Every week in this column I have given you all some players to target off your waiver wire to help improve your team. Some of these players are playing well at the time and should be added as the hot bat or are speculative adds based on roster moves.
Of course not all of my recommended players pan out. I’ll be the first one to admit, I’m not always right. If any fantasy expert says they are, then they are full of sh…
However, I am right some of the time, in fact I think its most of the time. Even though I say that, some of the players I have recommend find themselves available in the majority of leagues, despite my suggestion and their success.
This week I’m calling these players repeat offenders and I will be mentioning a couple of them in this latest waiver wire column. I’m hoping this time around my recommendations get heard and these players are owned in more leagues.
Enough of the small talk, let’s get to why you are here.
Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues. Of course if there are better players available in your league that are owned in more than 30% of leagues, by all means get them first.
Wilmer Flores, SS, New York Mets Owned in 12.6% of ESPN Leagues
The first of my repeat offenders, we saw Flores make an appearance on my April 30th article after he came on strong after a slow start.
He has struggled some since that time, which is why you find his ownership so low still. However he is tied for the major league lead in home runs for shortstops with seven. The batting average is lowers than most like, but much like J.J. Hardy from 2011 to 2013 when he hit over 20 home runs with a less than desired average, Flores provides plenty of fantasy value with his power alone. At a position where power is scarce, Flores should be owned more.
Jessie Hahn, SP, Oakland Athletics 9.6%
The second of the repeat offenders. Hahn was first seen in the April 23rd waiver wire article. After that he allowed 13 runs in his next three starts and was quickly dropped in many leagues. Since that time he has ripped off three straight quality starts, including a complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers in his last start.
His strikeout rate is still two and a half lower a game than last season, so once that goes back up to his norm I expect more of what we saw in his last start. Get him now while you still can.
Brad Ziegler, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks 27.8%
Ziegler is yet another relief pitcher affected by the closer carousel who needs to be owned now! The Diamondbacks took Addison Reed out of the closer role a little over a week ago.
When it first happened I would have told you to stay away from this closer situation since it appeared the Diamondbacks were going to split the save opportunities between Enrique Burgos and Brad Ziegler.
Actually if you had to pick one when the move first happened, I would have said to pick up Burgos, since he got the first two saves. Of course now we know Burgos has hit the 15-day DL due to shoulder tendinitis, so in moves Ziegler. Yes Ziegler has had his struggles, but he is a closer and must be owned.
Billy Burns, OF, Oakland Athletics 3.5%
Burns was a hot player to own last season when he was called up after stealing 54 bases in the minors. There was a lot of hype with him and owners ran out to get him, but he was relegated to pinch running duties ultimately crushing his value.
This year however he has played very well hitting .293 with seven stolen bases since he was called up. With Coco Crisp on the DL and constantly hurt, Burns is somebody that needs to be owned based on his speed alone. The added bonus you are getting with a good average and a solid number of runs scored only makes him worth owning even more.
Matt Duffy, 2B/3B, San Francisco Giants 9.7%
Over the last two weeks, Duffy has been fantastic hitting .341 with two home runs and 12 RBI. Because of his good play, he was awarded the starting third base job on the 24th of May, immediately making him a player to pick up. Duffy’s position eligibility only helps his cause of being a player to target, since I’m going to bet not all of you have great second and third baseman, especially if you use middle and corner infield spots.
Mike Wright, SP, Baltimore Orioles 27.6%
OK fine call me a homer here, but you can’t deny the dominance Mike Wright has shown in his first two major league starts. The major concern with him is that he does not stick in the rotation. However, I just don’t believe the Orioles can send somebody back down to the minors after the success he has had.
That said, this is a risky pickup because of the potential he gets sent back down. So I would not pick Wright up unless you have a guy on your roster who is disposable or you are streaming pitching.
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