Whether in desperation to fill a hole in your lineup, or attempting to find the next fantasy baseball stud, you will likely find yourself searching for a free agent on your league’s waiver wire. If you are facing the prospect of having to fill a spot in your lineup because your player is under-performing or on the DL, here are five players likely available to pluck off of your fantasy league’s waiver wire.
Mike Moustakas – Third Base (Kansas City Royals)
Recently brought up from the minors, this highly regarded prospect has quickly assimilated himself to the majors by going 5 for 13 and a home run in his first four major league games. He also has scored five runs and drawn four walks during this span. Yes, it’s a small sampling size, but it’s worth taking a risk on the rookie, especially if you have an injured David Wright or underperforming Evan Longoria on your team.
Chase Headley – Third Base (San Diego Padres)
Another third baseman likely available as a free agent, Headley has quietly posted a .313 batting average and .400 on-base percentage since the beginning of May. Statistically, Headley is a better hitter on the road (.333) than at home in Petco Park (.235), so keep that in mind if you foresee needing to fill a gap while the Padres are on a lengthy road trip.
Miguel Olivo – Catcher (Seattle Mariners)
If you’ve lost Buster Posey for the season or are disheartened Jorge Posada owner, you now realize finding a good statistical catcher to start in your lineup is no easy task. If Olivo is available, he will give you power and RBI’s, but holds a poor batting average and will penalize you with strikeouts (already one golden sombrero this month). It’s worth the gamble in a very shallow talent pool behind the plate, especially since his recent power surge (six home runs this month alone) may inspire you to pluck him off the waiver wire.
J.J. Hardy – Shortstop/Second Base (Baltimore Orioles)
With four homers in eleven games and a batting average of .400 this month, many are jumping aboard the J.J. Hardy bandwagon ,especially as he plays a middle-infield position rarely associated with power hitters. For those who remember his 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Brewers, Hardy’s power certainly doesn’t come as a surprise (he hit 50 home runs in the aforementioned two-year span). Maybe the change of scenery with the Orioles is just what he needed to jumpstart his offensive numbers.
Dillon Gee – Pitcher (New York Mets)
On draft day in your fantasy league, the Mets pitching staff was likely ignored for the most part. Enter Gee, who has posted impressive numbers as of late and has not lost a start all season. Pay attention to Gee, as he is currently on a five-game winning streak and has seen his ERA drop to a respectable 3.05 (including an ERA 1.77 at CitiField). It is also worth taking a look at his teammate Jonathon Niese if you’re in need of more pitching help for your fantasy team.
As always, there are other diamonds in the rough, so be sure to look at what your team needs and see if you can’t improve at each position by scouring the waiver wire in your league.