Waiver Wire Pick Ups: Week 3
Hallam here folks. Just when you thought Fighting Chance couldn't get any bigger and better, we are excited to welcome Casey Varner to the team as he brings us some waiver wire picks for the upcoming week. I've played in a league with Casey before, and believe me, this guy knows what he's talking about. So, please enjoy the very first article by Casey on Fighting Chance Fantasy. We are thrilled to see all he has in store for us.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (14% owned on Yahoo)
Ryan mentioned a former #1 overall pick last week, so I’ll continue the trend with the #1 overall 2015 draft pick, Dansby Swanson. Damn, Dansby is feeling himself in 2019 by starting off with four runs, two homers, and six RBI in 17 at bats. He’s clubbed three opposite field home runs in the past few weeks (2 in the final spring training games). Unfortunately, he suffered through a wrist injury in 2018 but was still able to produce 14 home runs and 10 stolen bases. He can easily surpass those numbers when healthy in this dangerous Atlanta line up.
Ketel Marte, SS/3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (41% owned on Yahoo)
The multipostional Marte is benefiting from the ugly season ending injury to Stephen Souza. Batting near the top of D’backs line up behind Adam Jones, he can be a nice source of runs and stolen bases. Nobody can fill the void of Turner’s production while he is out, but he can be a band aid at your middle infielder position.
Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks (20% owned on Yahoo)
Another Diamondback makes the waiver wire list. Walker has already knocked three out of the park in just 19 at bats. He could get every day at bats if his platoon-mate, Jake Lamb, hits the injury list with a quad strain. It’s highly doubtful that Walker can continue to hit .368, but you can always grab a surf board and ride the wave while he’s hot.
Jorge Soler, OF, Kansas City Royals (34% owned on Yahoo)
Although Soler is still looking for his first dong of the season, the power potential is real. This might be one of the last opportunities to buy low before he heats up. He’s batting clean up for the super speedy Royals. Plenty of HR and RBI potential. Definitely worth a spot on your roster or at least a Stanton fill in.
Blake Parker, Minnesota Twins (32% owned on Yahoo)
Need Saves? Who doesn’t in this crazy carousel of MLB closers. He’s not officially named the Twins closer, but he’s locked down two saves in the first extended week of the MLB. A save, is a save, is a save, but beware Trevor May can run away with the closer role at anytime.
Matt Shoemaker, Toronto Blue Jays (41% owned on Yahoo)
Shoemaker has looked pretty solid in his first two starts with two wins and 15 strikeouts. Granted, he’s pitched against the Orioles and Tigers. The 32 year old crafty veteran is striking out guys at a 9.1 Ks/9 rate which is a point higher than his career average of 8.1. He won’t be winning any Cy Young Awards, but is a worthy SP4/5 right now. He lines up against the struggling Sale Tuesday night in Boston. I’d recommend sitting him against the Red Sox, but hold on to see if he can continue pitching well for Toronto.
Max Fried, Atlanta Braves (6% owned on Yahoo)
One of Atlanta’s emerging young starters shut down the Cubs Thursday night with five Ks and only giving up one hit. Best of all, he issued no walks which has been a problem for the young Braves pitchers this season. After the game, Brian McCann compared Fried to a young Cole Hamels. Hopefully, his impressive start will earn him a spot in the rotation. Fried can be the Walker Buehler waiver wire add of 2019. Get him!
Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics (3% owned on Yahoo)
This last one is a little risky, but Anderson is scheduled for 2 starts next week. He’ll face the bombing Orioles on Tuesday and square off against Shelby Miller and the Rangers on Sunday. Anderson doesn’t offer you a lot of strike out potential, but he could net you 2 wins this week. It’s definitely a gamble on your WHIP, but that’s where all the fun is, right?