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Week 1 Fantasy Baseball Wavier Wire: Larger Leagues

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Week 1 Wavier Wire: 12-14 Man Leagues

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Now that the fantasy baseball draft is finally over, it is time to take a look at the wavier wire. Even if you have weekly free agent picks or can add/drop players at will, it is still important to know who to target and who to avoid.

The first week of the season saw several players absolutely explode from a fantasy standpoint. Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis shockingly had four home runs and 17 RBIs this past week, but he is most likely long gone in your 14-man league.

In larger leagues, each free agent pickup matters. There is nowhere near the level of talent in the free agent pool in a 14-man league as there is in a 10-man league and making the right pick could be the difference between a playoff spot and the loser’s bracket. Each free agent pickup shouldn’t be wasted, so it is always important to be educated before making your selections or hitting the submit button on your computer.

It is only the first week of the season, so there is no need to panic just yet. There are still 20-plus more weeks of the fantasy season and there is ample opportunity to find a couple stars off the wavier.

To help you get the advantage in your league, here are the top players to add off the waiver wire in larger leagues.

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C John Buck, New York Mets

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C John Buck, New York Mets - Buck has always been a great home run hitter from behind the plate. He already has two long balls this year and can easily finish the season with another 20-plus homers.

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1B Ike Davis, New York Mets

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1B Ike Davis, New York Mets – Davis may only be hitting .158 right now, but his power is still there. He will never lead the NL in batting average, but expect him to once again hit more than 25 home runs.

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2B Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

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2B Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves – Uggla is as consistent as they come at second and the veteran is one of the best power options at the position.

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3B Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins

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3B Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins - TP hit his first home run of the year on Thursday and the kid has some serious opposite field power. The 26-year-old won't be on the waiver wire long, so grab him now while you still can.

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SS Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers

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SS Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers – Segura has amassed nine hits in his first five games and the 23-year-old has proven that he deserves to be the Brewers everyday shortstop.

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OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks

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OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks – Parra has been on fire in the desert this year. He has fives singles, four doubles, one triple, and one homer through the first five games.

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OF Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox

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OF Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox - Bradley quickly showed that he can be a run producer for the Bo Sox. JBJ will be a hot commodity this week in any type of dynasty league.

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SP Brandon Maurer, Seattle Mariners

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SP Brandon Maurer, Seattle Mariners – Mauerer was the most added fantasy pitcher this past week. He may have been rocked for six runs in his MLB debut, but fantasy owners should still keep an eye on him because he will get two starts in Week 2.

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SP Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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SP Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins – Fernandez posted a 14-1 record with a glimmering 1.75 ERA in the minors in 2012. He will make his major league debut on Sunday and the 20-year-old will be a sneaky waiver wire pick in dynasty leagues.

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Any Detroit Tiger Reliever

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The Detroit Tigers have used a closer-by-commitee approach so far this year. At this point, it would be worth it to have any of Detroit's relievers. Roll the dice and take a shot on one of them.