Working The Waiver Wire: Week 4
Everyone is always checking the waiver wire in fantasy baseball as it is a long season, and if you aren’t constantly looking to improve your team, you aren’t really trying. We have already talked about a lot of guys who could help you in earlier weeks likeCorey Dickerson, Hector Neris, Alex Cobb, Stephen Souza, and Ryon Healy but let’s take a look at who might be able to help you as we enter the last week in April.
Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies. Bitten by the injury bug a couple of times already in his short career, Altherr is off to a great start so far in 2017. He first made his presence known to fantasy players at the end of 2015, but missed a big chunk of last year. He is getting at-bats with the injury to Howie Kendrick, but honestly if he keeps hitting like he has lately, the Phillies must find a way to keep his bat in the lineup. He will likely max out at 20 home run power, but Altherr can also run which ups his fantasy value. If you are looking for a nice little speed/power combo, Altherr could be your guy.
Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers. With Adrian Beltre still nursing the calf strain, Gallo has been doing exactly what you would expect him to be doing. Striking out and hitting a bunch of home runs. If you can afford the drain on your batting average, Gallo has five homers already on the young season. Like Aaron Judge in New York, Gallo’s power is just natural, and given enough pitches he is bound to hit the junk a long way. He will likely top out at a .230 average, but there are also few players with the pure power of Joey Gallo.
Logan Morrison, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays. I have long been a fan of LoMo, but due to injuries and inconsistency, he has yet to be able to put it all together. He has slowed down a little in the last week, but he is off to the best start of his career. He already has driven in 12 runs in just under three weeks, and in an unexpectedly strong Rays lineup, Morrison looks like he can be successful. His batting average has never been great, but he has the ability to hit 20-22 home runs and drive in 80 runs.
Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers young phenom has started the season in the Minors, but there are rumblings that he may be in line to start Wednesday against the Giants. He has been good with an ERA under 2.00 so far in the Minors with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings. The only issue is that he has also walked nine guys. It is not a sure thing that he will make that start or stick with the team, but he will be one of the more exciting adds you can make from the waiver wire during the season.
Shawn Kelley, RP, Washington Nationals. The Nationals bullpen continues to be a disaster as Blake Treinen was unable to get it done as the ninth inning guy for Washington. Kelley was who we all thought was going to be the closer back in March, so this isn’t a surprise that he now has the job. He has three saves in the last five days without allowing a run. And while he is not an elite option should be very serviceable going forward if you need saves.
Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals. Despite success in his first two seasons, Ross was kept at AAA to start the season until the Nats needed a fifth starter. I have long been a fan of his, even if the team doesn’t seem to be. Ross was good in his first start, allowing three runs over seven innings and striking out seven. I have a lot of faith in him going forward and he should be owned in your 12 team leagues.
Antonio Senzatela, SP, Colorado Rockies. While Jon Gray came into the season as the top pitcher for the Rockies, it appears that Senzatela is the one who is living up to that hype. Many are concerned that he pitches half of the time in Coors Field, but in his two starts there he has allowed just three runs in 14 innings. He isn’t an elite strikeout pitcher, but he looks like he is going to be a guy that you can count on more often than not. Even if he regresses some, Senzatela should be someone you grab and ride as long as it lasts.
Matt Bush, RP, Texas Rangers. With Sam Dyson on the DL with a case of extreme sucking, Matt Bush is in line to close games for the Rangers who don’t really have another decent option. He finally recorded his first save on Sunday, and with Dyson nowhere near being trusted in the ninth inning, Bush looks like he should get an extended look at the closer’s spot. He hasn’t given up a run in two weeks, and he has only allowed one hit during that time. If you are looking for a closer, Bush could very well be your guy.