos (C, TAM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Yahoo ANALYSIS: After years of injury issues, Wilson Ramos finally logged a full season in 2015 and was one of the worst hitters in baseball. Last year, he bounced back for the best performance of his career, hitting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI. Naturally, just before the season ended, he tore his ACL. The Rays signed him as a free agent knowing full well he'd miss the first half of this season, and plenty of fantasy owners followed suit,...continue reading

Ian Happ (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Yahoo ANALYSIS: It's been a challenging season for the Cubs as they look to defend their title, but Ian Happ's emergence has been a bright spot. The latest impressive rookie on the North Side, Happ has hit .259/.324/.527 with 13 home runs and 64 R+RBI in 57 games this season. Over the last month, he's cut his strikeout rate by several percentage points, which has helped him post a .306 batting average during that time. He's also swiped three bags, albeit in six...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Broxton is streaky, will bludgeon your batting average, and runs a strikeout rate within shouting distance of 40 percent. He's also one of just 14 players with more than 15 stolen bases. The only player in that group with more home runs than Broxton's 14 is Mookie Betts, which illustrates the scarcity of players who can legitimately contribute in both categories. Along with solid run production, that combination is enough to make Broxton a top-50 outfielder despite his obvious flaws as...continue reading

Sam Dyson (RP, SFG) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Dyson's abysmal start to the season is rapidly fading in the rearview mirror. Since the Giants picked him up off the scrap heap, the veteran has looked a lot more like the guy who thrived as the Rangers closer a year ago. Dyson has notched five saves since July 1 while filling in for the injured Mark Melancon, who's on the disabled list for the second time this year with elbow issues and reportedly isn't close to returning. While you...continue reading

Week 16 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

We’re wading into the second half here with the Midsummer Classic in the rearview mirror, and the waiver wire isn’t all that spectacular. That said, there are some big things occurring in the trade world that could shake some rotations up with the Trade Deadline approaching and prospect fever (aka the Super Two baloney) nearing its apex. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try to cut things off around 35%. Here are my starting pitcher waiver wire targets for Week 16. Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Targets ...continue reading

Ryan Madson (RP, WSH) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals reliever Ryan Madson was acquired along with Sean Doolittle from the Athletics and should be in line for saves. The Nationals have struggled this season out of the pen and Madson, who has a 2.06 ERA and 14 holds this season, should be the closer for Washington. Madson has walked only six batters in 39 1/3 innings, leading to a 0.79 WHIP, and his 39 strikeouts and 2.06 ERA are both strong as...continue reading

Alex Claudio (RP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Texas Rangers reliever Alex Claudio appears to be the new closer in Texas and is a fantasy asset for the time being. Matt Bush struggled as the closer for the Rangers, blowing five saves, giving Claudio, Jose Leclerc, and Keone Kela a chance at the closer's role. Claudio has been the most attractive option of the four (including Bush), pitching four consecutive clean outings, saving each of...continue reading

Paul DeJong (2B/3B/SS, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The Cardinals have found a gem in rookie Paul DeJong. It wasn't expected that they would need a new shortstop, but the dismissal of Jhonny Peralta and disappointing season of Aledmys Diaz has resulted in regular playing time for DeJong. He is slashing .302/.319/.576 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 135 at-bats. He may not know how to take a walk (four in 38 games), but...continue reading

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: While the Braves' starting rotation from the beginning of the year continues to change, one constant has been 25-year-old Mike Foltynewicz. Folty has managed to keep a winning record of 7-5 for a team playing .500 ball right now and has logged 10 quality starts in 17 tries. His 3.84 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.86 K/9 seem pedestrian and replacement-level at best, but they don't tell the story of his recent improvement. In his last five starts,...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: All due respect to Derek Holland, it would seem that Carlos Rodon is now the de facto ace of the White Sox staff. Rodon has been out of commission for the first three months of the season with a biceps injury, but has three starts under his belt. In those games, Rodon is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 12 walks in 16 2/3 innings. That's not something that will help him show...continue reading

Tommy Pham (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: It's time to give in. Pham is on pace for a 20/20 season and is batting .308 to boot. His .382 BABIP and 34.4% HR/FB are scaring away many a fantasy owner, which is the only way to explain his low ownership rate. That and the fact he's already set a career high in home runs and never stole more than two bases before this season. Those ratios are due to drop eventually and he's clearly playing over his head, but that doesn't mean...continue reading

