After a couple weeks away, I'm back at it with somegreat waiver wire options that may not be available for much longer.
Brandon Moss, 1B, Cardinals - The right handed pitching killer Moss has almost matched his home run total of 19, that he posted last year by already slugging 16, in less than half the at-bats. He gets the bulk of his starts against righties, so when the Cardinals face a lefty he'd be on the bench. If your in need of HR's, RBI's and are good with Moss seeing most of his at-bats vs righties then pick him up. You probably won't find another player with more of those two stats than him. (Owned in 41% of Yahoo Leagues)
Whit Merrifield, 2B, Royals - This 27 year old rookie has done admirably since his call up. Now batting atop the Royals lineup, Merrifield has scored 21 runs, driven in 12, and has swiped four bases, all in 29 games. Not bad for this late bloomer. So long as he stays atop the batting order, Merrifield would be a great addition to your team. (Owned in 42% of Yahoo Leagues)
Justin Turner, 1B/3B, Dodgers - Turner has put his slow start behind by having a good start to June and an even better last 7 days. Over those 7 days he's hit four long balls, driven in 9, and has hit to a .400 AVG. Turner's seemed to have found his stroke and won't be available much longer if he keeps it up, which I think he will. (Owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues)
Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians - Bauer has quite the month of June so far. In 5 starts so far he's posted a 1.86 ERA, gone 2-0, with three no decisions, and struck out 38 in 38.2 IP all while pitching into the seventh inning and beyond in each start. Needless to say he's on a bit of a roll, grab him while he's still available. (Owned in 55% of Yahoo leagues)
With another week gone by in the MLB fantasy season, injury replacements and spot starters are always needed. Finding suitable waiver wire players to shore up those roster spots aren't always easy decisions, here are four players that may be able to help.
James Paxton, SP, Mariners - With team ace Felix Hernandez landing on the 15-DL and expected to miss a couple starts, Paxton has been recalled from Triple-A to fill his spot in the rotation. The Canadian has been successful in the majors so far in his young career by posting a W-L record of 12-8 with a 3.16 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP. If he does extremely well in the King's absence he may force the Mariners hand to prolong his stay, if not, he's worth adding until the King's return. (Owned in 6% of Yahoo Leagues)
Doug Fister, SP, Astro's - Much like the Astro's team, Fister struggled out of the gate in April by posting a 1-3 record with a 5.56 ERA over four starts. He turned a corner in May and went 3-0 while posting a 2.84 ERA, which has lowered his season ERA to 3.86 which is slightly above his career ERA average of 3.45. If he can hover around his career numbers for the rest of the season he could be a valuable contributor to your team (Owned in 11% of Yahoo Leagues)
Adam Duvall, OF, Reds - Duvall had one hell of a month of May, over 97 AB's he crushed 11 homers and drove in 24 while maintaining a .289 AVG. If he can keep this up he will be a legitimate threat in a Reds lineup that doesn't have a lot of pop. Duvall has never really been given a steady amount of playing time, so with the Reds giving him this opportunity he's clearly taking advantage of it. (Owned in 59% of Yahoo Leagues)
Scott Kazmir, SP, Dodgers - Kazmir had quite an unforgettable first month with his new team, batter's hit .277 against him and his ERA topped out at 5.76. He seemed to have found his stride in May as his ERA finished off at 3.49 but more importantly, batters only hit .188 against him. Look for him to carry his success through the rest of the season and have his numbers settle around his career averages. (Owned in 61% of Yahoo leagues)
Adam Lind, 1B, Mariners - An abysmal April saw Lind only muster 1 HR, 3 RBI, and a .234 AVG over 64 AB's didn't leave much to look forward going into May. Fortunately for Lind he was able to turn it up at the plate and hit 5 HR, 20 RBI, and a .282 AVG over 71 AB's. He'll still mainly bat against right handed pitching so if you don't want to shore up a spot on your roster with a platoon player you may want to look somewhere else. If you can swing it, Lind is a great option. (Owned in 22% of Yahoo Leagues)
Deciding whether or not to pull the trigger on a player sitting on the waiver wire can be a tough choice at times, especially if your contemplating having to drop a player you drafted to make room. This week I give you four players worth adding and why they're worth claiming and riding throughout the season.
Rich Hill, SP, Athletics - The only time Rich Hill may have been mentioned as a waiver wire option would have been in the 2007 season, that season he compiled an 11-8 W-L record to go along with a 3.92 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 183 SO. In his last five seasons, HIll has played for six different teams with the majority of his appearances coming in relief. As a starter this season with the Athletics, Hill has started 10 games and has more or less carried their pitching staff by going 7-3, with a 2.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 65 SO in 57.2 IP. By now he's probably been scooped up off your waiver wire, but if not and you have room on your roster, ride him while you can. (Owned in 83% of Yahoo Leagues)
Mike Napoli, 1B, OF, Indians - Batting in the cleanup spot for the Indians this season, Napoli has produced efficiently by putting up 8 HR, 30 RBI and 15 runs. At this rate he's well on his way to putting 2015's less than stellar season in his rear-view mirror. Napoli is striking out an alarming rate which affects his average yet he's still on pace to post 70+ runs for only the third time in his career as well as 20+ HR and 80+ RBI's. There aren't many cleanup hitters left on the waiver wire, especially ones sitting in the top 25 of RBI producers. If you have room on your roster and can deal with a low average, pick him up. (Owned in 27% of Yahoo Leagues)
Josh Tomlin, SP, Indians - On a starting rotation that boasts the likes of Cory Kluber, Danny Salazar, and Carlos Carrasco, Tomlin is the forgotten one. Entering his last start, Tomlin sits at 7-0 which leads his team as is second to only Chris Sale in the American league, his WHIP sits at 0.98 which is also is second in the American League behind Chris Sale. Why Tomlin is still only owned in 52% of Yahoo Leagues is beyond me, if he's available on your waiver wire, nab him.
Justin Bour, 1B, Marlins - On a team with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, Bour flies under the radar and is quietly putting together a good offensive season. His slash line is sitting a .260/.333/.512 (AVG/OBP/SLG) coupled with nine long balls and 23 RBI in 40 games. With Yelich sidelined over the last four games Bour has been hitting in the three hole behind the table setters and in front Giancarlo, so RBI's and runs scored are to be had. Even when Yelich returns, Bour is a great option to have at 1B, add him now and ride him and watch him hit 20+ homers and drive in north of 70 RBI's. (Owned in 24% of Yahoo Leagues)