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Welcome to the first edition of the Week 2 Waiver Wire for the 2017 season.

The Waiver Wire is a weekly tool that will easily guide you through the season. Researching free agent pickups can be exhausting and time-consuming, therefore I have done all the work for you with the Week 2 Waiver Wire.

So you have gotten a glimpse at what your draft efforts have brought you and are all ready to shake things up. After all, every season, a handful of undrafted stars emerge in just the first week or two of the season. Don’t miss out on your chance to bolster your squad in the early going.

Being a Fantasy owner, you should know the importance of keeping a fluid roster. You need to be savvy and strategical on the waiver wire and this can be many forms. Ultimately, there are players who are worth an addition to your team based on their talent and situation alone.

Most noteworthy, all of these players are less than 50% owned across all major Fantasy leagues and sites.

Let’s take a look at the top players to consider to add to your team for Week 2.

Week 2 Waiver Wire

Catcher

Sandy Leon, Boston Red Sox

The switch-hitting backstop came out of nowhere to post a breakout season last year, hitting .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats.

Leon is entering 2017 as the starting backstop for the Red Sox. While preseason projections predicted a huge regression, he is proving his doubters wrong so far this season, albeit in a small sample size.

Leon would be a very nice replacement for the injured Gary Sanchez. You should ride the hot hand and pick up Leon. He won’t hurt you while Sanchez is out, and could possibly be nice trade bait during the season. He should already be owned in two-catcher leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Jason Castro, Minnesota Twins
  • James McCann, Detroit Tigers

 

First Base

 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

 

Ryan Zimmerman has started off on fire through the first seven games. He has a team-leading 1.284 OPS and five of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases.

Zimmerman is the poster child on grabbing a player while he is hot and riding him.  He has started this season with a huge resurgence, mostly based upon being completely healthy. He seemingly is hurt as much as he is healthy. In three of the last five seasons, he’s failed to appear in 105 games.

Ryan Zimmerman should be added at first base in deep leagues, especially for owners who are getting impatient with the likes of Greg Bird or Tommy Joseph. In shallower leagues, owners should add him as your corner infielder.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros

 

Second Base

Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies

Cesar Hernandez had a good year last season, especially once he was inserted into the leadoff spot in the second half.  He finished the season with a batting line .294/.371/.393 and led the MLB in triples with 11.

His biggest issue is stolen base success rate as he was only 17-of-30 in stolen base attempts. While he was supposedly working on this issue this off-season, he has yet to attempt a steal this season.

The Phillies’ leadoff hitter currently owns a .308 average with a .357 OPS, including showing some pop in his bat. 5-of-12 hits have gone for extra bases and he has scored nine runs.

Hernandez should definitely be on all NL-Only rosters as he has proven to be a catalyst on top of the Phillies’ lineup that will produce. Once he becomes a stolen base threat, he will produce enough to be a starter in all types of leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Howie Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies

 

Third Base

Travis Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers

 

Travis Shaw could be on the verge of a breakout in his age-27 season.

He is a very nice corner option as he will take advantage of Miller Park and produce 25-plus homers.

The fact that he normally sits against southpaws minimizes some value, but Shaw will provide value and be a power source at the CI position on your Fantasy roster.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Chase Headley, New York Yankees
  • Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds

 

Shortstop

Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets

 

The veteran switch-hitter had a sensational 2016 season where he posted a career-best .810 OPS and cranked 23 homers. Cabrera has followed up on that this season. In his first eight games this season, he is hitting .353 and filling out all stat categories.

He is only owned in 45.3 percent of ESPN leagues. If you drafted any of the pre-draft shortstop darlings (Dansby Swanson, Tim Anderson, or Javier Baez), you need to stop reading this-temporarily-AND pick up Asdrubal Cabrera for your Fantasy roster.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
  • Zach Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

 

Outfield

 Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

Corey Dickerson came into this season with increased Fantasy potential and promise. He slashed .291/.328/.527 with six homers and 18 RBI over his last 100 at-bats.

Dickerson has continued his torrid hitting, slashing .324/.359/.568 with two home runs and five RBI in the first 10 games of this season. He also hit safely in all but one of those games.

While he will sit against most southpaws, he figures to play and hit leadoff against all right-handers. He has nice power potential and should be owned and started in all leagues.

