Flirting with the Waiver Wire: Week 3

“Online dating is now like eating at Denny’s thanks to photoshop, in person your order looks nothing like the photo on the menu.” Courtesy of Searchquote.com

Rockie mountain and 3 HR's this week, add Morneau for some cheap pop

Rockie mountain and 4 HR’s this week, add Morneau for some cheap pop

All of the preparation and diligent research of the preseason seems so long ago? Breakouts, targets, post-hype sleepers, the descriptions are easier to roll out than to actually find. It has now been three weeks of baseball and some players are starting to emerge be it playing time opportunity or a hot streak. Navigating through that process is a virtual landmine. Just like online dating. Using the opening quote as an intro, be careful about how good someone looks from early appearances, is it sustainable over the long haul. If you are replacing an injury or have an open spot on the roster to plug in a hot player, by all means do so. The attrition at third base alone has made the opening month tough for many teams. Along with the rash of Tommy John surgeries, having quality options ready to replace them are a must. Remember that Cole Hamels, David Robertson and Mike Minor will be returning this week as well, although with Minor I am taking a wait and see approach with his first start against the Reds. Here are this week’s waiver wire potential dates.

eHarmony – less than 65% but could be higher

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Devin Mesoraco

48%

42%

73%

1B

Justin Morneau

47.4%

49%

63%

2B

Neil Walker

65.6%

52%

75%

3B

Kelly Johnson

39.2%

54%

61%

SS

Jhonny Peralta

51.6%

58%

68%

OF

Eric Young Jr.

56%

46%

53%

SP

Martin Perez

40.8%

40%

73%

RP

Jonathan Broxton

44.5%

40%

43%

There are a couple of repeats on this list with Mesoraco and Johnson reappearing. With the catchers that are struggling to open the season like Yan Gomes who is just as unproven, I think I would add Mesoraco over a player like him going forward. Any team lacking stolen bases should look no further than Eric Young Jr. of the Mets, scoring eight runs this week and stealing four bases as well. Neil Walker leads all second basemen hitting his sixth home run today. Peralta seems to be fitting in well with St. Louis going 9/28 entering Sunday with six runs, two homers and four RBI. While he is not a sexy addition, his 15 home runs are reliable and if he hits over .265, has value in this offense.

Pitching in Texas and Cincinnati usually does not make a pitcher a target due to the ballparks. While many are chasing saves with the Mets, Cubs and A’s committees, Broxton has saved two games already this week as Aroldis Chapman rehabs. Martin Perez may be emerging, but comes with the caveat of not being a huge strikeout guy, here is his week:

  • Martin Perez – 17 IP, 2 W, 10 K’s, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP

If you play in Yahoo or ESPN leagues, he is grossly under owned as long as there are other guys on your staff to buoy the strikeout totals.

Match.com – 12 Team League Adds

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Mike Zunino

8.8%

18%

46%

1B

Chris Colabello

61.4%

52%

66%

2B

Omar Infante

14.7%

18%

33%

3B

Mike Moustakas

12.4%

25%

58%

OF

Jason Kubel

22%

12%

37%

OF

Marcell Ozuna

21.2%

22%

47%

SP

Tyson Ross

8.1%

65%

81%

SP

Wily Peralta

5.8%

29%

62%

RP

Pedro Strop

13%

15%

21%

This level of players will test how much trust there is in a player. While Colabello is second in the majors in RBI, how long can he keep it up? That trepidation is keeping his ownership down and if that is an area of need for your fantasy team, why not ride him for as long as it lasts? Moustakas was a popular draft target in the late rounds for power at a weak position. While his spring stats have not translated to the regular season, he seems to be turning the corner. With two home runs and five RBI this week, he may actually be making the adjustments. Kansas City seems committed to him and this may be the time to stash “Moose”. Is there a better place to hit in the lineup right now than in front of the major league leader in RBI? Ask Marcell Ozuna since he is now batting second for the Marlins. Here is his stat line for this week excluding today:

  • Marcell Ozuna – 21 AB, 9 Hits, 6 R, HR, 6 RBI

Not too shabby and he showed glimpses of this last year prior to his cold spell and injury. Hard to say he will maintain this, but .265 with 20 home runs does not seem out of reach.

On the pitching side, how is Tyson Ross only owned in 8.1% of ESPN leagues? I understand many of the shallower leagues stream, but Ross at home is an asset to any fantasy owner. He shut down the Giants on Friday night with 9 K’s in eight innings with only four hits allowed and 1 walk. There will be some bumps in the road but his slider is nasty. Anyone who lost Ivan Nova would be lucky to have Ross on the waiver wire. On a lesser note, Wily Peralta has been a steady starter for the Brewers resurgence this season. He has less hype than Marco Estrada but has won two games to open the season. Like Perez above, Peralta is not a huge strikeout guy but if his repertoire continues to develop, will have value in deeper leagues. If the Cubs have a save opportunity soon it will go to Strop. During their game on Saturday which they won 8-4, Rondon pitched the seventh and eighth with Strop in the ninth inning. Jose Veras seems lost and if Strop can overcome his early season struggles may be able to hold the job for the near future, speculate. On a side note, the window to buy low on Jim Johnson for the A’s is closing while he still does not have the job.

Plenty of Fish – 15+ Team League Targets

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Josmil Pinto

0.8%

3%

20%

1B

Lucas Duda

4.6%

5%

23%

2B

Danny Espinosa

1%

2%

8%

3B

Alberto Callaspo

9.9%

9%

15%

SS

Alcides Escobar

3.2%

14%

23%

OF

David Murphy

8.9%

14%

41%

OF

Craig Gentry

0.1%

1%

4%

SP

Edinson Volquez

11.4%

14%

41%

RP

Gonzalez Germen

0.4%

2%

5%

Along with Mesoraco, Josmil Pinto is a player I have been trying to add wherever he is available. More impressive than his power is his willingness to take a walk. His defense is still a work in progress, but the Twins have been using him at DH as well. As his playing time increases so will his run production. Duda has possessed 20+ home run potential but has battled injuries and playing time issues. With the trade of Ike Davis to the Pirates, the playing time problem is resolved. Now can he stay healthy? Espinosa was long forgotten but has played himself back into fantasy relevance especially as a cheap daily 2B with power. Even with a return of Zimmerman, he may be playing himself into a trade for a team that will need a 2B as the season progresses (Yankees I am looking at you). David Murphy has enjoyed his brief time in Cleveland and with another key hit today will keep himself in the lineup. His three run double was the difference in Cleveland’s win against Toronto on Sunday and he has the ability to provide double digit home runs and steals without killing a team’s average.

Is there no one that Ray Searage cannot turn around? Edinson Volquez’s hot start has to be attributed to the Pirates pitching coach. The reason that Volquez is in the riskier portion of the list is simple, he has been good but it will take more starts to make him anything more than a streaming option. But he should be on radars. Why Germen? Simple, Valverde is done and Farnsworth is on borrowed time. Someone under 35 has to emerge in this Met bullpen and this is the arm I would stash for the near future. What a mess……

Thanks for reading and good luck flirting with the free agency pool this weekend my friends.

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

Justin Morneau picture credit: http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/259/files/2014/04/josh-rutledge-justin-morneau-mlb-colorado-rockies-san-diego-padres.jpg

Statistical Credits:

ESPN.com

CBSsportsline.com

Yahoo.com

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2 Responses to Flirting with the Waiver Wire: Week 3

  1. Hans April 21, 2014 at 09:13 #

    Can you go one level deeper. These are the top OPS guys available in my league. DValencia JFrancisco BBoesch SClevenger Corporan EEscobar ARomine

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