Mallex Smith - (OF, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: The Tampa Bay Rays’ outfield looked crowded at one point this season, but with injuries to Kevin Kiermaier and the recent loss of Colby Rasmus, Mallex Smith is now locked in as the Rays everyday centerfielder. Smith’s fantasy appeal clearly comes from his ability to steal bases, as in just 108 career games he has 28 stolen bases in 40 opportunities. Despite this relative inefficiency, Smith appears to still have the...continue reading

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Orlando Arcia was absolutely cooking at the plate over the last month, and will look to build on that momentum as the second half of the season gets underway. Over Arcia’s last 29 games (100 at-bats) he slashed .330/.368/.510 with four home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases. He is hitting .283 on the year with eight home runs and five steals. Arcia only hit .217 in his first taste of the major leagues last season,...continue reading

Nicholas Castellanos (3B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: By now many of you have heard about Nicholas Castellanos' hard-hit rate. For much of the season, Castellanos has been the leader (or second behind Miguel Sano) in hard contact %. The results were only so-so for Castellanos early on, but the hard-contact rate made it seem as if he was one hot streak away from becoming a superstar. While the superstar status is still yet to come, the results have trended upward for...continue reading

Bruce Maxwell (C, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: The youth movement is on in Oakland and it starts behind the dish with Bruce Maxwell, who has taken over the starting duties after the A’s DFA’d team leader Stephen Vogt last month. Maxwell, 26, was hitting very well down in Triple-A and has continued his hot hitting at the major league level. His 63 at-bat sample size is small, but on the season Maxwell is slashing .302/.405/.397 with eight runs scored, one home...continue reading

Week 15 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

When this article goes live, it will be Wednesday of the All-Star break -- the first day since the dawning days of April without any baseball events. In these cold, dark times, many fantasy owners will have a bit of cabin fever with their teams and may be looking for a change. Either you’re a calculated soul who is looking to get a jump on the second half early or a panicky type who is quietly freaking out about your team’s lot. If you’re the former, read on and enjoy!...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel – (1B/3B, HOU) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Yuli Gurriel is flashing the hitting skills that made him a coveted player last season, and as a result, as he has become a solid four-category contributor for fantasy baseball owners. Gurriel’s carrying trait for fantasy leagues is his strong .297 average. His ability to hit for a high average is little surprise and should be expected to continue into the future thanks to a minuscule 12.3% strikeout rate. As also may be expected his strikeout rate, Gurriel’s...continue reading

Lonnie Chisenhall - (OF, CLE) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Outfield is a crowded fantasy position this season, especially for players without standout power or stolen base production. However, Lonnie Chisenhall is still worth considering due to his ability to get on base and drive in runs. Despite batting sixth and seventh in the Indians’ lineup for the majority of the season, Chisenhall has managed to drive in 51 runs in just over half the season. More impressive is the improvement in his batting average and on-base...continue reading

Joakim Soria (RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Kansas City Royals reliever Joakim Soria has 11 holds this season and could be in line for saves if the Royals make trades this month. Soria has 204 career saves, including one save this season, but has blown five saves this season in Kansas City. He has 48 strikeouts and 13 walks in 37 innings this season for the Royals, posting a 3.41 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, and has only allowed a run in two of...continue reading

Matt Adams (1B/OF, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams has four extra-base hits in his last four games and his power is a reason for him to be added to fantasy rosters. Adams had a .736 OPS and only three extra-base hits with the Cardinals in 48 at-bats this season, but now has 25 extra-base hits in 167 at-bats with the Braves. He had a 1.034 OPS in June, including 10 home runs, and he has driven in 35...continue reading

Mike Clevinger (SP, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger has made the most of his opportunity in the Indians' rotation, twirling three consecutive quality starts. In those three starts, Clevinger has allowed no more than three hits, winning his last three decisions dating back to June 22. He is now 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.15 after allowing three hits in six scoreless innings against the Tigers on Saturday and has 66 strikeouts in 60 innings this season. He...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon had 10 strikeouts in his last start and his massive strikeout potential is intrgiuing. Rodon missed the first two-plus months with a biceps injury and his poor rehab stints (0-4 with a 10.06 ERA in starts with High-A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte) made some pause in picking him up immediately. He still has walk issues (nine in 11 2/3 innings over two starts), but he has only allowed two...continue reading

