Fantasy Baseball - Waiver Wire (Week 3)
We now have two weeks of fantasy baseball waiver wire suggestions behind us. Each week, Nate with We Know Fantasy will present at least five must add players for the upcoming week of fantasy baseball. To qualify for this series, players must be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues.
Our last week’s suggestions were headlined by Seattle Mariners’ starter Marco Gonzalez, who went seven innings in his lone start of the week, recording the win while allowing three earned runs and seven strikeouts. Houston Astros’ starter Cristian Javier pitched two games. In his start against the Diamondbacks, as expected, he went six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. His start against the Athletics did not go a similar way. However, our field position players did not fare so well last week. We’ll do better for you this week.
Week 2 Results
Marco Gonzalez, SP, Seattle Mariners - 7 IP, 1 W, 3 ER, 7K
Aaron Hicks, OF, New York Yankees - 5/22, 1 RBI, 1 R
Cristian Javier, SP, Houston Astros - 9 IP, 1 W, 6 ER, 7K
Jose Peraza, 2B/SS/OF, Boston Red Sox - 4/18
Shed Long Jr., 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners - 5/27, 1 SB
Week 3 Suggestions
Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 10.2% of ESPN leagues
Mahle is slated to start two games for this upcoming week, against the Royals and Pirates. In his last outing, he threw six innings without allowing an earned run and struck out six. In his two starts this season, he’s allowed just two earned runs. The Royals are one of the best hitting clubs thus far in this early season but the Pirates are one of the worst. The 25-year-old is having a great start to the season and looks to continue to keep rolling this week.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins - Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 16.1% of ESPN leagues
Jesus Aguilar is criminally under owned, mainly due to the near two-week absence that the Marlins saw due to a Covid-19 outbreak. In his six games back since the extended absence, Aguilar has hit .333, adding two homers, five RBIs and six runs. He is slated to face the Blue Jays, Braves and Mets in the next week. The Braves’ and Blue Jays’ team pitching ranks in the middle-of-the-league as the Mets remain as one of the league's best, as to be assumed.
Niko Goodrun, 1B/2B/SS/OF, Detroit Tigers - Owned in 15% of Yahoo and 16.2% of ESPN leagues
If you’ve read any of my first two installments of this series, you know I love players that can slot into multiple positions. Goodrum can fill many holes as he is four positional eligible in Yahoo leagues and three in ESPN leagues. The Tigers had a four day down-time due to the Cardinals’ Covid-19 outbreak. After coming back in his series against the Pirates he has hit .250 but had a five RBI game in one of the matchups hitting in the lead-off position. He homered in another. He seems to be the Tigers' everyday lead-off hitter.
Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, New York Mets - Owned in 3% of Yahoo and 6.7% of ESPN leagues
Dominic Smith isn’t the flashy name you’d typically find on the waiver wire, however, he’s hitting the ball and playing every day. What else can you ask for? After playing just one of the Mets’ first four games, he’s missed just one of their last eight games. His last week has not been too exciting where he’s hit just .238 with a homer and three RBIs. What I do like is that he has three doubles in the last week. He also has an OBP of .333 on the season.
Alex Cobb, SP, Baltimore Orioles - Owned in 12% of Yahoo and 10.4% of ESPN leagues
Following the trend of two-game starters for the upcoming week, we’ll suggest adding Alex Cobb. Cobb has allowed just four earned runs in three starts this season and will face the struggling Phillies’ lineup and the Nationals, who rank in the middle-of-the-league in terms of hitting. In his last start, Cobb threw five innings where he struck out seven batters and allowed just one earned run.