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

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Week 4 Waiver Wire Watch List


As important as it is to be active on the waiver wire, snagging that next hot bat or pitcher on a roll before anyone else can, let's be honest--there are only so many roster spots. That's why your watch list is just as important as your waiver wire activity, and perhaps even more so.

Throughout the season, you want to get the jump on your competition and sniff out the breakout players before they break out. That's what this list is all about--using some in-depth research and advanced analytics to find the players who aren't quite there yet but are on their way.

This is not necessarily a list of players you should add right away - it is a list of people to keep a very close eye on in most leagues, and to consider picking up in deeper formats. In some cases, we will even caution you not to pick up a widely-added player, and steer you away from the fool's gold. Use it to build your own watch list.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!

 

Pitchers to Watch in 12+ Team Leagues

Anthony DeSclafani (SP, CIN)

Tony Disco has been one of those guys who's always felt like he's right on the cusp of a breakout that's never truly come to fruition. There may be some signs that it's coming in 2019, as Desclafani has gotten off to a better start than his primary stat line suggests.

Through four starts (19.1 IP) Desclafani boasts an 0-1 record, an unimpressive 1.29 WHIP and a downright terrible 5.59 ERA, but the underlying peripherals tell a different story. Desclafani is currently sporting the best K% of his career at 26.2, which is significantly higher than his career average (20.5). That boost in strikeouts has his SIERA sitting at a solid 4.15, which indicates that he's pitching better than the stat line indicates. In his most recent start Desclafani tossed six innings of one-run ball with six Ks, so watch his next couple of starts and get ready to pull the trigger.

Jose Urena (SP, MIA)

Urena was absolutely horrible through his first three starts, getting tagged for 14 ER over just 13.2 innings. He's since rattled off two solid starts against good offenses (WAS and PHI). In those two games, he allowed just three ER over 13 innings, and added 11 Ks in that time frame.

Ultimately that's what I'm looking at--Urena is finally limiting the damage. His SIERA (4.41), while still not great thanks to his first few starts, indicates that Urena has pitched a bit better than that stats indicate. He's still on a bad team, and I'd like to see a little more in the way of strikeouts, but Urena's miniature hot streak has me intrigued.

Daniel Norris (SP, DET)

With Matt Moore presumably done for the season, Norris should have a pretty long leash in the Tigers rotation. He's pitched well so far in a mixed role so far in 2019, with a 2.70 ERA across 13.1 IP. That includes his first start of the season, in which he went five strong innings of shutout ball against the White Sox.

The peripheral stats aren't favorable for Norris, but given that he's only made one start I'm willing to forgive him a bit--he had one poor outing against KC that's bringing his stats down pretty considerably. Norris was once a highly-touted prospect, and it's possible he'll be a late bloomer. Keep an eye on him for now.

 

Batters to Watch in 12+ Team Leagues

Mike Tauchman (OF, NYY)

Due to sheer necessity, Tauchman has found himself a regular member of the Yankees lineup, and he's risen to the occasion. The former Colorado product has cracked three homers and driven in eight runs since April 16th, and is providing a measure of relief to the injury-crippled New York offense.

While I'm not betting on it, Tauchman possesses the pedigree to put up a 20/20 season. He likely won't ever see enough at-bats to make that a reality, but he's a legitimate power and speed threat who is almost guaranteed the opportunity to rack up some counting stats. If you're looking for a cheap option in either category, keep an eye on Tauchman on this west coast trip for the Yankees.

Brian Goodwin (OF, LAA)

Goodwin was heavily-hyped coming into 2018 following a season with the Nationals in which he hit 13 homers and stole six bags in just 251 at bats. That...did not pan out. Goodwin mustered just six jacks and four stolen bags with two teams in 180 at-bats while also hitting just .239.

Goodwin may be rediscovering some of that form from 2017, as he's already hit three homers while shaving 10 full percentage points off his K% from 2018. Goodwin currently has the better half of a platoon locked down in the Angels outfield, and he's playing himself into more playing time. If he can get regular at-bats, Goodwin can be a legitimate multi-category contributor.

Danny Santana (OF/2B, TEX)

Santana is currently getting playing time thanks to an injury to Rougned Odor, and boy is he taking advantage. Santana has only played seven games, but he's already swiped three bags and is hitting a solid .308. While the batting average may be too much to maintain, that speed is real, and Santana will soon hold multi-positional eligibility. You can use that in pretty much any format, and if he continues to play at a high level he will stick around in the Rangers lineup one way or another even when Odor returns.

 

Recapping The Waiver Wire Watch List

In the section, I will review the progress and current outlook of players that I wrote about in previous articles in this series.

