Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 2

Welcome to my Week 2 edition of top Waiver Wire pickups.

My goal each week will be 2 updates to the waiver wire. One in the early part and another before the weekend. 

I love hot bats and typically keep a couple spots on the back end of my roster available to play with. That being said I’m always looking for guys that are better bets to maintain their production and make my team for the long haul. This means my waiver wire suggestions will skew towards those that have a better chance of helping you for more than a few days.

I’ll break everything down by position and only post those owned in < 75% of Yahoo leagues. Each position will be in order of how I would rank them going forward.

On to the rankings!


Catcher

Matt Wieters (60%): I wouldn’t be shocked if he ends up in the top 5 for catchers by the end of the year. Injuries have been his problem in the past but if he stays healthy with that dangerous lineup he should knock in plenty of runs. Doesn’t hurt that this current crop of catchers is hot garbage.

Sandy Leon (50%): Won’t kill your average and hits in a good lineup. I’d play him till he cools off then find a new one.

Tom Murphy (9%): If you magically have room on your DL after all the injuries this week and your catcher isn’t Posey, Realmuto, or Schwarber I would stash. Should be back early May and worth a cheap gamble.


1st Base

Ryan Zimmerman (27%): Starting out on fire and has pedigree to keep it up. Not to mention hitting in the middle of the best offense in the NL.

Mark Reynolds(60%): Tons of power playing in Colorado. Already has 4HR’s and faces Weaver tonight. Pick him up and ride the hot streak.

Mitch Moreland (8%): Undervalued hitting 4-5 for the Red Sox. Moreland is playing every day and is a cheap source of power.


2nd Base

Yangervis Solarte (57%; 2B, 3B): Hot start with a maintainable BABIP! Has improved every year in the majors and I don’t think this start is too far off his rest of season potential.

Brandon Drury (67%; 2B, 3B, OF): Young talented and available for multiple positions. Drury is only 24 and is  already improving on a solid rookie season.

Howie Kendrick (37%; 1B,2B,3B,OF):  Position eligibility and hitting near the order of a surprisingly potent Phillies lineup. Great way to work in extra AB’s if you have a short bench.


3rd Base

Nicholas Casellanos (65%): Hitting the ball extremely hard again this season. Off to a hot start and should be owned in all leagues.

Mike Moustakas (69%):  Looks like he’s back and is healthy. All signs point to a strong year. Should probably be owned in all leagues as well.

Eugenio Suarez (44%): En Fuego! Pick him up and insert him in your lineup until further notice. Probably droppable once he cools down but can’t ignore what he’s doing.

Travis Shaw (51%; 1B, 3B): Cooled off after a quick start but I still like him going forward. The move from Fenway to Miller Park should add some power.


Short Stop

Chris Owings(59%; SS, OF): Batting 1st, 2nd, or 5th depending on matchup. Arizona loves to run and has a nice lineup so he should fill up the stat sheet as long as he is hitting.

Tyler Saladino (13%; 2B, 3B, SS): Cheap source of runs and steals hitting in the 1 spot for the White Sox.


Outfield

Jay Bruce(75%): Barely under the cut off after the big weekend. If he’s available you need to own him. His first half numbers last year were ridiculous and has always been known as extremely streaky.

Matt Holliday (72%; 1B, OF): Some people chose to drop him quick due to age and a 2/11 start. If someone in your league did that go snag him. HR’s and counting stats!

Jacoby Ellsbury(61%): Not a sexy add but had a good first week and fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis. Safe bet to hit 20 SB’s.

Manual Margot (53%): Out of the gates on fire and has a rare combo of speed and power. BA will regress but the HR’s and SB’s will be there all year.

Corey Dickerson(37%): Lots of power and is starting off hot unlike last year. So far it looks like the changes he made in the off-season have paid off and I’m buying in.

Mitch Haniger(37%): Like a poor man’s Margot the counting stats will be there but the BA will be pretty ugly.

Gerardo Parra(28%): Cheap source of power playing in Colorado.


I feel like a SP version would be kind of pointless. I’ll have some rankings of the top 100 SP’s this week and I do streamers daily which serves the same purpose.

I’ll also include RP’s to pick up when I do my closer rankings each week. 

Thanks for Reading

-Kevin