Brandon Maurer (RP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 64% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  San Diego Padres closer Brandon Maurer has not blown a save since May 14 and his 19 saves this season should make him a good waiver option. After two blown saves and two losses from May 11-May 17, Maurer's grasp on the Padres' closer job had loosened, but he has now converted 13 straight saves, allowing no earned runs in save opportunities. While that sounds good, Maurer has allowed eight earned runs in non-save opportunities (leading...continue reading

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has three runs scored and three RBI over his last three games, showing that he may be turning things around and can be added. Gregorius struggled to open the month, going 4-for-21 to open the month, but did have a grand slam against the Astros on July 1. A dip in batting average from .313 to .297 over the last 10 games should make Gregorius available in your league, but 22...continue reading

Ian Happ (2B/OF, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ has hits in eight of his last nine games and is quickly adding average to his power. Happ has 25 extra-base hits in 176 at-bats this season, leading to a .568 slugging percentage, and has seen his batting average go from .252 to .264 over the last 10 games. He has also stolen a base in two of his last five games, a surprise considering that he only stole one...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and is quickly becoming a fantasy asset. Escobar had a triple and two RBI on Friday, opening July 8-for-24 with a double, triple, and five runs scored after posting a .947 OPS in June. He has a .950 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, making him a great option in DFS for when he is in the lineup against a lefty....continue reading

Sam Dyson (RP, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Dyson has made the most of his opportunity in place of Mark Melancon as the closer for the Giants. Dyson was awful for the Rangers this season, posting a 10.80 ERA in 17 games with Texas, but has three saves for the Giants, allowing four earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. He also has a 1.06 WHIP with the Giants after posting a 2.58 WHIP with the Rangers and...continue reading

Mallex Smith (OF, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith has hits in six consecutive games, seeing his batting average jump to .330 for the season, and is becoming a fantasy asset. Smith is 9-for-20 to open July, hitting two doubles and scoring five runs, stealing a base in two of the last three games. He has now stolen 11 bases in 33 games this season and his 21 runs scored make him the ideal leadoff hitter. After taking over...continue reading

Keon Broxton (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton has 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases this season, a power-speed tandem that would help any fantasy team. Broxton is only 2-for-22 in July, but does have a home run and two stolen bases this month, walking four times over the last two games. In fact, Broxton only has two hits over his last 10 games, striking out 10 times. His July struggles aside, Broxton had an .885 OPS in...continue reading

Curtis Granderson (OF, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson had an 1.153 OPS in June, has a hit in eight of his last 10 games, and is becoming a good fantasy addition. From June 25-July 3, Granderson had a home run in four of seven games and now has 13 home runs and has an .814 OPS this season. He also has an RBI in seven of his last nine, getting back into the lineup after dealing with a...continue reading

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman is 5-1 this season with a 4.01 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, making him a good addition to any fantasy team. While Hoffman allowed nine runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on April 21, he has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his other seven starts this season. Hoffman has 48 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings this season, walking just 14 batters and allowing...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last 10 starts and is quickly becoming a great addition to any fantasy roster. He has a 6-4 record and 3.65 ERA this season, pitching to a 1.23 WHIP mainly because of his .241 batting average allowed. Montgomery finished the month of June with a 4-0 record and 2.59 ERA, last losing a game on May 29 against the Orioles. He...continue reading

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The Padres have made it a habit of patching holes in their lineup out of necessity. They may have found a permanent solution to the left field problem with Jose Pirela. With Alex Dickerson ruled out for the year and Travis Jankowski on the shelf indefinitely, Pirela has been holding down LF and the leadoff spot in the lineup since early June. He started off ridiculously hot, picking...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Mike Fiers didn't figure to be a big part of the Astros' plans this season, as several younger arms lurk in the minors to take his spot at the back end of the rotation. Instead, he has steadily improved each month, to the point that he has become one of the most consistent starters in an injury-riddled staff. The season-long stats aren't the most attractive (3.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), but Fiers pitched to a 2.32 ERA...continue reading

