2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Mums the Word

by Tyler Gettmann
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

Credit: Keith Allison

As in weeks past, I want to start off with a player that is having a nice week, but is already starting to be owned over my minimum of 30%. Jonathan Schoop is that player this week.

So far in May, the Orioles are 9-4 and can thank Schoop for his huge part of it. The 24-year-old is putting in a nice season mashing the ball from the second base position. The Curacao native looks poised to have an exceptional 2016 season and should be owned in all leagues especially in a weaker (less homeruns) hitting position.

Sometimes there are players that you may not have heard of who eventually make a big impact on the fantasy scene. This week is the week of some players that are hardly ever heard of or are looming in the distance to be called up soon. Mums the word on some of these players, but you certainly heard it here first.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Matt Andriese, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN: 25.4% ownership)

So for my first head scratcher, we have Matt Andriese. Kevin Cash, the Rays Manager, has now elected to keep Andriese in his everyday starting rotation since being recalled on May 8th. That is probably a good decision.

In both games he pitched in 2016, he has delivered two quality starts. His last start, which was against the Athletics, he threw a complete game shutout. He only gave up two hits and did not walk a batter. Andriese will look to continue his hot start against the Tigers on Friday night.

Trea Turner, 2B, Washington Nationals (ESPN: 16.4% ownership)

This is a player I would stash if you have a spot available. It is only a matter of time that he will be called up. The Nationals are playing it smart by not making the call up before May 30th. In doing so, they save having an extra year of control of Turner if they wait until early June call-ups.

Turner is currently hitting .324 and has 14 stolen bases in Triple-A ball. There are a number of middle infielders that are having trouble at the plate for the Nationals that it is only a matter of time. Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew are all struggling.

Pick him up and stash him now! Do it while there is still time.

Adam Duvall, OF, Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: 6.6% ownership)

Adam Duvall. Who? That’s right, Adam Duvall. Duvall has spent most of his career in the minors from 2010 to 2015 in the Giants organization. He has already hit a career high in games played this year with 33.

Duvall’s high K rate and his tremendous power are being related to the Mark Reynolds syndrome. Per 600 plate appearances in Triple-A, he has socked 36 homeruns. This power could be displayed nicely in the majors. He already has seven homeruns in 2016.

I only recommend picking Duvall up if it is a deeper league. I would keep an eye out for him though because he is an everyday player that is succeeding at the plate right now. He does play the corner outfield position, but with Billy Hamilton not being able to get on base, Duvall is one of the top options the Reds have right now.

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!

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