Waiver Wire Must Adds

By Travis Taylor
May. 19, 2016

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)

Until next time,

the wiz