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Waiver Wire – Week 6

Matt Beaty, 1B, LAD (CBS: 3% rostered): The injuries to Cody Bellinger, Zach McKinstry, and now A.J. Pollock has created an opportunity for Beaty and that monster seven-RBI game last week definitely helps in his chase for at-bats in the Dodgers outfield. The power numbers might be a bit lacking, but Beaty knows his way around the strike zone.

Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG (CBS: 17% rostered): If you are growing tired of the ongoing struggles of Gleyber Torres, look no further than Brandon Crawford. Even though shortstop is deep with plenty of talent, don’t ignore the current hot streak of Crawford. In the past five games, he has slugged 3 homers and driven in 7 runs. Solid production is at hand and available in 83% of CBS Leagues. 

Miguel Rojas, SS, MIA (CBS: 47% rostered): Miguel Rojas has been on a tear (10-for-22 past 6 games), upping his BA from .247 to .290 in the past week. Toss in the two home runs and 9 runs scored out of the leadoff spot, and he is a must-add and Start in all formats.

Josh Naylor, OF, CLE (CBS: 12% rostered): Very quietly, Naylor has been upping his game lately. Since the beginning of May, he has gone 9-for-29 with a pair of homers, six RBI, and six runs scored. In the rather weak Cleveland outfield, he isn’t looking over his shoulder.

Robbie Grossman, OF, DET (CBS: 12% rostered): His principal asset is the ability to get on-base, and that .383 OBP is a good indicator he’s getting the job done. One homer, 3 thefts, and five runs scored in his past five games reinforce that fact. Grossman has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal Tiger’s offense.

Trevor Larnach, MIN (CBS: 14% rostered): The injuries to both Byron Buxton and Alex Kirilloff have forced the Twins to turn to the second of their top outfield prospects, Trevor Larnach. Over at prospect361.com, Rich shares his thoughts. “While I still have questions on his hit-tool, he has handled each level well. However, his lack of bat speed could be exposed as surely pitchers will pound him inside with velocity. While there’s a chance for 25+ home run, I question whether he fully reaches that”. While it’s not a rousing endorsement, he’ll get the chance and perhaps the power will indeed develop.

Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 12% rostered): We mentioned Harrison Bader in Week Four as a player that would be returning shortly, and back he came looking to make up for lost time. In nine games since his return, Bader has popped three homers, driven in 8 runs, and managed to swipe a couple of bags. It’s time to find a spot on your roster for the 26-year-old centerfielder.

Taylor Ward, OF, LAA (CBS: 1% rostered): Since arriving in Double-A back in 2017, Ward hasn’t failed to produce at least a .400 OBP in every season down on the farm. He also flashed some power in 2019, hitting 27 homers. The Angels have determined that Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh aren’t quite ready for prime time so Ward will in the short term get the opportunity to show off that great hit tool.

Alek Manoah, SP, TOR (CBS: 16% rostered): Manoah made a rather large statement in his Triple-A Buffalo debut, tossing six innings of shutout 12 strikeout ball. He’s not all that far away from his big-league debut. There is plenty of room for both Nate Pearson and Alek Manoah in the Jays rotation.

Garrett Richards, SP, BOS (CBS: 26% rostered): Since that first start shellacking at the hands of the Orioles, Richards has settled in rather nicely. In 33 2/3 IP over his next six starts, he has allowed only 12 earned runs while striking out 32 batters. He’ll never be what we once thought he’d be, but as a #5/6 type starter in deeper Leagues can still provide decent value.

Jeffrey Springs, RP, TAM (CBS: 6% rostered): Diego Castillo had seemingly taken control of the ninth inning, until finding his way to the 10-day IL with right groin tightness. It’s a committee scenario in Tampa Bay but it appears that Jeffrey Springs will be looking at additional save opportunities until the return of Castillo. Peter Fairbanks (20% rostered), who recently returned to the active lineup after missing most of April with a rotator cuff strain, will also find his way into the mix for save opportunities.

Josh Sborz, RP, TEX (CBS: 1% rostered): The injury-ravaged Rangers bullpen has found respite in the early season success of both Ian Kennedy and Joely Rodriguez, but occasionally they do need a day off. Sborz has been pressed into service and successfully earned his first save last week. He has also found his way into three early wins. Based on the mediocre Rangers rotation, there could be plenty of “vulture win” opportunities and the odd save in his future.

