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Waiver Wire: Mallex Smith runs wild
No matter what, if you play in a roto league you are always scouring for steals. And this week we have two more candidates as cheap steals options; Mallex Smith has been running wild for the Braves with seven steals in the last fortnight; and the arrival and seeming regular playing time of Tim Anderson has provided another option. The waiver wire is rounded off this week with three power options in the infield that can really help you get those dwindling power numbers up.
I have decided to mostly leave out pitching options going forward because many of the guys being named are streamers or two-start guys who end up being dropped a week or two later. However, be sure to check out the two-start and streaming articles as well as the daily dose where pitching always features heavily.
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
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, STL
Moss has added another two home runs since my last article and the power is so legit with this guy it is hard to see how the Cardinals can keep him out of the line-up. He started seven in a row before sitting out the last two against Texas and there appears to be something of a pattern evolving, but the pattern is giving him seven out of 10 games it appears and that is something well worth investing in.
Players I would drop for him: Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana, Michael Conforto, Denard Span
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
In the last two weeks Turner is hitting 0.347 with six home runs and 14 driven in. These are the sort of numbers I expected from Turner in pre-season and I am pleased to see him finally hitting to his full ability. Turner had a terrible start to the season but he wouldn’t be the first baseball player to get hot in June and have a great end to the season.
Players I would drop for him: Matt Duffy, Ryan Zimmermann, Maikel Franco
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
Three home runs in the last couple of weeks have brought Schoop back into contention. Right now he is on pace to be a 20-25 home run guy and currently his average sits in the 0.270’s, which is significantly above what I was projecting at the start of the season. If he can combine that power with a decent average, he is a very useful option in the middle infield.
Players I would drop for him: Brandon Philips, Joe Panik, Addison Russell, Starlin Castro, Jose Ramirez
Tim Anderson, SS, CWS
There have been some flashes from Anderson with four extra base hits and one steal so far. The extra base hits are nice but they actually damage his chance of getting steals. So, unless he is going to hit the balls out of the park roto owners may prefer singles followed by steals! Something that stood out for me was to see him leading off a couple of times this week as that is a real positive sign that the team trust him. Anderson offers a real cheap source of middle infield steals
Players I would drop for him: Kolten Wong, Chase Utley, Brandon Philips
Mallex Smith, OF, ATL
He may not be hitting very well this season but Mallex Smith now has five steals in the last week to take his season total to 14. This is exactly what we expected from him in terms of speed, and as he develops I expect this average will come up. Even as just a steals threat he is worth an add right now.
Players I would drop for him: Angel Pagan, Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Denard Span