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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire: Call Me Crazy


Mark Twain once said, “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” Your fruit is your waiver wire; the limb is me explaining to you some players that could possibly be picked up.

At this point you know what you need, then go out and grab it. If you are lacking power, pick up a guy who is hitting home runs. If you need speed, pick up that guy that has five stolen bases at this point. Conversely, if you are lacking quality starts, then pick up that guy that is allowing three runs or less in every start this season.

There has always been a “mental telegraphy” associated with Mark Twain and same can be said about the waiver wire. Mental telegraphy is a very subjective phenomenon and the waiver wire can be a shop for phenomenal players in your lineup. Therefore, without further a due here are this week’s waiver wire pickups.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (41% owned in Yahoo)

Here is an oldie, but goodie. Is it 2011? No, it’s even better, it’s 2018 and Kemp is showing that he still has it. I think he personally missed playing for the team he started his career with and put up stupendous numbers to begin his craft.

Although early in the season, Kemp has an OPS of .981. It is a long way to go in the season, but one has to admit that Kemp is a feel-good story for baseball to start the season. He has an average of .347 and an OBP of .389. He has scored seven runs, hit three homers, and knocked in ten base runners thus far.

FAAB Bid: 3-5%

Ryan Flaherty, 2B/3B, Atlanta Braves (13% owned in Yahoo)

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Entering Thursday night, it is hard to believe that a longtime backup infield for the Orioles is now batting .365 for the surprisingly good Atlanta Braves lineup. Flaherty is using his everyday at-bats to his advantage.

This might be my early way out of their waiver wire pickup, but it seems plausible that Flaherty still has something to prove and a lot left in the tank since he has not played much on a regular basis. Right now he is hitting lower in the Braves lineup which hurts his fantasy value, but it is tough to argue what he is doing.

Flaherty, now in his thirties, seems to be a little wiser at the plate. He has lowered his strikeout rate close to 5% since last year. His walk rate has gone up about 2% and he already has more plate appearances than he did all of last year. Am I going out on a limb here, sure I am, but just trying to steer you in the right direction.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%


Chad Bettis, SP, Colorado Rockies (26% owned in Yahoo)

It is always hard to pick up a pitcher who pitches in Colorado but call me crazy, I like me some Bettis. The spring does not want to be sprung and it was true in Bettis’ last start. It was clearly snowing, but it didn’t seem to bother him. He gave up no runs, had given up just a couple walks, and yielded five hits against the Pirates.

His overall record is now 3-0 with an ERA of 1.44 and a WHIP of 1.08. While he is not going to strikeout a lot of batters, he is getting the job done. Since his first start, he has lowered his ERA by two total runs.

While he is pitching well, let’s be a little speculative with this pickup. Three of his four starts have been on the road. We all know what can happen in the thin air of Denver, Colorado.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Chris Stratton, SP, San Francisco Giants (12% owned in Yahoo)

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I will stay out west as I talk about Chris Stratton from the San Francisco Giants. I was high on Stratton coming into the season because of me not being too fond of Jeff Samardzija. Stratton is really coming into his own and taking advantage of the opportunity that is in front of him now.

A guy can’t do it all himself in baseball, but Stratton is trying. He is on fire right now. Over the last 14 innings pitched, he has only allowed six hits and one run. The bullpen is letting him down to get the win, though. Boy, this seems to be a theme for the Giants over the years lately.

It’s fascinating to see that his strikeout rate is going up. Stratton normally struggles to get swing-and-miss like potential but he did fan eight batters his last time on the mound. In his four starts this season, he has a record of 1-1 and a phenomenal ERA of 2.22. He will look to continue his hot start against the Nationals on Monday.

FAAB Bid: 2-3%

Deep Dives

These are players who are better suited to be owned in 14-plus team leagues or deeper roster leagues.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (26% owned in Yahoo)

Since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo, Hernandez has been hitting in the two-hole for the Blue Jays. His response to this move has been three multi-hit games and five extra-base hits.


The Blue Jays and you may have a difficult decision as Kendrys Morales is set to be back from his DL stint soon. The Blue Jays outfield is crowded already, but Hernandez is hitting a hot bat that it is hard to take him out of the lineup.

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