Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts

Week 3 Waiver Wire - Outfielders (OF)

With half of April in the books, some trends are starting to emerge. We finally have enough data to start to assess if areas of statistical interest are real or mirages. Players with hot two or three game stretches are starting to peter out or at least normalize, but there is still a lot of value to be had on the wire.

With that being the case, let’s review what’s out there on the wire for the most plentiful position in fantasy baseball, outfield. With so much talent spread across the 30 teams, it makes finding the diamond in the rough that much more critical so you’re not stuck running out the semi-useful brand name when you could be profiting off of the hyper productive unknown model. Of course, finding which players are for real for the long term is the name of the game, and Rotoballer is here to give you the edge.

The only qualifications for this list are 1) be an outfielder and 2) be owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues. We’ll be highlighting names that you need to know about, some good and some bad. Shallow and deep leagues should all get value out of the names below, so get ready to do some wheeling and dealing on your way to fantasy glory.

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers received 13 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association including Baseball Writer of the Year, Football Writers of the Year, Golf Writer of the Year and many more! Be sure to follow their analysis, rankings and advice all year long, and win big with RotoBaller! Read More!


Week 3 Outfield Waiver Wire Targets

Brandon Belt (OF/1B, SF) - 41% owned

Belt is a popular addition on waiver wire columns among the Rotoballer team. Making both the outfield and corner infield lists last week, the veteran responded with a pretty lackluster week, bringing in just a single run and hitting .214 over 14 at-bats. His power hasn’t shown up yet, and he’s striking out more than he typically has over his career. On top of that, the .270/.400/.405 line he’s sporting is actually propped up by an unreasonable .429 BABIP.

Despite the warning signs above, the eye test shows that Belt’s approach is as solid as ever, supported metrically by his 15.6% walk rate on the year and .400 on-base percentage. It seems as if he’s pressing a bit late in at-bats, as his swinging strike rate and outside the zone swing rate are both quite high. Pitchers aren’t giving him much to work with either, as he’s seeing just 38.8% of pitches in the strike zone. He’s also making contact on just 30% of swings to pitches outside the strike zone, which is about half of his career average.

Belt is too good a hitter for these problems to remain all season. To add more positivity, he’s actually connecting with pitches for more power than he ever has, despite the low ISO. More than 45% of his contact is considered hard, leading to multiple areas in the strike zone where Belt is producing insane exit velocities like 93.5, 96.2, and 99.8 mph on batted balls. Once he settles down and gets to working pitchers like he has throughout his career, the new pop will hopefully start to show. It’s a speculative buy, and he’ll probably be more effective on the road, but the pieces for a top 10 first baseman are still there.


Matt Kemp (OF, LAD) - 21% owned

Just when you think he’s done, he goes and redeems himself. As shocking as this is, few players had a better week than Matt Kemp. Across 18 at-bats, Kemp hit .444 with a home run, three runs batted in, and three runs. Because of this run of success, his ownership is likely to shoot up, even if it is only temporary. His superstar of yesteryear status gives him a certain amount of clout, and even the smallest sign of the glory days is sure to send owners into a tizzy. However, Kemp is the rare highlight here that you probably want to avoid.

His line on 40 at-bats, .324/.375/.486, looks good until you see that it’s held up by a .458 BABIP with and as of right now career high 30% strikeout rate. A deeper dive into those numbers supports the notion that his recent success is likely unsustainable. He’s swinging at more pitches outside of the zone, and making contact at a career low rate when those pitches are in the box. He’s producing his lowest overall contact percentage for his career, and is swinging through more than 17% of the pitches he swings at, a huge jump from his career numbers. To add insult to injury, Kemp is producing a career low .162 ISO, so the vaunted power isn’t there either.

This all adds up to suggest that Kemp had a good week, but that this isn’t production that should be expected from the 33-year-old going forward. Don’t bother wasting a roster spot on the veteran, rather look into some other options on this list. If you own him in a deep league and have an owner looking to buy, consider it heavily. There’s a decent chance that, despite his contract, Kemp doesn’t finish the season on a major league roster.


Mallex Smith (OF, TB) - 18% owned

Tampa Bay traded for Mallex Smith in a flurry of moves in the 2017 offseason and, after showing lineup mainstays Chris Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. the door, the Rays are giving the young outfielder consistent playing time for the first time in his major league career. The 24-year-old has had an impressive start to the season, batting .343/.410/.429 on 40 at-bats with as many walks as strikeouts (four each) and a pair of steals. The bulk of that work took place over the last week, when Smith hit .458 with three runs batted in on top of his steals.

