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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets: Address Your Concerns

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So after the first two weeks you should have a decent idea of your teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Obviously two weeks doesn’t tell you the whole picture but you should still know if you have a power or speed problem or a wins and strikeouts or an ERA and WHIP problem. Now is the perfect time to address those concerns, unless you have a player who is just taking a while to heat up like Josh Donaldson, who finally hit his first two home runs on April 17. Other players like Mike Napoli or Austin Jackson are good to drop for a hot bat because at this point they seem like they will be hot bat options themselves later on.

Waiver Wire Targets

In the Batter’s Box

Credit: Karen Corby

Credit: Karen Corby

Stephen Vogt (C/1B – OAK) 14% owned – In his first season as the A’s full-time catcher Vogt is turning in a solid performance. He’s hitting .353/.421/.735 right now and had a multi-homer game this past week. His power upside, coupled with his multiple position eligibility, should make him worth an add in most formats, not just the deeper leagues.

Steven Souza (OF – TB) 38% owned in ESPN leagues – He has hit two home runs over his last two four games and is hitting a solid .278 with four stolen base son the young season. He struggled in the first week of the season but has since turned it on and he plays for a team that will be giving him plenty of playing time. He’s very similar to Wil Myers and provides plenty of power and speed upside for a young guy owned in less than 40 percent of leagues.

Jake Lamb (3B – ARI) 16% owned – Lamb has started the season on a hot streak that I suggest you ride until he cools off. Through April 17 he his hitting a crazy .440 average over 31 plate appearances and has walked in almost 20% of his plate appearances as well. He usually sits against lefties so that is a drawback but for right now is you need an average boost or a slight RBI boost I’d add him and ride this streak out. He has nine RBIs and is getting a decent amount of plate appearances on a team that is over-performing at this point in the season.

From The Mound

Jimmy Nelson (SP – MIL) 36% owned – His first go in the majors last season was a little more than disappointing as Nelson sported a 4.93 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP through 14 games last season. But through his first two starts of the 2015 season he has 1.50 ERA and a solid 12/2 strikeout to walk ratio. He has given up two earned runs through 12 innings and looks to be much improved over his disastrous campaign last season.

Credit: Keith Allison

Credit: Keith Allison

Joe Kelly (SP – BOS) 28% owned – Through two starts Kelly has shown that he can hang with some of the big bats in the American League East. Granted his best start came against a depleted and poorly-hitting Yankees team, but his most recent start was against the Orioles who pegged him for two runs. He only got through 5.2 innings but those were hard-earned innings as the disciplined Orioles’ hitters weren’t chasing any of his outside stuff. Through 12.2 innings he has a 2.13 ERA and 0.71 WHIP which, at this point in the season, everyone would be happy to have. He will continue to get plenty of run support and has a decent defense backing him.

Anthony DeSclafani (SP,RP – CIN) 13% owned – In his last outing, DeSclafani pitched seven shutout innings against the Cubs only allowing two hits while striking out five. He has a 1.38 ERA and .77 WHIP on the young season and, like the others in this column, is likely do for some regression, but he looks sharp. He is rarely missing corners and has only given up two runs through two starts against a potent Pittsburgh offense. He will be fantasy relevant throughout the whole season in my opinion.

 

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