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Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Hidden Gems

Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
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The second full week of baseball has come to a close, and that means it is time for the Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire article.

Now two weeks isn’t much of an improvement over one week in terms of recognizing players’ actual sustainable performance levels.

However, all three of the following players have given me a reason to think that their hot starts may just be for real. Let’s take a look.

Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

Jose Pirela, OF, San Diego Padres (47.8% owned)

Jose Pirela was a player that I already loved coming into the season. I thought he would be a useful player even in a part-time role but also thought that he had a very good chance of playing himself into a starting job.

It seems as if he might have already done that, as he has opened up the season slashing .324/.351/.473 with 12 runs scored and 10 RBI. The OBP is a little low, and he doesn’t have any home runs, but again, it’s very early and he did have 10 last season in just over 300 at bats. The only concern for me right now is his .407 BABIP which tells me that his current rate of production may be a little bit unsustainable, but he should at least be close to his performance level last season, and that is a very valuable Fantasy player.

Nick Markakis, OF, Atlanta Braves (54.7% owned)

I think that Nick Markakis is one of the most boring Fantasy players out there. He is going to give you a high batting average with a decent amount of RBI and runs scored, and likely double-digit home runs as well. You won’t get anything more, but you also shouldn’t get anything less. That’s boring. However, when it comes to Fantasy baseball, boring is good. When a player is boring, it can lead to an extremely useful Fantasy player sitting on the waiver wire in almost half of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues. Markakis also might have the potential to be less boring this year, as an improving Braves offense and overall team could spark his numbers, as it slowly has in the recent years. Pick up Markakis as an outfield depth option and while the others yawn, you can be racking up points.

Nick Pivetta, SP, Philadelphia Phillies (41.1% owned)

Nick Pivetta was definitely someone who showed a lot of promise for the Phillies last season with plenty of strikeouts but couldn’t really put it all together. Now, he seems to have corrected many of his mistakes and could possibly establish himself as one of the better young pitchers in baseball, and you definitely can’t miss out on that.

A guy who allowed almost two home runs per nine innings, Pivetta has yet to allow one in his three starts this season. His K/9 has actually gone up, even though it was a strength last season, and are now in double digits. He is only walking about one batter per nine innings, and even with a 2.70 ERA, his FIP is more than a run lower at a National League-leading 1.32. It is only three games and he will likely show some regression to the mean, but his current stats (especially his FIP) show that he truly should be a good pitcher this season. Make sure he ends up on your team and no one else’s.

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