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.
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.