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J.J. Hoover (RP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: The Reds bullpen is a mess right now, and there is no locked in closer slated to start the season. With Aroldis Chapman's recent injury, there is an opening for someone to step up and grab the closer's role. Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall are also dealing with their own... Read More

6 years ago

Dee Gordon (SS / 2B, LAD) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues ANALYSIS: By now we all know what Dee Gordon brings to the table in fantasy leagues. He's a speed demon, and can rack up SBs in bunches for your team. The problem is he hasn't been able to get on base much the past 2 years when given at bats. It... Read More

6 years ago

Joakim Soria (RP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Normally we wouldn't add a player to the waiver wire pickups list if they're already 65% owned - but with the recent news that Soria has officially been named the Texas closer over Neftali Feliz, this is a reminder that he needs to be owned in all leagues. If your draft has... Read More

6 years ago

Nick Castellanos (3B / OF, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickup

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Highly-touted prospect and rookie Nick Castellanos is off to a scorching start in spring training, batting .400/.488/.689 over 45 at bats to go along with 2 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 R and 2 SB.  Not too shabby.  Of course this is only spring training, but Castellanos is a big... Read More

6 years ago

Neil Walker (2B, PIT) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: The former first-round draft pick is entering his age-28 season, coming off an underwhelming performance in 2013.  Don't let his lack of production last year fool you, though-- here's a guy at a really thin position who will not hurt you in any category, and as a member... Read More

6 years ago


Ivan Nova (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Ivan Nova, the Yankees # 4 starter, is available in more than 50% of mixed league formats and really should not be.  He hits 93 mph consistently on his fastball and drops down to 80 mph on his curve which is enough to keep most hitters off balance.  But the... Read More

6 years ago

Adam Dunn (DH / 1B, CWS) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Stash in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Long-time darling of BA punters the world over, Adam Dunn's 270 ADP shows his power is not the draw it was just a few years ago. He can still hit the ball a long, long way when he makes contact, but that's happening less and less as the... Read More

6 years ago

Michael Pineda (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: For those of you who lived through the 2011 fantasy baseball season, you'd remember Michael Pineda busting onto the scene behind King Felix in Seattle's rotation. Some might have even remembered him putting up a better strikeout rate than Felix Hernandez, as he struck out 9.11 batters per... Read More

6 years ago

David Freese (3B, LAA) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: David Freese is coming off what was basically a lost season for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he will get a new opportunity in 2014 with the offense-riched Angels. It's not exactly clear where in the order he will bat, probably in the 6 to 8 range, but even in that lineup... Read More

6 years ago

Alcides Escobar (SS, KC) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Stash in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Escobar is coming off a disappointing 2013 season, where he put up a .234/.259/.300 line and a lowly .559 OPS. Escobar will never get you any power production, or win you any leagues on his own, but he has stolen 22, 35 and 26 bases the past three seasons.... Read More

6 years ago


Chad Qualls (RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: We know a few things: the Astros don't have a very good team this year, the Astros won't win many games this year, and the Astros don't have a slam dunk closer lined up.  What we don't know, is who will actually be getting the saves opportunities here in 2014.  Chances are... Read More

6 years ago

Yordano Ventura (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: It's never too early to hit the waiver wire in fantasy baseball.  If your league has already drafted, and players are available to be picked up on waivers, it's show time. With the recent news that Yordano Ventura has won the 5th starter spot for the Kansas City... Read More

6 years ago

Kellen Winslow, Jr. (TE, NYJ) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: Winslow was good in Week One against Tampa Bay with seven catches for 79 yards and one TD, but he failed miserably against the Patriots– he only caught three passes for 39 yards. Winslow gets the Bills this week and could rebound with a solid game.  H’es not necessarily capable of performing... Read More

6 years ago

Coby Fleener (TE, IND) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE; Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: Fleener had a better game in his second week of action for the Colts, as he caught four passes for 69 yards with one TD. This was a huge increase in production as he only caught one pass for seven yards in Week One against Oakland. I would wait to see if... Read More

6 years ago

Charles Clay (TE, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Clay had another solid game for the Dolphins, catching five passes for 109 yards against the Colts with one receiving touchdown, averaging 21.8 yards per reception.  He is looking like a solid fantasy tight end that should be started if available in your league. He could have another big game in... Read More

6 years ago


Alex Smith (QB, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Andy Reid favors the passing game and it looks like he is already rejuvenating Smith’s career.  Through two games, Smith has utilized a conservative passing approach that has him completing 42 out of 70 passes for an average yards per completion of 5.66.  He is going to be careful with the ball and... Read More