Jake Diekman, RP, OAK (CBS: 33% rostered): It appears that Lou Trivino is still the favored son for saves in Oakland, but his grip on the ninth inning is a bit tenuous after his implosion against the Jays last week. Meanwhile, Diekman has solidly moved into the setup role and with a combined total of three saves, four holds and 22 strikeouts in 15 IP should not be ignored.

Sam Coonrod, RP, PHI (CBS: 4% rostered): Hector Neris didn’t endear himself (again) to the Phillies when he allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday and incurring his second blown save of the season. On the other hand, Sam Coonrod has two saves in his past four appearances while sporting an outstanding 18/2 K/BB ratio and a 1.13 ERA. Could a change in the ninth-inning gig in Philly be around the corner? It’s worthy of a small bid this week to find out.

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Waiver Wire – Week 5

William Contreras, C, ATL (CBS: 3% rostered): Travis d’Arnaud injured his thumb last night and this morning they placed him on the 60-day IL. The Braves will turn to top-catching prospect William Contreras to hold down the fort in the interim. Rich Wilson believes that “there is potential on both sides of the plate. He’s a quality defender who I think will hit with some pop.  A projected stat line could be .260/.330/.425 with 15 to 20 home runs.” That works for me!

Daulton Varsho, C/OF, ARZ (CBS: 16% rostered): The dream of those stolen bases at the catcher position has returned with the DBacks calling up Daulton Varsho. It’s going to get really crowded as the walking wounded start to return, but if he plays to his potential one can’t rule out steady at-bats. A small bid could potentially reap large rewards.

Mike Zunino, C, TAM (CBS: 11% rostered): Zunino will never hit for average, but if you are looking for a cheap power option, the five homers in his first 54 at-bats this year speaks volumes. Three times in his career he has broken the 20-homer mark and he is on pace to do it again in 2021.

Austin Slater, OF, SFG (CBS: 14% rostered): Slater is on the wrong side of a platoon, but when he does play, he will provide a nice boost to those elusive stolen base numbers. The proof is in the pudding as he has swiped three bags in the past week.

Pavan Smith, 1B/OF, ARZ (CBS: 23% rostered): The playing time could be a challenge once Kole Calhoun, Ketel Marte, Tim Locastro, and Christian Walker return from the IL, but for now Smith is filling in the gaps at both outfield and first base in fine style.

Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/OF, ARZ (CBS: 14% rostered): Three homers in three consecutive games this week against the Rockies should have your attention. The multiple eligibilities make Rojas the perfect bench-type player to have handy as an injury replacement.

Jonathan Villar, 2B/SS/3B, NYM (CBS: 21% rostered): J.D. Davis left Saturday’s game with a left-hand sprain and is currently undergoing tests. Any missed time means a return to regular at-bats for Villar and that huge stolen base potential.

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, (CBS: 26% rostered): In the absence of Christian Yelich, Shaw has stepped up his game and is currently tied for fifth in RBI with 21. The BA/OBP will always be a concern, but if you can live with .230/.300 production those power numbers will prove to be an asset.

Austin Hays, OF, BAL (CBS: 30% rostered): Hays missed a couple of weeks in April due to a strained hamstring, but since returning has hit three homers with 5 RBI and scored 8 runs. In deeper leagues, he is returning to Fantasy relevance.

Cristian Pache, OF, ATL (CBS: 23% rostered): Pache struggled out-of-the-gate and then wound up on the IL with a right groin strain. He was then dispatched to the alternate site to work on his swing and was recalled this weekend. If that grand slam in his second game back is any indication, the swing is in much better form.

Willie Calhoun, U, TEX (CBS: 38% rostered): Very quietly, Calhoun is on a tear. He has now recorded hits in eight consecutive games, including a pair of home runs. He has dealt with a myriad of injuries since posting that 21-homer breakout season in 2019. Finally healthy, is a repeat in order?

Shane McClanahan, SP, TAM (CBS: 20% rostered): In a bit of a surprising move, the Rays have turned to top-pitching prospect Shane McClanahan. What is equally surprising is they want him stretched out in a starting capacity and not in the “opener” role. In his debut against the A’s, he allowed a pair of runs over four innings while striking out five. Be prepared to spend a fair chunk of that FAAB this weekend.

Adbert Alzolay, SP, CHC (CBS: 24% rostered): That 4.71 ERA is a bit misleading as Alzolay has pitched better than the results would indicate. In 21 innings he has allowed only 13 hits, walked six, and has 23 strikeouts. Better days are ahead for the 26-year-old righty.

