Fantasy Baseball Period 8: Looking at batters on the waiver wire

This week, there are 4 batters on the waiver wire that are owned in 50% (or less) of CBS fantasy leagues who I believe are under owned. If you’ve got an extra roster spot or have had some unlucky injuries, these are some guys to consider.
1. David Peralta, outfielder for the Diamondbacks (owned in 50% of CBS fantasy leagues)
I know – there is a TON of outfield depth this year. However, I still think Peralta is worth a look. It’s hard to believe that a guy like him is only owned in 50% of leagues; he’s hitting .324 this year in 136 at bats with 4 home runs and 4 steals. His .372 OBP isn’t too shabby either. According to ESPN, his home stadium (Chase Field) is the second most favorable park to hit at. Add the fact that he’s on fire lately (7 for his last 13), and he’s someone that needs to be owned across all formats.
It’s easy to see why many have shied away from Peralta in the draft this year after an injury-riddled 2016. But if you look at his 2015 stats, they’re great: he hit .312 with 17 home runs and 78 RBIs in 462 at bats. Plus he stole 9 bases, which is a nice bonus. He seems to be reverting to his 2015 form, so if you’ve got a roster spot open, he’s a must add.
2. Justin Bour, 1st basemen for the Marlins (owned in 47% of CBS fantasy leagues)
There have been a decent number of pleasant surprises at 1st base this year, highlighted by Ryan Zimmerman, Eric Thames, Mark Reynolds, and Travis Shaw. Most of these guys are owned by this point. If you’ve been a victim of a Freddie Freeman injury, Bour is a great option to replace him.
Justin Bour isn’t a superstar, but when he’s hot, he’s hot. Since May 10th, he’s clobbered 7 home runs. He’s up to 11 on the year to go with his 28 RBIs. His average is decent too – he’s hitting .262 with a .349 OBP. He’s another player who got off to a slow start this year, and he doesn’t have much of a track record. But Bour hit 23 homers in 409 at-bats in 2015, so we know he has raw power. He’s worth an add in just about all leagues.
3. Devon Travis, 2nd basemen for the Blue Jays (owned in 46% of CBS fantasy leagues)
Devon Travis is tied for 1st in the majors in doubles with 16. That’s pretty surprising, considering he’s hitting just .239 on the season. But don’t let his low average fool you – he hit .300 in 2016 and .304 in 2015. After a slow start to the season, he’s heating up (13/24 with 6 doubles over his last 7 games). Donaldson and Tulowitzki are expected back in the Jay’s lineup soon, which will help him in the RBI category. He doesn’t have much of a track record due to injuries, but he’s shown his potential while he’s been here. He’s worth an add depending on what position you need to fill.
Thanks for reading – be sure to comment any questions or opinions you have!

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