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2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 1 of Olympic Play

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

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While much of the world is watching the Olympic games in Rio, major league baseball is still being played in the states. Baseball, just like the weather, is heating up with pivotal playoff races that should not be overlooked.

Baseball can be put on the wayside when the Olympics are being played, but as baseball fans we can be happy about this in four years. If you haven’t heard, they reinstated baseball in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

To get the international feel going, I have chosen four guys to keep an eye on your waiver wire that are from four different parts of the world. Just like NBC does, I will be giving you a little background information on where these athletes come from too.


Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Pedro Alvarez, 1B/3B/DH, Baltimore Orioles (ESPN: 28.8% ownership)

Alvarez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Despite being born in the Dominican, he was raised in the Washington Heights district of New York City. He attended Vanderbilt University to play collegiate baseball.

Alvarez had a very topsy-turvy type of career in the majors. He began his career as a third baseman and then the Pirates tried him at first, but he became a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. The Orioles then signed him in 2016 to be their designated hitter. This is the only important thing we are worried about in fantasy. The downside to this play is that they often sit him against lefty pitchers.

He was supposed to be a true talent right out of the gate and was often a higher pick in other year’s drafts. If you need some pop in your lineup, he is the right person for the job. Alvarez is one of the best power hitters in the game and has been showing this type of power since the beginning of August. Since August 2nd, he has hit five homeruns and hit in six runs.

Travis Jankowski, OF, San Diego Padres (ESPN: 20.3% ownership)

Jankowski is an American center fielder born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended Stony Brook and during the summer of his sophomore year of college he played in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He led the league in hits, runs, and triples. In 2012, he led Stony Brook to its first ever College World Series appearance.

Usually when you play for San Diego, you are often forgotten. Well, its time to let your light shine, Travis Jankowski. Much like his college days, he is using a lot of his speed lately. He currently has a nine game hitting streak; which is the reason he is getting on base. During this streak, he has seven stolen bases and scored 12 runs. Steals is a very hard category to win on a regular basis. Jankowski can give it to you.

Aaron Altherr, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN: 18.3% ownership)

Aaron Altherr was born in Landstuhl, Germany in 1991. During this time his mother was stationed there as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and his father is a former German soccer player. Altherr played in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the German national baseball team.

One of the bright spots for the Philadelphia Phillies these days is Aaron Altherr. This last week coach Pete Mackanin has announced he might be playing Altherr in center field on a regular basis. Odubel Herrera will then move to one of the corner outfield spots. This is certainly a good sign for current or future Altherr fantasy owners.

In the past fifteen days, he has an OBP of .339 with nine runs, three home runs, 12 RBIs and three stolen bases. Altherr is a guy that fills all of the important fantasy categories as a hitter. It looks like he is currently hitting in the second hole in the Phillies lineup.

Ender Inciarte, OF, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 20.6% ownership)

Inciarte is a Venezuelan outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. His father and brother both played baseball. His father played in Venezuela and his brother actually played in the minor leagues system of the Diamondbacks.

In 2015, he was part of the Shelby Miller deal. The Diamondbacks say, especially after the injury to AJ Pollock, that they miss him dearly. Don’t miss out on your chance to get him.

I have always liked Inciarte and felt like the presence of Pollock in Arizona overshadowed him.

While he won’t hit for much power and never really has, he should be able to get 20 steals this year and score over 60 runs by the end of the season. He is now batting leadoff since last F

riday and with this move his stock will be trending up.

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!

 

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