2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire.

Hopefully, everyone got the opportunity to celebrate Mothers Day on Sunday. I wish that all the mothers and grandmothers enjoyed their day, and thank you for all you do!

I came up with nine players that your Fantasy rosters will be thankful that you added going into Week 5.

Which latest call-up should Fantasy managers add immediately? Which pitcher from the best MLB pitching staff is recommended? Who are the rookie starting pitchers to pick up? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, Cleveland Guardians

Andres Gimenez is having a breakout season in 2022, slashing .348/.352/.536 along with a .888 OPS and two stolen bases.  This is the Andres Gimenez that was once a New York Met prospect that finally looks like he is putting it all together. Gimenez was one of my preseason sleeper selections based on his opportunity for everyday at-bats in a Guardians lineup that needed a spark besides Jose Ramirez and his prospect pedigree.

These current career numbers are not sustainable. However, that doesn’t mean that Fantasy managers should not buy into Gimenez as a MI option in deeper leagues.

Yadiel Hernandez, OF, Washington Nationals

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Former Cuban start Yadiel Hernandez has elevated his game in his third year with the Washington Nationals. Hernandez has seized the left-field job for the Nationals by having a fantastic first month of the season.  The lefty is slashing .365/.392/.541 with a .933 OPS to go with two homers, and 15 RBI across 74 at-bats. His .439 BABIP is not sustainable but you have to love his production in the middle of the Nationals lineup.

The Nationals do not have better alternative left-field options. Hernandez will be the better option even when the production starts to tail off. Fantasy managers should ride his hot bat and add Hernandez in five outfielder and deeper leagues.

Jose Miranda, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Jose Miranda is one of the top prospects of the Minnesota Twins. He is coming off a season where Miranda won the Twins Minor Player of the Year award. Miranda slashed .343/.397/.563 with 17 homers in just 80 games. The slugging third baseman was rewarded with his first taste of the big leagues, and the call-up following Miguel Sano was sent to the injured list.

Miranda should have plenty of opportunity with Sano being out indefinitely. However, he has gotten off to a slow start by slashing .154/.214/.346 with one home run and three RBI.

The prospect pedigree should encourage Fantasy managers to take a flyer on Miranda who has above-average pop and is a power option at the CI position in deeper formats.

Pitchers

Tyler Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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It’s hard to go against any Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher right now.  The Dodgers starters are producing a ridiculous 15-3 record with a league-leading 1.83 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while allowing a league-leading .191 BAA.

The Dodgers’ pitching depth has been severely tested in this young season with multiple injuries to their rotation, and they asked other pitchers to step up, and veteran left-hander Tyler Anderson has stepped up to the task. Anderson started this season as the team’s long reliever but has filled in admirably in these three starts this season.

In his three starts this season, the southpaw is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and a  14/5 KK/B ratio.  Fantasy managers cant go wrong with rostering any Dodgers pitcher right now. Anderson is worth a speculative add as a streaming option in deeper formats.

George Kirby, SP, Seattle Mariners

On Mothers Day, George Kirby made his mother and the Seattle Mariners very happy.  Kirby tossed six shutout inning in his MLB debut, allowing four singles with zero walks and seven strikeouts on just 81 pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately, the rookie received a no-decision on his impressive outing after exiting the game with the Mariners and Rays locked in a 0-0 tie.

Kirby was promoted from Double-A Arkansas, dominating hitters with a 2-0 record and a 1.82 ERA while producing 32 strikeouts across 24.2 innings across five starts. As a result, the rookie right-hander should be considered worth at least a speculative addition to your Fantasy roster. His upside and potential should force Fantasy managers to jump on Kirby before his next start.

Josh Winder, SP, Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins rotation has been decimated by injury and COVID, which has led the Twins to promote Josh Winder from the bullpen to the rotation. He produced a 3.48 ERA and 0.968 WHIP across 10.1 innings as a reliever. Winder has stepped up with his chance in the Twins rotation.

In his first two big-league starts, Winder is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA and 0.500 WHIP with an impressive 15/1 K.BB ratio across 12 scoreless innings.  The rookie right-hander is a quality streaming option in all Fantasy formats.

Going Deep

Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota Twins

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Royce Lewis was called up following an injury to Carlos Correa after hitting .310/.427/.560 with three homers, eight stolen bases, 11 RBI, and 20 runs scored across 23 games. Lewis will fill in for Correa at shortstop with Correa expected to return in a few days.

However, if Lewis proves that he can hit, he will continue to get regular playing time including possibly playing in centerfield where he has played in Triple-A St. Paul. Lewis, who missed all of 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and injuries, is worth a speculative add due to his position flexibility and his regained hitting stroke.

Edward Olivares, OF, Kansas City Royals

Edward Olivares terrorized Triple-A pitchers last season, hitting 15 homers with a .313 average in 67 games last season, but did shuttle between Triple-A Omaha and the Royals. Olivares hit .238 with five homers and 12 RBI across 39 games with the Kansas City Royals.

Olivares had a fantastic Spring Training which led him to be on the Royals’ opening day roster. However, he has stepped up lately with his move to the leadoff spot for the Royals. Olivares has been hitting leadoff for four consecutive games where he is 7-for-15 with three doubles and two RBI and he now sits at .371/.421/.486 with a .906 OPS with two stolen bases.

If Olivares continues to hit, he will play every day and will be worth adding to all five outfielder leagues.

Juan Yepez, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals placed infielder Edmundo Sosa on the COVID-related injured list and recalled first baseman, Juan Yepez, who was leading the Triple-A Memphis team with 26 RBI while slugging seven homers.  Yepez is also versatile with his ability to play both corner infield spots and in the outfield.

Yepez has been impressive since his call-up by hitting .474/.500/.789 along with a 1.289 OPS.  He hit his first MLB home run on Sunday which gives the rookie hitting safely in all of his five games this season.


The Cardinals have underperforming players in their daily lineup including outfielder Dylan Carlson, who is hitting a meager .220, and outfielder Corey Dickerson, who is hitting a brutal .184 in the young season.  There’s zero point in having Yepez on the big league club if he is not in the daily lineup. Therefore, Yepez should also be in your Fantasy lineups.


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1 comment

Joel May 10, 2022 - 5:45 am

Lewis does not play at omaha for home games. Enjoy the website thought I would help you out.

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