The fantasy baseball waiver wire grind simply never stops. We are back at it again to comb through this week's top MLB players to add in the continuous attempt at improving our fantasy baseball lineups. Following along with the most updated MLB news is imperative here, as we search for the next players to vault up the fantasy baseball rankings. If you have players on the latest MLB injury report, then you're likely looking for roster help on the fantasy baseball waiver wire even more. Be sure to also keep an eye on the recent MLB prospect report for other potential waiver wire pickups. Plus, always use the MLB projections and fantasy baseball stock watch videos to keep track of the top MLB performers and biggest fantasy busts. Let’s now take a look at some of those fantasy baseball sleepers who can be had on the waiver wire.



Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters



Eli White, OF (TEX) – FAAB Bid: 5%

As long as White steals bases, who really cares what else the outfielder does? We all know how scarce the steals category is and White is a great source of speed. He's only hitting .231 on the season with a 33.3% strikeout rate, but his 13.3% walk rate makes him a reasonable OBP asset at .333. What we are really after here, though, is White’s eight stolen bases while everything else is a bonus. As the Texas Rangers’ lineup starts to find its footing, White should also benefit from a runs-scored perspective if he continues to bat atop the lineup. 



Kole Calhoun, OF (TEX) – FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Calhoun is a dependable veteran outfielder who has hits in six of his last seven games, which includes four multi-hit efforts. After going deep on Wednesday, Calhoun now has four home runs in his last four games. Going into that game, he was hitting .361 with four home runs and 11 RBI over the last 14 days. He is now hitting .242 on the season with five home runs and 13 RBI – which just illustrates how bad Calhoun was to start the season. Texas still has a long way to go to live up to its expectations, but the veteran appears to be back on track with his Statcast metrics showing he should perform close to his career levels. 



Jace Peterson, 2B (MIL) – FAAB Bid: 1%

This might be as boring as it gets, but with Willy Adames on the Injured List, the versatile utility player will see an uptick in playing time. Depending on the site and its eligibility rules, Peterson could ultimately be used at just about every position on the diamond, which only increases his value – especially in leagues that allow daily roster moves. Prior to action on Wednesday, Peterson was hitting .323 over the last 14 days. While that is noteworthy, it’s not what really grabs our attention. It’s clear how elusive speed is and in a limited role this season, Peterson has six stolen bases to go along with 16 runs scored in 87 plate appearances. That can’t be ignored. 



Colin Moran, 1B/3B (CIN) – FAAB Bid: 1%

The batting average isn’t great for Moran at .195 on the season through 28 games. Still, he is getting regular at-bats and gives you eligibility at both corner infield positions. I would expect Moran’s batting average to climb thanks to his BABIP of just .203, but at the very least we are getting power production out of him. Moran’s playing time has come by default in Cincinnati, but he has come through with four home runs and 21 RBI to this point. 



Mike Yastrzemski, OF (SF) – FAAB Bid: 3%

Had Yastrzemski not missed time earlier this season, I would suspect he would be rostered in more than 31% of Yahoo leagues. Granted his last three games did come in Coors Field, but Yastrzemski went 6-for-12 with a home run and five RBI against Colorado. Still, I do expect him to continue producing at a good level. In 28 games this season, he is hitting .290 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and 16 runs scored while only striking out 16.5% of the time. Through 77 batted ball events, Yastrzemski is posting a career-high 92.9 mph exit velocity. This approach should continue to serve him well this season. 



Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pitchers



David Peterson (NYM) – FAAB Bid: 3%

Peterson was slated to rejoin the Mets rotation for this next turn after Tylor McGill was placed on the Injured List, but things are even more ominous now that Max Scherzer removed himself from Wednesday’s start. We do have to begin with a qualifier that Peterson’s first start back from Triple-A is coming in Coors Field – but I’m not sure we have to be as scared of it as we once were. The left-hander should get a few more starts in the rotation after that to build on the 1.89 ERA he's posted through 19 innings (four games and three starts) at the big-league level so far this year. Peterson does a very good job of keeping the ball on the ground (55.8% of the time) and will strike out about a batter an inning while allowing opposing hitters a launch angle of just 4.4 degrees. 



Yusei Kikuchi (TOR) – FAAB Bid: 3%

It’s looking more and more like the Blue Jays have the magic touch with starting pitchers, and Kikuchi might just be the next installment of that. He has struck out a batter per inning this season (33 in 32 innings) while pitching to a reasonable 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The strong performance to begin the season stands on its own, not that it is without questions. It also caught my attention that Kikuchi’s next start comes against the Reds, which makes him a legitimate streaming option at worst. Walks generally have been an issue for Kikuchi but, at 5.63 walks per nine innings to begin the season, it is something to be aware of. His 50% groundball rate does help, though.



Germán Márquez (COL) – FAAB Bid: 2%

It’s clear that it hasn’t been the best of starts to the season for Marquez, but he has turned in quality starts in each of his last two outings while striking out 13 batters in 12 innings. Marquez’s ERA still sits at 6.16 on the season, along with a 1.53 WHIP, but things look better for the right-hander by all other metrics (4.87 xERA, 4.74 FIP, and 3.54 xFIP). Home runs have been an issue (1.66 per nine innings) but Marquez has also been hindered by a .339 BABIP and a 58.9% strand rate. The Colorado righty does limit the walks, 2.61 per nine innings, while also keeping the ball on the ground at a 51.6% rate. If he is available, Marquez is certainly worth a look at this point. 



Adam Cimber (TOR) – FAAB Bid: 2%

Jordan Romano is still the closer in Toronto, but with the incumbent dealing with an illness this week, Cimber picked up the save in consecutive games. Romano has been one of the better closers in baseball to begin the season, but there were some velocity concerns at times and Toronto has clearly defined who the next man up is in their bullpen. Aside from the occasional save or hold situation, Cimber has value on his own with a 2.20 ERA and 0.80 WHIP as the Blue Jays continue to use him in high leverage situations – as evidenced by his four wins, even if we can’t go chasing those. 



Alexis Díaz (CIN) – FAAB Bid: 3-4%

Opportunity is aplenty in Cincinnati’s bullpen, even if there won’t be many save chances to speak of. Diaz got the call after Art Warren blew the save earlier in the game and he continued the high level of success he has had to this point. It was only a matter of time before Diaz would record a save as he has 21 strikeouts in 17.1 innings to go along with a 0.52 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. There is still going to be some variability in Diaz’s performance, but it’s hard to argue with what we have seen to this point. 



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