More than a week into the season and there is already a lot changing the landscape of Fantasy Baseball.
There have been injuries, good and bad starts and of course closer changes. All of this leads to many add and drops in the early going.
Now not all adds are created equal. Some owners are just adding the hot player, who is on a streak that is not likely to be kept up and therefore is not adding a lot of value to your team.
Those adds also lead to players being dropped who are not off to a good start, but ultimately should not have been dropped this early into the season.
Now is the point of the season that you can and should take advantage of those owners who are panicking and dropped those players. Just smile and scoop them up off the wire and improve your team for the long haul.
Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues.
Adam Ottavino, RP, Colorado: Owned 11.7% of ESPN Leagues
Immediately after Rockies manager Walt Weiss removed LaTroy Hawkins from the closer role it was thought that Rafael Betancourt would get the closer job so he was the hot add in most leagues. This was especially true after Betancourt got the first save opportunity.
That all changed after the very next game when Ottavino was given the save opportunity and was promptly named the closer for the Rockies following the game. If you are in the need for a closer, get this guy. Ottavino isn’t just a fill in closer, he is pretty legit with a good strikeout rate and walk rate.
Steven Souza Jr., OF, Tampa Bay: 13.1%
Souza was a really hot name this offseason, due to the potential of a 20/20 season, and was shooting up draft boards to the point where I thought he was a bit overpriced. A bad spring got his price back to respectable and I eventually took him in a 14-team auction for $6. Now after a rough start to the season a lot owners have given up on him but I was still shocked to see his ownership rate so low. This is one of those rare finds on the waiver wire in the early season that can change a teams overall performance going forward this long season.
— Steve Kinsella (@Steve_Kinsella1) April 15, 2015
Anthony DeSclafini, P, Cincinnati: 2.8%
DeSclafini is a name most won’t recognize, but he should be getting more attention with the start he is having to the season. After two starts he is 1-0 with 11Ks, a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. Yes there is some regression to be expected, since he only has a .182 BABIP and a 93.8% strand rate, but he is pitching great at the moment and I believe he will be worth owning in the back end of your rotation for most of the season.
Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City: 0.9%
I wrote in an article this pre-season that Dyson could be among the steals leaders if he was given regular playing time.
Of course, it was going to take an injury in the Royals outfield for that to happen.
Well, that opportunity is presenting itself to Dyson now that Alex Rios is on the DL with a fracture in his left hand.
Dyson has stolen 30-plus bases three times, with at most 292 at-bats. He will still sit against lefties, but is still worth a pickup for those who need speed.
Wei-Yin Chen, P, Baltimore: 9.7%
I really don’t understand why Chen gets no respect. I bet most do not realize in the second half of last season Chen went 7-3 with a 2.76 ERA. Do I expect those kinds of numbers from a pitcher who doesn’t blow hitters away, only a 6.88 career K/9, or really have great stuff? No. However, I do think he is better than his current 4.35 ERA as he has been hurt by the long ball this early season, giving up three in his two starts. His current 20% HR/FB rate is almost double his career high, so I expect that to drop, and at the same time the rest of his numbers, making him a great addition to your team.
Alex Guerrero, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers: 5.2%
Guerrero is playing fantastic right now hitting two home runs, eight RBI in the last four games. Even with that he is a huge question mark at the moment, because we don’t know where the playing time is going to come from. He is blocked at second base by Howie Kendrick. However he is being moved around to third base and outfield when a fill in is needed. Even with the question about playing time I put him on this list for those in standard leagues to keep an eye on and in deeper leagues to take the plunge. I think the Dodgers will be forced to find a way to keep his bat in the lineup.
Adam Ottavino Photo Credit: BaseballSchedule.org
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