6 years ago

Philip Rivers (QB, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Rivers’s Week Two performances against the over-discussed Eagles more than made up for his subpar Week One game against the Texans.  Rivers eviscerated the Eagles D, going for 419 yards, three TDs and a 76.6% completion rate.  Upcoming games against Tennessee, Oakland, Dallas, Indianapolis and Jacksonville are not particularly... Read More

6 years ago

Matt Schaub (QB, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: In his first two games, Schaub has had 45 and 48 pass attempts, putting him second in the league in PA behind only Joe Flacco. Schaub benefits from a stud offense with Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins that will open up the field and score points.  The Texans put up 298 passing yards against the... Read More

6 years ago

Sam Bradford (QB, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE:  Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS; Bradford followed up his Week One 299-yard performance with an even better Week Two stat line. 352 yards, three TDs and 55 pass attempts. He has thrown the ball 93 times in two starts and the Rams are looking like a pass-happy offense. Bradford completed passes to 10... Read More

6 years ago

Geno Smith (QB, NYJ) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting (Add in Deep Leagues) ANALYSIS: Smith is coming off an impressive debut in which he passed for 256 yards and rushed for an additional 47 yards on six scrambles.  Plenty of skeptics expected more than one INT in 38 pass attempts, but he did a decent job avoiding the mistakes that plagued... Read More

6 years ago


Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS:  When Jason Motte went down with an injury back in March, the Cardinals' closer situation seemed up in the air. It was a toss-up between Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, and Trevor Rosenthal to see who would step into the ninth inning role. Eventually, Mujica won the job, but even for... Read More

6 years ago

Kolten Wong (2B, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Kolten Wong, one of the Cardinals' top prospects, has arrived. He's debuting to open up a weekend series against the rival Cubs. Well, if you haven't been informed yet, Wong has impressive abilities with the bat. He's a plus-contact hitter with above-average speed. Assuming he stays in the... Read More

6 years ago

Mark Reynolds (1B, 3B, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: The Yankees have made their second significant transaction-- first they acquired Alfonso Soriano, and now it's Reynolds. After witnessing Soriano's impact post-trade, the former Indian third baseman figures to earn a starting gig. Even with A-Rod healthy, Reynolds should still find a spot in the lineup on most... Read More

6 years ago

Chia-Jen Lo (RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting (add if desperate for saves) ANALYSIS: The Astros may be the worst team in baseball, but even terrible teams need a guy to close games, and at the moment, that guy seems to be Chia-Jen Lo. Lo hasn't officially been named Houston's closer, but he seems to have the trust of... Read More

6 years ago

Marco Estrada (SP, RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Marco Estrada was an interesting draft pick going into the season, but he failed to impress before getting injured in late May. The Brewers' rotation has been scuffling with injuries recently, but the right-hander finally appears healthy again. In two starts since coming off the D.L., all Estrada... Read More

6 years ago


Emilio Bonifacio (2B, OF, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: Emilio Bonifacio has not offered mixed-leaguers much production, but all of that could change soon. He is no longer a Blue Jay, as he has been acquired by the Royals. The speedster has hit for a measly average (.218) while failing to steal bases at respectable clip (1 SB for... Read More

6 years ago

Roy Halladay (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Phillies former ace Roy Halladay is on the mend from shoulder surgery and is scheduled to make his first rehab start this Thursday. Rumor has it that he'll need only two rehab starts before rejoining the big club around the last week of August. Prior to the injury,... Read More

6 years ago

Chia-Jen Lo (RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Continue Scouting ANALYSIS: Two weeks have already gone by since the Veras trade, and the Houston closer saga still remains unresolved. The team opted to go with a closer-by-committee approach, but only two save opportunities have arisen. Jose Cisnero was initially expected to take over the role, but it never came to fruition.... Read More

6 years ago

Brandon Belt (1B, SF) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add Immediately ANALYSIS: Brandon Belt has earned N.L. Player of the Week honors, but don't expect him to slow down any time soon. The preseason breakout candidate is seeing the ball better right now than he has all season. The 2 HR and 5 RBI last week may not have turned many heads,... Read More

6 years ago

Brian Dozier (2B, SS, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues ANALYSIS: Dozier has been one of the few bright spots in the Minnesota lineup this year. Since the start of his recent outburst, he has transformed into a doubles machine: he has doubled in eight out of his last 13 games played, while posting five multi-hit performances. In fact,... Read More

6 years ago


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