Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Wishlist (Week 3)
1. James Outman, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers – At the time of writing this, Outman is only 59% rostered in Yahoo leagues. Which is criminally low. I imagine this number will rise come Monday but he needs to be rostered in all formats. It’s also worth noting that he started Friday vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner. Surrounded by tons of talent in LA, Outman oozes talent and has
legit 25-plus home run upside. Lastly – his statcast numbers below – I’m all in. So stop what you’re doing, stop reading, and go get Outman before it’s too late.
2. Myles Straw, OF, Cleveland Guaradians – If you need stolen bases, look no further. Straw currently leads the league with six and shows no signs of slowing down. While he may not give you much in terms of other counting stats, he can certainly be a contributor in runs and stolen bases in a potent Guardians' lineup. With the new rules in place, I would not be surprised to see Straw lead the AL, if not all of MLB, in stolen bases.
3. Carlos Estevez, RP, Los Angeles Angels – While he does not have a save thus far in 2023, it is clear he is the guy to own in the LAA bullpen for saves. I will also note that Estevez had a very rough spring training to the tune of 7.2 IP, 9 ER and 10.57 ERA with 10 BB, and 11 Ks. It’s seems as if he will get the first crack at the closer role, pitching in the ninth in each game he has pitched thus far with five Ks. Only 18% owned in Yahoo leagues, he is certainly worth a flier if you are in need of SVs.
4. Isaac Paredes, 1B/2B/3B, Tampa Bay Rays – With multi-position eligibility and raw power, Paredes is worth taking a chance on if you are lacking power at 1B, 2B or 3B. While I don’t think he will give you much in the AVG department – hitting in the middle of the TB lineup should produce plenty of HR and RBI totals. With how thin 3B is, you could do a lot worse. Paredes for the year is hitting .320 with 2 HR, 9 RBI, with a .370 OBP and .560 SLG. I’m certainly intrigued.
5. Martín Pérez, SP, Texas Rangers – No, Perez is not going to blow you away with his fastball nor give you much in terms of strikeouts. You know what he will give you though? A great ERA. He also limits hard contact ranking in the 84th percentile in hard hit percentage. Lastly, his average exit velocity is in the 88th percentile. Yes – he pitches to contact but he is also
surrounded by a good defensive and offensive team. With how bad SP has been this
year, I like him as someone who can stabilize my team’s ERA. Sign me up.
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