Waiver Wire: They’ve been Carter-ed

Chris Carter

Who else could headline this week than the powerful beast that is Chris Carter. Five home runs, including two two home run games, is the stuff fantasy owners dream of. Carter is a legitimate 40 home run threat this season and someone that is worth swallowing the cold streaks in order to bask in the sun rays of his power. Carter is a guy I invest in every year and this year I nearly couldn’t do it to myself but I am glad I stayed on the horse for one more trip over the fences (get it horse and carter?).

Now is the time to start panicking if you are about to go 0-5 or 1-4 and maybe shift some of those struggling guys like Freddie Freeman. On the counter if you are riding high now is also the time to sell on the Mark Trumbo’s and dare I say Chris Carter’s of the world to try and prise away the Freeman’s of the world. That sound confusing? Yeah OK I just contradicted myself but if you are 5-0 riding Mark Trumbo then you might need a back-up plan but if you are 0-5 then what do you have to lose?

For pitching streamers and two start options check out Ron and Damian’s articles this week and be sure to keep up to date with the latest news by listening to the 60 Feet 6 inches podcast.

I have tried to identify for each player here some guys who are owned in a greater percentage of leagues at their position that I would replace these guys with. If you have any specific questions be sure to get in touch with me @benrolfe15 or for our whole team send your question to @60ftpodcast

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JT Realmuto, C, MIA

JT has been on a real hot streak this past couple of weeks and has even seen time in the leadoff spot for the Marlins with Gordons departure to suspension. Realmuto is a catcher I had decent hopes for entering the season and he has turned his slow start around to a point where I feel he is a must own catcher given the playing time and opportunities I see him getting.

Players I would drop for him: Russell Martin

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, BOS

Shaw added his third home run of the season but a tough series against the White Sox has seen his bat cool off a little. I still think a hot streak is coming and whilst I’m not dropping Freddie Freeman or Mark Trumbo for him I would definitely be looking to try and use them in a trade for Shaw and another piece is I can.

Players I would drop for him: Byung Ho Park, Mark Teixeira, Nick Castellanos

Players I would trade away for him: Freddie Freeman, Mark Trumbo

Chris Carter, 1B, MIL

Carter now has 10, yes TEN, home runs on the season after adding another five in the last week. He is hitting for an insanely high, for him, 0.274 average which is sure to regress but there is legit 40+ homer power especially in that park. There will be a cold streak so if you can sell high I might look to do it but right now it is a hell of a lot fun to own him.

Players I would drop for him: Byung Ho Park, Mark Teixeira

Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, TB

A deeper league option but two home runs in two days and three in 10 puts Pearce right back on the fantasy radar. Playing time is a major issue but in deeper leagues with decent sized benches this is a platoon option I might gamble on.

Players I would drop for him: Pedro Alvarez, Mike Napoli, Ben Paulsen, Adam Lind, Matt Adams

Brandon Philips, 2B, CIN

Another two home run in two days guy gives him three on the season to go with three steals. Philips isn’t going to be a top 10 guy by any means but he could be a respectable top 15 which is a good middle infielder. As for dropping guys, I can’t face waiting for Dee and there are some decent second base options so far this season making it hard to find anyone obvious to drop.

Players I would drop for him: Dee Gordon

Javier Baez, 2B, ChC

I do have concerns over the playing time but when Joe Maddon is positively singing about a guy’s defensive ability then I think he might soon have more opportunities. Baez has hit well so far this season and if he gets a shot everyday he could be a 30/20 guy with the ceiling to go higher. Exciting but hard to pull the trigger too fast.

Players I would drop for him: Kolten Wong, Jonathan Schoop

Matt Duffy, 3B, SF

Duffy is starting to come around as we enter May after a tough April and is a guy whose value can only go up. This is a guy you can get on the cheap now and possibly flip later when he goes through a really nice patch. From here on in I think Duffy’s floor is a good batting average and nothing else and that is something I can live with.

Players I would drop for him: Nick Castellanos

Jonathan Villar, SS, MIL

Villar now has SEVEN steals in the last 10 days and is doing enough to keep the Brewers interested in him. Villar is capable of handling other positions if Arcia is promoted and his speed and improved plate discipline is something I want to get my hands on. Villar is a great steals option at a really bad position where there is not a lot on the waiver wire.