Gerardo Parra, Colorado Rockies

The veteran outfielder is filling in left field for the injured David Dahl (rib) and taking advantage of it.

He is slashing .343/.378/.457 with a homer and six RBI in the first 10 games.

Parra is a very useful short-term fill-in while getting the starts in left field in deep leagues. Fantasy owners need to keep Parra in their lineups until David Dahl returns.

 Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners

 

Mitch Haniger came into this season on most experts’ sleepers list and he has not disappointed.

While he will not hit for average, he will produce valuable power and speed with high OPS potential.

He is only hitting .250 to start the season, but he has three doubles, three home runs, and six RBI. He is the first player to score 10 runs this season and has two stolen bases.

While hitting out of the two-hole in the underrated Mariners’ lineup, Mitch Haniger should be owned and started in all leagues due to his power and speed potential

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Steven Souza, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

 

Starting Pitcher

Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds

 

Amir Garrett earned the No. 3 starter for the Reds after they got hit hard with injuries to the starting rotation.

By recording a 2-0 record with a 1.42 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and nine strikeouts in his first two starts, he has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Garrett has posted nine Ks and two BBs while allowing just seven hits over 12.2 innings to start the year.

Garrett should be owned in all NL-Only leagues and at least a high-upside streaming option in mixed leagues.

Edison Volquez, Miami Marlins

The veteran right-hander was impressive in his Marlins’ debut on Opening Day. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, and one walk while striking out six.

He should pitch better this season due to pitching now in the friendly confines in Miami after having posted a 5.37 ERA last season.

Volquez has posted a stellar 13:2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this season and is a nice streaming option in all formats.

Brandon Finnegan, Cincinnati Reds

Brandon Finnegan was on both a sleeper and bust list coming into this season.

On the plus side, the young left-hander secured a spot in the Cincinnati rotation after registering a 3.98 ERA with 145 strikeouts in 172 innings last season.

He was on many busts lists due to leading the MLB with 84 walks and leading the NL with 29 home runs allowed.

In his first two starts this season, he is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP with 13 strikeouts and six walks.

While he does have breakout potential, Fantasy owners should be cautious regarding Finnegan.

To conclude, he needs to string multiple quality starts together and limit his walks before owners can rely on him on anything more than a streamer option in all formats.

Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Alex Cobb is making the recovery from Tommy John surgery and with improved health, he should be looked upon as a bounce back performer.

In his two starts this season, he is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 11 strikeouts.

He is definitely someone to monitor his production as he continues to work back from his injury.  Fantasy owners should trust Alex Cobb in deeper leagues.

James Shields, Chicago White Sox

The veteran right-hander has been surprisingly effective so far this season after registering a 5.85 ERA and losing a whopping 19 games last season.

In his first two starts, Shields is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 11 strikeouts.

The caveat with Shields as always is his control. He already has given up a staggering seven walks.

He could be trusted in deep leagues IF he can limit his control issues, James Shields is better suited as a streamer option in AL-Only leagues.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Antonio Senzatela, Colorado Rockies
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox

 

Relief Pitcher

Joaquin Benoit, Philadelphia Phillies

 

Joaquin Benoit was named the Phillies closer. In four innings so far this season, he has not given up a run with six strikeouts.

Benoit has always been a strikeout pitcher as evidenced by finishing the last six of seven seasons with a K/9 over 9.0.

In addition, he does have experience as a closer when he saved 18-of-21 chances and had a 2.81 ERA.

Those Fantasy owners who punt saves should have already picked him up! Please do so now.

It looks like Benoit will be given the opportunity to save those games, although the Phillies but not provide many opportunities.  He is someone to pick up in all formats.

Brandon Kintzler, Minnesota Twins

 

Brandon Kinztler was named the Twins’ closer at the end of spring training. He has definitely taken advantage of his promotion.

He has recorded three saves on the young season without giving up a run and has a .092 WHIP. While he will not help you in strikeouts, he is a valuable commodity.

As a result,  he should be owned in all formats but just keep in mind that unlike most closers, he will not help with strikeouts.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Chris Devenski, Houston Astros
  • Santiago Casilla/Sean Doolittle, Oakland A’s

Fantasy owners, please keep this in mind:

“He who hesitates, disintegrates.”

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