Week 2 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Smaller Leagues

Week 2 Waiver Wire

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The 2014 fantasy baseball season has officially started and that means it is time to start fixing the holes in your lineup. To help you sort through the heap, here are some of the top waiver wire pickups in 8 or 10-man baseball leagues.

Catcher - Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds

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Catcher - Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds

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Mesoraco was on the DL for most of the first two weeks of the fantasy season with a nagging oblique injury, but he returned in a big way this past week. In his first two games, Meso amassed one single, two doubles, and a two-run homer. He can be a great full-time starter to find on the wire right now.

First Base - Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals

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First Base - Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals

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LaRoche has been an underrated power hitter for some time, but the veteran has already racked up two homers and nine RBIs through the team’s first nine contests. The veteran has played in 150 or more games in four straight seasons and will be in the lineup every game.

Second Base - Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

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Second Base - Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

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Ackley has notoriously been a slow starter, but he has posted strong numbers right out of the gate in 2014. He has three extra base hits on the year and the veteran has already driven in six runs. He may officially be in the outfield, but he will be able to qualify at second for one more year. Don't be afraid to take advantage of Ackley's positional eligibility this fantasy season.

Third Base - Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

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Third Base - Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

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Frazier’s two homer outburst last week didn’t capture the attention of the fantasy world like many thought it would. The third baseman can still be found in close to a quarter (21%) of ESPN formats and will be a major upgrade over some of the less attractive options at the hot corner.

Outfield - Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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Outfield - Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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While I don’t think Blackmon will have much long-term value, even after the move into the outfield, I do think he is worth owning in 100% of leagues. He has a jaw-dropping .471 batting average/.706 Slugging Percentage and the 27-year-old has only struck out once through the first 10 games. Blackmon is one of the hottest hitters in the league and deserves to be owned.

Outfield - Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants

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Outfield - Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants

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Pagan has hit safely in all nine of the team’s games this season. He currently has an insane .452 batting average and the veteran has driven in eight runs already. He is a must-own in all fantasy formats.

Starting Pitchers - Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves

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Starting Pitchers - Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves

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Despite all of Atlanta’s rotation setbacks this season, Harang has had a magical start to the 2014 season. He has a 0.71 ERA through 12.2 innings of work and has struck out 12 batters. Harang can be a serviceable veteran to add off the wire in Week 2.

Starting Pitcher - Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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Starting Pitcher - Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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Hudson has started off quickly on the west coast by going 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 0.64 WHIP in his first two starts. The 38-year-old will always eat up innings and will be a great low-end starter to be able to rely on in the later months of the fantasy season.

Closer - Jose Valverde, New York Mets

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Closer - Jose Valverde, New York Mets

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The news of Bobby Parnell’s season-ending elbow injury, Valverde’s fantasy stock goes through the roof. He has 287 saves on his professional resume and can be a decent SP2 for the rest of the way. Steal him now, because this will be the last week he is still sitting on the wire.


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