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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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