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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire: The Bold and The Beautiful

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As a couple of brawls have already started on Wednesday night, things are really heating up in major league baseball’s opening weeks. Now, it’s really time to settle in on your team. At this point in the season, I usually will examine what type of player they are going to be. Around 50 at bats for a batter and three starts for a pitcher are a good indication as to what type of player you want to start and keep or drop.

When you are talking about waiver wire pickups, sometimes you have to go out on a limb a little bit on what guys you are deciding to pick up. I talk about a few guys that I am pleased and happy with their performances so far, but I will let you decide which players are bold and which players are beautiful.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, Toronto Blue Jays  (43% owned in Yahoo)

I believe I have talked about Solarte in the past and raved about him then. Therefore, I will continue to do it again.

First of all, by now you should know that I love the multi-eligible players. With both middle infield positions as well as the hot corner, it doesn’t get any better.

Entering Wednesday, Solarte has been an on-base machine. He has been more selective in his at-bats and it is adding up to an early .442 OBP. He has been continually hitting in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup and provides a little pop to the lineup. He is using his versatility to his advantage. Solarte is a perfect fit for those that lost a player like Bogaerts for some time.

FAAB Bid: 2-4%

Derek Dietrich, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Miami Marlins (22% owned in Yahoo)

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Speaking of Derek, Jeter comes into the season as part owner of the Marlins and totally dismantles the top of their lineup. As a result, Dietrich seems to be the last man standing and has performed at a high level. He was originally slated as the two-hole hitter but now is the leadoff guy. This may be the only thing that I don’t like about his fantasy value. I am hoping they end up dropping him more in the order.

Before Wednesday night, Dietrich was riding a nice, smooth, six-game hitting streak. During this time, he collected three runs and one RBI. See why I don’t like him at the top? Ultimately, it is a great sign to see him playing on a regular basis and contributing. Injuries have plagued Dietrich in the past but, hopefully, that is behind him now. He can be a positive asset to any fantasy lineup.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Pitching

Matt Albers, RP, Milwaukee Brewers (16% owned in Yahoo)

Hey, hey, hey – it’s Matt Albers!

Corey Knebel, the highly-touted closer for the Brewers, looks to be sidelined until the end of May or early June. Albers looks to be the early favorite to gobbling up some save situations while Knebel is gone.

Albers picked up his first save on Wednesday night against the Cardinals. It certainly wasn’t a smooth performance, but he did get the job done. He gave up back-to-back hits, then popped the next guy up and finished the game with a strikeout to Dexter Fowler. Therefore, I would highly recommend Knebel owners to grab him up.

FAAB Bid: 5-7%

Andrew Cashner, SP, Baltimore Orioles (8% owned in Yahoo)

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I know the Orioles pitching staff as a whole isn’t flashy, but they are getting the job done at the beginning of the season. Looking closer, Cashner has been chief among them. After his opening rough start against the Twins, he has settled in nicely on his last two starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays.

Cashner currently holds a 2.50 ERA with a WHIP of 1.11 and has a total of 16 strikeouts already. He has increased his innings pitched for each start by one each time. Cashner can be considered a workhorse and give you good quality innings as a starter. However, he has a tough road test against the Boston Red Sox coming up next.

FAAB Bid: < 1%

Deep Dives

These are players who are better suited to be owned in 14-plus team leagues or deeper roster leagues.

Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays (10% owned in Yahoo)

Need some pop in your lineup? Here is a guy that is lurking on virtually every waiver wire that could be owned. Within the start of the short season, Pearce has already hit three home runs. According to Yahoo, he is now ranked in the top 150 for players.

I would be hesitant in an AVG league, but more confident with an OBP league. Currently, it is hard for the Blue Jays to keep him out of the lineup. Normally a platoon player, he has started in the last six games. This is a good sign for his fantasy value. Pearce has the past of making himself fantasy relevant, so now is the time to pick him up.

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Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers (3% owned in Yahoo)

Surprisingly, the Tigers pitching staff has been great to start the season. They just can’t hit as a team. I was actually talking to a co-worker of mine who is a big Tigers fan and he was pleasantly surprised with their start. Boyd has been a big reason why.

Boyd pitched against the Indians in his last start. In a no-decision, he threw seven innings of one-run ball. The only blemish in his start was a solo shot in the bottom of the first to Jose Ramirez with two outs. Boyd has now lowered his ERA to 1.38. He will look to continue his hot start against the Yankees on Sunday.

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