FANTASY BASEBALL WAIVER WIRE
KNOCKING ON WOOD
BEAST DOME NATION.
The season is young, which means it is time to capitalize on potential big free agents. These are guys who were not drafted in your league, and most likely on every Waiver Wire that is not a Daily League. Feel free to ask questions on the bottom.
Owned in just 24% of leagues, Tyler Chatwood was the first I wrote about this Fantasy Baseball Season.
Chatwood is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game, take away his stats from Coors field and this guy would be a Top 25 pitcher no doubt. He crushed it this Spring, and he has two starts which makes him a no risk for his big BEAST DOME debut. The guy can get Ks, he can gets Wins, and he will be a BEAST for your WHIP. Get Chatwood and start him, you will see that he will be in your rotation all season long.
HYUN JIN RYU
Pitching twice this week, Ryu has two nice matchups and is pitching well enough to consider throwing out there this week. Ryu can go a strong 5 INN against just about any team, but after 5 he is done and that is the risk you run with him when he pitches once in a Week. Two starts however, his stats will look nice and he can pick up two wins for your squad,
The Rangers are rolling with Kela to start the season as their closer. Not guaranteed at all to keep the job all year, might as well ride the hot hand. The Rangers will be winning games all season and as long as Kela is the closer, 30+ Saves is automatic.
While it appeared Super Cam was going to close, Blake Parker got the job for the Angels. Parker has been shaky at best all Spring and his debut was not great giving up an ER while picking up the save. Cam has not looked impressive enough to steal this job and it will take Blake Parker messing up big time for him Cam to get it back.
MATT WIETERS C
Catcher is a scary position if you do not own Sanchez/Posey/Wilson Con. Lots of poor performances, but Matt Wieters is a guy who is playing everyday and the guy is still in the Majors today because he is a professional hitter. One day he will be a DH somewhere to end his career, for now the Nats are working his body to the max and he will be an everyday catcher. If your catcher is not getting it done, take a look at Wieters as a bench stash. Once he hits one, time to start him.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA 2B/SS
Drubal is looking like an important piece to the Mets high powered offense. Batting cleanup one game, batting leadoff the night. Asdrubal will be a factor and he will also qualify at 2B/SS, some leagues he qualifies at 3B as well. Regardless he is a great middle infield bat who can easily end up with 15+ HRs and 80+ RBIs depending on where he ends up in the order.
JOE PANIK 2B
2 HRs, 1 against Kershaw, 1 against Jansen. While Panik is on the best hitting streak any player can be and his confidence is sky high. Panik is the type of player who can easily fade out. However he is worth riding for his hot streak and it is looking very potential that the career 10 HR/season hitter can now be a 15 HR hitter. Anything more than 15 HRs on the season and I will be shocked.
The Dodgers faithful has taken him on again like the Cavs have accepted LeBron when he made his way back. Matt Kemp is the type of player can be the face of the Dodgers offense if he can get back to his vintage numbers. He is still a great player and he crushed it this Spring, a slow start is allow him to hide in the shadows.
Batting in the heart of the middle of the order, Carlos Gomez is the type of player who can easily find his way to 20 HR/20 SB. He was a big sleeper in the Draft Strategy and no expert came close to even ranking him besides me as a player to draft. He has power/speed and he plays in the AL East, big time upside.
The Marlins are throwing Cameron Maybin to the curve and allowing the Lewis Brinson project to get full steam ahead. Brinson is batting leadoff and playing every day, the Marlins are committed to making him the face of the Franchise. Brinson is the piece the Marlins got in return for Yelich.
Jacoby at this point of his career is a little porcelain doll. Not a lot of pop, not a lot of speed. However in deep leagues he can provide good value playing everyday for the Yankees while Hicks is on the DL for longer than a month. Jacoby will not get HRs, but he can rack up good RBI and Run numbers.