2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire: Take Notice

by Dennis Sosic
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the place where you can find the players to add to your roster in the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire.

We are two weeks into the season, and the craziness of 2020 continues. What do you think is the craziest storyline so far? The Miami Marlins leading the NL East with a 7-3 record? A 12-4 Oakland A's team leads the AL West or that the Astros are 6-9? Who would have projected that Nick Castellanos would be putting up Triple Crown numbers? If you did you should try your hand at betting. You can do just that with the bet365 bonus code.

Let's try to get back to the saneness and discover which four hitters and four pitchers to add for the upcoming week in the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire: Take Notice

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C/3B, Texas Rangers

Kiner-Falefa won the third base job this spring after platooning between third base and catcher in 2019. Last season, he hit .238/.299/.322 in 65 games.

He has hit safely in his seven straight games and is hitting .342/.390/.447, with six runs scored with a shocking four stolen bases in 11 games this season.

His catcher eligibility, along with his stolen base potential, should make him very attractive to Fantasy managers. The fact that Kiner-Falefa is still owned in less than 35 percent of Fantasy leagues is surprising. He should be on a roster in all 12-team leagues.

Austin Nola, C/1B/2B, Seattle Mariners

Austin Nola became the primary catching option following Tom Murphy being placed on the injured list with a fractured left foot to start the 2020 season. Nola is hitting .324/.395/.588 with one homer and seven RBI in the first 11 games of the season. There is no timetable for Murphy's return, so Nola should continue to receive the bulk of playing time behind the dish.

Nola's current productivity should allow him to continue to get at-bats even when Murphy eventually returns to the lineup. He can play multiple positions and showed in his big league debut last season that he contribute at the plate. Nola hit .269 with ten home runs and 31 RBI in 79 games last season.

Nola should provide value in deeper leagues and two-catcher formats while he is still getting the at-bats, especially with the uncertainty of Murphy's return.

Max Stassi, C. Los Angeles Angels

The final catcher of the three recommended to add to your Fantasy roster is the Los Angeles Angels Max Stassi. Stassi is hitting .333/.393/.833/1.226 with four homers and 19 RBI after two weeks of the 2020 MLB season. Stassi is already halfway to his career-high total of eight homers produced in 2018.

The sample size is small, but the re-emergence by Stassi after a hip injury ended his season prematurely last season is an indication that he is fully recovered.

However, Stassi is in a righty/lefty catcher platoon with one of the newest additions to the Angels in Jason Castro. Both catchers are excellent defensively, although the nod goes to Castro with his ability to handle pitchers.

Fantasy managers realize that the catcher position is a wasteland, so if allowed to obtain any Fantasy production, you should grab it. If Stassi begins to slump or lose playing time, he is an easy drop. Meanwhile, ride the hot bat.

Mike Tauchman, OF, New York Yankees

Plenty of crazy events have happened in 2020, but some things never change. Giancarlo Stanton is injured again. The New York Yankees placed Stanton on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left hamstring strain. The most unfortunate aspect was that Stanton was making an impact through 14 games, hitting .293/.453/.585 with three homers.

Tauchman looks to gain the most playing time with Stanton on the IL. Tauchman proved last year was no fluke by starting each of the Yankees' previous six games, going 7-for-23 with three doubles and five RBI while contributing four stolen bases on the season.

He is competing with Brett Gardner for playing time, but his defensive ability and speed and current strong performance should provide him the advantage to get the first opportunity. He is currently owned in less than 10 percent of leagues, change that!


Randy Dobnak, SP, Minnesota Twins

It would appear with the injuries to Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill, and Homer Bailey, and their ace Jose Berrios is laboring that the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation would be struggling. However, that is not even close to being the case. One of the biggest reasons is right-hander Randy Dobnak.

Dobnak was outstanding at the end of last season, producing a 1.59 ERA and 23 strikeouts across 28.1 innings and continued his excellence in winning the final spot in the Twins rotation for 2020.

Currently, Dobnak has given up just one run in 15 innings in his first three starts. Even with the starters mentioned above set to return, Dobnak has done enough to warrant keeping him in the Twins rotation.

Dobnak will remain in the Minnesota starting rotation, manager Rocco Baldelli told Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. "We'll be ready for pretty much anything, but I don't think there's any reason right now to think [Dobnak] is going to come out of the rotation any time in the near future," said Baldelli.
The strikeout numbers are not there with just eight strikeouts in 15 innings but who needs strikeouts when batters are hitting only .173  without giving up a home run against Dobnak so far on the season. Fantasy managers should make Dobnak their priority in pickups for Week 3, especially considering that currently, he is in line for a two-start week.

Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds

URGENT UPDATE: The Cincinnati Reds announced that southpaw Wade Miley will come off the injured list and will start on Wednesday. This move pushes Tyler Mahle to the bullpen and back into his swingman role. Are you still looking for a starting pitcher? Here are other options to consider:  Houston Astros Framber Valdez, Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease, and Texas Rangers Kyle Gibson.

Tyler Mahle was expected to be the long-relief option or a swingman for the Cincinnati Reds this season. However, injuries to starters Anthony DeSclafani and Wade Miley has opened the door for Mahle to be part of the Reds' starting rotation.

Mahle has been impressive in his first two starts in 2020. He has posted a 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and ten strikeouts in 10 innings while not allowing a home run yet this season. His superb stats may force the Reds to reconsider their game plan when Miley does return.

His track record is admittedly not impressive. Mahle posted a 3-12 record with a 5.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, while allowing 1.77 HR/9 last season. The one category that Mahle can assist Fantasy managers are strikeouts, which he averaged one strikeout per inning the previous two seasons.

Mahle is worth picking up, especially for this upcoming week, with plus matchups on tap. According to the Fantasy Six Pack Week 3 Pitching Planner, Mahel is projected for a favorable two-start week with the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates on deck for the right-hander. Happy Streaming!


Rafael Montero, RP, Texas Rangers

Fantasy managers might remember Rafael Montero's time as a starting pitcher with the New York Mets. Hopefully, you don't hold that against Montero. He signed with the Texas Rangers last offseason as a free agent after his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

The Rangers moved Montero to the bullpen last season and saw him excel. He posted a 2.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings.  Closer Jose Leclerc was placed on the 45-day injured list with a significant strain in his throwing shoulder in the first week of the 2020 season. It's doubtful that the Rangers will see him the remainder of this season.

After leaning toward a committee, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward confirmed that Rafael Montero has taken over the closer role for the Rangers. 

This announcement comes off the heel of Montero reeling off back-to-back saves while not allowing a hit or a run in two innings of work. Before those saves, Montero has never recorded a save but will now serve as the primary closer for the Rangers. Montero should be picked up immediately in all formats.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, Detroit Tigers

I know Fantasy managers are reading this and saying Spencer Turnbull, are you serious?  The same Spencer Turnbull who led the big leagues with 17 losses last season?

Yes, it is the same guy, so don't bother to look. Turnbull finished with a 4.61 ERA/ 3.99 FIP last season with a .267 batting average against and struck out almost a batter an inning. There are worse pitchers out there, but one of the main problems with Turnbull is his control issues. He led the American League with 16 hit batters and allowed 3.6 BB/9.

With nowhere to go but up, Turnbull came into this season with a new-found focus, which led to an impressive spring, allowing just one run in eight innings while striking out ten batters. That production carried onto the 2020 season with Turnbull producing a 2.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts through 11 innings in his first two starts.

The two encouraging starts lead to Turnbull being a very sneaky streaming option for your Fantasy teams.

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