Guys come out of nowhere every fantasy baseball season. Last year alone, there were dozens of players that were free agents in the beginning of the season that ended up developing into reliable starters when it was all said and done.
3B Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics was a popular pickup last season and the veteran ended up posting impressive numbers. JD posted a .301 batting average with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs. He was a free agent in every format, but ended up developing into a decent weekly starter by the end of the year.
The same happened for SS Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers. The shortstop was a waiver wire pickup in the beginning of the year and quickly cemented a spot in fantasy lineups. He hit .294 with 12 home runs and staggering 44 stolen bases. Segura was just another waiver wire darling from last fantasy season.
Even if you think your team is stacked from top to bottom, it is always worth it to work the wire, because injuries happen every single season. The baseball season lasts six months and is a grueling 162 games long. It takes a large toll on a player’s body and injuries are just apart of the game. Every fantasy owner will suffer at least one devastating injury throughout the season and it is worth having a backup plan.
So if you have a poor draft and think you don’t stand a chance this fantasy season, don’t be afraid to work the waiver wire all season long.