Week 1 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Smaller Leagues
Week 1 Wavier Wire: 8-10 Man Leagues
In recent fantasy baseball seasons, there have been a ton of former free agent pickups that have gone on to have a large impact. Fantasy owners spend countless hours each week studying box scores and memorizing depth charts in order to make the perfect waiver wire pickup.
Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. However, you can’t win if you don’t play.
Each week I will go over the top free agents to target. I will include one player to look for from each position because I know people need more than starters and outfielders.
I will also have two versions of my waiver wire picks every week since there are many different depths of leagues. Some fantasy baseball leagues are smaller and only have eight total owners. Therefore, it would not be worth it to add the 20th overall closer. It doesn’t make sense, considering the level of competition around your league.
Conversely, there are some leagues that are much bigger and have between 10-14 owners. In these leagues, it would not be practical to tell you to add New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis, because he was definitely drafted this spring. Larger leagues mean there will be a more limited free agent pool, making waiver wire pickups even more important.
To help you find some reliable free agents, here are my week one waiver wire targets for any smaller leagues with under 12 owners.
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals – Perez was one of the most popular catchers in drafts this summer. He will finally get to show what he can do this year, so grab him now while he is still available.
1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles – Davis is the hottest hitter in fantasy right now. He magically has four home runs and 17 RBIs through the first five games, so grab this thumper now while you still can.
2B Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
2B Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies – Chaser has had a great start to the 2013 season. He has two doubles, one triple, and one homer through the first five games. Utley is finally looking like he is past his knee issues; so feel free to grab him off the waiver wire this week.
3B Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees
Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees – Youk has adjusted beautifully to the move to New York. He has seven hits through the first five games, including three doubles and a homer.
SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves – Simmons exploded with a .333 batting average for the Netherlands during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He went from being a bench player to a low-end starter; so don’t shy away from the 23-year-old this season. He may have an injured thumb at the moment, but it shouldn't keep him sidelined for more than a couple games.
OF Michael Morse, Seattle Mariners
OF Micheal Morse, Seattle Mariners - Morse had been on a tear this season and has already crushed four homers. If he is on your waiver wire, make sure to grab him as soon as possible.
OF Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies
OF Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies - Fowler has always been known as a roto-guy, but the fact that he has crushed two home runs this year has certainly added to his fantasy value. He may not be a 20 home run guy, but he can still be a strong third outfielder.
SP Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox
SP Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox – Peavy may not be putting up the numbers he was when he won the 2007 NL Cy Young, but he can certainly be a valuable mid-level starter.
SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers – The Korean born star has drawn a lot of attention this off-season, but the fact that he gave up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings scared more than a couple fantasy owners. However, none of the hits were for extra bases and the 26-year-old still struck out five batters. Take a shot on him in smaller leagues.
RP Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis Cardinals
RP Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis Cardinals – With Jason Motte on the Disabled List with an elbow injury, the Cards moved Boggs into the closer role. If anything, Boggs will rack up plenty of saves until Motte returns, so expect Boggs to be the free agent pickup of the week.