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Just like any job, everyone gets sick days, personal days and the occasional I’m gonna go out and drink until I fall down silly days. Today it’s Will Emerson’s turn, but I won’t tell you which one of these reasons he gave; It’s Memorial Day weekend so I’m sure you’ve put 2 and 2 together…
Fantasy owners really need to alter their mindset when it comes to the waiver wire. Each and every year I see players available on waivers that have no issue being there, and this year is no different. Using Yahoo as an example, Brandon Crawford is the second ranked shortstop (in the entire league) and yet he is available in 47% of leagues. Dexter Fowler is a top 20 outfield option and yet he is available in 44% of leagues.
Today we take a look around the diamond for the best available players at each position. OK, maybe they aren’t the best players, and there may be a few previous recommendations more worthy (which are listed at the bottom), but these players are hot Now. Some are short term additions while a few could turn into long term solutions, but all of them could provide a quick in stats for your roto league or help get you a few more H2H wins. As Forest Gump would say, that’s all I got to say about that.
On a weekly basis, I will be profiling those starting pitchers who are scheduled to take the mound in the upcoming scoring period. This is done to help you determine who to place try to grab from your league’s free agent pool and/or who you should target as a player to send your FAAB funds on. Note that all the streaming options listed below are owned in less than 50% of leagues, and thus could be available on your waiver wire.
If you reached early for Posey you have yet to reap the rewards but it is early. Salvador Perez is doing what he was predicted to do, as are Evan Gattis and Brian McCann, but there are 8 waiver wire catchers in the top 12 that were not there pre-season and for some; not even on the radar at draft time.
Yes, yes, overall last weekend wasn’t exactly the best of times for my streamers. My six intrepid weekend streamers in week four went 0-3 with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. On the plus side, these very same streamers had a K/9 of 8.65, so, ya know, you’re welcome. While the overall numbers were less than spectacular, you should know by know, it is rarely, if ever, all doom and gloom. No siree Bob, there are, of course, ins, outs and what have yous. Go on, see for yourself
For weeks now I have touted hitters to roster, but pitchers have been conspicuously absent. There is a reason for that; pitchers are a fickle and volatile breed that must be handled with caution. You can make the impulse grab based upon one or two good games, but one awful shelling can have that same player back on the waiver wire faster than you can say – well, practically anything.
The ace analysis series will take an in-depth look at pitchers of interest throughout the course of the season. Some of the featured pitchers may be universally owned players whose performance is not meeting owners’ expectations. Most will be lightly owned pitchers who may be available on your league’s free agent list.
As we travel together into week four you may notice some recurring characters in this very space. Through the first two streaming weeks, there have been 28 matchups that have been recommended for streaming and, over those 28 matchups, six pitchers have appeared more than once. Generally if you keep seeing those pitchers here you should probably look into adding them….assuming you are not just in ten team mixed leagues.
Am I missing something here or do you people not want to win your league? You don’t have to like or believe in a player to recognize what he is doing. I am not a fan of Moustakas, but I still added him to one of my teams that already had Kyle Seager and Ryan Zimmerman. Did I need another 3rd baseman? Nope, but I did need a hot bat to pick my team up. Do I really care if Moose falls to pieces once May rolls around? Nope, I only care about what he can do for me now.