Flirting with the Waiver Wire: Week 2

 

“I met a new girl at a barbecue. A very pretty blonde girl, I think. I don’t know for sure. Her hair was on fire. And all she talked about was herself. “I’m on fire!” You know the type. “Jesus Christ, help me! Put me out!” Come on, can we talk about me a little bit?”

Two start waiver wire hero or kryptonite?

Is Morrow a two start waiver wire hero or kryptonite?

- Garry Shandling

Ok, so this is a bit extreme but when a player opens the season on fire there is a rush to the waiver wire to save the fantasy team. That player you just have to have using the FAAB or waiver slot to get may or not be what a team needs. But frustration over a slow start or wanting the next big thing clouds our thinking. Keeping with the online dating theme from last week, I will once again put out some names that may be worth adding with their ownership from three commonly used sites. I stress, address team needs and many will be searching for 3B help with Beltre and Zimmerman hitting the DL. If Todd Frazier is there, get him if not look to some of the options below. The closer situation continue to get muddled with the dreaded committees in Chicago and Oakland along with Alexi Ogando getting the save in Texas today after Soria was used on consecutive days.

eHarmony Lineup – Less than 65% but could be higher

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Yan Gomes

35.1

64

87

1B

Adam LaRoche

60.9

44

78

2B/3B

Kelly Johnson

37.8

51

59

SS

Brad Miller

45.8

77

96

OF

Eric Young Jr.

20.6

22

29

OF

Matt Joyce

19.6

12

28

SP

Brandon Morrow

3.5

8

55

RP

Pedro Strop

17.2

17

23

Looking at the ownership rates it is apparent that most ESPN leagues are single catcher ones. But Gomes is still under the 65% on Yahoo so if he is on the wire and you have two catchers active I recommend adding him before his surge comes.

I have already done a profile of Adam LaRoche and he has shown flashed like this early so get over the second half bias and add him if your team has a need for power or at corner infield.

Over the last week Eric Young Jr. has stolen six bases, scored six runs while batting .292 and with the Mets needing to score runs, he will stay aggressive on the bases. Matt Joyce is hitting a robust .367 to open the season and with the Rays moving him up in the order he may be the cheapest 20+ home run guy on the right side of a platoon.

Brandon Morrow is a “kryptonite” guy for me like Liriano in the past but could he be this year’s version? Morrow does play in the AL East which is not where pitchers go to pad their stats but his ability to produce strikeouts is what draws fantasy owners to him. If you can look past his 5.73 ERA and 1.27 WHIP there is a tidy 13/2 K/BB ratio and as he builds stamina may be a great stash and own now before he gets two starts this week in Minnesota and Cleveland. The closer situation for the Cubs is interesting because there is more than one candidate. If you want who has done it before it is Strop who has a save already this year but has been shaky like Veras thus far. But Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm are also lurking in this bullpen and may be fluid for some time going forward. As alluded to above, Alexi Ogando was summoned to close the game today in Texas after Soria had been used on consecutive days. But Ogando had 3 saves for Ron Washington in 2012 and may get the next chance as well.

Match.com – 12 Team League Targets

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Devin Mesoraco

5.2

10

38

1B

Chris Colabello

29

32

48

2B

Kolten Wong

17.2

28

75

3B

Trevor Plouffe

43.1

21

65

OF

Colby Rasmus

42.5

28

41

OF

Jason Kubel

13.6

11

27

SP

Jason Hammel

9

11

30

RP

Hector Rondon

2.8

9

11

Mesoraco is another player I just cannot give up on and today he had a home run and four RBI against Tampa Bay to not only help my DFS teams, but make him a target in two catcher leagues. The power is there and the only thing holding him back was playing time. With the departure of Dusty Baker, he should not only get the time, but this may be the year he breaks out. Colabello cooled off some this week but still produced 7 RBI and seems assured of playing time for a Twins team that craves offense. He will not be a source of batting average but the power and ability to drive in runs is worth speculating on. With the injuries to Beltre and Zimmerman it is almost assured that Plouffe’s ownership will be on the rise. He has occasional power and did score 5 runs this past week with 2 RBI. Plouffe will provide stablility to bridge the time until you get your stud 3B back. Wong has been a great source of steals this week swiping three bags while primarily batting second for the Cardinals. Although Ellis may be returning, Wong has done nothing to merit a decrease in playing time.

Jason Hammel has already won two games this year and could help keep the Cubs in the games he pitches. But the more interesting arm in this scenario is Rondon who has one save already like Strop but has a lower WHIP, 9 K’s against 3 BB and in 5 IP this week has 7 K’s. It may take some time but Hector may be the closer who records the most saves in the Windy City.

Plenty of Fish – 15+ Team Leagues

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Josmil Pinto

0.2

2

16

2B

Derek Dietrich

0.3

1

4

3B

Conor Gillaspie

1.8

4

16

OF

Rajai Davis

15.5

25

40

OF

Seth Smith

1

3

7

RP

Tyler Thornburg

0.5

5

9

RP

Chris Withrow

0.8

6

6

As the above illustrates, the deeper the leagues get the more barren the shelf. But it is not as bad as it seems. Pinto is only lacking playing time and may take until the second half to take over catcher full time in Minnesota. His power is legit and with his home run today has two in the last week. Pinto represents a great stash opportunity in two catcher leagues. Dietrich is more boom or bust hitting two bombs this week while going two for ten. Although he may need a bit more seasoning in AAA, his power like Pinto is for real and with some plate discipline may be a good keeper league target. Gillaspie extended his hitting streak during this typing and has been a part of the White Sox resurgent lineup thus far. Batting 9 for 28 this week with 2 runs and 7 RBI is a name to look at if the better options at 3B are not available for an injury replacement. Rajai Davis has stolen more bases the last two years than anyone in baseball but still gets ignored. With four more the past week he is a perfect target for deeper league teams needing speed. In larger formats players like Thornburg and Withrow are often overlooked but here are their respective K rates in 2014:

Thornburg – 7.2 IP, 2 W, 10 K, 0 BB, 1.17 ERA, 0.52 WHIP

Withrow – 7 IP, 0 W, 12 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP

Instead of stream candidate, adding a player or two like this who are piling up strikeouts are more effective at controlling ERA and WHIP with productive innings.

As with every week on the wire, spend wisely my friends.

Greg Jewett is a staff writer for Roto Analysis and you can follow us on Twitter @RotoAnalysis and @gjewett9!

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