Players I would drop for him: Alcides Escobar, Jordy Mercer, Ketel Marte, Marcus Semien, Erick Aybar

Danny Santana, SS/OF, MIN

The four steals in the last week have me more than intrigued and when you chuck in the home run this week I may even be a little more than just intrigued. There isn’t much power and the plate discipline is poor but the Twins know what Santana is and they are letting him run wild on the base paths. If you are in a hole at short, then this is a guy I am gambling on for a few weeks. Definitely a guy to look at if you are waiting for Peralta to return in six weeks or so.

Players I would drop for him: Eduardo Escobar, Alexei Ramirez, Jordy Mercer, Ketel Marte, Marcus Semien, Erick Aybar, Jedd Gyorko

Gerrardo Parra, OF, COL

Gerrardo Parra

Parra is making good on his opportunity in Coors hitting 0.295 with three home runs and five steals. There will be barren patches and road trips may be tough to swallow, although he has done OK this time around, but the reward is a potential 20/20 guy with some upside from a summer in Coors to come.

Players I would drop for him: Corey Dickerson, Colby Rasmus

Odubel Herrera, OF, PHI

A home run this week takes Herrera to three on the season but even though the power and the speed, four steals, are nice it’s the plate discipline that is the eye catcher. He has nearly as many walks as he had in the whole of last season and he is hitting 0.316. All of this getting on base has seen Herrera score 17 runs, close to 100 run pace, which is pretty extraordinary for guy in such a lousy line-up. This is a guy I think has a big future as one or two hitter for the Phillies and is someone I want in on in all formats this year.

Players I would drop for him: Corey Dickerson, Colby Rasmus, Billy Hamilton, Kevin Pillar

Khris Davis, OF, OAK

I can promise you it won’t be pretty but when its good it will be great. When davis gets hot no park in the majors can hold his power and three home runs in two games at home have shown that. If you need power then Davis is a great option for a 4th/5th outfielder. If he gets cold you can always bench him but that is more of a daily league tactic for me. Pick him up now and try and sell him if he hits a couple more bombs is another intriguing option for me.

Players I would drop for him: Corey Dickerson, Colby Rasmus, Billy Hamilton, Kevin Pillar, Deline DeShields, Alex Gordon

 

Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL

Three great starts spanning 19 innings so far this season for Gausman is something to be excited about. The strikeouts concern me, 14, but the just three runs given up definitely don’t. He is unlucky to have a 0-1 record so far given his 1.42 ERA but that is the sort of thing that will take care of itself the way he is pitching. His next start against Minnesota is definitely an intriguing one and os one I would like to take advantage of by getting him on my roster this weekend.

Players I would drop for him: Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, Colin McHugh, JA Happ, Anibal Sanchez, Adam Wainwright

Adam Conley, SP, MIA

13 shutout innings will always get you talked about and that is exactly the case for Conley who has dealt with Arizona and Milwaukee with 13 strikeouts. The Arizona performance was especially promising given the four walks in both of the previous two games. He gets to pitch in a pitcher friendly park and that will protect from his inconsistencies somewhat making this a gamble I want to take.

Players I would drop for him: Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, Colin McHugh, JA Happ, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Wood, RA Dickey, Derek Holland, Adam Wainwright

Sean Manaea, SP, OAK

A tough couple of starts for the prospects but in both cases it looks to be the stamina and not the stuff that has got him in trouble. A monster fifth innings for the Mariners this week ruined a six strikeout game that until then had been a shutout. He is only going to improve and I want in on the ground floor especially in keeper leagues. There is no harm in taking a gamble on this kid especially given the players that are owned on the suggestion list below.

Players I would drop for him: Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, Colin McHugh, JA Happ, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Wood, RA Dickey, Derek Holland, Adam Wainwright

Chris Tillman, SP, BAL

Since his six run outing in Texas Tillman has been close to lights out with 3 ER in 19.2 IP with 22 strikeouts. I have been bitten enough by Tillman to keep him below the young upside players above in this list but there is definitely some interest there for me on a start by start basis.

Players I would drop for him: Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, JA Happ, Anibal Sanchez, Adam Wainwright

Once again be sure to check out Ron and Damian’s pitching articles over the weekend and subscribe, download and listen to the 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast for all the latest news and advice regarding pick-ups and streaming options for week two.

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