Josiah Gray, SP, LAD (CBS: 11% rostered): A “shooting sensation” in his right arm put the brakes on Dustin May’s outing Saturday and he is heading for an MRI on Monday. As deep as the Dodgers rotation is, any missed time by May and they did put him on the 10-day IL this morning, means the Dodgers will be looking at “Plan B”. Will Josiah Gray be that plan? Who knows right now, but a small speculative bid should be in the cards for the Dodgers’ #1 ranked prospect.

Johan Oviedo, SP, STL (CBS: 5% rostered): In his first start, Oviedo held the Philly offense to three runs while recording seven strikeouts. Don’t let the fact that the Cardinals sent him to the alternate site dissuade you from a small bid this weekend. St. Louis is extremely high on the youngster and a return to the rotation as early as next week can’t be ruled out.

Matt Harvey, SP, BAL (CBS: 8% rostered): In his past three games, Harvey has reeled off a string of three consecutive wins. In those three games, he has tossed 16 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs and amazingly not a single homer. He is on a roll and hopefully can keep it going next week against the Red Sox.

Josh Staumont, RP, KCR (44% rostered): In his past three outings he has recorded three consecutive saves while allowing no hits and only one walk. Staumont has the ninth-inning gig for the Royals and deserves much more respect from the Fantasy community than he is currently receiving.

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Waiver Wire – Week 4

Tyler Stephenson, C, CIN (CBS: 12% rostered): An 11-for-30 start from the 24-year-old with a homer, five RBI, and eight runs scored should have our attention, especially in Keeper/Dynasty formats.

C. J. Cron, 1B, COL (CBS: 46% rostered): The dreadful start has been replaced by optimism after Cron hit a pair of homers this week. It is nice to see him getting untracked and providing that 25-30 home run potential.

Adolis Garcia, OF, TEX (CBS: 23% rostered): In last week’s Waiver wire we mentioned that “Garcia could get a lengthy opportunity to flash that massive power potential.” Those that invested in Garcia last weekend now have four homers and eight RBI in the bank. Those that decided to take a “wait and see approach” will be spending considerably more of their FAAB this week chasing that “massive power potential.”

Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 4% rostered): It has been a long wait, but Harrison Bader has finally been cleared for live batting practice and is throwing from 120 feet. He’s still likely a couple of weeks away, but an early cheap bid can more than likely secure a 15-15 type player.

David Peralta, OF, ARZ (CBS: 49% rostered): I found this rather surprising. A 15-to-20 home run bat with 80+ RBI potential, and 340 OBP hitting in the cleanup slot in a hitter’s park, should be rostered in more than 49 percent of CBS Leagues.

Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN (CBS: 53% rostered): With the hodge-podge assortment of outfielders the Twins have been wheeling out on the field, it’s about time they made their left fielder of the future, their left fielder of the present. The kids are starting to arrive!

Tejay Antone, SP/RP, CIN (CBS: 30% rostered): The spin rates and velocity are off-the-charts good, which might explain the 17 strikeouts in 10 2/3 IP. The only thing missing is a defined role and as a starter or reliever, it will be worth the wait.  

Ryan Weathers, SP, SDP (CBS: 32% rostered): Last week Weathers was rostered to the tune of 12 percent. After tossing 5 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball this past week against the vaunted Dodger offense, this will be your last opportunity to procure his services in most Leagues.

Luis Garcia, SP, HOU (CBS: 9% rostered): Jake Odorizzi lasted five pitches in his outing Saturday night after experiencing a serious drop in velocity and is dealing with a bout of forearm tightness. He is likely going to miss time, possibly a significant amount of time. In his last start, Garcia limited the Rockies to a pair of earned runs over 5 2/3 IP, no small feat, and is the likely candidate to fill in during Odorizzi’s absence.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET (CBS: 16% rostered): Turnbull only needed 62 pitches to get through five solid innings against the Pirates in his 2021 debut. He is heading into a two-start week with the Royals and Yankees on the agenda. That is not half bad.

Aaron Sanchez, SP, SFG (CBS: 15% rostered): Sanchez is not going deep into games, averaging five innings per start, but sporting a 1.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP should we really be concerned? Whatever Brian Bannister and Andrew Bailey are earning, it’s not enough!

Zac Lowther, SP, BAL (CBS: 1% rostered): The Wade LeBlanc era in Baltimore has ended, with his dispatch to the alternate site and the subsequent promotion of Zac Lowther. In 2019 at Double-A, Lowther posted a 2.55 ERA and struck out better than a batter per inning. The AL East is tough, but in deeper and AL-only Leagues he’s worthy of our attention.

