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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire.

Isn’t baseball fantastic? What is more exciting? The return of Fernando Tatis Jr.? Carlos Rodon‘s no-hitter? Or the fact that we are witnessing Ronald Acuna blossom into an MVP candidate?

Talk among yourselves then let me know what other great baseball minds think.

Did you reap the benefits of adding Luis Arraez and Cedric Mullins as suggested in my 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire? Find out which hitters and pitchers will benefit your Fantasy roster as I bring you the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire.

Before you find out who to pick up and upgrade your roster, take a look at which players Fantasy managers should drop in our weekly 2021 Fantasy Baseball Drops.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers will be forced to be without outfielder Lorenzo Cain again. Cain was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a strained left quadriceps. This is his second quadriceps injury that Cain has suffered this season. He injured his right quadriceps in spring training, allowing him to play in only seven games this spring.

The Brewers have a fine fallback option in veteran outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Bradley Jr. signed with the Brewers to a two-year, $24 million contract late this spring. The expectation was that Bradley would be part of the outfield mix, with Bradley, Jr being an outstanding defensive outfielder.

Bradley will get his chance now to play every day with Cain recovering. Bradley will produce more than the .154 batting average that Cain produced in seven games this season. The left-handed-hitting Bradley is coming off one of his most productive seasons in 2020 with a career-best batting average (.283) and on-base percentage (.364). He also hit seven homers with 32 runs scored and finished with a 1.5 fWAR in 55 games played last season.

He has a low ceiling, but he will get plenty of at-bats while patroling centerfield at American Family Field. Even when Cain comes back, the worst-case scenario is that we have a Cain-Bradley, Jr. platoon. The left-handed Bradley, Jr. facing righties and Cain stepping in against southpaws. In their plan, Bradley, Jr. finishes games flashing his Gold Glove type defense. Fantasy managers can speculatively add him in deeper leagues as their fourth or fifth outfielder.

Zach McKinstry, 2B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Rookie Zach McKinstry is taking advantage of every opportunity while filling in for outfielder Mookie Betts (back) and second baseman Gavin Lux. McKinstry came into spring training competing to earn a spot on the active roster. He has become of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season and is an early candidate to add to the list of Dodgers Rookie of the Year award winners.

Through 12 games, the 25-year-old McKinstry is hitting .297/.325/.649 with a .974 OPS and is second on the team in homers (3) and RBI (11).

He is becoming a fan favorite in Los Angeles with his infectious play. McKinstry has been clutch for the Dodgers while filling in all over the diamond. The recent news regarding the left tibia hairline fracture of Cody Bellinger will allow McKinstry the opportunity to deliver on the promise he displayed so far this season. McKinstry deserves a spot in most fantasy leagues with his valuable versatility and continued hot bat.

Jurickson Profar, 2B/OF, San Diego Padres

One of the unsung catalysts to the San Diego Padres playoff run last season was utilityman Jurickson Profar. Profar stepped in for injured outfielder Tommy Pham and produced eye-popping numbers in September. He posted a .351 average and .500 OPS with 11 RBI in 22 games.

Overall, Profar finished hitting .278/.343/.428 with seven homers and seven steals across 55 games. He played all over the field, which earned daily at-bats in the Padres’ lineup.

Profar provides solid depth for the Padres. He is worth the roster spot in deeper formats due to his multi-position eligibility.

Jed Lowrie, 2B, Oakland Athletics

Jed Lowrie returned to Oakland for a third go-around with A’s on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Lowrie is coming off two injury-riddled seasons with the New York Mets. He had just eight major league plate appearances in the past two seasons. He needed to prove he can still play and still had something left in the tank.

The switch-hitting infielder hit .265/.297/.559 with two homers and four doubles in 13 games this spring which won Lowrie the opening day second baseman job for Oakland.

Lowrie has played in all 13 games this season, hitting .348/.434/.543 with two home runs and a team-high 12 RBI. Jeff Trela suggests Fantasy managers add Lowrie in their Week 3 NFBC FAAB Run. I recommend Fantasy managers in all Fantasy formats should make Jed Lowrie the top priority hitter for Week 3.