Pitchers

Lance Lynn (SP, TEX) - Still Watching: An underwhelming outing and the apparent return of his walk issues have me wary, but he still hasn't been terrible in any start.

Jorge Lopez (SP, KC) - Still Watching: Was slapped around a little by the Yankees this weekend, but still went seven innings and now has 13 Ks in his last two starts. I'm okay adding now if you need some rotation depth.

Jeff Samardzija (SP, SF) - Still Watching: Continues to be better at home than on the road. If you're okay with streaming him in only those starts, you can add now.

Pablo Lopez (SP, MIA) - Dropped: Simply not producing, so we're cutting him off the list.

Eric Lauer (SP, SD) - Still Watching: Can't seem to get deep into games and doesn't have a ton of strikeout potential, but still avoiding blow-ups.

Lucas Giolito (SP, CWS) - Still Watching: On the IL currently, but should be back before the end of April. Not confident enough to add him, especially coming off the IL.

Sandy Alcantara (SP, MIA) - Dropped: Tagged in two straight, I'm off the Alcantara train for now.

Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Still Watching: Seems to pitch to the opponent--good outings against bad offenses, can't hold up against decent ones. Merely a streaming candidate in deep leagues.


Batters

Josh Phegley (C, OAK) - Dropped: Cooled off a ton, and job security shaky once again.

Hunter Dozier (3B/1B, KC) - Add Now: Red-hot at the plate and providing some pop as well. Add him as a corner infielder in any format.

Freddy Galvis (SS, TOR) - Still Watching: Dealing with a stiff leg, but should be addable if he doesn't miss any time.

Kolten Wong (2B, STL) - Add Now: Hitting consistently now, and driving in runs at a really nice clip. A 20/20 season very possible.

Jorge Soler (OF, KC) - Still Watching: The strikeouts make him nearly useless in points leagues, but can provide some cheap power in roto leagues.

More Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers




More Recent Articles

 

Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More


Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Late-Season Fantasy Football Surgers and Breakouts

Winning a fantasy football championship is about finding the right mix of players at the right time. It’s not easy to do, because it takes a full season process to build a roster that can win it all. You must start by drafting well, then making the right deals, pinpointing the best waiver pickups, and... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Q&A for Week 11

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 11

Welcome to Week 11, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football season. These player selections are based on my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More


QB vs Pass Rush Matchups To Watch - Week 11

It's Week 11, and we have to get wins. The playoffs are just around the corner, and we can't afford to take losses. You likely have just a week or two before the fantasy playoffs, and having the right quarterback can make all the difference. We have several great matchups coming up this week while... Read More


Woos and Boos - Starts and Sits for Week 11 Lineups

If we learned anything from the fantasy scoring in Week 10 is that hitting on the right quarterback can make or break your week. Sure, the household names like Lamar Jackson (35.65 FP) and Patrick Mahomes (34.30 FP) paced the field, but it was the play from lesser QBs like Daniel Jones (33.40 FP) and... Read More


Inside the Tent - Week 11 NFL Injury Insight

At RotoBaller, we can't stress enough the importance of keeping up with injuries and playing your best lineup week after week. Players are going to get injured, that's an unavoidable fact. What's avoidable though is making the wrong roster decisions based on the injuries surrounding your fantasy squad. If you want to dominate your leagues... Read More


Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 11 (Top 100)

Don't underestimate the power of the IDP. We've already seen Joe Schobert put up a monster game on Thursday night with a sack, seven solo tackles, and two interceptions. Jamal Adams may have won some games single-handedly last week with his strip-sack for a TD along with eight tackles and another sack. Likewise, Jadveon Clowney... Read More


Give Up on Jared Goff Before It's Too Late

Not long ago, we were discussing the quarterback stable for the 2019 season in preparation for our season-long drafts. Two months and change, that is. Back in September, there were just a couple quarterbacks deemed as locks to be drafted inside the first three or four rounds: Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and only for those... Read More


Dynasty League Running Back Trades: Getting the Proper Returns

In fantasy football dynasty leagues, there is always tomorrow. That is what makes the format so compelling. Yes, your team may be out of it this year, but your season is never really over. If your team has four wins, one more defeat and you are likely done for the season. If you have less... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) is listed as questionable. Austin Hooper (knee) and running back Devonta Freeman (foot) have both... Read More


Darius Slayton: A Giant Success

Is he Odell Beckham Jr.? No. But at 6’1" and 190 pounds, Darius Slayton has taken over as the outside receiver in New York. But do we really know anything else about the rookie out of Auburn that would lead us to believe he can step up into a primary role on the Giants offense?... Read More