Gregory Santos, SP, SFG (CBS: 1% rostered): I’ll turn this one over to Rich Wilson. “The Giants had hoped that Gregory Santos would have taken a significant step forward in 2019, but a shoulder injury plagued him for most of the season and he only pitched 34.2 innings in Low-A.  He continued to show premium stuff with a fastball that can hit the upper nineties which he complements with a nasty slider.  Given his health concerns and lack of a third pitch, the Giants might decide to move him to the bullpen where his fastball-slider could be a real asset.” He’s definitely a work in progress, but the fact that the Giants have now called him up is a good indication that he will be part of their future and should immediately have the attention of those playing in Keeper/dynasty Leagues.

Jeff Hoffman, SP/RP, CIN (CBS: 10% rostered): Hoffman received the best off-season present a starting pitcher can receive.  He was given a new lease on life and traded out of Colorado. Two wins later and sporting a 2.66 ERA it’s time to add him in deeper formats.

Josh Fleming, SP, TBR (CBS: 36% rostered): The callup of Luis Patino puts Josh Fleming in the role of “follower” and has me more excited for Fleming than it does for Patino. The combination of that sinker, cutter, and change should work very well in 3-to-4 inning stints and provide ample opportunities to work his way into wins.

Gregory Soto, RP, DET (CBS: 35% rostered): It’s still a job share in Detroit with Bryan Garcia but a little patience and Soto with the full-time ninth-inning gig could be the reward.

Josh Staumont, RP, KCR (CBS: 13% rostered): Greg Holland might still have the edge as the Royals closer, but it’s a very slight one. Saturday, Staumont earned his first save of the season by blanking the Tigers. In nine appearances he has allowed only one earned run. Any further struggles from incumbent Holland and Staumont could be working the ninth inning on an everyday basis.

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Waiver Wire – Week 3

Alejandro Kirk, C, TOR (CBS: 24% rostered): Danny Jansen is currently mired in a 2-for-28 funk with no homers and RBI’s. The Jays will only tolerate his inability to hit for so long before Alejandro Kirk starts taking away at-bats. That time is fast approaching. It might have even arrived.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, TOR (CBS: 18% rostered): Tellez got off to a dreadful start, going 0-for-21. All that has changed and should be forgotten after the 8-for-19 run this past week. It’s time to make a move and get him active heading into Week Four.

Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK (CBS: 48% rostered): Jed Lowrie and the Oakland A’s have a special bond and a good one. The proof is in the pudding. Two homers, 12 RBI, and a .360 BA are all you need to know to get Lowrie in your active lineup next week.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, PIT (CBS: 26% rostered): We know it is the Pirates and a rather offensive offense, but Frazier is hitting out of the leadoff slot and thus far is doing exactly what a leadoff bat should do. The 5/7 strikeout-to-walk rate guarantees he’ll score runs.

Jurickson Profar, 2B/OF, SDP (CBS: 27% rostered): Three games at 1B. Three games at 2B. Eleven games in the outfield. He’s doing exactly what was anticipated but for one small thing. He has currently walked 11 times in his first 49 at-bats and is sporting a .403 OBP. He has also swiped three bases. The combination of the roster flex, on-base skills, and speed makes Profar a great investment in all formats.

Josh Harrison, 2B/3B, WAS (CBS: 6% rostered): Harrison got off to a late start, getting caught up in the early-season Covid woes in Washington, but since being activated from the IL on April 12 has been on fire. He has gone 10-for-18 with a homer and five RBI and looks to be penciled in as the primary option at second base for the Nats. He’s doing exactly what is expected of former Pirate players. He’s excelling.

Leury Garcia, SS, CWS (CBS: 3% rostered): Now that Tim Anderson has returned from his stint on the 10-day IL, Garcia can return to his role of super-sub. Andrew Vaughn is struggling, both at the dish and in the field. Will Garcia be the short-term beneficiary of those struggles?

Adolis Garcia, OF, TEX (CBS: 2% rostered): in 2019 at Triple-A Memphis, Garcia slugged 32 homers in 491 at-bats. He also struck out 159 times. It’s a case of feast or famine, but with Ronald Guzman on the 10-day IL with a meniscus cartilage tear, Garcia could get a lengthy opportunity to flash that massive power potential for the Rangers.

Jarren Duran, OF, BOS (CBS: 9% rostered): Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe simply aren’t getting it done. It’s only a matter of time before we see Jarren Duran getting the call. An early buy-in and bench stash are highly advised.

