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Waiver Wire What To Do's May 11th 2016

Updated on May 11, 2016

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We’ve reached the point in the year when you know where your team stands. Maybe your pitching staff lived up to your draft day dreams. Maybe your hitters are tearing the cover off the ball. Maybe both. More than likely, though, you are in need of help somewhere. Sometimes the trade market is a bit fickle at this point of the year. People don’t want to give up on someone who started slow. Maybe an owner isn’t buying high on someone you’d like to unload. Lucky for you there is help to be found elsewhere. I’m talking about the waiver wire of course! That’s why you’re here isn’t it? Here are five players widely available who can possibly help your team right now.

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox (66% owned standard ESPN leagues)

This is not the first time I’ve stumped for Shaw. I mentioned him two weeks ago and since then his ownership has increased by 20 percent. That can only mean that everyone who reads my blogs has added him. There’s no other explanation. Anywho, if you did listen to me you’ve reaped the rewards as in those past two weeks Shaw has put up a triple slash line of .327/.373/.636 with nine extra base hits, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored in 14 games. Not too shabby. If you didn’t listen to me, that is what you missed. That said, he is still available in a third of the leagues out there. If he happens to be out there in your league do yourself a favor and add him. Pablo Sandoval is done for the year so any questions about job security are no more. His average draft position was 260 and right now he is one of the best third baseman in the game. He can also slot in at first or if you have an IF spot. Until his ownership rises I’m going to continue to plug him right here.

Rich Hill, SP, Oakland Athletics (59% owned)

If you could only have one Oakland pitcher on your fantasy team this year odds are you would take Sonny Gray. There’s nothing wrong with that. Gray has been superb during his time in the majors and looks to be one of the best in the game. This season, however, he isn’t even the best on his own team. That goes to Mr. Hill who parlayed four nice starts for Boston at the end of last year into a one-year deal with Oakland. Hill, who hasn’t started double-digit games since 2009 has now reeled off seven straight quality starts. His shiny 2.39 ERA would look good on any fantasy team and he is striking out 11 batters per nine innings. Maybe the workload will catch up with him. Maybe it won’t. For now though, Hill is a must-own in any format.

Fernando Rodney, RP, San Diego Padres (48% owned)

When the Padres signed Rodney in the offseason it was a highly questionable move. The closer turned 39 during Spring Training and was coming off a trainwreck 2015 in which he compiled a 4.74 ERA and 1.40 WHIP while saving just 16 games. He looked done in Seattle though he did pitch well in a short stint with the Chicago Cubs. That seemed to be enough for San Diego to give him a chance and so far it has paid off in a big way. Rodney is a perfect eight-for-eight in save chances this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings. He’s striking out more than a batter per inning and is resembling the pitcher that led the league in saves in 2014. If you are in need of saves Rodney is certainly worth adding. He may not get as many opportunities in San Diego as some of the other top-tier closers on better teams do but a save is a save no matter how you slice it.

Kevin Gausman, SP/RP, Baltimore Orioles (48% owned)

Coming into the season everyone knew Baltimore’s rotation would be a weakness. They lost their ace Wei-Yin Chen to Miami during free agency and their big pitching acquisition, Yovani Gallardo, is on the disabled list. Well, it looks like some help has arrived from within. Gausman made his fourth start of the year last night against the Twins and it was his third straight of the quality variety. His only other start was five innings of one run ball. He has yet to pick up a win but he is sporting a miniscule 2.16 ERA and 0.80 WHIP while recording 23 strikeouts in 25 innings. It wasn’t long ago that he flashed signs he could be a front of the rotation starter. Is this the season he takes that next step? I’m betting it is and have added Gausman to one of my teams. Odds are he has more upside than your lowest valued starter. Make the switch.

Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins (36% owned)

In 2014, his first full season in the bigs, Ozuna clubbed 23 home runs and drove in 85. Many, myself included, thought 2015 would bring even bigger numbers. Many, myself included, were wrong. Ozuna struggled out of the gate and was sent back to the minors which he likened to prison. During the offseason rumors swirled that owner Jeffrey Loria wanted to move Ozuna. The coaching staff was adamant that would be foolish and so far the early results side with the coaches. Ozuna is slashing .294/.344/.504 and has recorded multiple hits in six of his past seven games. Prior to the hot streak he was available in nearly 85% of leagues and he is still widely available. If the time to strike is when the iron’s hot, well, I don’t know when it will be hotter. Add Ozuna immediately and enjoy the breakout season a year after we all expected it.

Have questions about a player I didn’t mention? Feel free to leave comments or questions below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Want to reach me in a more direct manner? Find me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy.


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