2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

Alec Burleson | Alec Marsh | Matt Waldron

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire highlights six top adds and pickups to make this week. Whether you consider these players undervalued or under-rostered, it's time to claim them in your leagues.

This week, the top Waiver Wire players include two surging St. Louis Cardinals, a nifty knuckleballer, a pitcher making a repeat appearance, and two middle infielders/utility men. Below these 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire adds are 30+ extra players to consider adding.

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Nolan Gorman, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

Some (me) picked the slugging Nolan Gorman as one of the top second basemen in Fantasy Baseball. Then the season started, and he became a massive disappointment. Through the end of April, Gorman slashed .196/.261/.363 with five doubles, four home runs, seven runs, and 12 RBI. It got even worse, and Gorman hit a low from May 1 to May 9 when he went hitless in 14 at-bats.

After this terrible stretch, something clicked for Gorman and the entire St. Louis lineup. Since May 10, Gorman has 10 hits in 29 at-bats. These include two doubles and four home runs. Gorman scored 10 runs and nine RBI in this span.

Patience is working out for the managers who drafted Gorman or bought low on him. However, he is still available in greater than 40% of leagues. When Gorman gets hot, he is a Silver Slugger-caliber player.

Alec Marsh, SP, Kansas City Royals

Alec Marsh is making the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire for the second week in a row. Marsh's roster percentage still sits at 26% despite pitching a quality start in his last game.

The right-hander has made three appearances since returning from the injured list on May 10. He's combined to throw 16.1 innings and 19 strikeouts. He allowed five earned runs in this span. He has made eight starts on the season, and his 2.72 ERA is excellent. However, his 3.28 FIP and 4.11 xFIP indicate he may get a little lucky on the mound. These are not reasons enough to worry, though.

Marsh is a two-start pitcher this week. The first game is Monday at Minnesota. The Twins have the fourth-fewest runs and fifth-lowest OPS over the last 15 days.

Marsh's second start is at home on Saturday versus the San Diego Padres. The Padres are tied with the Twins for the fourth-fewest runs but have a slightly better OPS that ranks ninth-worst over the last 15 days.

Alec Burleson, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

The second St. Louis Cardinal to make the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire is one that flew under the radar for a while. Alec Burleson was supposed to only be a bench bat for the Cardinals, but he is turning out to be much more. He successfully carved out an everyday role in the lineup (one of the hottest lineups in MLB). The outfielder is on an eight-game hitting streak and scored seven runs in this span.

He isn't flashy and was never a top-100 prospect, but Burleson is putting in the work for Fantasy managers. He is slashing an impressive .298/.328/.458 with a 126 wRC+ and .344 wOBA. The left-hander is also sporting a .285 xBA and .451 xSLG. These numbers are this high because of his 90.2 MPH average exit velocity, which ranks in the 67th percentile.

Burleson is a great fourth outfielder or utility player to target this week. He has a chance of staying on rosters for the long haul. The Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 games, largely due to Burleson, Gorman, and teammate Masyn Winn.

Dylan Moore, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, Seattle Mariners

Is this finally the Dylan Moore breakout that fans and Fantasy Baseball managers have been waiting for? Moore made his MLB debut in 2019 and, despite his stellar skill set, has yet to make his mark in Fantasy Baseball truly. However, he looks better than ever, and it's time to pay attention.

Through 149 plate appearances, Moore is slashing .242/.356/.492 with a 144 wRC+ and .368 wOBA. He has nine doubles, two triples, and six home runs. He's scored 18 runs and 19 RBI as well. As per usual with Moore, he is also proving to be a threat on the basepaths with eight stolen bases in 42 games.

Mariners manager Scott Servais seems intent on playing Moore every day, as he has played every spot besides catcher this year. When looking at Moore's Baseball Savant, it's easy to see why. Moore ranks above average in xwOBA, average exit velocity, barrel rate, hard-hit rate, chase rate, and launch-angle sweet-spot rate.

Matt Waldron, SP, San Diego Padres

The nifty knuckleballer finally makes the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire. Matt Waldron is one of the top streaming options this week. The right-hander has pitched at least five innings in his last three games. He struck out 23 batters over this span while allowing just five earned runs.

It's not like Waldron did this against bad teams, either. The teams he faced were the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cincinnati Reds. His SIERA in this span was an excellent 2.76. His FIP was 2.39, while his xFIP was 2.90. Waldron excelled at limiting hard-hit balls, keeping the walks to a minimum, and earning the crucial out with runners on base.

Waldron's next start will be on Tuesday versus the Miami Marlins. Over the last 15 days, the Marlins rank 18th in runs and 14th in OPS. They also have the 20th most strikeouts and second-fewest walks.

Waldron needs a roster spot in every Fantasy Baseball league for Week 9.

Edmundo Sosa, 3B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies

This add is for the deeper leagues with 14 or 15 teams, but that shouldn't diminish Edmundo Sosa's play. Sosa is excelling while filling in for the injured Trea Turner. Since May 3, Sosa has 17 hits, including four doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He scored 14 runs and 10 RBI in this span.

In 76 plate appearances this season, the infielder is slashing .338/.427/.615 with a 194 wRC+ and .448 wOBA.

Sosa is a deeper league addition because Turner should return to play in the next few weeks. Once that happens, Sosa will probably find himself on the bench for more games than not. Until then, he is providing lots of Fantasy Baseball value and should be scooped off the Week 9 Waiver Wire.

Best of the Rest

This week, the Best of the Rest section is formatted a bit differently. The players are still separated by position groups, but they are placed in tables. My hope is that this makes it easier for you all to read and understand. The stats listed by each player are their 14-day stats. More than 30 players are included in this section. They are guaranteed to help you win the week.

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