2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire: Fore!

by Dennis Sosic
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire.

A third of the season is already gone, and players are starting to emerge to own in all Fantasy formats. Forget about those preseason projections; they are a thing in the past. Look out to the future!

I came up with four hitters and four pitchers that you should look out for and confirm if they are available in your leagues. Don't hesitate and continue reading to discover who to add in the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire: Fore!

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins

Jesus Aguilar had a breakout season in 2018 when he slashed .274/.352/.539, smashed 35 homers and knocked in 108 runs. Unfortunately, Aguilar followed that breakout season with a dud, hitting only .234 with 12 homers before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline.

In December 2019, Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins from the Rays. Aguilar has been excellent as a Marlin, hitting .306/.339/.532 with four homers and 15 RBI in 13 games this season.

He has regained the power stroke that made him so lethal in 2018. Aguilar is a power Fantasy asset that should be owned in more than 40 percent of Fantasy leagues.

Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have missed almost two weeks of games due to the team COVID breakout. They have a heavy workload of games upcoming, and the Cardinals have many inactive players due to the virus. 

The Cardinals decided to bring in reinforcements with the call-up of top prospect Dylan Carlson. The 21-year-old switch hitter hit .292 with 26 home runs, 86 RBI, and stole 20 bases between AA/AAA last season. Carlson impressed after being promoted to AAA-Memphis, hitting five home runs in 18 games with an on-base percentage of .418 and an OPS of 1.098.

Carlson is an excellent outfielder and looks to slide into an everyday outfield role. His power-speed combo should excite Fantasy managers and they should jump on the hype train and make Carlson a high priority pickup in all formats going into this week's games.

Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, New York Mets

Dominic Smith is finally emerging as the slugger that scouting reports have been raving about. The opt-out of Yoenis Cespedes allowed Smith to get into games at first base, left field, and as the designated hitter.

Smith has taken full advantage by going yard in four straight games and leading all of baseball in slugging percentage (.780) and OPS+ (218). Overall, he is hitting .303 with a team-leading six homers and 16 RBI.

The one-time prospect is finally receiving the opportunity and is now hitting cleanup for the Mets. Fantasy managers should clean up by adding power to your lineup by picking up Dominic Smith to play outfield or at your corner field spot in your lineup.

Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds

The universal designated hitter rule seems to be a perfect fit for Jesse Winker and the Cincinnati Reds. Winker is a weak defender and is not known for his speed. Winker has filled that role against right-handed pitching and has a career OPS of .925 against right-handers. 

In 20 games this season, Winker is hitting .365 with five homers and eight RBI. He is leading the big leagues in OBP (.484), and OPS (1.196).

As long as Winker stays hot with his bat, he will get consistent at-bats, and he should be in all Fantasy lineups. Stop reading this for a moment and find out if Winker is available in your league. If so, he is an immediate no-brainer addition in all Fantasy formats.


Dylan Cease, SP, Chicago White Sox

Dylan Cease, who arrived with Eloy Jimenez in a deal with the Chicago Cubs, is off to a strong start in 2020. Cease is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA along with 1.40 WHIP and 14:6 K: BB through 19.1 innings.

This is a considerable improvement over his 5.79 ERA and .326 BABIP from last season. However, Cease arrived in the big leagues as a top prospect and produced 9.99 K/9 last season, which was a historical best for a White Sox rookie.

Cease is owned in less than 30 percent of Fantasy leagues, which is puzzling because of his potential and upside, especially on improving Chicago White Sox team.

Zach Davies, SP, San Diego Padres

Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers, Zach Davies has got off to a strong start for the San Diego Padres. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in three of his first four starts on his way to a 2.78 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP across 22.2 innings.

Last season, his starts at hitter-haven Miller Park was somewhere to avoid for Davies owners, where he posted a 4.26 ERA. However, Fantasy managers knew to start Davies on the road, as evidenced by his 2.94 ERA on the road. Through his four starts, Fantasy managers are experiencing the latter for Davies, and he should be owned in more than 30 percent of Fantasy leagues.

Miller Park hurt Davies, and his numbers indicate that he is an entirely different pitcher, including allowing a career-low 1.2 BB/9. A small sample size but the 2020 season is short, and Fantasy managers can not wait to take chances. Take a chance this week when Davies is scheduled for two starts this upcoming week, according to the Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Pitching Planner. 

Brad Keller, SP, Kansas City Royals

Brad Keller started the season on the Injured List after a positive COVID-19 test. After going through the required recovery protocol, he returned to the Kansas City Royals starting rotation.

In his two starts this season, Keller is off to a fantastic start. He is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in his 11 innings of work while producing a 0.909 WHIP and striking out ten batters.

Keller has gained my attention and is a fixture in the Royals rotation. He is worth adding right away in deeper formats and an easy pickup in AL-only leagues.

Pablo Lopez, SP, Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have been a pleasant surprise this season, going 9-5 and leading the NL East. One of the main reasons for this winning surge is right-hander Pablo Lopez.

In his three starts this season, Lopez is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.125 WHIP. Also, he is striking out batters at a 10.7 SO/9 rate. Albeit in a small sample size, Lopez is producing career numbers across the board.

After scuffling last season with a 5.09 ERA, Lopez looks to stick in the rotation on the young Marlins ballclub.

At just 24, Lopez looks like a solid middle-of-the-rotation for the Marlins. He is a pitcher to own in NL-only leagues and someone to speculate and stream in most Fantasy formats.

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