Waiver Wire Additions, Week Three

My post from Thursday 4/26 for Baseball Revival:

So long as you aren’t bored with my insights just yet, I deliver to you – without bias or fandom – the best additions to make to your fantasy baseball team this week. The sample size remains small, but a few young stars are showing flashes of greatness, and doing so with consistency. Over the long course of the marathon season that is fantasy baseball – especially in rotisserie leagues – consistency is king.

This time around, I’m going to break one of my own rules, but only slightly. When you only slightly break your own rule, it’s not as bad, right?I normally only look to for potential waiver wire additions that are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues. After being added at an incredible rate this week, (+21%) the free agent I was preparing to highlight is now owned in 58 percent of leagues. See, it’s just a slight break.

Jose Altuve – 2B – Houston Astros

I imagined writing this suggestion based on the fact that Altuve can consistently produce in 4 of the 5 standard offensive categories this season, but if I did so, I’d be ruling out the possibility of him knocking a few long balls as well. With the sort of contact Altuve has been making at the plate, I don’t want to rule out the possibility that Altuve can blossom into a 5 category offensive performer. On Tuesday, he hit his first home run of the young season.

If I haven’t made it painfully clear already, I’m a huge fan of consistency and stat-stuffers. Altuve is just that. Many scouts have commented on Altuve’s upside, but noted that he has lacked discipline at the plate. It seems as though Altuve’s offseason adjustments have changed all that, and there is great possibility Jose can hang around the .280-.290 range.

Oh, and multiple hit games? Altuve has already has ten of them! Steals? He’s collected four already. And I guess 12 runs and 8 runs-batted-in aren’t half bad numbers either. Need anymore convincing? You shouldn’t.

Bryan LaHair – 1B, OF – Chicago Cubs

While typically labeled as a Quad-A guy, LaHair has quickly started toquiet his critics this season with an impressive stat line – .364 avg, 7 runs, 4 HRs, 11 RBI’s. It’s not that LaHair wasn’t producing for triple-A Iowa – he had impressive numbers there for 3 years – it’s just that the likes of Derek Lee and Carlos Pena were always standing in his way.

As a 29 year old “rookie,” LaHair is playing like he has little time to waste – which is likely because that’s actually the case. Top Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo just happens to occupy first base as well, and there will always be pressure to bring up Rizzo, who is touted as having one of the sweetest swings in the minors.

While he may not be a long-term plug into your fantasy lineup, LaHair is at least worth the second look. The fact that he is position eligible at first base and the outfield certainly adds to his value as well.

I hope this post, at the very least, provides a little insight on who to add this week. If you’re light on humor and thirsty for sarcastic baseball commentary, follow me on twitter @kpLUCH.

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Waiver Wire Additions, Week Two

Here is my post from yesterday for Baseball Revival:

Today, I give to you the second installment of Waiver Wire Additions. Whether the addition to your beloved young squad is a permament peg in your lineup – or just a quality fill-in for your DL-littered squad – a waiver wire addition is just the prescription that the fantasy doctor ordered.

As is par for the Waiver Wire Additions course, I’m steering clear of suggesting any free agents that are owned in more than 50 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. ESPN is my reference point for these percentages, since the majority of my teams are from the ESPN platform.

Jon Jay – CF – St. Louis Cardinals

Owned is just under 40 percent of leagues, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is hitting at an incredible clip. With a .350 batting average and .550 slugging percentage through 11 games, Jay is picking up where he left off from last season’s World Series title run. In fact, Jay has recorded a base hit in all but one of his starts this season. It’s a small sample size, but still impressive for the always improving 27 year old.

I find a lot of value in Jay for two main reasons. The first is very simple: Jay plays on a well-managed team with an above average lineup. All in all, they are a well-oiled run producing machine right now.

The second reason is this: Jay is a true stat stuffer. He isn’t going to replace the power numbers from the loss of a player like Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young, who recently was placed on the DL with a shoulder injury, but there aren’t waiver wire additions to replace players of Young’s caliber. Instead, finding a player – like Jay – who can fill the stat sheet across the board (5 runs, 2 HRs, 4 RBI, 2 stolen bases), provides major assistance in rotisserie leagues, filling the voids left by your disabled list bound players.

Jake Peavy – SP – Chicago White Sox

Did you cringe when you read that name? I cringed when I wrote it.

Jake Peavy?

Peavy hasn’t been completely healthy in quite some time, and his performance has suffered incredibly. Owned in only 32 percent of ESPN leagues this season, Peavy is worth a look if you’re in need of starting pitching and strikeouts.

I dare not say Peavy has returned completely to his former self, circa 2007 with the San Diego Padres, but his numbers through 3 starts could mean that Peavy is finally feeling healthy and locating his pitches. Boasting a 21:2 strikeout to walk ration in 19 2/3 innings, the righty has managed to allow only 6 runs.

Oh, and his opponents in those three starts? At Texas, and then back home for Detroit and Baltimore. Two excellent offenses and a hot 8-5 Baltimore club. There is added fantasy value this week when you factor in that Peavy’s next start is at Oakland, quite possibly the most pitcher friendly ballpark in the league.

As always, good luck in the waiver wire hunt and remember that it’s early. If you’re a fan of baseball analysis and sarcasm, give me a follow at @kpLUCH.