Scott Schebler, OF, LAA (CBS: not rostered): Okay, we were wrong on the Friday Podcast. It wasn’t the recently released Jon Jay taking over for the injured Dexter Fowler, it was Scott Schebler. Either way, it’s the type of roster move anticipated but far from preferred. In AL-only Leagues give Schebler a look. In any other format, wait for the eventual Joe Adell or Brandon Marsh promotion.

Maikel Franco, 3B, BAL (CBS: 29% rostered): In the RBI race at the “hot corner”, Franco is currently tied with Rafael Devers for second place with 14 RBI. Sustainable, probably not, but a potential 20-85 season is warranting a bit more love than what we are currently witnessing.

Ryan Weathers, SP/RP, SDP (CBS: 12% rostered): Weathers is off to a great start with the Padres. In 9 2/3 innings, he has allowed a scant three hits, four, walks only one earned run, and has chipped in with ten strikeouts. The injuries to Adrian Morejon and Dinelson Lamet have created an opportunity that Weathers has capitalized on and whether in a starting or middle-relief role, should hold solid value moving forward.

JT Brubaker, SP, PIT (CBS: 12% rostered): Up until recently, my fondest memory of “Brubaker” was the 1980 gem starring Robert Redford. That has now changed. Three starts into the 2021 campaign, JT Brubaker has two wins under his belt and is sporting a 1.76 ERA. He’s also struck out 18 in 15 1/3 IP. The sinker/slider combo has been working in full force to start the 2021 campaign.

Spencer Howard, SP, PHI (CBS: 20% rostered): Matt Moore is currently sporting a 9.82 ERA after three starts and is coming off a five-walk performance Saturday against the Cards in which he couldn’t get through three innings. The Phillies must be looking at “Plan B”. Spencer Howard had back issues in the Spring and is currently working out of the pen, but that could change oh so quickly. In deeper Leagues, it wouldn’t hurt to find room for Howard on your reserve roster.

Taylor Widener, SP, ARZ (CBS: 28% rostered): In two of his three starts he has blanked the Padres and Nationals. That counts. For those that exercised patience, the memory of that disastrous 2019 season is fading quickly.

Jake Junis, SP, KCR (CBS: 22% rostered): The key to success for Junis will be keeping the ball in the park, something he hasn’t been successful doing in the past. So far, so good. Toss in the fact that he has the Rays, Tigers, and Pirates next up on the schedule and you have to like his chances for at least short-term success.

Danny Duffy, SP, KCR (CBS: 42% rostered): We’ve seen streaks where Duffy is definitely warranting a rotation slot and this is currently one of them. In his two starts, he has gone six-innings in both allowing only a total of one earned run. Get him going while the going is good!

Lou Trivino, RP, OAK (CBS: 43% rostered): Remember when Jake Diekman, Sergio Romo, and J.B. Wendelken were all part and parcel of the closer committee in Oakland? The committee has now evolved into a single closer and surprise surprise, Lou Trivino has emerged with the ninth-inning gig. Trivino has now reeled off a string of six consecutive scoreless outings, including back-to-back saves this week against the DBacks and Tigers. It’s time to find room for him on your Fantasy squad.

Yimi Garcia, RP, MIA (CBS: 50% rostered): Since taking over for Anthony Bass, Garcia has in five appearances totally shut down the opposition. He also has two wins and three saves on his resume in those five appearances. That is called “job security” and Yimi Garcia has a ton of it right now. 

Rafael Dolis, RP, TOR (CBS: 17% rostered): Remember when Rafael Dolis was an afterthought for saves in a loaded Jays bullpen? Injuries to Julian Merryweather and Jordan Romano in the past week have once again thrust the 33-year-old sinkerball specialist into the ninth-inning role in Toronto. We’ve seen success as recently as last year when Dolis reeled off a string of five saves, seven holds, and a stellar 1.50 ERA. Expect more of the same in 2021.

Taylor Rogers, RP, MIN (CBS: 36% rostered): Alex Colome is off to a poor start, sporting a 5.68 ERA. Taylor Rogers is yet to allow an earned run in five appearances. Unless Colome ups his game and quickly at that, expect Rogers to start garnering save opportunities in Minnesota.  

J.B. Bukauskas, RP, ARZ (CBS: 5% rostered): The DBacks have called up Bukauskas from the alternative site. The combination of Stefan Crichton, Kevin Ginkel, Yoan Lopez, and the currently injured Joakim Soria has been less than awe-inspiring in the early going. Bukauskas could quickly work his way into a role of prominence in the Arizona bullpen and spending a couple of bucks now could save you a few more than that down the road.

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