Fantasy Baseball Waiver Advice: May 1
Dan Malin is here to look around the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire to point out some intriguing players to grab off waivers!
This is one of the best collections of waiver additions this year. Last week I wasn’t in love with many of the guys in the deeper league suggestions, but I definitely think every single player on this list should warrant serious consideration. There are a lot of young players on this list too. Youth is typically a gamble in fantasy baseball, but these are legitimate prospects we’re touting here and even if you play in a shallow league, don’t skip over the deep league additions. There are some strong names there as well. Let’s dive in!
Michael Chavis (Third Baseman – Boston Red Sox) FAAB Bid: 18-20% - Chavis has been raking ever since getting called up by the Red Sox and he’s played a pretty important role in Boston’s offensive resurgence. There hasn’t been much to be optimistic about regarding the defending World Series champs, but Chavis has been very good. In 39 plate appearances he’s slashing .313/.436/.625 and he’ll likely regress, but the power is real. He has three home runs, a double, seven runs scored, eight RBI, and a stolen base to kick off his big league career. He should be able to maintain the power and hopefully he can develop better plate discipline, but right now there’s plenty of reason for the Red Sox to keep hitting him sixth in the lineup.
Nick Senzel (Second Baseman, Third Baseman – Cincinnati Reds) FAAB Bid: 25-30% - Rumors and reports are swirling that the Reds may call up their top prospect by Friday. He has eligibility at second or third base depending on the site you play on, but he also could get outfield eligibility as well. He’s one of the top elite prospects in baseball that could pay massive dividends. Plate discipline with Senzel will be frustrating at first, but that’s to be expected with young players. He’ll be a very good hitter and could get you 10-15 steals the rest of the season if he finds his way into the lineup consistently and performs with the bat.
Mike Soroka (Starting Pitcher – Atlanta Braves) FAAB Bid: 15% - Soroka is off to a fantastic start in 2019. He’s made only three starts, but he’s 2-1 with 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of work. His 1.62 ERA seems legit compared to his 2.03 FIP and he’s yet to allow a home run. The strikeouts may come down because he’s only generating a 10.9% swinging strike rate, but he does get a road matchup this weekend in Miami. The Marlins as a team are slashing just .225/.285/.333 and they’ve scored 82 runs (the fewest in MLB) in 29 games. Any starter going against Miami can possibly be streamed and Soroka is no different, except for the fact you should view Soroka as more than just a streamer.
Blake Parker (Relief Pitcher – Minnesota Twins) FAAB Bid: 12-15% - Parker is 60% owned on Yahoo, but surprisingly under 30% owned on ESPN so get it together, guys. Parker does come with some risk. He touts a 3.00 FIP and a 4.41 xFIP so he could see some regression since his ERA is currently 0.96, and he has a 4.82 BB/9 which you do not like to see from your closer, or a relief pitcher in general.. However, he hasn’t allowed a walk in his last four relief appearances, three of which he’s recorded saves. The Twins are currently leading the AL Central so more saves are likely in store for Parker.
Griffin Canning (Starting Pitcher – Los Angeles Angels) FAAB Bid: 10-12% - Don’t go too crazy with bidding on Canning. Yes, he’s a highly touted prospect, but the Halos may take it easy with Canning. Los Angeles is currently 13-17 and while there’s plenty of games left for them to bounce back, if they don’t then there’s no reason to push Canning and they could put him on an innings limit. So with that said, he does have some upside, which he showcased Tuesday night. He couldn’t get through five innings, but he did strike out six while walking one batter and he gets a matchup against the Tigers, but not until next Tuesday. Normally it wouldn’t make sense to recommend a pitcher who doesn’t toe the rubber for six days, but Canning will likely come with a lot of suitors so you may need to grab him as soon as possible.
Franmil Reyes (Outfielder – San Diego Padres) FAAB Bid: 5-7% - I mentioned Reyes a few weeks back and over the last week he’s been crushing it. Since last Tuesday (April 23rd) he has four home runs (two of which came last night) and six RBI. Reyes doesn’t help out much in terms of batting average, but the power is there for this monstrous outfielder. He now has eight home runs in 91 plate appearances. He does strike out at a higher clip than you’d like to see (22%) and he doesn’t walk very much (7.7%) so he takes a hit in points leagues especially since the batting average isn’t there. But he does contribute counting statistics so he can help you if you play in a head-to-head categories league or a rotisserie league.
Ty Buttrey and/or Hansel Robles (Relief Pitcher – Los Angeles Angels) FAAB Bid: 5-8% - So the Angels finally placed Cody Allen on the Injured List with a back issue and so Buttrey and Robles look to be the two guys to add coming out of the Angels bullpen. Robles got the save last night, but Buttrey is still the better pitcher and he showed that last year. But if the Angels use him in a setup role then obviously his value takes a hit and Robles could be the guy. The other gamble with these additions is that the Angels may revert back to Cody Allen when he’s ready. And if that’s the case you hope that he continues to struggle. For now, these two are seeing an increase in their fantasy value.
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Danny Santana (Second Baseman, Outfielder – Texas Rangers) FAAB Bid: 8-12% - If you need help with stolen bases, Santana could help immensely. He’s started in 13 games and pinch hit in two others, but he is five-for-six in stolen base attempts. He was hitting second for a while, but was dropped to the bottom of the order the past few games. Why? I do not know, I’m not a doctor. But he’s a stolen base threat and he’s got some power with two home runs, a triple, and four doubles with 13 runs scored. He gets a massive downgrade in points leagues with a 25.4% strikeout rate compared to a 1.6% walk, but do not be surprised to see a spike in Santana’s ownership in the coming days because of his steals.
Chris Bassitt (Starting Pitcher – Oakland Athletics) FAAB Bid: 7% - I wasn’t overly optimistic after Bassitt’s first start on April 22nd. Don’t get me wrong, he was good, but he only lasted five innings and walked four hitters despite the seven strikeouts. However, his start in Toronto on Sunday has me sold. In seven innings of work he struck out nine hitters and the lone run he allowed came off a solo home run. His next start comes on Saturday on the road against Pittsburgh. The Pirates are fresh off an eight-game losing streak and have scored just 24 runs in their last nine games. It seems like Bassitt could be in line for another dominant start this weekend.
Nate Lowe (First Baseman – Tampa Bay Rays) FAAB Bid: 5% - The Rays are loaded with talented young prospects. You might even say their current roster is Lowe-ded… Because they’ve got two young guys… With the same last name… Get it? Brandon and Nate? I digress… But Nate Lowe made his MLB debut on Monday night. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Across three levels of minor league ball last year he hit 27 home runs and drove in over 100 runs. The power potential is there for the young rookie and he could pay off in deeper leagues if you can grab him now. Don’t be surprised if he’s listed in the 10-or-12 team sections by next Wednesday.
Emilio Pagán (Relief Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays) FAAB Bid: 2-3% - It’s hard to tell what the Rays are doing with their bullpen. And nobody should be too surprised considering this is the team that invented the “Opener” position, which has given Yonny Chirinos plenty of fantasy value as a relief pitcher. But Pagan recorded three saves last week while José Alvarado , who has four saves this season, was used in a setup role. Neither pitcher has appeared in a game since Sunday, but with a doubleheader on tap for Wednesday then we should see them both and get some clarity on who is currently the closer for the Rays.