2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: NBA Playoff Flare

by Tyler Gettmann
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

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In honor of another sport that is taking place right now, I am going to dedicate this week’s waiver wire pickups to the NBA. Yes, I know, it’s hard to believe, but there is another sport besides baseball.

If you have been lost or just plain engaged in baseball, the four remaining teams left in the NBA playoffs are the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors.

To be honest with you, I hardly ever watch the NBA either, except for the playoffs. I am more of a College Basketball fan. All the players this week have some sort of correlation to one of the four teams remaining. I’ll explain at the beginning of each player’s remarks.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Trayce Thompson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN: 16.9% ownership)

I’ll start off with the easy one. Trayce Thompson is the younger brother of Klay Thompson who is one of the shooting guards for the Golden State Warriors. Trayce followed his older brother’s footsteps in athletics but in a different sport.

Trayce Thompson already has established his power early this season. This should not be a surprise though. He has already had a pair of 20-homer seasons in the minor leagues and his early surge suggests he can keep it up in the big leagues.

Overall, the Dodgers offense is not that powerful in 2016. Thompson only has 89 at bats this year, but should continue to see more of them because of the recent offensive struggle of the Dodgers. He is red hot and his power is undeniable. This Thompson brother made the right choice in the sport he decided to play.

Leonys Martin, OF, Seattle Mariners (ESPN: 13.9% ownership)

The next comparison to the NBA is Leonys Martin who plays for the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle SuperSonics originally joined the NBA in 1967. In 2008, the team moved to Oklahoma City and were renamed the Thunder.

Ketel Marte, the shortstop for the Mariners, is currently on the DL and has been hitting at the top of the lineup. Now that he is on the shelf for a bit, Martin has been establishing himself as the leadoff role. Not a bad place to be right now with the resurgence of Kyle Seager and the hot bat of Robinson Cano.

Leonys Martin is not going to put up wow-like numbers, but he can be serviceable for the time being. He is definitely useful if you need someone to steal bases. I often disregard this category in my draft and wait for a player like this to be picked up on the waiver wire.

Jose Ramirez, SS/2B/3B/OF, Cleveland Indians (ESPN: 27.0% ownership)

This one is a no brainer! The Cleveland Indians are in the same town as the Cavaliers of the NBA. King James and company look to get past the Raptors and move into the NBA Finals.

Jose Ramirez reigning in the same city is off to a hot start as well. Well, first of all, if you have read my past articles you know how much I am in love with players with multi-position eligibility. While not really strong at one spot, he will be playing more around the diamond and outfield because of the injury to Michael Brantley. I am sensing a theme with playing time these days.

Ramirez offers fantasy teams runs and some stolen bases. Not too much power is in his bat, while he only has 11 homeruns in 217 major league games. His strong hitting tools and various placements in the Indians lineup make him an intriguing pickup in all formats of fantasy right now.

Nick Tropeano, SP, Los Angeles Angels (ESPN: 9.6% ownership)

I was sort of pulling straws for my last comparison. Bear with me on this one. Nick Tropeano is born in West Islip, New York. New York borders Canada. Canada, just like in baseball, only has one NBA team. That team is the Toronto Raptors. Phew!

In five of his first seven starts, Nick Tropeano has given up two or fewer runs. He is starting to get deeper into games and is coming off of a 6.2 inning performance against the Rangers. Now that he is getting deeper into games, he is becoming more valuable for fantasy leagues that establish quality starts as a category.

His current ERA is 2.86 and he only has three wins. Despite his early short starts in the beginning of the season, he is looking more efficient as a starting pitcher. Tropeano will try to continue his spectacular pitching against the Houston Astros this weekend.

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!

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