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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire: Same Faces, New Places

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Happy Star Wars Day! The original Star Wars came out in 1977 and was an instant phenomenon. It since has been followed by sequels that have had better graphics and storylines (IMO). This sort of pattern follows the guys that I am writing about this week.

All the players I’m going to mention once played on other teams before making their stamp this year. They were all once a phenomenon whether being highly recruited in high school, drafted out of high school or college, but are now new and improved in 2018. It is exciting to see the way my Week 6 Waiver Wire picks are playing this year.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Matt Adams, 1B/OF, Washington Nationals (21% owned in Yahoo)

It is always a personal favorite of mine to talk about Matt Adams. He went to the same college as one of the baseball coaches I have been coaching with for years. After his career at Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania), he was drafted by the Cardinals and also played for the Braves. He is now making positive contributions to the Nationals organization.

The Nationals are not having too many bright spots in the beginning of the season, but Adams is providing some much-needed pop besides a guy named Bryce Harper. Davey Martinez, the Washington Nationals Manager, explains Adams role on the team right now by saying, “I said since we got him, he’s an everyday player, we’re fortunate to have him. We’ll try to find him as much playing time as we can…”

You should also take Davey’s advice and try to get as much playing time for Adams in your fantasy lineup as you can as well. In the past two weeks, Adam’s is batting .444 with an OBP of .516. He has also collected four home runs, 11 RBI and scored eight runs. Adam’s explains, “I’m seeing the ball where it’s pitched, and I’m putting a good swing on it, and that feels good.”

FAAB Bid: 2%

Jorge Soler, OF, Kansas City Royals (17% owned in Yahoo)

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This highly talented Cuban was once described as a five-tool potential player, but didn’t get on the right foot with the Cubs organization in the beginning. He failed to report to minor league camp after signing a 9 year deal with the Cubs. Soler also let his temper get the best of him as he was involved in many brawls in the minors to begin his career and had a horrible ability to hit right-handed pitching.

Soler strikes back in 2018. The Royals have had an overall losing record, but Soler has been a spark in their lineup using his bat as a lightsaber demoralizing opposing pitching. In the seven days, he is hitting .419 with an OBP of .514. He has also collected 13 hits, two home runs, seven RBI, and scored four runs. Soler is settling in nicely hitting in the two-hole.

FAAB Bid: 4-6%

Pitching

Caleb Smith, SP, Miami Marlins (13% owned in Yahoo)

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In his short major league career thus far, Smith has pitched for the Yankees and currently for the Marlins. Thanks, Jeter. Moving on…The Yankees seem to have used him in different roles than just strictly making him a starter last season. He started two games but pitched in nine. His final numbers in 2017 included a monstrous 7.71 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

While his overall numbers are still not that great to open 2018, it’s what Smith has done in his past two starts that have caught my eye. His most recent start he was able to blank the Rockies in seven innings. He struck out nine, walked just one, and gave up two hits.

When Smith throws strikes, he is able to have success. He struck out 19 batters in his last two starts. In his brief career, there is still some hesitance in his mechanics, but when he is facing lineups that can’t put the ball in play he is a very stimulating start. He has become a nice streaming option in most leagues as he will face the Reds this Saturday.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Marco Gonzales, SP, Seattle Mariners (10% owned in Yahoo)

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Gonzales was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Junior Amateur Draft in 2013. He was selected in the first round with the 19th overall pick. He has ventured back and forth from the farm system to the major since his time being drafted. Gonzales also had Tommy John surgery in 2015. He seems to have found a nice spot in the Mariners rotation in 2018.

Gonzales had six starts this season and it has already been a tale of two halves. I would rather take the half that he is on now. The first four starts are once to forget, while the next two are the ones to remember. In his last two starts, he has gone six innings, pitched two quality starts, and had at least four strikeouts in both. He will continue to drive off of this success with a matchup against the Angels on Saturday.

FAAB Bid: 2-4%

Deep Dives

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

Mitch Moreland, 1B, Boston Red Sox (9% owned in Yahoo)

Moreland busted on the scene as the future first baseman of the Texas Rangers. The veteran has now settled into a different type of role with the Boston Red Sox. “Mitchy 2 Bags” is delivering with every opportunity that he can get.

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In the past week, Moreland is hitting .286 with an OBP of .348. He has hit two home runs, scored six runs, and collected three RBI. He even stole a base. The only negative right now is he is fighting to get playing time because of the way Hanley Ramirez has been hitting the ball.


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