Week 3 Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 Free Agents

By Adam McGill

The fantasy baseball season may just be getting started, but this is the perfect time to fill some holes in your lineup. There is plenty of talent out in the hat, and while many owners will still be trying to solve their closer issues, you can steal some serious studs. So to help you find the best talent in the free agent pool, here are the top five players to grab off the wavier wire in Week 3.

Week 3 Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 Free Agents
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5. SP J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays

SP J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays Credit: Getty Images
Happ, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, has quietly emerged as a low-end fantasy starter this year. He has allowed fewer than two earned runs in all three starts and has lowered his ERA down to 1.89. He may come down to earth at some point, but with Toronto's lineup behind him, the right-hander should easily finish with 13-plus wins this season.

Ownership (ESPN): 23.0 percent

5. SP J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays

Happ, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, has quietly emerged as a low-end fantasy starter this year. He has allowed fewer than two earned runs in all three starts and has lowered his ERA down to 1.89. He may come down to earth at some point, but with Toronto's lineup behind him, the right-hander should easily finish with 13-plus wins this season.

Ownership (ESPN): 23.0 percent

4. 3B Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Lamb finally appears ready to break out this fantasy season. He has a .316 batting average with seven doubles, one triple and two home runs. He has also added two stolen bases, which is even more impressive considering he had only four SBs in the previous two years. Lamb is finally developing into a top-10 third basemen and will be a reliable bench option to find at this point in the season.

Ownership (ESPN): 22.4 percent

4. 3B Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks

Lamb finally appears ready to break out this fantasy season. He has a .316 batting average with seven doubles, one triple and two home runs. He has also added two stolen bases, which is even more impressive considering he had only four SBs in the previous two years. Lamb is finally developing into a top-10 third basemen and will be a reliable bench option to find at this point in the season.

Ownership (ESPN): 22.4 percent

3. SP Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies

SP Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies Credit: Gary A Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Eickhoff’s 1-2 record may not seem like much, but the 25-year-old has been solid this season. He has a glimmering 1.89 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. He has also limited opposing hitters to an embarrassing .197 batting average. The right-hander will be a solid SP4 down the stretch this fantasy season.

Ownership (ESPN): 36.0 percent

3. SP Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies

Eickhoff’s 1-2 record may not seem like much, but the 25-year-old has been solid this season. He has a glimmering 1.89 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. He has also limited opposing hitters to an embarrassing .197 batting average. The right-hander will be a solid SP4 down the stretch this fantasy season.

Ownership (ESPN): 36.0 percent

2. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Detroit Tigers

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Saltalamacchia, now with the Detroit Tigers, has been crushing the ball so far this season. The Florida native has a respectable .286 batting average to go along with five homers and 14 RBI. Salty will be the first catcher grabbed off the wavier wire this weekend, so make sure to put in an early claim for the veteran.

Ownership (ESPN): 41.2 percent

2. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Detroit Tigers

Saltalamacchia, now with the Detroit Tigers, has been crushing the ball so far this season. The Florida native has a respectable .286 batting average to go along with five homers and 14 RBI. Salty will be the first catcher grabbed off the wavier wire this weekend, so make sure to put in an early claim for the veteran.

Ownership (ESPN): 41.2 percent

1. OF Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

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Markakis has really started to heat up this April. He has a robust .302/.413 slash line to go along with nine doubles and 12 RBI. Even better, Markakis is as durable as they come as he has played in 150-plus games in eight of the last nine seasons. Markakis will be a reliable fantasy outfielder to lean on week after week.

Ownership (ESPN): 45.0 percent

1. OF Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

Markakis has really started to heat up this April. He has a robust .302/.413 slash line to go along with nine doubles and 12 RBI. Even better, Markakis is as durable as they come as he has played in 150-plus games in eight of the last nine seasons. Markakis will be a reliable fantasy outfielder to lean on week after week.

Ownership (ESPN): 45.0 percent

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