Hopefully, you are enjoying baseball being back as much as I am. The first week is not only interesting in reality, but in fantasy as well. I call these first weeks the feeler weeks. There are three questions often asked.
- When do I start giving up on top players I drafted?
- At what point do I start accepting/offering trades?
- When do I start taking chances on better waiver wire pickups?
All these types of questions are naturally going through your head. Some of these answers I will not have, but here is where you will find interesting options that could see playing time on your fantasy team.
“Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.” This was a phrase printed in the New York Tribune on July 13, 1865, written by Horace Greeley. He rephrased an original statement by John Babsone Lane Soule in 1851. All my waiver wire pickups for this week play out west. I am asking you to the same thing as Greeley did in 1865. I am giving you the information that I see trending right now on waivers and you take with it what you want on your fantasy baseball teams.
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire
Gerardo Parra, OF, Colorado Rockies
I talked about Parra in my Position Battle article this pre-season and how he was going to be the starting left fielder due to the David Dahl injury. He is now off to a red-hot start to the season.
According to ESPN, Parra is only owned in 6.1%. This is too low. I see him continuing to be a great hitter in a great hitting ballpark.
Entering Wednesday night, Parra has already collected five hits, three RBI and one run on this young season. Parra is still only 29 years old and can be a serviceable player especially in a four or five outfield league. I would even pick him up if you were nervous about one of your third outfielders.
FAAB Bid: 3-5%
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres
Within the last three years, Solarte has solidified himself as a player in the major leagues.
Entering this season, many areas that I was reading about were showing Solarte to be a sleeper in 2017, a sleeper that was not drafted in many leagues. He had career highs in batting average, homers and RBI in 2016. Don’t let his injury-shortened 2016 fool you for what type of production Solarte can provide for you.
Solarte’s raw strength and good eye at the plate make him a speculative pickup during or after week 1. If you play corner infielders he should absolutely be scooped up and with him possibly possessing other positions in the future, it makes him even more valuable. Surprisingly, the Padres lineup this season has a lot of
Surprisingly, the Padres lineup has a lot of potential this season. Solarte will most likely be batting near the top of it all season. He has already knocked in three runs, has a homer and has scored a run to open 2017.
FAAB Bid: 5-7%
Santiago Casilla, RP, Oakland Athletics
Story time: So I will normally set my alarm for around 4:00 AM (usually when waivers clear in some of my leagues), in order to pick up guys and not have to waste a waiver claim if need be. Don’t laugh because I know some of you out there do the same thing.
Well, I did this on Tuesday morning thinking I was going to take a chance on the other reliever in Toronto, Joe Biagini because in one league I am desperate for saves. I then took an early morning look that Casilla got the save for Oakland on Monday. Oh boy! Quick pick up for me, now back to bed for a little bit before my teaching day begins. Around 6:00 AM the same morning, a guy from my league texts me this… “Casilla…you’re a D*ck.” Hahaha.
With all this being said, I am 100% on board for this pickup, especially if you are desperate for saves. You think you got this save thing all figured out? Both Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson pitched in the eighth inning and then Casilla comes down to get the first save of the season for the Athletics.
Patience is the key with Casilla though. He does have save experience in posting over 30 saves in both 2015 and 2016 for the Giants. Based on his opportunity in Oakland and his skills, Casilla is a must add for leagues that count saves.
FAAB Bid: 8-12%
Kendall Graveman, SP, Oakland Athletics
Graveman is a sinker-ball specialist that keeps his defense honest. Unfortunately, he did not have the best of defenses in 2016 in the Oakland Athletics. I am hoping this changes for him in 2017.
It is true that sinkerballers can have success when they are in the right situations. Jake Arrieta, Tim Hudson and Rick Porcello are a few of the other pitchers that have the sinker in their arson.
In his first start, Graveman faced the Angels. He gave up two runs, pitched six innings and in surprise fashion was able to strikeout seven batters. I could see Graveman turning the page this year on a new chapter of his pitching career.
He only had two games last year in which he threw seven or more strikeouts. Early this year though we see his velocity is starting to rise. I believe this is a good sign to come for Graveman in 2017.
FAAB Bid: 3-5%