Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Jed Lowrie is Smoking Hot

A's Jed Lowrie

We are now finishing off week 3 and standings are starting to take a little more shape. At this point there still should not be any massive over-reactions, do not drop Anthony Rizzo, but now you should be seeing where you have holes in your roster. It is now the time to go out and try to fill those holes with waiver wire pick-ups. On the waiver wire this week we have people who can help with all five hitting categories, at least short term, which is actually quite rare to find. I have also tried to present options at different ownership levels as well as spreading around the positions as much as possible.

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I have taken my ownership from Yahoo. Out of the three big sites this is the one I deem to be the middle ground between shallow and deep. It is likely On ESPN that players will be less owned and on CBS they will be more owned. The downside to doing this is that the positional eligibility will be more varied on Yahoo than the other two.

**All stats correct as of Friday 12 pm EST**

80-100% ownership

Salvador Perez, C, KC (91%)

The Royals have moved Perez to Triple-A to continue his rehab. At this point it is likely that Perez will join the major league roster early next week. If you play in the 9% of leagues he is available in then go and add him now!

60-80% ownership

Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B/3B/SS, NYM (79%)

Cabrera is on it this season with a batting average of .349 and four home runs. The multi-positional eligibility certainly helps his value but the way he is hitting he should be added whatever in all leagues. To add to his value he is consistently hitting in the top third of the order so should see a ton of plate appearances.

Nomar Mazara, OF, TEX (78%)

Mazara has been a lone bright spot in the Texas Rangers’ pot of misery this season. He is hitting .300 with two HRs and six RBI. At least 25 HRs seem extremely possible for Mazara and he is hitting in the three-hole in that line-up which should maximise his potential for PAs.

Tim Anderson, SS, CWS (73%)

Anderson is now up to eight steals but his batting average is plummeting. In roto steals are so important that I would add him regardless of the worsening average. A young player like Anderson will have peaks and troughs and right now we might just be in a trough. Shortstop is so weak that not picking him up is crazy.

Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK (73%)

Jed Lowrie is off to a flying start this season and already has six HRs. Given that his career high is 15 it seems unlikely we are going to see him get significantly higher than 20. However, right now you need to ride this streak and middle infield’s weakness means there must be a place to add him in most leagues. If nothing else add him now and sell high if he hits another couple of HRs.

Trey Mancini, 1B/OF, BAL (69%)

Mancini now seems locked in as the Orioles lead-off hitter for the foreseeable future. He already has 10 runs on the season and hitting first means there is potential for 100 or more. He is hitting .286 to start the season and if that continues I do not see any reason they shift him from the leadoff spot.

40-60% ownership

Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, TOR (58%)

Solarte is playing pretty much every day and has four HRs at a .286 average in 2018. He has two HRs in the last three days and is definitely worth at least a short term add prior to Josh Donaldson’s return. He may find himself serving a utility role upon Donaldson’s return but he should still play three out of four games at some position on the infield.

20-40% ownership

Stephen Piscotty, OF, OAK, (23%)

In his last eight games Piscotty is hitting .419 with one HR and six RBI. He has now reversed his slow start and is showing signs of being the hitter we thought he could be. Piscotty had a big reputation heading into 2017 but a tough season derailed his value in 2018. There is no reason Piscotty cannot return to his 2016 form and possibly more now he has more experience under his belt.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, TOR (21%)

Hernandez has played in the last four games for the Blue Jays and already has one steal and one HR in his limited time in the majors. Hernandez has 20/20 upside and is worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues.

0-20% ownership

Franchy Cordero, OF, SD (12%)

As expected Cordero is struggling with batting average but already has two steals and two HRs. Cordero has a ton of power speed upside but you are going to have to live with an average that will be consistently in the low .200s. The upside means his is definitely worth an add in 14-team leagues and possible even 12-team if he can get his bat working.

Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, TOR (12%)

This is a speculative add because Pearce has now hit leadoff in three of the last four games. If he is going to have a spot as a leadoff hitter then Pearce has some great upside for runs and can add a bit of power as well. This add is one I would make this week just in case. You can always drop him in a week if the line-up position changes.

Aledmys Diaz, SS, TOR (10%)

Diaz has cooled off somewhat this week thanks to all of the postponements but he is a regular part of this line-up and he has 20 HR upside with the possibility to go even further. Much like Cordero you might have to live with the average but he did he .300 in a short 2016 season so if he gets on a roll he could also return you a decent average.

Leonys Martin, OF, DET (4%)

I wrote about Martin in the recap on Friday morning. The value here is that he is now hitting leadoff every day. In 2016 he hit 15 HRs and stole 25 bases so he definitely has upside. If the average we have seen so far is a sign of him developing as a hitter then 15/20 with a .270 average is a distinct possibility. Chuck in 100 runs and all of a sudden you are looking are a real value pick-up.

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