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Last year, Addison Russell was one of the fastest risers on the fantasy scene. This year, much like the rest of his team, Russell has fallen hard and fast. Not only did he miss out on an All-Star nod, he may not even match the numbers from his rookie season in 2015 where he managed 13 home runs and 54 RBI with a .242 average. Was last year simply an outlier in a magical season for...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're now close to the All-Star Game and the catching stats are pretty grim, as far as the waiver wire goes. Nearly all the backstops with double-digit homers are above 50 % ownership, with three exceptions. Who are they? You can probably guess. Hint: They all appear later in this column. Play the Jeopardy theme song, please.... In other catcher news: Apparently, Kyle Schwarber hit the cover off the ball in the Minors, and was recalled by the Cubs. He's already back on the upswing in terms of adds, though he never was...continue reading

Domingo Santana (OF, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Domingo Santana was already enjoying a solid season, but he has been blistering to begin July. He has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats with four runs and four RBI in his last five games. Santana is on pace to approach a 30-HR, 100-RBI season in his first chance as a true full-time starter. He's shown an affinity for taking walks (12.1% BB%) which has led to a .370 OBP. He'll continue to swing and...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

We’re now less than a week away from a little Midseason siesta -- also known as the All-Star break -- when everyone will be given a few days without any changes to their lot as they assess their standing and can likely be pressed into some worthwhile deals. If you just celebrated July 4th, I’m sorry to say that no matter how awesome your party was, it didn’t address your pitching needs. Let’s see how we can remedy that. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Second Base (2B) and Shortstop (SS)

Welcome to week 14 of the fantasy baseball season. We’re continuing our mission to find you the best and brightest players with second base and shortstop eligibility. As noted last week, the own percentage of players are beginning to settle in, so this list may begin to have a bit less turnover, allowing us to go back and focus on a few of the names we wrote about in-depth earlier this season. This week we’ll focus primarily on three new names because of two names in...continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego had an unlikely Opening Day starter in Jhoulys Chacin, who joined his fifth team in four seasons after signing with the Padres. They might have been on to something, however. Chacin used to be a pitcher to avoid at home in his early career with the Rockies, but it's a completely different story in San Diego. Chacin has pitched to a stellar 1.68 ERA and .179 BAA in 59 innings at home (nine starts)....continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - First Base (1B) and Third Base (3B)

Believe it or not, the first half is almost over and All-Stars have officially been selected. If you're lucky enough to have a few of them on your fantasy squad, you're probably in good shape. If you're reading this article, chances are you have a glaring hole at either (or both) corner positions and need some offensive boost. Look no further, as there are plenty of options left that could give a spark heading into the latter portion of the 2017 season. The corner infield positions traditionally offer power with the...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Outfield

Welcome back to the Outfield Waiver Wire, where we look at the best outfielders available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Consider this column your recommendations for Week 14 outfield waiver wire pickups. We're nearing the halfway point of the season, but there are still plenty of guys who can help you floating around on the waiver wire. Not every move can be a blockbuster. Value is value, wherever you can find it. This column is designed to help you do just that. Let's get down to business. Week 14 Outfield (OF) Waiver Wire...continue reading

Tyler Flowers - (C, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers has taken an improbable step forward in his age 31 season as he is batting .100 points over his career average. In addition, he is on pace to smash his career best run production thanks in large part to his .422 on-base percentage. His average is set to regress some due to a .395 BABIP, however, he has also cut his strikeout rate to below 20% for the first time in his career. That change...continue reading

Brandon Phillips – (2B, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Brandon Phillips has quietly been a solid four-category contributor this season despite being part of the poor Braves offense. He is on pace for 83 runs thanks in large part to his .295 batting average, 26 extra-base hits, and batting in the second spot in the Braves’ lineup for the majority of his at-bats. As for his other production, not much has changed in Phillips’ batting profile as he maintains a low fly-ball rate and low hard hit...continue reading

Tim Beckham – (1B, 2B, SS, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tim Beckham has gotten hot in June as he has posted an .846 OPS with a .456 slugging percentage. His playing time was limited a bit in the month, as he missed five games due to knee and hand injuries and also exited Friday’s action against the Orioles early due to tweaking his ankle. Another potential concern is the Rays’ suddenly crowded infield situation due to their acquisition of Adeiny Hechavarria. However, Beckham’s playing...continue reading

Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel had a .309 batting average in June, hitting a season-best four home runs, and is a decent addition to a fantasy roster. A .329 batting average in April saw Gurriel on the fantasy radar, but a .200 batting average in 90 May at-bats saw Gurriel hit the waiver wire once again. Gurriel finished June with hits in eight of his last 10 games, including five multi-hit games, and is a...continue reading

Danny Valencia (1B/3B/OF, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia is coming off of two months where he hit over .300 and is a great addition to fantasy lineups. Valencia had 17 runs scored and 21 RBI in June, hitting .308, and has found a spot at first base for Seattle with 21 extra-base hits in 261 at-bats this season. After posting a .181 batting average in 72 April at-bats, Valencia had a .306 batting average in May and had an...continue reading

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino had 31 RBI in June and his 10 home runs last month make him very interesting to fantasy owners. Zunino had a home run and four RBI in 100 at-bats coming into the month, but that all changed with the best month of his MLB career. He had eight multi-RBI games last month and two games with multiple home runs, seeing his batting average jump from .194 to .240. Zunino was...continue reading

Tommy Pham (OF, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham has hits in nine of his last 10 games and his .289 batting average this season is very intriguing to fantasy owners. Pham has scored a run in six consecutive games, scoring three runs on June 26, and has also stolen a base in three of his last five games. He only has three multi-hit games over his last 10 games, but his eight runs scored over the last seven games...continue reading

Scooter Gennett (2B/3B/OF, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds utility man Scooter Gennett had garnered attention with his four-home run game and has kept interest with his .302 batting average this month. Gennett has hits in eight of his last 10 games, including four multi-hit games, and has six extra-base hits over that time span as well. He is up to 12 home runs in 184 at-bats this season, a good haul for a middle infielder, and his eligibility all over the field makes...continue reading

Bud Norris (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels reliever Bud Norris will come off of the disabled list on Saturday and could be back in the fray as the closer for Los Angeles immediately. Cam Bedrosian came off of the disabled list on June 17, but has not earned a save since coming off of the disabled list, allowing three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and blowing a save. Bedrosian had not allowed a run before hitting the disabled list,...continue reading

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is eighth in the American League with a .308 batting average this season and is a great addition for fantasy owners. Reddick has a hit in eight of his last nine games, including five multi-hit games, and has a .389 batting average in June including 12 extra-base hits. He has a double in back-to-back games and has scored 19 runs this month, with eight runs scored over the last seven days. Reddick had a...continue reading

Andrelton Simmons (SS, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Andrelton Simmons has always been well-known for his transcendent work in the field, but he's flashing some offensive skill this season. After hitting just .256 in his first three-plus seasons as a major league, Simmons is on pace to replicate last season's .281 batting average. He's also got eight home runs and 13 stolen bases this year - the former is as many as he hit in the previous two seasons combined, and the latter has already eclipsed the career high of...continue reading

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Jeff Hoffman's MLB career has gotten off to a promising start. Even with a disastrous outing against the Diamondbacks last week, Hoffman's sitting on a 4-1 record, 4.04 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP through eight games (seven starts). Toss out that stinker - you really should have known better than to throw a rookie at Coors against Arizona anyway - and those ratios fall to 2.33 and 1.01, respectively. The 24-year-old, a first round pick in the 2014 amateur draft, has 44 strikeouts...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery wasn't on the radar for most fantasy owners this spring, but he earned the final spot in the Yankees' rotation and has improved steadily as the season has progressed. Through his first five starts, the 24-year-old rookie held his own, providing serviceable ratios despite an elevated walk rate. In nine turns since, he's chopped that walk rate in half and continued striking out nearly a batter per inning. Issuing fewer free passes has helped him avoid trouble even as he's...continue reading

Michael Taylor (OF, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Michael Taylor has filled in admirably in center field for the Nationals since Adam Eaton's knee exploded at the end of April. He's hit .294/.329/.557 with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases in his two months as the starter. Taylor's plate approach remains suspect - only six hitters with at least 225 plate appearances have a worse ratio of walks to strikeouts, and only nine have a higher strikeout rate - but he's produced in...continue reading

