2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

This is the second week of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball season, and the Week 2 Waiver Wire is heating up. These players are the top adds of the week.

Michael Conforto barely missed our cutoff line and would easily be the top Waiver Wire add if he was available. Brady Singer is another player who missed the cut. After striking out 10 batters in his 2024 debut, Fantasy Baseball managers rushed to add him.

Five players are listed and discussed as the top 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire adds. Below them are an additional 28 players. All 33 have a roster percentage below 40%. Don't wait too long; your opponents are always looking for the upper hand.

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2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Tanner Houck, SP, Boston Red Sox

Former first-round pick Tanner Houck is getting another shot at the Red Sox starting rotation. He made 21 starts in 2023 but was unimpressive after posting a 5.01 ERA, 4.43 FIP, and a below-average 21.4% strikeout rate.

Houck looks ready to silence the doubters after torching the Oakland Athletics in his season debut. The six-foot-five righty earned the win after throwing six shutout innings. He struck out 10 batters and allowed just three base hits. I know it's the Athletics, but Houck's game can't be ignored.

According to Baseball Savant, Houck added an inch of horizontal movement to his sinker and over four inches to his slider. He also added nine inches of vertical movement to his cutter and over four inches to his splitter. Houck also dropped the four-seamer from his arsenal.

Houck's new repertoire could lead to great success, and he is well worth adding to your Fantasy Baseball roster.

Brice Turang, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

Brice Turang is a sneaky player on the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire. He impressed early last season before eventually coming to a halt and slashing a measly .218/.285/.300 in 137 games.

After his downturn in 2023, I wasn't expecting much from the former top-100 prospect. Clearly, that was a mistake. Turang is slashing .368/.409/.474 through six games. His six stolen bases are tied with Jarren Duran for the MLB lead.

I'm still not entirely sold on Turang. He doesn't hit the ball hard at all, and he bats at the bottom of the Brewers' lineup. Still, Turang could be a sneaky, worthwhile addition.

Ronel Blanco, SP, Houston Astros

The hottest Week 2 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire add is Ronel Blanco. After throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, Fantasy managers are left questioning whether it was a fluke.

I'm here to say that Blanco is, in fact, the real deal. His stuff was filthy and completely unhittable. The Blue Jays chased 35.3% of pitches outside the zone, making contact on just 33.3% of those swings. Both are better than the league average.

Another impressive stat is Blanco's 48.1% edge rate and 69% first-pitch strike rate. Not only did he get them to swing at balls outside the zone, but he also excelled at painting the corners and getting ahead in the count.

If that's not enough, look at Blanco's spring training stats. He pitched 15.2 shutout innings and recorded a 32.7% strikeout rate and a .118 batting average against.

His next matchup is against the Texas Rangers. It will be tough, but I'm willing to bet on his success.

Orlando Arcia, SS, Atlanta Braves

One of my favorite sleepers this year was Orlando Arcia. However, after his hot start, managers can no longer afford to leave the Atlanta Braves shortstop on the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire.

Through 26 plate appearances, Arica is slashing .458/.500/.667 with three runs and two RBI. Five of his 11 hits have gone for doubles. He's added two bases on balls and struck out five times.

Arcia is averaging roughly the same rate of barrels (6.7%) and hard hits (40%) as he did in 2023. He's not doing anything new, but he didn't need to. In 2023, he slashed .264/.321/.420 with 17 home runs, 66 runs, and 65 RBI.

Ideally, we want his OBP to rise, but .321 is above his career average of .302. If he finds a way to build on his OBP from last season and set a new career high, then he can be a force in Fantasy Baseball. One of my favorite sayings in baseball is, "Hitting is contagious." This saying rings even more true when you play for one of the best teams in baseball.

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Andrew Heaney, SP, Texas Rangers

The final pitcher on the Waiver Wire is Andrew Heaney. The southpaw had a decent 2024 debut but failed to make it out of the fifth inning. On the other hand, he struck out seven batters.

His next matchup comes against the Houston Astros and he is worthy of a speculative add.

Best of the Rest

Here are an additional 15 batters and 13 pitchers who should also be considered for Waiver Wire pickups. Throughout the season, I will break these down by categories or positions. This is the last week to get these extra recommendations for free; after this, they will only be available to our All-Access members. Enjoy!

Hitters

J.D. Davis and Brendan Donovan are my favorites here. Davis is finding himself at home with the Athletics after signing with them this spring. He has eight hits and one base on balls in 28 plate appearances. The run production will be slim in Oakland but Davis will get his opportunities batting in the heart of the order.

On the other hand, Donovan bats at the top of the Cardinals lineup. He was forced to sit out on Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals home opener but is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Donovan is riding a five-game hit streak in which he's scored five runs and six RBI.

Jose Siri is the man to target if you need stolen bases. His four are good for third-best in MLB. He also had above-average power, but that has yet to show up this season.

Pitchers

Logan Allen and Zack Littell are both returning members for the best of the rest. Both of these players are solid options to add, but neither is my favorite.

My favorite from this group is Seth Lugo who has allowed just one earned run in his first two appearances of 2024. In 12.2 innings, he struck out just seven batters. He averages a career 24.3% strikeout rate which gives me reason enough to believe his strikeout numbers will rise. After posting 146.1 innings last year, it wouldn't be surprising to see him achieve more than 150 this season.

Shelby Miller is an interesting target here. The veteran reliever is not likely a candidate for save opportunities, but he has yet to allow a base hit through six innings. He does have one hold on the year thus far.


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