2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire.

Were you able to add any of my Week 1 recommendations? Don't fret. Here are nine more players available in more than 60% of leagues. In addition, I covered the gamut of needs with five hitters and four pitchers to help you win your leagues.

As a reminder, the weekly 2022 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire will be filled with hitters and pitchers for Fantasy managers to add who are rostered in less than 40 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues.

Additionally, I will be Going Deep, where I highlight players to add that are rostered in less than 10 percent of Fantasy leagues.

No need to be discouraged. It is a long season. Go get the best players now and manage your rosters accordingly. Then, find out who to target in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire!

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Elias Diaz, C, Colorado Rockies

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If you did not spend a top pick on a catcher and you hope to find a sleeper option, I have the catcher for you.

Elias Diaz of the Colorado Rockies was a hot waiver wire pickup last season when he had an excellent second half of the season. Diaz produced a .274/.330/.536 slash with a .866 OPS. He slugged 11 of his total 18 home runs in the second half.

Diaz is currently hitting .360/.360/.600 with a .960 OPS. He has also struck out only 8.0% of his plate appearances while still producing a 54.5% hard-hit rate.

Any hitter with that type of contact power, especially at catcher, should be rostered in more than 24% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners

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Adam Frazier is off to a slow start to the 2022 season but broke through on Friday against the Houston Astros. Frazier went 4-for-5, hitting a double and triple while scoring twice and knocking in four runs.

Frazier is a valuable depth piece for fantasy managers because of his dual position eligibility at second base and the outfield.

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

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Jesus Sanchez earned the starting centerfield job for the Miami Marlins on the heels of his successful late-season surge in 2021. After being called up in mid-June last season, he slashed .251/.319/.489 with 14 homers, 36 RBI, and 27 runs scored, which produced a 1.3 WAR over 64 games.

The 24-year-old outfielder is currently slashing .310/.333/.690 with an impressive 1.023 OPS.  This season, five of his nine hits have gone for extra bases, including two homers.

His value is rising, and Sanchez should be added in all deep formats or five outfielder leagues.

Pitchers

Nestor Cortes, SP, New York Yankees

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I was looking to add Nestor Cortes Jr. before his dominant performance on Sunday. Cortes posted 12 strikeouts and allowed only three hits across five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles.

In his first start this season, the southpaw threw 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out five against the Toronto Blue Jays.

His value is skyrocketing.  Pay up and add Cortes immediately.


Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds

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Nick Lodolo is a former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds that is projected to be a front-line starter in the big leagues. The southpaw owns a career 2.35 ERA and 0.971 WHIP with 108 strikeouts across 69 innings in the minors.

Lodolo won the fifth spot in the Reds rotation by posting a 2.38 ERA with 12 strikeouts across 11.1 innings in Spring Training.

The left-hander didn't find the same success in his MLB debut against the Cleveland Guardians. Lodolo went only four innings and gave up five earned runs, including two home runs, while striking out four.

I still have confidence in the young lefty. His prospect pedigree makes me believe he will bounce back. I would take a look and see if someone got nervous with the rookie and dropped him after one start. Then, I would pick Lodolo and stash him to see how he progresses.

Merrill Kelly, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Merrill Kelly made only two Spring Training starts, but he was outstanding in both outings. He pitched seven scoreless innings while giving up only one run and striking out 13 batters.

Kelly rode the momentum in his first two starts this season. He has not allowed a run across nine innings in his two starts while striking out 13 batters but is still searching for his first win this season.  He has recorded two no-decisions in as many starts. Hitters are only hitting .206 against the right-hander.

Kelly has seen an increase in his numbers across the board, including signing a two-year extension. As a result, the Diamondbacks starter should be a priority add for fantasy managers.

Deep Dive

Paul Blackburn, SP, Oakland A's

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Paul Blackburn has looked fantastic in his two starts this season. He has produced an impressive 1.80 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and an outstanding 10:1 K: BB through 10 innings.

The right-hander also achieves his dominance with plenty of swing-and-miss to his game. Included in his career-high 36.8 strikeout percentage is backed up by an incredible 41.4 whiff rate percentage.

His spectacular stats should push Blackburn to be the most added pitcher when your league runs waivers. He should be added immediately in all leagues.

Tyler Naquin, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds do not have three major offensive threats in their 2022 lineup, with Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, and Eugenio Suarez playing elsewhere this season. However, the holes in the lineup open the door for outfielder Tyler Naquin to knock and get more at-bats this season.

Naquin is coming off a season where he hit a career-best 19 home runs while playing only 127 games. He plays half of his games at Great American Ball Park which will help boost his opportunities.

Naquin is off to an outstanding start, hitting .320/.393/.560 with a .953 OPS. Four of his eight hits have gone for extra bases, including one home run. Find it hard to believe that he is rostered in less than ten percent of leagues, especially five outfielder leagues. Naquin should be added in all deeper formats immediately.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

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There seems to be a lack of faith in the slugging lefty Rowdy Tellez. Yes, he is in a platoon at first base with righty Keston Hiura at first base with the Brewers, but Tellez is hitting .318/.400/.545 and a .353 BABIP and has one home run across seven games this season. While Hiura is hitting .286/.444/.286, the lefty-righty platoon seems Tellez has pulled ahead.

Tellez hits in the middle-of-the-lineup for the Brewers and should continue to see ample opportunities for counting stats. Ironically, Tellez has better numbers against the southpaws in a smaller sample size. He is hitting a .266/.316/.446 but is limited to eight homers across 144 career games. Nevertheless, Tellez is not a liability against lefties, especially when you account for the Hiura's struggles in the past few seasons.


Tellez is a liability defensively at first base, but the Brewers will slot Tellez as the DH and thus sending Hiura to the bench. Add Tellez to provide a boost in the power categories at your CI slot.


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