Kole Calhoun (OF, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: A very slow start to the season had many Kole Calhoun fantasy owners heading for the hills, but the 29-year-old outfielder has quietly begun to right the ship, and fantasy owners would be wise to pick him back up. Over his last 13 games, Calhoun has slashed .294/.333/.373 with eight runs scored, seven RBI and two stolen bases. While the power has not been around much, Calhoun does have 10 home runs on the year and...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery has been consistently effective this season, something unusual for a rookie starter. While he isn't the front-end rotation presence the Yankees need, he can give fantasy owners back-end stability in their rotations. Montgomery has a 3.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 8.7 K/9 in 14 starts thus far. Most of his numbers are only slightly better than league average, but he ranks ninth in the AL with a 129 Adjusted ERA+ and 10th with a 3.83...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 63% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Godley will try to continue his surprising run this season when he takes on the Cardinals on Wednesday. Godley turned in an ugly 2016, posting a 6.39 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 1.57 HR/9. This year he is pitching more like he did in 2015 over a similar sample size. Godley has a 2.53 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in nine starts this season, but many are waiting for the other shoe to drop, due to some suspect peripherals....continue reading

Trey Mancini - (1B, OF, BAL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Trey Mancini was gaining more playing time as the wore on and the injury to Chris Davis has served to seal his role as an everyday player for the Orioles. He has taken advantage of that, posting a 1.105 OPS in the month of June. In fact, this compares rather favorably to another rookie receiving plenty of hype in Cody Bellinger, who has posted a 1.138 OPS for the month. His profile suggests...continue reading

Josh Harrison (2B/3B, PIT) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Harrison is posting a season that is strikingly similar to his breakout campaign in 2014, in which he posted 13 home runs, 18 stolen bases, and batted .315. While it’s overly simplistic to prorate stats, Harrison is currently on pace for both 19 home runs and stolen bases while hitting .294. While there are plenty of power hitters at both second and third base, speed isn’t plentiful at either position, which makes Harrison a valuable commodity. Given...continue reading

Matt Adams (1B, ATL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt Adams has been swinging a very hot bat since he was dealt from the Cardinals to the Braves on May 20th. Since then, he has hit 12 home runs, driven in 31 runs, and scored 24 runs, all while slugging .654. There are some concerns in his profile, most notable of which is his 40% groundball rate. Given that, he will need to keep his HR/FB rate at or near its current 23.2% mark to keep hitting with...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers allowed only one run and three hits in six innings en route to his fifth win of the season Wednesday night. Fiers is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.42 ERA and only 17 hits allowed in 25 innings pitched. The biggest key for Fiers has been his ability to cut down on giving up the long-ball. Fiers has not allowed a home run since May 25th, spanning five starts and...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily continued his impressive season with a solid performance against the Nationals on Wednesday and now has a 3.43 ERA this season. In six innings of work against the fiery Nats, Straily surrendered just one run off three hits while striking out six. Straily has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last five starts, making him Miami's best starter. Opponents are hitting him for a .212 average this year, and his...continue reading

Felipe Rivero (RP, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 69% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh reliever Felipe Rivero has three wins and three saves for the Pirates this season and he is the reliever to own in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Rivero had another five-out finish to a game, this time resulting in a win. Rivero was called into a tied game with one out in the eighth inning versus the St. Louis Cardinals and did not surrender a hit the rest of the way. Rivero is now 3-1 with an 0.68 ERA on the year. While...continue reading

Franklin Barreto (SS, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Franklin Barreto made his Major League debut Saturday against the White Sox, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run in what turned out to be a historic afternoon for the Athletics— three different players notched their first career long ball. Barreto will be filling in for an injured Chad Pinder, and should see somewhat-regular playing time for the immediate future. The 21-year-old slashed .281/.326/.428 across 309 plate appearances in the minors, crushing eight homers...continue reading

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flower has scored a run in four consecutive games, has reached base in nine of his last 10 games, and has a .329 batting average this season. Flowers only has a .269 batting average this month, but has scored 14 runs and has six extra-base hits this month. He has three multi-hit games in his last 10 and has a home run in two of his last four games. While Flowers is putting up results in...continue reading

Mike Montgomery (RP/SP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/reliever Mike Montgomery has found a spot in the Cubs' rotation for the time being and is putting up some of the best statistics of his career. Montgomery has a 2.26 ERA over 21 games (three starts) this season and has allowed four runs in 15 innings while replacing the injured Kyle Hendricks. While Montgomery only pitched nine innings in his first two starts, he just pitched six scoreeless innings against...continue reading