Fantasy Baseball: Week 1 Waiver Wire
For the purpose of this article, I am giving advice based on a 10-team standard head-to-head fantasy baseball league. The players discussed in this article may or may not be available in your league, but if they are, you need to pick them up before someone else does.
Almost all of the fantasy baseball leagues have started, and we are already a full week into the 2015 Major League Baseball season. That being said, here are a few players who have had an early impact for their teams and that you need to scour the waiver wire for, before it is too late.
Jose Iglesias–3B,SS (29% owned)
If you need a consistent 3B or SS for your lineup, or even a solid backup, Iglesias is a must-pickup. He is only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues, and is hitting .545 with 2 stolen bases. He doesn’t have any home runs or RBIs, but is a solid waiver wire steal at this point of the season.
Anthony Gose–OF (18% owned)
No, I don’t have a love affair with all Detroit Tigers, but Gose has been a welcome surprise in the outfield for the Tigers. Like Iglesias, he has a .545 AVG to go with no home runs, 3 RBIs, and 1 SB. Gose is only owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues, but is a great addition if you are stuck with the likes of Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, or any other under-performing outfielder.
Travis d’Arnaud–C (34% owned)
The Mets finally have a catcher that might bring back memories of the good ol’ days of Mike Piazza. I was shocked to see that d’Arnaud was still available in our fantasy league, due to his solid start. Even if you have a great catcher starting for you (Buster Posey for me), picking up d’Arnaud is a great choice. He has a .455 AVG with 4 RBI, but o home runs or steals. Another option here would be catcher Alex Avila (yes, another Tigers player).
Pitchers (SP or RP):
Joakim Soria–RP (52% owned)
Honestly, I am not telling you to pick up every Detroit Tigers player, even though they are off to a very hot start. Syria might have been drafted in most leagues as a set-up man, but his significance is even more important now that Joe Nathan is on the disabled list. There has been talk about Soria taking over as the closer if he does well in place of the injured Nathan. Of course, if the Tigers keep up their monster offensive output, Soria won’t be needed very often.
Miguel Castro (24% owned) or Brett Cecil (56% owned)–RP
Both of these Blue Jays relief pitchers have a chance to earn the closer job for Toronto. Cecil struggled in his first chance of the season, and Castro has looked good with 1 SV already (3.0 innings pitched). He has a 0.00 ERA and WHIP as well. Keep an eye on both of these guys if you need someone to pick up some saves for your team.
Chris Heston–RP (2% owned)
Heston gave the San Francisco Giants a spot start in place of Matt Cain and threw 6.o IP while allowing two runs on three hits. He picked up the win that night and will be getting another start during the home opener for the Giants against the Rockies on Monday. He has a 0.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP after one start, but will most likely be headed back to Triple-A Fresno after his next start. He is just another young arm that the Giants can groom and use when needed. If you don’t feel comfortable adding him to your roster, at least put him on your watch list because we most likely haven’t seen the last of Heston in the majors in 2015.
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