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2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: J’s the Word


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I hope everyone is settling into their fantasy baseball season nicely. At this time of the season, it is a pretty good indication on how players are doing to help you decide whether to get rid of dead weight or not. For example, in one of my leagues I had to actually drop Carlos Gomez and Collin McHugh because of the types of numbers they are putting up this season.

It is nice to find players to replace these dumpsvillers. It seems to me that guys with first names that start with J are having an awesome week. Some players that I am not mentioning because of how much they are already owned are Jackie Bradley, Jr (my boy) and J.T. Realmuto.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. has always been known for his glove, but is really coming around with his bat this year. He currently has a 16 game hitting streak and looks to continue it against the A’s and Astros this week.

J.T. Realmuto has been a nice addition to the Marlins lineup with the absence of Dee Gordon. In fact, they are trying anything as well. Realmuto was in the leadoff position the other night against the Diamondbacks. His value will just increase more if he secures this position over time.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Here are some more J’s (and not the Toronto ones) that will help your team if you are in a bind:

Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros (ESPN: 9.7% ownership)

Castro is a great replacement catcher for the early injuries that are occurring to this position in 2016. His overall stats don’t scream, “pick me up,” but his recent performances do.

He is hitting a little less than a Mendoza Line, but will certainly improve as the season goes on. I enjoy the type of lineup that he is in even if the Astros are off to a slow start.

Castro recently went on paternity leave. I can attest to this move as I went on leave this past February. As long as he doesn’t lose sleep over it, he should be back and ready for action real soon.

Jonathan Villar, 3B/SS, Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 25.0% ownership)

Villar was introduced this year as a nice dark horse in the shortstop position. Villar is off to an impressive speed-like season. He currently has nine steals that lead the league.

Orlando Arcia, a high Brewers prospect, is looming in the background behind Villar. He is a better defensive shortstop than Villar, but talks are Villar would stay in the lineup and play third if Arcia were to be called up soon.

So if you are in the need for speed, I see Villar good for at least 30 steals this season. With already being a third of the way there, Villar should be on your radar and even maybe on your team.

Javier Baez, 2B/3B/SS, Chicago Cubs (ESPN: 22.2% ownership)

Baez is a 23-year-old stud that busted onto the scene two years ago. It was hard to disregard what an instant hit he was in the big leagues. The only downfall, which is still a downfall of his, is his high K rate.

Baez has said some comments of high strikeouts he has consumed in his young career. “Ninety percent of it is mental,” said Baez. “I need to be patient and look for a better pitch to hit, and I need to get used to using the whole field. Baseball is about making adjustments. I need to get better at that, and I feel I am.” I feel like he is too.

I am looking to start a petition. It is going to be called “Play Baez More.” It is unfortunate that his playing time is being altered a little. The Cubs have so many working pieces to switch players around and with the absence of Schwarber to go with the struggling Soler, Baez deserves to play more. Would you please sign my petition?

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!

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