Fantasy Baseball - Waiver Wire (Week 2)
Last week we introduced the weekly Fantasy Baseball waiver wire suggestions presented by Nate with We Know Fantasy. Each week he’ll bring forward at least five must add waiver targets for the upcoming fantasy baseball week. To qualify for this series, a player must be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues.
Week one did not go extremely well for our suggestions. Ian Happ was arguably our biggest performer as he went 7/22 adding two homers, four RBIs and coming through with a stolen base as well. Brady Singer was our only suggested pitcher and he had a decent outing, going five innings, allowing just two runs but only struck out three batters and didn’t record a win. Austin Riley did receive third base eligibility like we stated would happen last week.
Week 1 Results
Chris Taylor, 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers - 3/22, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 1 R
Brady Singer, P, Kansas City Royals - 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 K
Austin Riley, 3B/OF, Atlanta Braves - 2/20, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Ian Happ, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs - 7/22, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 4 R
Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays - 5/22, 4 RBI, 3 R
Week 2 Suggestions
Marco Gonzales, SP, Seattle Mariners - Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 19.6% of ESPN leagues - Before we get into Marco Gonzales, I want to make it known that Kyle Seagor (3B) and J.P. Crawford (SS) are also must add players, both teammates of Gonzalez. Seagor and Crawford are minimally owned on Yahoo but are owned in the majority of leagues on ESPN, so I left them out. Anyhow, Gonzalez has only allowed three runs in two starts thus far this season, and those three runs came in his first start of the season. His last outing he did not allow a run to the Los Angeles Angels, where he picked up his first win of the season. In fact, his next start is slated to be against the Angels. The Mariners, playing west teams, have a fairly easy schedule ahead of them.
Aaron Hicks, OF, New York Yankees - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 38.1% of ESPN leagues - Let’s begin this with wondering how anyone who is a constant fixture in the Yankees’ lineup is owned in just 13-percent of Yahoo leagues. On top of that, Aaron Hicks spent several games hitting out of the five spot in the Yankees’ lineup. Hicks is good at baseball, there is no doubt about that. If he can remain healthy, which has always been his downfall in his short career, he’s slated to be the everyday centerfielder for the Yankees. This just is easily, a must add.
Cristian Javier, SP, Houston Astros - Owned in 27% of Yahoo and 22.4% of ESPN leagues - As of now, Justin Verlander may be out for the season as he’s been placed on the 10-day IL. On top of that, Jose Urquidy remains out due to undisclosed reasons. Javier’s next start is slated to be against the Diamondbacks, who of course at this point are one of the worst hitting teams in the league. If anything, Javier is a great streaming option for the upcoming week, but with the Verlander injury, there may be a permanent spot in the Astros’ rotation playing, again, the weak west schedule.
Jose Peraza, 2B/SS/OF, Boston Red Sox - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 16.2% of ESPN leagues - Peraza has made his way into being the Red Sox’s every day second baseman. He’s also seen time at third and in the outfield. He does come with shortstop and outfield eligibility on top of his primary position second base. It’s always great to be able to add players like Peraza, who are eligible at multiple positions off the waiver wire to fill as many holes as needed. Peraza is good for at least 20 stolen bases in a normal season, or seven-plus in this shortened season. Stolen bases are hard to find, especially without having to give up quality contact and batting stats as well. This is the stuff that Peraza brings to the table.
Shed Long Jr., 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 4.8% of ESPN leagues - I’m telling you, you need to ride this Mariners’ wagon until it crashes right into the ground. I suggested looking to add J.P. Crawford and Kyle Seagor when talking about Marco Gonzales to lead this article off, so why not look to add another Mariner while you’re at it? Long has gone 8/28 in the past seven days, adding a homer, three RBIs and a very impressive three stolen bases. This also comes with five runs scored. He literally checks all the boxes to be a relevant add in all formats, and he’s owned in less than 6% of all leagues!