Smith’s calling card is his blinding speed, which he’s still learning to put to use on the base paths and in the field. He’s been caught three times already this season, which is surprising considering his wheels. He’s noted that he’s been pressing things at times and is learning to let the game come to him. Smith is taking more cuts on pitches in the zone, and his contact percentage has risen to the highest of his career as a result. He’s also generating slightly more power on that contact, as 56.3% of his contact is considered medium and another 25% considered hard. Those are both easily career highs for Smith. Hiss average is propped up by a high BABIP, but not so high that a .300 average is out of the question. If Smith can continue to make solid contact and spray the ball as he’s been doing, he could be an asset in leagues using batting average, on-base percentage, and of course steals. Not bad for a guy that can be had off the waiver wire.


Franchy Cordero (OF, SD) - 13% owned

The man with one of the best names in baseball is back and ready to knock moonshots into the stratosphere. After a huge Cactus League showing, Cordero went down with a groin strain and has knocked in two home runs in just 13 at-bats since. The 23-year-old is a physical freak with game-breaking pop and enough speed to swipe double digit bags over a full season. If he can figure out major league pitching, 25/15 is very realistic.

However, despite the loud tools and even louder name, there is plenty of risk to deploying Franchy. He swings and misses way too much, he struggles against sharp changeups, his pitch recognition needs a lot of work, and he might be allergic to taking a walk. But with all that being said, there is star potential here, and if in two months he’s produced one of the big surprise first halves in baseball, I won’t be surprised. If you have a roster spot, snag away.


Teoscar Hernandez (OF, TOR) - 9% owned

The Blue Jays called up Hernandez this week, and it is likely that he’ll be a lineup mainstay now that he’s with the big club. Acquired in July from the Astros for Francisco Liriano, the 25-year-old brings a solid, all-around skillset and is a true “professional” hitter. Hernandez’s first game of 2018 showed signs of good things to come, with a box score of 2-5 with two doubles, two runs batted in, a strikeout, and a steal. He brings enough power to hit 20 home runs over a full season, despite his meager minor-league totals, and he can easily swipe 10-15 bags. He’ll struggle with strikeouts and doesn’t walk much, so he’ll need to make some adjustments to get to the potential his tools carry. Regardless, fantasy owners could do a lot worse than a combo threat with enough batted ball skills to carry a .250+ average at the end of their bench.


More Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts


Mitchell Marner7 hours ago

Scores Hat Trick In Victory
Alex Lyon7 hours ago

Earns Third Consecutive Victory
Jeremy Swayman7 hours ago

Posts Shutout Against Sharks
Zach Charbonnet8 hours ago

Pete Carroll Believes Zach Charbonnet Has A Bruised Knee
CeeDee Lamb8 hours ago

Has Another Huge Game In Week 13
Kareem Hunt10 hours ago

Limited On Thursday
Matt McLain10 hours ago

Fully Healed
Shohei Ohtani11 hours ago

Wins Most Outstanding Designated Hitter Award
Chris Paul11 hours ago

To Be Re-Evaluated On Monday
Aaron Gordon11 hours ago

Listed As Questionable For Friday
Jamal Murray11 hours ago

Uncertain For Friday
Moses Moody11 hours ago

Shifts Into Starting Five
Grayson Allen11 hours ago

Removed From Injury Report
Devin Booker11 hours ago

Listed As Questionable For Friday
LaMelo Ball12 hours ago

To Be Re-Evaluated In One Week
Treylon Burks12 hours ago

Puts In Full Practice Thursday
Noah Brown12 hours ago

Limited Again Thursday
Kenneth Walker III13 hours ago

Officially Inactive In Week 13
LeBron James13 hours ago

A Game-Time Call Thursday
Kelly Olynyk13 hours ago

Jordan Clarkson, Kelly Olynyk Remain Questionable
Dorian Thompson-Robinson13 hours ago

