Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Call me Maybin

Cameron Maybin

Playing in a lot of five-outfielder leagues, I am always looking to get the next hot outfielder. And this week that is Cameron Maybin. Naturally, with only five games played it is hard to project much off this week, but the fact he has started off how he finished last year is very exciting. My other big headline this week is Steve Pearce, who could soon gain middle infield eligibility and is now playing every day for the Rays.

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. For those of you in daily leagues be sure to check out my Daily Dose article which reviews the previous days performances and attempts to pick out any note-worthy performances from a fantasy aspect.

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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Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, TB

Pearce was one of “my guys” last year and he completely crumbled. But this year he is regaining that faith in leaps and bounds. With Logan Forsythe on the DL he has become pretty much an everyday player and isn’t that far away from gaining second base eligibility, which will boost his value even further. The power is the intriguing thing here but the average interests me given that he hit 0.293 in his breakout year with the Orioles in 2014. However, the reason for the slightly tepid excitement is that there is massive regression in strikeouts coming his way at some point, and the current FB/HR rate is higher than it’s ever been. Saying that right now he is a more than useful corner infielder who could soon be middle infield eligibility in ESPN leagues (he already is in some formats) and the duel eligibility with outfield always helps.

Players I would drop for him: Mike Napoli, Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Mauer, Nick Markakis, Alex Gordon, Corey Dickerson

 

Jonathan Villar, SS, MIL

Another three steals this week just emphasises Villars importance in fantasy. As a middle infield option he is a valuable source of steals who isn’t currently hurting your batting average. Right now I have him as my 10th best shortstop, meaning I think he should be owned in all leagues. I think there is a little BABIP regression here but I don’t think we are going to see anything worse than a 0.270 hitter. And I legitimately think he could be a 40-50 steal guy this season now that he is firmly planted atop the Brewers line-up.

Players I would drop for him: Eugenio Suarez, Elvis Andrus, Starlin Castro,

 

Cameron Maybin, OF, DET

Maybin has started off really hot for the Tigers this year with a steal in each of his first four games, and then a solo home run in his fifth. I don’t think he can match his season high of 40 steals but I don’t think expecting 20-25 is too much of a stretch. It’s hard to read too much into the numbers of someone only five games into their season, but Maybin is someone I think can put it all together and have a decent season.

Players I would drop for him: Kevin Kiermaier, Deline DeShields, Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Billy Hamilton, Alex Gordon, Angel Pagan, Corey Dickerson

 

Rajai Davis, OF, CLE

Two steals and two home runs for the on fire Rajai Davis this week has seen him jump into mixed league relevance. He isn’t going to have much power the rest of season with 10 being the upper limit, but I think there is legitimate 25-plus steal potential here. Some of this week’s performance may just have been victimising the Reds but with Brantley struggling with his shoulder Davis looks to have a chance to display his skills for the short-term future. There are plenty of fringy outfielders that aren’t worth holding onto that I would drop for Davis

Players I would drop for him: Kevin Kiermaier, Deline DeShields, Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Billy Hamilton, Alex Gordon, Angel Pagan, Corey Dickerson

 

Tyler Duffey, SP, MIN

Duffey was absolutely rocked by Toronto this week but realistically that can happen to anyone against that Blue Jays line-up. What is important is that he bounces back from this and I think he is more than capable. Pitching for the Twins he is never going to have many wins but he has had some good strikeout performances this year and had given up just five runs before the Blue Jays outing.

Players I would drop for him: Garrett Richards, Tyler Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, Shelby Miller, Hector Santiago, Josh Tomlin, Mike LEake, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Fiers, Michael Pineda, Matt Wisler, Nathan Eovaldi, Matt Moore

 

Nathan Karns, SP, SEA

I wrote about Karns this week in my daily dose because this week’s start really scared me and he came through it unscathed. Oakland is another team that concerns me a little because they seem to have had his number this season. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not adding Karns even if I do sit him for that match-up. Karns has the potential for decent strikeout numbers and can offer solid control.

Players I would drop for him: Garrett Richards, Tyler Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, Shelby Miller, Hector Santiago, Josh Tomlin, Mike LEake, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Fiers, Michael Pineda

 

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