Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Waiver Wire

Padred Manuel Margot

With the opening week of the MLB season in the books let’s take a look at some waiver wire options for week two. Below are four hitters and two pitchers who I feel are worth adding and likely available in the majority of standard leagues.

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Note: The ownership percentages below are from Yahoo and for the purpose of this exercise I’m only including players who are available in at least 60% of leagues.

Manuel Margot (36% owned)

  • We knew he could be a relatively cheap source of steals and runs, but Friday’s two homer game showed there’s some pop here as well. For fantasy purposes the Padres offense is plenty usable and Margot has hit either first or second in every game so far this season.

Yangervis Solarte (34% owned)

  • Sticking with San Diego, batting behind Margot and Wil Myers also has some benefits. Solarte has gotten off to a great start, hitting .350 and driving in seven runs through five games. If that’s not enough to get your attention, I’ll add that he also offers dual position eligibility.

Corey Dickerson (33% owned)

  • I talked up Dickerson quite a bit this spring so it’s great so see that he’s off to a strong start. He’s currently leading-off against righties, which while unconventional will result in more at bats and likely increases his run total. Dickerson will still sit against some lefties so he’s most useful in a daily format.

Chris Owings (26% owned)

  • The Arizona offense hasn’t had much trouble putting runs on the board and Owings has started all but one game so far. He’s batting all over the order, though given his skill set he can deliver value regardless of where he’s being slotted. Owings offers both shortstop and outfield eligibility and is an underrated steals source in roto leagues.

Kendall Graveman (36% owned)

  • Despite being a two-start pitcher this week, most owners were reluctant to roll the dice with Graveman. Well after the righty delivered two wins, a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13 innings across those outings it’s time to change that. Graveman’s velocity is up and his sinker heavy approach should make him slightly safer than some other waiver wire options.

Joe Musgrove (33% owned)

  • With news of Colin McHugh being shut down for at least six weeks Musgrove’s rotation spot is now secure. And though he wasn’t spectacular in his first outing, this is a pitcher with a very strong minor league track record. Ultimately, his value will depend largely on if he can keep his SO/9 rate up around 8, but at the very least he should be a decent source of wins.

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