Fantasy Baseball Waiver Advice: June 5
Dan Malin is here to look around the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire to point out some intriguing players to grab off waivers!
For what it’s worth, FANation, be sure to check all your leagues for the availability of Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel . Now that the MLB Draft has passed the rumors for both guys are heating up. Kimbrel to the Cubs could really be something as that narrative has picked up steam. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that the Braves and Yankees were the favorites to land Keuchel, but we’ll see how the unfolds. Here are the top adds for the middle of the week!
10 Team Leagues
Héctor Neris RP PHI; FAAB Bid: 15-20% - Neris’ ownership is on the rise. He’s about 72% owned in Yahoo leagues, but less than 50% owned on ESPN. He notched his eleventh save on Tuesday night and he has 36 strikeouts in 25 innings of work so he can really help out ratio categories. If you need saves and he’s out there you should snatch him up.
Andrew Heaney SP LAA; FAAB Bid: 12-15% - So Heaney made the waiver column not too long ago and to be completely honest, I’m beside myself. He has a 4.09 ERA with a 4.88 FIP. So that signals regression is afoot. Not to mention he’s also given up four home runs in 11 innings of work. So all that is pretty bad, right? Well riddle me this: he also has 18 strikeouts to just one walk in that span so in category leagues where K:BB plays a factor, Heaney has some value. Now the four home runs and just one walk are a sign he’s hitting the strike zone, but he isn’t really hitting the corners well. After all he does have a 19.8% swinging strike rate. His next two starts come Friday against the Mariners and then next Thursday against the Rays. If you know me, you know I love guys with strikeout upside so obviously I’m still on board with Heaney even if there are signs of regression.
Hunter Renfroe OF SD; FAAB Bid: 10-15% - Renfroe is a guy who strikes out a lot and walks a whole lot less. But he has 17 home runs and a .360 ISO with a .911 OPS for the season. He has six dingers since May 24th and he hits fifth in the Padres lineup so he’s in position to drive in some runs. A more subtle part to Renfroe’s game is that he could get you a few stolen bases here and there. I say “could” because he’s already tied his career high in steals (three) so don’t expect too many but it’ll be gravy if he’s already ripping dingers in Petco Park.
Renato Núñez 3B BAL; FAAB Bid: 8-10% - I love the raw power with Nunez and I love that he’s hitting in the heart of the order. He has 15 home runs, 32 runs scored, and 35 RBI in 58 games this season. Eight of his home runs have come since May 20th and more could be on the way since Baltimore is currently on a road trip in Texas. He might hurt you every now and then in batting average because his hits come in bunches, but this kind of power could help any team in fantasy baseball.
12 Team Leagues
Miguel Sanó 3B MIN; FAAB Bid: 12% - Sano hasn’t hit a home run since the last time I wrote him up in this piece about a week or two ago. However, he’s maintained the RBI and runs and has kept his slugging percentage up with some doubles. In 14 games Sano has 11 extra base hits, 13 runs scored, 11 RBI and a 1.009 OPS. He’s cooled off a little bit since the hot start, but I still think he should be nabbed off waivers. The Twins offense is something you’ll want to own stock in and Sano is an available piece available in about half of all leagues.
Lance Lynn SP TEX; FAAB Bid: 10% - Slowly but surely people have been buying into Lance Lynn . The consistency has been there as have the strikeouts. He has five straight quality starts with 41 strikeouts in his last 33.1 innings of work. He’s hardly walking anyone and he’s keeping the ball in the ballpark. He does have a couple of risky matchups on the horizon. Friday he takes the mound at home against Oakland and then next Wednesday he’s on the road in Boston. I think he’s at the point where you start to plug him in and play him. Despite his 4.50 ERA on the season, his 3.18 FIP suggests that hasn’t been all his fault and again, he’s a great source for strikeouts.
Kevin Kiermaier OF TB; FAAB Bid: 2-5% - Kiermaier is an interesting guy in that when he’s healthy he can produce for your team, but he hasn’t registered 500 plate appearances in a season since 2015. He’s only hitting .238 on the season, but 19 of his 44 hits have been extra base hits. Add in the fact he has ten stolen bases and this is a pretty valuable guy to be had. Because of the injuries he’s a bit of a gamble, but if you can get him for cheap or free then he could help you out with steals.
15+ Team Leagues
Niko Goodrum 1B, 2B, OF DET; FAAB Bid: 6-8% - Goodrum’s on a bit of a tear as of right now. He has a .960 OPS with three home runs, three doubles, and two triples in his last 14 games. He’s also scored 16 runs and stolen a pair of bases in that span as well. The run production may be difficult to sustain because the offense for the Tigers isn’t great, but Goodrum’s holding his own and should be used in deeper leagues or five-outfielder leagues. He’s probably avoidable in points leagues because of his 24.6% strikeout rate.
Pedro Severino C BAL; FAAB Bid: 2-5% - Catcher is always a very thin position and Severino will be added in many fantasy circles because of his three-home run performance on Tuesday night. That performance juiced his season slash line to .288/.370/.567 and his counting stats are up to eight home runs and 18 RBI. And if you pay attention he’s doing it with a day off almost every other day. For that reason he’s mostly an add in deeper league formats and two-catcher leagues. If Baltimore can commit to him a little more then his stock can only go up from here. For now he’s not a sexy name, but in deeper leagues you could do worse.
Keon Broxton OF BAL; FAAB Bid: 1-5% - So Broxton’s season profile looks awful. He got off to a very weak start. But since May 24th he’s touting a .918 OPS with three home runs, and two stolen bases. If he can get on base then he’s actually a nice source for steals. However, he comes with a very high strikeout rate and he rarely walks. You can avoid him in points leagues, but in rotisserie leagues or head-to-head category leagues you can use him for the steals and he may be on the cusp of a power streak.
Eric Lauer SP SD; FAAB Bid: 3% - Lauer’s worth a speculative add in deeper leagues where his ownership is still ticking upward, but I’m skeptical of his current production. Over his last four starts (24 innings) he’s given up just four earned runs and allowed just three free passes. He’s also given up just one home run in that span as well. On Saturday he gets a home start against Washington where he can be utilized, but next week he’s in Coors. Obviously you’ll likely avoid him for that start.