Still In Concussion Protocol
Anthony Davis13 hours ago

Likely To Play Against Thunder
Amari Cooper13 hours ago

Back At Practice Thursday
Markelle Fultz13 hours ago

Wendell Carter Jr., Markelle Fultz Both Out Friday
Kelly Oubre13 hours ago

Jr. Aiming To Return Next Week
Jerry Jeudy14 hours ago

Marvin Mims Jr. Limited Thursday
Joel Embiid14 hours ago

Questionable Friday With Illness
Andrew Wiggins14 hours ago

Not Playing Against Clippers
Dallas Goedert14 hours ago

Trending In The Wrong Direction
Zach Hyman14 hours ago

Ready To Return On Thursday
Juuso Valimaki14 hours ago

Back For Coyotes On Thursday
Ilya Mikheyev14 hours ago

Good To Go Thursday
Dougie Hamilton14 hours ago

Won't Play On Thursday
Aaron Rodgers14 hours ago

Takes The Day Off
Radko Gudas15 hours ago

On Track To Return Thursday
Andrei Svechnikov15 hours ago

Expected Back On Thursday
Mark Kastelic15 hours ago

Ridly Greig Placed On Long-Term IR By Senators
Trey McBride15 hours ago

Limited On Thursday
Thomas Chabot15 hours ago

Activated Off Injured Reserve, Could Play Friday
Gabriel Vilardi15 hours ago

Activated Off Injured Reserve, Could Play Thursday
De'Von Achane15 hours ago

Limited Again Thursday
Kent Johnson15 hours ago

Recalled From AHL
DET16 hours ago

Patrick Kane Hoping For Season Debut In 7-10 Days
Tee Higgins16 hours ago

Plans To Play Monday Night
Tim Hardaway16 hours ago

Jr. Questionable With Back Spasms
Mark Giordano16 hours ago

Week-To-Week With Broken Finger
Trey Murphy16 hours ago

III Could Make Season Debut Friday
Bojan Bogdanovic16 hours ago

Downgraded To Out Thursday
Devin Booker16 hours ago

Up In The Air For Friday
Rashid Shaheed16 hours ago

Out For Second Straight Day
Chris Olave16 hours ago

Participating In Practice Again Thursday
Diontae Johnson16 hours ago

Out Sick Thursday
Paolo Banchero16 hours ago

Probable With Sprained Ankle
Keenan Allen16 hours ago

Working Off To The Side Thursday
Chris Godwin17 hours ago

Pops Up On Injury Report
Anthony Edwards17 hours ago

No Shootaround For Anthony Edwards Thursday
Dylan Cease17 hours ago

Cardinals Interested In Dylan Cease
Demario Douglas17 hours ago

Absent From Thursday's Practice
Joaquim Silva17 hours ago

Looking To Return To The Win Column
Clay Guida17 hours ago

Set For 36th UFC Fight
Kelvin Gastelum17 hours ago

Returns To Welterweight
Tyler Glasnow17 hours ago

Cubs Have Held Trade Talks On Tyler Glasnow
Marquise Brown17 hours ago

Still Not Practicing Thursday
Sean Brady17 hours ago

Looking To Rebound After First Career Loss
Deiveson Figueiredo17 hours ago

Moving Up To Bantamweight
Rob Font17 hours ago

Set For Third Fight Of 2023
Jaden Schwartz20 hours ago

Lands On Injured Reserve
Robby Fabbri21 hours ago

Tallies Two Points Against Rangers
Nick Martinez21 hours ago

Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Reds
Alexis Lafrenière21 hours ago

Alexis Lafreniere Delivers Two Assists
Jackson Chourio21 hours ago

Brewers Expected To Complete Record-Breaking Deal
Mike Matheson21 hours ago

Posts Two Assists In Wednesday's Win
Charlie Lindgren21 hours ago

Impresses With Win Over Kings
Shayne Gostisbehere21 hours ago

Exits Early On Wednesday
Jalen Smith21 hours ago

Out On Thursday, Will Be Re-Evaluated Next Week
Joey Wendle1 day ago

Agrees With Mets
Devin Williams2 days ago

Wins NL Reliever Of The Year Award
Félix Bautista2 days ago

Felix Bautista Named AL Reliever Of The Year
Luis Severino2 days ago

Mets, Luis Severino Finalizing One-Year Deal
Shohei Ohtani2 days ago

Expected To Sign Before End Of Winter Meetings
Dylan Cease2 days ago

Trade Talks For Dylan Cease Have Intensified
Randy Arozarena2 days ago

Being Shopped By Rays
Bo Bichette2 days ago

Likely Staying Put
Emilio Pagán2 days ago

Emilio Pagan Agrees To Two-Year Pact With Reds
Dylan Cease2 days ago

Dodgers "Among Most Aggressive" Teams For Dylan Cease
Shohei Ohtani2 days ago

Yoshinobu Yamamoto "Above All Other Options" For Giants
Juan Soto2 days ago

"Almost Certain To Be Traded"
Cody Bellinger2 days ago

Earns NL Comeback Player Of The Year Award
Liam Hendriks2 days ago

Earns AL Comeback Player Of The Year Award
Jackson Chourio3 days ago

Brewers Discussing Deal With Top Prospect Jackson Chourio




Rachaad White - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

NFL DFS Week 13 Picks: Top DraftKings Plays for Daily Fantasy Include Brock Purdy, Rachaad White, Zack Moss, Tyreek Hill

Hello, RotoBallers, and fellow NFL DFS grinders. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is now in the rearview mirror and we are ready to embark on the Week 13 DraftKings Main Slate. As some of you might be falling out of the picture in your season-long leagues, DFS is a great way to stay plugged... Read More

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em - Week 13 Matchups Analysis

Welcome back RotoBallers to our Week 13 matchups analysis and Start Em, Sit Em column for fantasy football. Last week started out with some lopsided Thanksgiving and Black Friday contests before the game of the week on Sunday between the Eagles and Bills. The schedule goes back to normal with just one Thursday matchup, but we... Read More

