Fantasy Baseball: Week 9 Waiver Wire

I’m back having survived Nashville (fueled primarily by pedialyte and hot chicken) and ready to hit you with those Week 9 Waiver Wire options. Big thanks to Kyle for helping out in my absence and giving you guys some names to add last weekend. Anyways, per usual below are four hitters and two pitchers who I feel are worth adding and likely available in the majority of standard leagues. Remember, these are players who can help you not just this week, but also moving forward.

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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Cameron Maybin |OF| Los Angeles Angels
(20% owned)

  • Maybin has been teasing fantasy owners for the better part of a decade now and yet we still can’t fully let go. A former elite prospect, skills were never the problem. Rather, Maybin could simply never stay on the field consistently enough to reach his potential. Yet while many of those concerns are still there, he offers plenty of category juice for as long as he’s healthy. With a 40-steal season already on the ledger we know the speed is for real, but the sudden improvement in plate discipline is what could ultimately give him staying power. A 27/31 walk to strikeout ratio has resulted in a move to the leadoff spot and is a key reason for why he’s scored 13 runs in 10 games since the change. Maybin is a must own in any 5 outfielder formats.

Adam Frazier |2B,OF| Pittsburgh Pirates
(34% owned)

  • Frazier made some noise earlier this week by drilling homers in consecutive games so let’s go ahead and give him him a closer look. Now the power is a clear fluke as he’s only hit 3 long balls in 353 career minor leagues games, but he does have a .300 average over that time. Frazier’s recent hot streak and strong plate discipline has earned him the leadoff role in Pittsburgh’s lineup and consequently, fantasy relevance. His on-base skills should make him a decent source of runs and despite a terrible success rate, he also seems willing to run. Add in the dual position eligibility and there’s certainly deeper mixed league value here.

Neil Walker |2B| New York Mets
(35% owned)

  • Despite hitting 23 homers in just 113 games last season, Walker was largely an afterthought on draft day. Surely some of that had to do with his poor counting stats in other areas, but this year the story has been different. He’s already up to 28 RBI on the season and with the emergence of Conforto and Cespedes on the verge of returning there should be plenty more run producing opportunities moving forward. Walker is hitting .357 with a pair of homers in the last week so go ahead and make the add before it’s too late.

Max Kepler |OF| Minnesota Twins
(27% owned)

  • While Kepler doesn’t stand out in any one category, he’s an underrated source of balanced production in deeper leagues. In 158 games since last year’s call-up he’s produced 22 homers, 84 RBI and 9 steals. The average has been a bit disappointing, but Kepler was a .280 hitter in the minors and his 19/30 BB/K so far this season is an encouraging sign. A .333 average and 3 homers in the last two weeks makes this the ideal time to buy-in.

Brad Peacock |SP,RP| Houston Astros
(17% owned)

  • Though Peacock has a 0.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 13.1 K/9 across 20.2 innings this season, much of it has gone unnoticed as result of him pitching mostly in middle relief. However, after hurling 4.1 shutout innings with 8 strikeouts in a spot-start earlier this week, the narrative has clearly changed. It was announced on Saturday that Peacock would be taking Mike Fiers’ turn in the rotation this coming week and on Sunday morning the Astros placed Charlie Morton on the DL so opportunity is clearly no longer a concern. A 4.31 ERA in 47 prior career starts is worth mentioning, but the strikeouts have always been there and it’s reasonable to assume he’s not the same pitcher he was earlier in his career. Given his RP eligibility, Peacock is worth adding in both points and roto formats with even more value in leagues that use any type of innings limit.

Tyler Anderson |SP| Colorado Rockies
(22% owned)

  • It’s always difficult to endorse making any type of long-term commitment to a Colorado hurler, but if you have the flexibility to play matchups Anderson is terrific add. His ugly season-long numbers can be misleading, as most of that damage came from a really bad April. The lefty has clearly turned things around, pitching to a 2.55 ERA in May and punching out at least 7 hitters in each of his last 4 starts. Avoid the home starts if you can, but he’s a plus streamer anytime he’s outside of Coors.

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