Jim Leyland once said, “We need our veterans to set an example, like being the first ones there. A veteran is entitled to a bigger paycheck, but not a special set of rules.” These guys are usually the first to the ballpark and the last one to leave. They respect the game and have played it for a long time.
Veterans are usually in lineups both in reality and fantasy to show a presence for the rest of the team. This week there are some veterans that can be of immediate help to some lineups. Sometimes younger players can’t take the heat this early in the season, whereas veterans are used to the show.
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals (37% owned in Yahoo)
Zimmerman was a top first baseman at one point in his career and was on many people’s radar. He should continue to have this type of presence in fantasy lineups as he seems to be having a resurgence in his batting approach. Zimmerman has a hit in all but one game that he appeared in.
The one thing that has plagued Zimmerman in his profession is his health. His last completely healthy season was in 2013. This year he had over 600 plate appearances and an OBP of .344. He is already off to a hot start in 2017. Zimmerman has blasted three home runs already. I do not see this type of power continuing, but he is a serviceable first baseman with above average potential. I do enjoy the lineup he is batting in as well.
Interesting fact: Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright and BJ Upton all grew up in the same southeastern area of Virginia. All three of them played on star-studded high school baseball team called the Tidewater Mets. A younger Justin Upton was also in this lineup as he looked up to his older brother. Zimmerman is trying to relive these types of glory days in the beginning of the season.
FAAB Bid: <3%
Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies (43% owned in Yahoo)
Kendrick is serving as the everyday left fielder for the Phillies but still has multiple position values depending on what league programs you are in. The Philadelphia Phillies lineup has not been a very productive lineup since a decade ago. It seems like this is going to change especially with Kendrick inserted into it on a daily basis.
The move this offseason from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies I see as being a plus for Kendrick. There were many different types of bodies that could play multiple positions in Los Angeles that limited the amount of playing time for Kendrick. I believe that he will see more playing time especially the way he is opening the season up and to provide the young lineup with old-timer presence in it.
So far, Kendrick is batting .407 with four runs and five RBI.
FAAB Bid: <3%
Joaquin Benoit, RP, Philadelphia Phillies (47% owned in Yahoo)
The Phillies opened the season with Jeanmar Gomez as the closer. I made the mistake of drafting Hector Neris in one of my leagues thinking that he was going to end up being the closer. He does have the flashiest arm out of the three, Benoit has the most experience. On Monday night, the Phillies Manager, Pete Mackanin, announced that Benoit is the closer for the time being. I can see him continuing to have this job for awhile.
Benoit has yet to give up a run this season. Despite not getting a save yet, he did have 24 saves in 2013 with the Tigers. Benoit seems too inconsistent in his career but a closer is a closer in fantasy baseball. I put him in a lower level closer position with the opportunity to have the job for the rest of the season.
FAAB Bid: 10-12%