Ahmad Sauce Gardner - Fantasy Football

Week 13 IDP Start Em, Sit Em - Streamers and Fades for Fantasy Football Defensive Players

Perspective means a lot in sports, as in many areas of life. An example of this would be Shaquille Leonard. We mention him here frequently because he remains a legend in many IDP circles. Even this year he's been a pretty productive tackler, despite limited snaps and conflicts with his team/coaching staff. So, obviously a... Read More

Kenneth Walker III - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy Football Injury Reports For Week 13 (Thursday Updates): Kenneth Walker III, Travis Etienne, Chris Olave, De'Von Achane, Tee Higgins, and more

With Week 13 ready to get underway with the Cowboys vs. Seahawks on Thursday Night Football, fantasy managers are busy tracking injuries to their key fantasy studs. We have the latest notable injury updates as of Thursday, November 30, 2023. Fantasy football assets such as Kenneth Walker III, Travis Etienne, Chris Olave, and more have... Read More

Adam Thielen - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL DFS Picks

The King's Week 13 Lineup Rankings and Analysis (Premium Content)

Scott "The King" Engel issues his full Week 13 lineup rankings in PPR, Half-PPR, and Standard formats. He also includes insights on key players at each position, with chunks of relevant statistical indicators. Regular starting options are also included in the statistical highlights to show how well your best players might be performing. Much of... Read More

Aaron Donald - Fantasy Football Rankings, IDP Draft Sleepers, Defense (DST)

Week 13 Team Defense Rankings for Fantasy Football: Buccaneers DST, Chargers DST, Jaguars DST, Falcons DST, Rams DST

RotoBallers, Week 13 has arrived, and it's time to focus on setting those winning lineups. There are six teams on a bye, so there will be few options to stream this week. The Bears, Vikings, Bills, Ravens, Giants, and Raiders are off this week. For fantasy managers singing the bye week blues, we've got you... Read More

AJ Brown - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

NFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Where Do All 32 NFL Teams Stand?

As we head into the fourth month of the NFL season, we are starting to get a better sense of who these 32 teams are. Injuries, inefficiencies, and mega-popstar distractions have impacted NFL teams in different ways through the league's first twelve weeks. On the other hand, there have been some major positive surprises and... Read More

Dak Prescott - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Seahawks vs. Cowboys TNF Start 'Em, Sit 'Em - Tony Pollard, Jake Ferguson, Geno Smith, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Zach Charbonnet, more

Thursday Night Football for Week 13 will be a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions. The Dallas Cowboys are winners of five of their last six games, and those five wins have come with an average margin of victory of 23.2 points. The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, have lost three of... Read More

Kyler Murray - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Fantasy Football Warning Signals for Week 13: Kyler Murray, Joe Mixon, and Drake London

Week 13 of the fantasy football season is underway and while we may have drafted certain players at a premium, it is okay to consider benching them despite their name value. We often hear the phrase "start your studs" and it is a tried and true method, especially earlier in the season. When injuries, tough... Read More

Russell Wilson - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Sneaky Starts, Pivot Plays, and Post-Waiver Pickups for Week 13 - Russell Wilson, Tyler Allgeier, Juwan Johnson, Jayden Reed, and More!

The byes are back. Wasn’t last week so nice -- where all you had to worry about was injuries? This week is a killer not just with six teams on bye, but with the high-quality fantasy options that the teams give us. You will not be able to use your Bills, Bears, Giants, Ravens, Raiders,... Read More

jaylen waddle fantasy football rankings news NFL DFS lineup picks

WR/CB Matchups to Target and Downgrade - Week 13 (2023)

Welcome to Week 13 of the WR/CB Matchups article. For those who are not familiar, this is a weekly series looking at fantasy football matchups for wide receivers versus the cornerbacks who are projected to cover them. During the past three seasons, I have tweaked my process to make the chart more user-friendly and predictive,... Read More

Bijan Robinson - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Rest of Season Half-PPR Rankings: Fantasy Football Top 200 for Week 13

December approaches and the fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon. Prepare for the championship push as best you can with our Week 13 fantasy football half-PPR rankings for the rest of 2023, as of November 30. Check where key players shifted, such as Bijan Robinson, Cooper Kupp, Zack Moss, and more. These half-PPR fantasy... Read More

Jessie Bates Atlanta Falcons Defense - Fantasy Football DST, Defense Streamers, Waiver Wire IDP

Top Fantasy Football D/ST Rankings (Weeks 13, 14, 15, 16) - Defense Streamers and Starts

If you stream defenses in fantasy football, you have come to the right place. This article will look at defenses to target in Week 13 and beyond. Interesting to note that Week 15 and Week 16 will be featured in the list below, which is the playoffs for most fantasy leagues. So, if you have... Read More