Looking at the Waiver Wire for Period 11

First of all, let’s appreciate the fact that Edinson Volquez just threw a no hitter with 98 pitches and 10 strikeouts. WITH A BAD ANKLE. The first no hitter of the year was pretty impressive to watch. Now let’s take a look at the waiver wire for period 11.

  1. Lucas Duda, 1B for the Mets (Owned in 37% of CBS Fantasy Sports leagues)

Keep in mind that I’m a Mets fan so there may be some bias, but Duda is on FIRE right now. He’s got fantastic raw power but he gets injured frequently. But he’s healthy now and he’s hitting a respectable .270 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs. But he’s only had 110 at bats so those stats are pretty impressive. He tends to be streaky (like right now) but he’s worth riding while he’s hot.

2. Chase Anderson, SP for the Brewers (Owned in 65% of CBS Fantasy Sports leagues)

In his last 2 starts, he’s gone 14 innings, struck out 18 batters, and given up 0 runs. And he’s won both games, deservedly so. His ownership rate has skyrocketed due to his 2 start week for period 11, so pick him up ASAP. His 3.30 ERA and 59 K’s in 62 2/3 innings make him a very solid fantasy option any week.

3. Tyler Blach, SP for the Giants (Owned in 39% of CBS Fantasy Sports leagues)

I was a bit reluctant to put him on this list, and I may regret it – but he’s pitching like an ace. Minus the strikeouts. His 23 K’s in 58 1/3 innings limit his fantasy value, and he’s pitching for a bad team, but his other stats make up for that. Oh yeah – and he tossed a complete game shutout yesterday. That makes 5 straight quality starts – and that’s good enough for me to tell you to pick him up.

Looking for a Replacement as Mike Trout hits the DL

It’s a tough break for Trout, the Angels, and fantasy owners, but one could say this was overdue. MIKE TROUT HAS NEVER BEEN ON THE DISABLED LIST BEFORE TODAY. That’s mind-boggling to think about. But then again, what he does on the baseball field is pretty hard to believe. That being said, what should you do if you drafted Trout?

While trading him is an option, I’d only do that if you’re extremely desperate and someone offers you an irresistible deal. He’s expected to be out 5-8 weeks; most of you guys can survive that without your fantasy team sinking. But if you’re fading fast, do what you need to do.

The best option for most of you is to bench him and find a replacement. Obviously you won’t be able to find an equal replacement, but you could definitely try riding the hot hand for the next 5-8 weeks or even find a quality outfielder. This calls for another look at the waiver wire.

1. Cameron Maybin (45% owned in CBS Fantasy Leagues)

A fellow Angels outfielder, Maybin has been producing for his fantasy owners. While his overall stats are mediocre (.247 BA, 3 Hr, 12 RBIs), his walks (29), OBP (.370), and steals (12) are extremely impressive. In my league, he has 136 fantasy points. That’s more than Yelich, Trea Turner, Michael Brantley, Mark Trumbo, and Andrew McCutchen, to name a few. I’m not saying he’s better than any of those other guys, but don’t overlook him.

2. Aaron Hicks (61% owned in CBS Fantasy Leagues)

The Yankees saw something in Aaron Hicks that I didn’t see last year, but they may have been right – he’s off to a nice start to his 2017 campaign. He’s been an extremely well rounded fantasy player this season with 8 homers, 21 RBIs, a .291 average, an outstanding 27:23 BB:KO ratio, a .429 OBP, and 7 steals. If he were to keep up with this pace, that would amount to approximately 24 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 21 steals. The RBIs are lacking a little bit, but his production is not. Expect his RBI total to increase since he’s playing for the high-powered offensive of the Yankees. Like Maybin, he has 136 fantasy points (in my CBS Fantasy League).

3. Adam Frazier (51% owned in CBS Fantasy Leagues)

Adam Frazier is hitting at the top of the lineup for the Pirates these days. And you can’t be surprised – he’s hitting .327. He’s got a little bit of pop with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs in 110 at-bats. But his main production will be from getting hits, walks, and not striking out. He has a great 13:14 BB:KO ratio and a .408 OBP. He’s the ideal lead-off hitter for the Pirates and a source of stable fantasy points. He isn’t going to go off for a 40 point week (you wouldn’t think) but he could be a reliable replacement for Trout.

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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