STARTING YOUR DIETRICH RIGHT (WAIVER WIRE)
BEAST DOME NATION.
The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire is a place where you can find talent all the time. While many people are going for the big names like Diaz and Hazelbaker who will eventually cool down. There are many studs who are owned in less than 20% of leagues who can still help you BEAST.
DEREK DIETRICH – 2B/3B/OF – MIA
Owned 17 %/2 HR/10 RBI/.325
Dee Gordon has had Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds as his previous hitting coaches. He now finds himself suspended for 80 Games. This means Dietrich the power hitting utility player will get everyday PT. Something that really has not happened in his young career.
Dietrich will not only qualify at 2B/3B/OF, he will be batting everywhere in the batting order from 1-3 as well as 5-7. Dietrich is a special player who has a lot of power and enough speed where you can get a SB maybe once a week. The thing that is most enticing about Dietrich is the fact he is just sitting on every waiver wire and he will play everyday. When he plays, you will want him on your team. Giancarlo Stanton will always find ways to drive him in as long as Dietrich bats in front of him.
BRANDON DRURY – 3B – ARI
Owned 42%/5 HR/11 RBI/.315
The guy has hit HR’s off of Kershaw/Bumgarner and the list keeps going and going. At first I was not a believer, but at his current ownership %, it is not really jumping on the bandwagon too late. Drury has a lot of power and like Dietrich, qualifies at the same 2B/3B/OF, well maybe 2B/OF in some leagues.
Drury is a big power guy more than a line drive hitter, but the type of power which could result in 20+ HR by the time the season is over no problems at all. If you miss Dietrich, grab Dury.
DANNY SANTANA – SS/OF – MIN
Owned 9%/0 HR/1 RBI/7 SB/.297
Danny is a lightning bolt, and a guy who qualifies at SS who could steal 30+ Bases is someone you will want to own. His ability with the bat is more of an improved Billy Hamilton, but he still has enough pop to approach double digit HRs if everything goes right in his life.
The reason you want Danny Santana is his speed, and if you get a SB guy at SS who could steal 30+ Bases, what is the point of holding onto a player like Trevor Story.
JEFF LOCKE – SP – PIT
Owned 10%/1 WIN/21 K/4.72 ERA
Pop, Locke, and Drop It.
Jeff Locke is a rare lefty pitcher that can really pitch against anyone. He is vastly underrated and a guy you can count on nearly everytime he takes the mound. Locke will not strikeout a lot of batters, but you can expect lines such as 7 INN/2 ER/4 K. More often than not that should result in a win as long as McCutch and Marte can get their bats going with some consistency.
Locke is on just about every Waiver Wire now, but I guarantee that is not the case once the All-Star Break Hits. His ERA is blown out of proportion because of one bad start against the Padres, otherwise he has been nearly flawless.