Pitchers

Kendall Graveman, RP, Seattle Mariners

One of the sleepers that I was targeting in my drafts this season was Seattle Mariners reliever, Rafael Montero. I theorized that Montero was their best choice for saves this season.  Montero was a low-end Fantasy closer to grab late in my drafts as I typically punt saves in my drafts.

Currently, my projection has been inaccurate. Montero already has three blown saves, and he was just passed over for save opportunities by Kendall Graveman. Graveman has been outstanding to start the 2021 season with a 0.00 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over six innings of work. More importantly, the Mariners reliever has successfully converted both of his save opportunities.

Graveman looks to be the beneficiary of Montero’s struggles and on the path to more save opportunities for the Mariners. Fantasy managers are always looking for saves, and I found a reliever for you in Seattle.

Wade Miley, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Like most individuals, Wade Miley wants to forget 2020 actually happened. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason, Miley was supposed to be a veteran presence in the Reds rotation last season. However, he was limited to just four starts due to numerous injuries. He was not very effective either, posting an 0-3 record with a 5.65 ERA.

Miley returns to the Reds this season as their only lefty in the rotation. He is looking to redeem himself after a poor 2020 season.  In his first two starts this season, Miley has yet to allow a run in 11 innings while producing nine strikeouts. Opposing hitters are only hitting .108/.154/.162, and he is achieving an incredible 0.54 WHIP. This type of production is not sustainable but noteworthy for Fantasy managers.

Miley is backed up by a Reds offense that is tied with the most runs scored in MLB. The Reds lefty is worth a roster spot as an intriguing streaming option in favorable matchups.

Lou Trivino, RP, Oakland A’s

The Oakland A’s were desperate this offseason to replace All-Star closer, Liam Hendricks. The A’s emerged as the highest bidder for veteran closer Trevor Rosenthal, signing the reliever to a one-year deal. Regrettably, Rosenthal hasn’t got a chance to pitch this regular season after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery, which will keep him out for several months. 

In the first opportunity to close out a game, A’s manager Bob Melvin turned to right-hander Lou Trivino. Trivino was exceptional in spring training, allowing only one hit while striking out eight over 7.1 scoreless innings. In his eight appearances this season, Trivino has given up just one earned run while striking out nine in 9.2 innings, including notching two saves!

He was solid last season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.114 WHIP while holding hitters to a .193/.280/.325 batting line. Trivino will likely emerge as the option to close instead of veteran Sergio Romo and lefty Jake Diekman. I would keep tabs on this situation but ultimately aim Trivino on the waiver wire if you are looking for saves.

Going Deep

Logan Allen, SP, Cleveland Indians

Logan Allen showed enough this spring to win the fourth starter job for the Cleveland Indians. The southpaw made four appearances this spring and struck out 18 batters in 14 innings, along with producing an 0.64 ERA.

Allen was given the honor of starting the home opener at Progressive Field for the Indians. He took the loss, lasting five innings while allowing only two runs, five hits, and striking out three. He rebounded with another five-inning effort against the Detroit Tigers in his second start, allowing only one earned run and striking out five while achieving the win.

Through two starts, Allen sits at a 2.70 ERA through 10 innings and eight strikeouts. Allen has pitched well in the short sample size. The 23-year-old is Fantasy relevant and should be plucked off the waiver wire. He is a pitcher worth streaming in favorable matchups.

Alex Cobb, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Alex Cobb joins the Los Angeles Angels in 2021 to add depth to an underwhelming rotation. Cobb’s limited expectations after he posted a 2-5 record with a 4.30 ERA in ten starts for the Baltimore Orioles last season.

The veteran righty was solid this spring in his 7.2 innings of work. He allowed only two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. He broke camp in the Angels starting rotation and is projected as a solid back of the rotation arm.

In his Angels debut, Cobb went six innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out seven. He followed up that start by allowing two hits in seven innings against the Kansas City Royals. He struck out a career-high ten batters while walking only one on his way to his first victory as an Angel.



Fantasy managers should view Cobb as a speculative add. Cobb is a streaming option and a strikeout asset in deeper formats.


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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