Fantasy Baseball: Hanley Ramirez a must add heading into week 2

As with all of the weekly previews this week I am going to preview the best waiver wire adds based on availability. However, this week is the week I take the least action on the waiver wire. After just eight days of the season it is too early to be dropping many of the guys you drafted. On draft day you made that decision for a reason and for early and mid-round picks there shouldn’t have been enough happen to change your mind significantly on those guys. Your late rounds picks are a different story but that probably means at most you are making five roster moves and more likely you will be making one or two.


Something else to be aware of is that some people in fantasy baseball leagues are weird and make strange choices. Let’s say someone had decided that Joey Votto had not got off to a great start and dropped him. He is not going to feature in this article because he will still be 95% owned or greater but if he is available in your league he is the no brain number one pick up option this week. So make sure you check that nothing strange has happened before you put your claims in but if it hasn’t then here are my waiver wire targets this week and my week two preview.

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.

There will not be much of a prospect update this week as we have not seen many minor league games so far but Ronald Acuna, Victor Robles and Gleybar Torres are my three closest to the majors hitters right now. Acuna should be add in all leagues, Robles should be added in case the Eaton injury leads him being called up and Torres should be considered in most.

All stats correct as of Friday @ 2:30 pm EST

Waiver Wire

60-80% owned

Michael Conforto, NYM, OF (77%)

I wrote about Michael Conforto in my Friday morning recap and you can read that here.

Trey Mancini, BAL, 1B/OF (74%)

After a sluggish start to the season (1/9) Mancini has shown signs of life in the last three outings going 5/16 with a home run and three RBI. Interestingly they even hit him leadoff against the Yankees on Thursday so it will be interesting to see if that trend continues over the weekend.

Hanley Ramirez, BOS, 1B (65%)

Hanley is hitting 0.310 with a home run and two steals. He has stated in the preseason he wants to go 30/30 this season and having played 6/7 and hitting third in all his starts it seems like the Red Sox want to give him a chance to do just that.

Scott Kingery, PHI, 2B (64% owned)

This is not based on how Kingery has hit so far but instead how he has been used. He has lined up at 3B, SS and OF so far this season and if this continues he will have amazing flexibility for fantasy owners. He stole his first base of the season Thursday which is hopefully a sign of things to come.

Shohei Ohtani, LAA, DH (Hitter: 61%)

Owning just the hitting version of Ohtani is going to require a deep bench, daily line-up changes and a lot of patience. However, he is hitting over 0.400 with two home runs already on the season. The way he is hitting it certainly does not seem like it will be his talent with the bat keeping him out of the line-up. Obviously being only DH eligible is somewhat of an issue but if he continues his current streak then you can get over it.

Rays Kevin Kiermair

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Kevin Kiermaier, TB, OF (50%)

Kiermaier has started terribly this season but he is a good hitter whose spot in the line-up is safe. He is being widely dropped in leagues and is a great waiver wire pick-up. This slump may last a little longer but when he pulls out of it he could give ou 20/20 with a decent average.

Cesar Hernandez, PHI, 2B (47%)

He is playing every day and already has a home run and two steals whilst hitting 0.304. I do not think 20/20 with an average in the region of 0.300 is out of the question and at middle infield that is extremely valuable.

Michael Brantley, CLE, OF (41%)

As I am writing this I have just got a notification he is being activated from the DL on Friday. If he can put together a healthy stretch then he can hit 0.300 and there is 20/20 upside with 15/15 a real possibility. It was not that long ago that people debated his merit as a top 10 outfielder and on a per game basis he still has that talent.


Michael Taylor, WSH, OF (37%)

This is an “if you need steals” add. Taylor has three on the season already despite hitting just 0.143. He does have 20 home run power as well but long term Victor Robles may be a threat to take his spot in centre field. This is strictly a short term add for upside so don’t drop anyone you like too much.

Yuli Gurriel, HOU, 1B (26%)

This is one if you need an average boost. Gurriel hit 0.299 last year and is likely to be activated from the DL next Friday. He won’t offer you much in terms of power but in deep leagues a guy who can ht close to 20 home runs and hot for his average has a lot of value.


Cameron Maybin, MIA, OF (9%)

Was left out of the line-up the first two games but has started five straight. Already has one steal and is currently hitting over 0.300. Currently he is more of a deep league add but if he can get moved up the order a little he can become an add in all leagues.

Aledmys Diaz, TOR, SS (3%)

Is currently suffering with a back issue but he has two home runs on the season and started 5/6 pre-injury. If he keeps hitting like he is there is no way he stays in the nine hole in the line-up.

Matt Duffy, TB, 2B/3B (3%)

Already a home run and a steal on the season is a great sign. He is another guy with 20/20 potential who can hit 0.300. Should be owned in all deeper leagues and with duel positional eligibility is even an add in shallower leagues.

Week 2 preview

This week we have 12 teams playing seven games, 16 playing six and two playing just five. The two playing five are Oakland and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In weekly leagues you may want to consider sitting the lower end hitters for both of those teams. For the Athletics; Matt Olson and Khris Davis are ones I would likely still play. For the Dodgers; Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager are my only no doubt starters this week.

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