2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball season is underway, and F6P is here with the Week 1 Waiver Wire. These players are the best adds this early MLB season.

Opening Day was good for the top players, such as Mookie Betts, Yandy Diaz, Freddie Freeman, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. These players, however, aren't available. Fantasy managers are scouring the waiver wire to find lesser-known players that are still available.

The 25 MLB players listed below will give Fantasy Baseball managers a great chance at winning the week and possibly even the league. Last season's Week 1 Waiver Wire included Nolan Gorman, Josh Jung, James Outman, Jose Siri, and Spencer Steer. All five went on to provide excellent seasons for Fantasy managers. I'm confident some players on this list will be on Fantasy teams for the long run.

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2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire

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Victor Scott, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Victor Scott was a favorite late-round sleeper for many Fantasy managers until the Cardinals optioned him before the regular season. However, everything changed when Cardinals' starting center fielder Dylan Carlson injured his shoulder after colliding with right fielder Jordan Walker. Carlson was then diagnosed with a sprain in his AC joint and is starting the year on the injured list.

The Cardinals promoted Scott after this, and manager Oli Marmol told reporters that Scott is the starting center fielder.,

Scott is talented enough to be a mainstay in Fantasy Baseball lineups for years. The speedster broke onto the scene in 2023 by recording 94 stolen bases in the minor leagues. His natural comparison is Esteury Ruiz due to the speed, but Scott is much more than that.

He has the potential for elite bat-to-ball skills that could push him to the top of the lineup. In 2023, he slashed .303/.369/.425 across 618 plate appearances. He belted 20 doubles, 10 triples, and nine home runs.

Scott has yet to record a base hit in two regular-season games, but Fantasy managers should not worry; Scott will be the everyday center fielder for the time being.

Garrett Crochet, SP, Chicago White Sox

In his first career MLB start, Garrett Crochet struck out eight batters in six innings while allowing five hits and one run. The lefty reached 87 pitches but relied mainly on the four seamer (thrown 40 times) and slider (thrown 36 times). His fastball averaged 97.6 MPH on opening day.

Crochet also had an impressive spring training. In 12.2 innings, he struck out 14 batters while allowing 12 hits and one base-on-ball for three runs.

Crochet is nasty on the mound but does come with some concerns. Firstly, the workload. Crochet maxed out with 55.1 innings in 2021 and then just 25.1 in 2023. The lack of innings will lead to Crochet having strict pitch and innings limits this season. Next is the command. Crochet's career 11.8% base on balls rate is above the league average by 3.4%.

I'm not overly worried about either of these concerns for Fantasy Baseball. Crochet is going to be a good pitcher until he hits his limit. Enjoy his success while you can, and cut your losses if he starts pitching less. His command has been excellent thus far in 2024. He allowed just one base on balls during spring training and opening day combined.

Jason Foley, RP, Detroit Tigers

This year's Tigers offseason chatter involved hype surrounding Alex Lange as the closer. However, on opening day, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch turned to Jason Foley for the first save opportunity of the season.

Foley comes into the year with 142 appearances. He's earned seven saves, 34 holds, a 3.14 ERA, and a 2.93 FIP. Foley has a pitch mix representative of an elite closer. He throws a sinker, slider, and changeup. In his first appearance of 2024, the sinker averaged 99 MPH and the slider 90.3 MPH. Foley did not throw the changeup on opening day, but in 2023, it averaged 91.5 MPH.

It's not guaranteed that Foley will be the definitive closer this year, but he is off to a great start.

Abner Uribe, RP, MIL

With Devin Williams on the shelf for about three months, the closing situation in Milwaukee became cloudy. After one game, however, the fog cleared, and Abner Uribe was on the other side. The 23-year-old is that dude for the Brewers.

Uribe threw just 11 pitches to retire all three batters he faced. Uribe mixes a 100 MPH Fastball/sinker with a nice slider as well. The Brewers' youngster could be the next great closer in baseball.

Uribe struggles with command and allowed too many bases on balls in 2023 (15.7%). However, he threw eight of his 11 pitches for strikes in his 2024 debut, which could be a sign of things to come. Expect Uribe to get the next save opportunity.

Listen to Jason Beckner and DapScout give their take on the Waiver picks on YouTube or Spotify/Apple Podcasts.

 

Best of The Rest

Below you will find more players that should be considered as pickups. Throughout the season these will be broken up into position categories usually with out 25+ for both hitters and pitchers. These will typically be for members only, but for the first couple of weeks this season, we will be giving it away for free. Enjoy!

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