Flirting with the Waiver Wire: Week 6

“The sea hath fish for every man.” William Camden

Return of the Jedd(i)? GyorkStore's impending power surge may help fantasy rosters

Return of the Jedd(i)? GyorkStore’s impending power surge may help fantasy rosters

While the quote is true, as the season goes on, the waiver wire pool is getting shallower. This is the lull between the hot first month and the Super 2 waiting period for the next wave of prospects to return. Even though the Pirates are struggling and their outfield is banged up, they are holding fast in delaying Gregory Polanco’s debut until this date has passed. Because of the thinning of talent available in leagues, there may not be an option for each position but I put up players who may be able to contribute this week and going forward.

eHarmony – Players who are below 65% owned but could be higher

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Jarrod Saltalmacchia

57.8

55

81

3B

Chase Headley

47.4

43

64

SP

Corey Kluber

42

62

88

SP

Tom Koehler

13.2

28

59

RP

Hector Rondon

41.6

38

40

RP

Ernesto Frieri

62

68

59

Saltalamacchia so far has made a liar out of me. I doubted his ability to continue his offensive revival that he experienced in Boston after his move to Miami. But he has adapted well so far and owners looking for a boost at catcher can look to Salty as long as they can account for his batting average liability. Another week and another third baseman to the DL with Aramis Ramirez rumored to join it tomorrow. It is not a shock to see Ramirez land there but if Headley is on the wire, he may be a sufficient fill in. During his time on the DL Headley studied his swing from 2012 and while it remains to be seen its effects, game one went well as he hit a three run home run. Corey Kluber has put together a couple of electric starts striking out double digit batters but more importantly, won his last game with only 9 K’s in Tampa Bay. His ownership is lagging on ESPN but with one more strong start, this may be the last opportunity to get him off of waivers. Another surprising Marlin is Tom Koehler. He may be graduating from spot starter to a weekly play. I would add him more for home starts, but like Nate Eovaldi last week, he may be graduating to mixed league status.

Match.com – 12 team mixed league pickups

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Wilson Ramos

52.8

53

60

1B

Justin Smoak

31.5

16

40

2B

Jedd Gyorko

46.4

62

55

3B

Juan Francisco

25

25

31

SS

Brandon Crawford

7.7

10

24

OF

Seth Smith

1.4

4

13

OF

George Springer

42.4

27

85

SP

Phil Hughes

3.9

12

38

RP

Cody Allen

37.8

38

34

If the Nationals are going to improve their offense, it seems that Wilson Ramos may be in the middle of it. Even though the hamate injury may limit his home run upside until after the All Star break, it appears that he will hit in the middle of the lineup especially with Adam LaRoche landing on the DL. Not only is LaRoche heading to the DL, my teams are left with a hole now that Brandon Belt has suffered a broken thumb after being hit by a Paul Maholm pitch. It feels like every year Justin Smoak is on the verge of a breakout but it never happens in full. However, he has been hitting well with runners in scoring position (a rarity in Seattle) and if you lost either of the aforementioned first basemen, Smoak may be an affable replacement. If you read this column, I stated last week that I saw seven more home runs coming from Gyorko this month, and he has responded. Well he did hit two the other night off of the Marlins and Jose Fernandez (not a typo). So he only needs five more to fulfill my prophecy. Juan Francisco is a curious case but when he is hot, he hits, when he is off, he strikes out. His hot bat though has forced Brett Lawrie into playing second base when the Blue Jays face a right handed pitcher going forward to he will be playing in a high scoring offense for the near future. It seems that Brandon Crawford is similar to Justin Smoak, he is going through a hot streak and more importantly, seems to making strides against left handed pitching. Over the last seven days he hit three home runs and drove in six runs with a stolen base for good measure. He may not be on a roster all year, but when he is hot he is productive. If you are in a league with deeper rosters Seth Smith, like Matt Joyce is a perfect platoon player. Like Crawford, he is streaking and more impressive it has been in San Diego. Smith has 12 hits in his last 23 at bats with a home run and six RBI. If an impatient owner has released George Springer now may be the time to grab him. Doubtful it happened in a keeper league but in yearly leagues he may be turning the corner. Springer will never be a high average hitter but his blend of power and speed makes it worth it. I almost threw up a little recommending Phil Hughes but he has beaten the Detroit Tigers in his last two starts. There is no better feeling for a struggling pitcher than escaping New York, just ask A.J. Burnett. The “Ax” man received just that after nearly blowing the save on Friday night in relief of Corey Kluber. His replacement that night and for most fantasy owners clamoring was Cody Allen. In fact, in an AL only keeper auction league I was in Allen went for much more money than Axford and that may be vindicated soon. My only worry with Allen is that Francona seems to like him in the eighth inning role and for more than one inning if he needs it. His flexibility may actually work against him. Add him now but be careful.

Plenty of Fish – 15+ team pickups

Pos

Player

ESPN

Yahoo

CBS

C

Yasmani Grandal

0.7

4

26

1B

C.J. Cron

4.7

9

36

2B

Josh Harrison

0.1

0

1

3B

Mike Olt

1.8

4

27

SS

Danny Santana

0

0

2

OF

Steve Pearce

0.5

1

2

OF

Gerardo Parra

12

13

34

SP

Drew Pomeranz

0.2

5

28

RP

Bryan Shaw

0.9

5

6

I did a profile of Grandal here, if you would like to read about him further. C.J. Cron is getting a chance with the Angels and hit his first major league home run Saturday afternoon. He was also profiled if you click his name and with the injuries covered above at first base, may be a good player to take a chance on for the next couple of weeks. The Pirates promoted Jaff Decker and with Marte leaving last night’s game and Andrew McCutchen’s balky ankle, Harrison may be playing often. He has been hitting first or second for the Pirates and in deeper leagues provides offense at a shallow position. Mike Olt seems to be turning the corner with three home runs in the last seven days even if his ownership does not reflect it. With Matt Wieters also going on the DL and rumored to possibly need elbow surgery, Steve Pearce may stay in the lineup as the DH and backup 1B. Pearce also has three home runs in the last seven days and makes for a possible deep league speculating pick. Gerardo Parra is no stranger to hot streaks and when the Diamondbacks face right handed pitching he bats leadoff providing runs and a little bit of pop. With Dan Straily being demoted by the Athletics, now is a good time to stash former top prospect Drew Pomeranz. He has been great this season and may end up in the rotation for the rest of the season. A left handed pitching post hype prospect in Oakland is someone I am looking to in deeper leagues. I already added him in a home league 13 team mixed keeper. If you paid attention above, you noticed that I am wary of Francona turning over the job to Cody Allen. Bryan Shaw already has a save this season, is a veteran and if he closed games for the near future allows Tito to keep Allen in the setup role in which he flourishes. If people are overpaying for Allen take a cheap shot on Shaw.

As always, good luck on the waiver wire and choose 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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