2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire has two shallow league options for managers to add or pick up in their 10-12 team Fantasy Baseball leagues. Below them are six additional players considered top options in the deeper 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues.

We continue using the shallow league options to discuss players with a roster percentage lower than it should be. While these two players are not widely available in 12-14-team leagues, they could be available in 10-team Fantasy Baseball leagues. This week, the section includes Tanner Houck, coming off a complete-game shutout, and the red-hot Daulton Varsho. If these two players are available in your Fantasy league, they must be added and picked up off the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire immediately.

After them, Edward Cabrera and Kerry Carpenter lead the other top options off as players to target in deeper leagues. If the shallow league options are unavailable, then these six Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire options are the best players to add.

For our All-Access members, there are an additional 30 players to view that are also worthy of consideration when looking through your Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire. These players are broken down into categories for you to pick what helps you most.

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2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Shallow League Options

Daulton Varsho, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Leading off our Week 4 Waiver Wire is Daulton Varsho. After recording a slim .235 on-base percentage through his first 11 games, Varsho has reached base safely in seven of his last eight appearances. He's also belted four home runs in this span and recorded his first stolen base of the season.

After his initial struggles, Varsho was on the Waiver Wire in many Fantasy Baseball leagues. However, with this recent stretch, he is pushing himself back onto the rosters of the same managers who dropped him.

On the season, he is slashing .218/.295/.473 with 122 wRC+, 12 runs, and eight RBI. His power is strong, and his .255 ISO ranks him 20th in MLB.

Tanner Houck, SP, Boston Red Sox

What else must Tanner Houck do before his roster percentage reaches 90%? The up-and-coming right-hander threw a complete game shutout against the Cleveland Guardians (who rank 11th in OPS and second in runs scored) this week, and his roster percentage is still hovering around 70%.

Houck looks better than ever, and it's not a fluke, either. His pitch usage has entirely changed from a season ago. He relies more on his slider, sinker, and split-finger, while he almost wholly dropped his cutter and four-seam fastball.

This has put the 27-year-old in a prime position for a breakout season. He owns a 1.35 ERA, 2.04 FIP, 26.7% strikeout rate, and 1.9% base-on-ball rate. His batting average against (.218) and WHIP (0.90) are both elite.

Houck is scheduled to be a two-start pitcher this week. His first game will be against the Cleveland Guardians, whom he just threw a shutout against, while his second game will be against the Chicago Cubs in Boston.

Other Top Options

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins

Cabrera leads off the Other Top Options portion of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire. Cabrera made his season debut on April 15 against the San Francisco Giants. It was an awe-inspiring debut against a decent lineup. Cabrera struck out 10 batters in six innings, allowing just one earned run off five hits and one base-on-balls. He also recorded a 41.5% Whiff rate.

Cabrera utilized his changeup, curveball, and fastball as usual, but he dropped his sinker and threw his slider twice as much as he did last season. This could benefit the right-hander, as the sinker was arguably his worst pitch a season ago (-2 run value).

Through 44 career appearances, Cabrera has earned a 3.93 ERA, 4.65 FIP, 26.6% strikeout rate, and 13.7% base-on-ball rate. The 26-year-old also allows an average of 1.19 home runs per nine innings.

Cabrera's next start is Sunday, April 21, against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs rank seventh in MLB with a .750 OPS and are tied for third with 109 runs scored. It's not an easy matchup for any pitcher, but managers should still look to Cabrera for Fantasy Baseball purposes.

Kerry Carpenter, OF, Detroit Tigers

Kerry Carpenter is my favorite batter of the week. Through 63 plate appearances, he is slashing .328/.371/.621 with a 184 wRC+. The big issue with Carpenter and why he is still available in most leagues is that he hardly ever plays against left-handed pitchers. He has recorded just three at-bats versus southpaws this season.

However, when the slugger is in the field, he is bound to make some noise with the bat. Being on the strong side of the platoon is enough for me to consider Carpenter an excellent addition this week. In the next eight games, the Tigers face just one left-hander.

Carpenter is doing an excellent job of hitting the ball hard, as his hard-hit rate (51.3%) and barrel rate (17.9%) rank in the 89th and 97th percentile, respectively. This led to him having excellent expected stats. His xBA (.292), xwOBA (.415), and xSLG (.643) rank in the 83rd, 94th, and 97th percentile as well. Among batters with at least 50 plate appearances, Carpenter's ISO (.293) ranks 11th.

Amed Rosario, 2B/SS/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Amed Rosario found his way into an everyday role with the Tampa Bay Rays. He spends time in the infield and outfield, increasing his positional eligibility in most Fantasy Baseball leagues.

Rosario is turning in a stretch of baseball that could be the best of his six-year career thus far. He is slashing .333/.343/.515 with four doubles, one triple, and two home runs across 67 plate appearances. He's scored six runs and 10 RBI while earning two stolen bases.

Rosario is also turning in career-best numbers for hard-hit rate (49.1%), barrel rate (9.4%), and strikeout rate (14.6%). He is seeing the ball better than ever, and it's showing in his production.

Yariel Rodriguez, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Yariel Rodriguez is a bit frustrating because he is so good and has so much talent, but it's a given that he won't last longer than four innings—at least for now.

In two starts, Rodriguez has allowed seven hits and two earned runs through 7.2 innings while striking out 13 batters. Despite the lack of innings, I'm targeting Rodriguez everywhere due to his elite strikeout ability. The innings will come around eventually and even with the amount he is currently getting, Rodriguez is still worth an add.

Rodriguez mixes in five different pitches, but the four-seamer (47.1%) and slider (36.8%) combine to make up more than 80% of his total pitches. This could be trouble for Rodriguez, but the batters he faces have hardly shown any signs of life against him.

James McArthur, RP, Kansas City Royals

James McArthur is the top relief pitcher still widely available on the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire. McArthur is in a valuable position due to the Royals' early success, which has resulted in 13 wins and seven losses. The Royals' closer has earned five save opportunities, achieving the save in four of them. He also added a hold to his stat line. His four saves are tied with four other pitchers for the ninth most in MLB.

McArthur is not a flamethrowing closer. Instead, he throws his curveball more than any other pitch at 39.3% of the time. His secondary pitches are a sinker (94.4 MPH) and a slider. McArthur still strikes batters out at an impressive 28.6% rate despite lacking a top-end fastball.

Jesse Winker, OF, Washington Nationals

Jesse Winker has been one of my favorite players in Major League Baseball for years due to his elite ability to reach base. However, due to a rash of injuries, fans haven't been able to see him play often. Now, with his fourth team in four years, we are finally witnessing Winker return to his previous form.

I'll admit it: I'm scared to suggest Winker as a top Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire add because it almost feels inevitable that he will wind up on the injured list at some moment. But how long can we go without recognizing how great he's been early on this season?

Winker is slashing .345/.458/.552 with 12 runs and six RBI. He bats in the top of the order most nights, and his elite on-base percentage allows him to score every night.

The veteran outfielder's Baseball Savant page is lit up bright red. His xwOBA (.418), xBA (.309), and xSLG (.512) all rank in the 85th percentile or higher. He is also posting an above-average strikeout rate (19.4%), base on balls rate (12.5%), and whiff rate (21.3%).

It might not last all season long, but add Winker while he's hot and see how much he can help any Fantasy Baseball team.

Best of the Rest

This week, the Best of the Rest contains 30 players. Once again, these players are separated by category so that Fantasy managers know what they are getting themselves into with each player. A new addition this week is my "Favorites of the Week." In this section, I highlight and discuss two players, one hitter and one pitcher, who deserve a little extra love.

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