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)
Many players are added and dropped throughout the season in MLB fantasy leagues therefore finding ones that can help contribute to your team may seem difficult at times. This week I'm suggesting four players that may be able to help you out at this point:
Melvin Upton Jr, OF, Padres - Since his departure from Tampa Bay, Upton Jr. has become irrelevant as a fantasy outfielder. He was once a source of moderate power, speed, and an average that hovered around or above league average. Unfortunately, in his three seasons outside of Tampa Bay, he has been a shell of his old self. This year however has been a different story; through 39 games Upton Jr, has 5 HR, 16 RBI, 16 R, seven steals, and a .281 AVG. With this hot start he is well on his way to having his best year since leaving Tampa so grab him while you still can. (Owned in 35% of Yahoo Leagues)
Danny Valencia, 3B/OF, Athletics - In my pre-season breakout picks I chose Valencia as an honorable mention. This was largely due to the fact that he would be playing everyday for the Athletics after he had played more than half his games as a member of the Blue Jays last season in a platoon roll. After his mid-season trade, Valencia flourished while playing everyday; his stat line while playing for Toronto included 7 HR, 29 RBI, 26 R, and a .296 AVG in 58 games. Furthermore, after his trade to Oakland he had 11 HR, 37 RBI, 33 R, and a .284 AVG in only 47 games. Valencia has carried the success he found in the second half of the season into the 20 games this year by hitting 5 HR, 10 RBI, a .342 avg, and 25 hits. His average will slowly drop off but the power and RBI's will only go up. Because of that, I suggest you grab him. (Owned in 32% of Yahoo Leagues)
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins - Currently riding a 15-game hitting streak, Ozuna has seen his average climb to .312 from the .229 it was sitting at before the streak. Other than Jackie Bradley Jr., there isn't a hotter batter in the game right now. He seemed to have found the power stroke once again after losing it last season. This season's 6 HR and 19 RBI are just the tip of the iceberg for this young player. Grab him now and ride him while he's hot. I actually profiled Ozuna as one of my pre-season outfielder sleepers, see why here. (Owned in 69% of Yahoo Leagues)
Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks - Since cleanup hitter David Peralta landed on the DL, Lamb has made the most of his opportunity taking over that spot in the batting order. In 56 AB this month, Lamb has just about matched all his numbers from April by hitting 3 HR, 12 RBI, and a .268 AVG. If he continues to produce in tspot in the batting order, the Diamondbacks will be hard pressed to remove him from it. Lamb had a great start to his season before it was cut short by injury, and seems to have found some success that he was used to seeing when he was in the minors. If you chose not to take my advice and grab him as a sleeper (you can read why here) make good on it by plucking him off the waiver wire. (Owned in 25% of Yahoo Leagues)
When your roster is in need of a boost, or you need to fill a spot in your lineup, you can't always solve the problem through a trade. Adding players in the waiver wire is an essential piece of your fantasy season so luckily for you I have another batch of players that can help you out.
Joe Smith, RP, Angels - With Houston Street on the DL with an oblique injury, Joe Smith is the guy who has been keeping the closing spot warm until Street is healthy again. Even though the Angels are struggling and aren't racking up a lot of wins, Smith is the guy to hold down the ninth in a save situation. Unfortunately there aren't many other options on the waiver wire if your looking to pick up some saves. (Owned in 50% of Yahoo Leagues)
Chris Tillman, SP, Orioles - Much like the rest of his teammates, Tillman has enjoyed a great start to his season by going 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 40 SO in 38.1 IP. Tillman usually averages 30 SO less compared to innings pitched, so look for those numbers to settle back into his usual amounts. One number that you can look at to continue to climb are his wins, the Orioles are filled with offensive talent and their starting pitchers, specifically Tillman, will benefit. (Owned in 57% of Yahoo Leagues)
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, Pirates - What a return from the disabled list for Kang; he swatted two home runs and drove in 3 in his first game back. If not for his injury last season, Kang would have been an attractive option when fantasy managers were looking at drafting a starting 3B. He showed he could handle big league pitching which is why some owners drafted him late and stashed him, or picked him up on the waiver wire all in hopes that he would regain his form from the 2015 season. Now that he's back, he won't be available much longer so go get him. (Owned in 71% of Yahoo Leagues)
Derek Dietrich, OF, Marlins - Since the shocking suspension handed down by the MLB to Dee Gordon, Dietrich has thrived as the everyday second basemen. So far this season he has 2 HR, 13 RBI, scored 6 runs all of which is complimented by a .324 AVG. Dietrich will continue to get the bulk of playing time at second and is a nice option on the waiver wire as he's listed as a 3 position player. (Owned in 11% of Yahoo Leagues)