Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Waiver Wire

Week three of the MLB season is in the books so let’s take a look at some Week 4 Waiver Wire options that can help you this week and going forward. 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.


Kevin Kiermaier | OF | Tampa Bay Rays
(35% owned)

  • Given the scarcity of speed, Kiermaier is already a must-own in all roto leagues based on his stolen base upside alone. That said, he’s far more than a one category player. Between hitting second and having taken nine walks Kiermaier has already scored 13 runs and could easily get to 80+ by season’s end. There’s also some room for power growth here so assuming health 15-18 homers is a real possibility.

Mitch Moreland | 1B | Boston Red Sox
(27% owned)

  • Not only has Moreland been an everyday player so far this season, he’s also hitting in the middle of a loaded Boston lineup. 11 doubles in 18 games is a great sign and while the .300 average won’t last, more power should soon come. He may not have the upside to be a top-12 1B, but Moreland is a terrific CI option in roto leagues while he’s hot.

Jason Heyward | OF | Chicago Cubs
(27% owned)

  • Heyward was so terrible last season that it feels wrong writing anything positive about him. Still, when you take a step back it’s clear that the chances of him being that bad again are fairly slim. After all this is a player who’s been a useful fantasy starter for the majority of his career and the Cubs lineup is strong enough that he will basically stumble into a certain level of production regardless. It’s only been three weeks, but Hayward’s reworked swing has already resulted in two homers and a .300 average so why not take a chance and see if the positive effects of this new approach are sustainable?

Michael Conforto | OF | New York Mets
(24% owned)

  • Call me a homer if you want, but I could easily make the case that Conforto is the second best hitter on the Mets and has been for the past two seasons. Now obviously the Mets are too stupid to realize this, though it looks like injuries might finally save Terry Collins from himself and force Conforto into the lineup. Duda is already on the DL and both Cespedes and Wilmer Flores are banged up so there’s plenty of AB’s available at least for the next week or so. Make the add while you still can as this is a player with top-30 OF upside.

Matt Andriese | SP/RP | Tampa Bay Rays
(12% owned)

  • Heading into the year many figured Andriese would quickly get bumped from the rotation by one of Tampa’s hyped prospects, but so far he’s been one of the team’s most consistent starters. He’s given up only two runs over 12 innings in his last two starts and should remain a steady option moving forward. You will probably have to play some matchups given his division, though at least the home park is favorable. Andriese also has relief pitcher eligibility which has significant value in terms of roster flexibility.

Alex Wood | SP | Los Angeles Dodgers
(6% owned)

  • The return of Rich Hill’s super blister means Wood is back in the Dodgers’ rotation at least for the short-term. He was more than serviceable as a starter last season prior to getting hurt and has pitched well in his swing-man role so far this year. The strikeouts are there (14K’s in 13.2 innings) and Wood’s last start was actually a lot better than his line indicates – had the Dodger’s turned a routine double play he would have only given up two runs in five innings instead of four in 4 ⅔. A road start against the Giants this week is an ideal streaming opportunity.

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