Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Waiver Wire

Week four of the MLB season is in the books so let’s take a look at some Week 5 Waiver Wire options that can help you both 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.


Austin Hedges |C| San Diego Padres
(36% owned)

  • After going hitless in his first 24 AB’s, Hedges is batting .273 with 5 homers and 13 RBI over the past two weeks. We know catcher gets ugly real fast which is why despite a .203 average the recent power surge was enough to make Hedges the 8th ranked backstop in roto so far this year. Even more importantly, his age and defensive reputation are going to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis – barring injury I fully expect Hedges to be among the leaders in plate appearances at the position come season’s end. Bottom line; he’s a low-end C1 even in shallower formats.

Kevin Pillar |OF| Toronto Blue Jays
(35% owned)

  • While the Blue Jays have gotten off to a terrible start offensively, it’s certainly been through no fault of Pillar’s as the defensive specialist is batting .301 with 4 homers and 2 steals through the season’s first month. He’s also been leading off regularly and given his production there’s no reason to think that won’t continue. Toronto’s offense should come around once Donaldson returns and Bautista/Morales heat up so while Pillar’s slash line may drop a bit, his counting stats should improve going forward. Treat him as a top 50 OF for now and don’t hesitate to make the add, especially if you need runs and/or steals.

Scott Schebler |OF|  Cincinnati Reds
(33% owned)

  • Schebler wasn’t expected to be a full-time player heading into the year, but his hot start has made it difficult for the Reds to take him out of the lineup. He’s coming off a five homer week and has started 21 of the team’s 24 games so far. Ideally you want to use Schebler against righties and at home, but even with those caveats he could easily hit 30 homers. If power is your main concern, he’s likely your best waiver wire option.  

Didi Gregorius |SS| New York Yankees
(31% owned)

  • With the slew of DL moves we’ve seen the past few weeks chances are whoever drafted Gregorious in your league didn’t have the luxury of stashing him. Now it’s not like we’re talking about a top 10 SS here or anything, but that still leaves plenty of value. Gregorious has multiple hits and at least one RBI in each of his three games since being activated and at least for the time being the Yankees offense is producing far more than anyone expected. Those looking for MI help should make the add before it’s too late.

Eduardo Rodriguez |SP| Boston Red Sox
(26% owned)

  • I’m guessing Sunday’s matchup with the Cubs was the main reason Rodriguez was still this widely available. However, after spinning six stellar innings against the defending champs you can surely expect his ownership tag to spike rapidly. Walks are still an issue and he’s never going to have a great WHIP, but a 12.0 K/9 really jumps off the page. Boston’s offense also increases win probability, making E-rod a must-own in anything 12 teams or deeper.

Mike Foltynewicz |SP| Atlanta Braves
(16% owned)

  • After a sloppy start to the year, Folty has been absolutely terrific over his last three outings. He’s got a 1.80 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings during that time and clearly seems to be trending in the right direction. Despite his previous inconsistencies, Folty is still only 25 and has the skills to put together a breakout season. You likely don’t have to go all-in just yet, but he’s a terrific streamer for the time being.

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