Hope you’re reading this early because a lot of these players will be swooped up by the end of this weekend.
Kendall Graveman Oak SP
Athletics ace Kendall Graveman is off to a fantastic 2-0 start. The crafty righty has been digging graves for opposing hitters lately, as he held the Rangers hitless for 7.2 innings before giving up a solo shot to Mike Napoli. He seems to be picking up the slack for the injured Sonny Gray, and his fantasy owners couldn’t be happier. Graveman has posted 12 strikeouts in 13 innings, with a 2.08 ERA and 0.85 WHIP so far. His next scheduled start is Friday the 14th against Houston. If he is still available in your league (58% owned on ESPN), stop what you are doing and pick him up immediately!
Amir Garrett Cin SP
Amir Garrett was stellar in the first two starts of his Major League career. With 9 strikeouts and just 7 hits in 12.2 innings to start the season, the young right-hander is already catching the attention of fantasy owners in need of a sleeper starter. The 24-year-old rookie will look to keep it going Tuesday against the red-hot Orioles. If the Reds offense can start producing runs at a steady pace, Amir’s value should keep rising. Garrett is only 27% owned, making him an easy acquisition as he isn’t quite discovered yet.
Chase Anderson Mil SP
Chasing Chase Anderson… Anderson has been lights out so far for the Brew Crew in 2017. He has given up just 1 earned run in 13 innings pitched, including 11 strikeouts and just 6 hits. Dominating both the Rockies and Blue Jays is impressive given the depth of each lineup, but it will be interesting to see if Anderson will continue his early season success. He will face a tough challenge on Monday, as he gets the start against the World Champion Cubs. Anderson is just 2% owned so he should be available in just about all leagues.
Mark Reynolds Col 1B
Mark Reynolds has always been known for his sneaky ability to hit the long ball. The veteran first baseman has already hit 4 bombs on the young season, with help from the high altitude in Colorado. Fantasy owners are beginning to doubt themselves for passing up on him, after missing out on his 10 RBIs and .300+ batting average in the first few weeks of the season. Reynolds is 67% owned, meaning his window of availability will be closing soon. Since the Rockies have such a stacked lineup, I expect Reynolds to see plenty of pitches to hit while filling in for the injured Ian Desmond.
Ryan Zimmerman Was 1B
I think it’s safe to say that no one expected Zimm to perform the way he has in 2017. The 32-year-old has hit safely in all but one game so far (8 games total), bringing his hit total to 13. Not bad for an old guy! His .382 average and 3 homeruns are quite promising considering his under-par performance last season. Zimmerman has had a lengthy injury history, so his fantasy owners might as well ride with him while they can. At 40% owned, he is with out a doubt one of the better first-base options on the waiver wire at the moment.
Manuel Margot SD OF
Rookie of the Year candidate? The scorching-hot Manuel Margot has taken the league by storm. Like the player mentioned directly above, this young man also has an impressive 13 hits in just a handful of games this year. His power is legit, as he already has a multi-homerun game to add to his blossoming resume. The Padres aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, but if Wil Myers can continue to provide enough protection for Margot, he has a shot at putting up All-Star caliber numbers. Add him to your fantasy roster before an opposing owner reaps the benefits of owning such a productive player.
Yunel Esocbar LAA 3B
The table-setting Escobar has been absolutely raking at the top of the Angels batting order. At one point earlier in the week he had gone an eye popping 11-for-17 with three doubles and a homerun. He is hitting .366 with 9 runs and 15 hits on the season, proving that he’s worth an add if you are lacking in the third base department. Escobar isn’t known for his power, and it’s safe to say that speed has never really been a part of his game. If you are looking for steals, then look elsewhere! He is 27% owned, so there is a good chance that he is available in your league. Go ahead and plug him into your lineup while he’s swinging a hot bat.
Cesar Hernandez Phi 2B
Hail Cesar Hernandez has been a terror at the plate for opposing pitchers thus far, as the first year player has four multi-hit games through his first nine starts. The second baseman is hitting .308 with 9 runs scored and a homerun during that span. Second base is a tough position to fill in fantasy baseball, so when a productive middle infielder like this appears on the waiver wire, it would be wise for you to take your chance on him. He is only 29% owned in leagues, so if you are desperate enough, give him a shot.
Let me know if these waivers helped you out or any waivers you disagree with below in the comments. Also, check out my fantasy baseball busts article and let me know what you think of that list.