Fantasy Baseball: Week 3 Waiver Wire

Diamondbacks David Peralta

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

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.

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David Peralta | OF | Arizona Diamondbacks
(38% owned)

  • Over the past calendar year Peralta has gone from being one of the trendiest fantasy sleepers to completely overlooked. While health will always be a concern and Arizona’s outfield has some moving pieces, the early returns are encouraging. Peralta has a pair of homers and steals through the first two weeks and is an intriguing power/speed combo in deeper leagues.

Chase Headley | 3B | New York Yankees
(29% owned)

  • To be clear, I’m not actually buying into Headley and he’s by no means a long-term solution to your fantasy needs. That said, he’s hot and that even includes three steals. The sole fact that he’s currently hitting towards the middle of the order at least guarantees some counting stats so ride the streak and dump him when he cools off in a week or two.

Cesar Hernandez | 2B | Philadelphia Phillies
(17% owned)

  • Being an everyday player who hits leadoff is usually enough to get you on the fantasy radar so the low ownership percentage here was a bit surprising to me. Hernandez has the skills to be a plus in batting average and can certainly steal 20+ bags if he were to improve his success rate in that area. The Phillies offense is competent enough for him to threaten 80 runs and his two early season homers are pleasant surprise.

Jorge Polanco | 2B/SS | Minnesota Twins
(13% owned)

  • I really liked Polanco as an AL-only option heading into this year and after two weeks I think there’s a case to be made for him in deeper roto leagues as well. There’s double digit upside in both homers and steals here to go along with eligibility at three separate infield positions. Polanco’s hot start has also seen him get moved up in the order, including hitting third and cleanup in a pair of recent games.

Francisco Liriano | P | Toronto Blue Jays
(39% owned)

  • Shame on you if one bad start was enough for you to give up on Liriano. The erratic lefty was dominant in his second outing against a tough Baltimore lineup and clearly still has the upside to be relevant even in shallower mixers. It must also be noted that his terrible debut against Tampa came with Saltalamacchia behind the plate and not Russell Martin, with whom Liriano has terrific career numbers.

Luis Severino | P | New York Yankees
(30% owned)

  • Like his teammate Michael Pineda, Severino has a lethal fastball slider combination. The 17 strikeouts across his first 12 innings are evidence of that. The real issue is if Severino can ever develop a change-up and avoid tipping his pitches, as was the case last season. It’s too early to tell if he’s taken this next step, but given the upside it’s worth finding out before it’s too late.

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