Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Waiver Wire Targets

Rays C.J. Cron

We are heading towards Week 5 of the fantasy baseball season. These Waiver Wire targets can help you in the month of May and beyond. If you are looking for help at corner, middle infield or outfield I have names that can be found in most or all formats.


Corner Help

C.J. Cron | 1B | Tampa Bay Rays
(20% owned on Yahoo!)

The Rays C.J. Cron has been on fire as of late, hitting .340 with 5 homers and 14 RBI over the past 14 days. The first baseman is widely available and makes a great corner option in most leagues. While the Rays lineup does leave a lot be desired, there is enough there where Cron can stack counting numbers while he is hot. If he starts to fall off, then you can cut bait and pick up the next guy whos crushing.

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Brandon Belt | 1B | San Francisco Giants
(66% owned on Yahoo!)

The Brandon Belt ownership has surged over the past week or so. Hitting a homerun in four straight games and five of seven definitely helps. Over his career, Belt has been a guy that seemingly has the power but has never been able to put it together for a full season, mainly due to power sucking park he plays in. Being on the road has helped where four of his last five home runs have came.

Personally, I would rather have Cron than Belt the rest of the way. But, I am also a Giants fan who has watched Belt a ton and dealt with a ton of frustration. With a homestand against the Dodgers and Padres coming, I would be ready for the power to tail off for a bit. That said, he is a solid option if you need corner help.

Miguel Andujar | 3B | New York Yankees
(64% owned on Yahoo!)

Looking for more corner help? Miguel Andujar could be your answer. He seems locked into the Yankee lineup as of now with Greg Bird dealing with injury issues and Neil Walker struggling at the plate.

Andujar is hitting .279 with 3 homers and 11 RBI this season. Hitting low in the batting order is not ideal but the production should be there with the depth of the Yankee lineup. Im adding Cron and probably Belt if I need corner help.

Jeimer Candelario | 3B | Detroit Tigers
(29% owned on Yahoo!)

If you are in need of third base help in deeper leagues, Jeimer Candelario could be a nice option. He is hitting second most days right in front of the Tigers power bats. He is raking over the past 15 days, hitting .354 with 4 homers and 9 RBI. As long as he stays up at the top of the order and plays most days, he will be able to help your fantasy baseball team.

Middle Infield Help

Cubs Ian Happ

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Ian Happ | 2B | Chicago Cubs
(65% owned on Yahoo!)

Whether it’s due to his early season struggles, inconsistent playing time or where he hits in the lineup, fantasy owners seems to be getting frustrated with Ian Happ. I however think you need to be adding him, if he is available.

Happ is starting to heat up and is moving up in the order, especially with Kris Bryant out. He is hitting .321 over the past two weeks and .417 over the last seven. The counting stats are coming. Get on board before its too late!

Daniel Robertson | 2B/SS | Tampa Rays
(23% owned on Yahoo!)

The Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Robertson is a great option if you need help at either middle infield spots. He is hitting .346 with 2 homers, 6 RBI and a seal this season. He has been hitting in heart of the Rays order and excels against left handed pitching.

Outfield Help

Tigers Leoyns Martin

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Leonys Martin | OF | Detroit Tigers
(12% owned on Yahoo!)

Looking for outfield help? Turn your attention to Leonys Martin, who is producing the lead off spot for the Detroit Tigers. He is hitting .287 with 4 homers, 11 RBI, 17 runs and a steal thus far. While this lineup isn’t the sexy lineup of past seasons, Miguel Cabrera, Nicholas Castellanos and others are still there producing.

Teoscar Hernandez | OF | Toronto Blue Jays
(50% owned on Yahoo!)

The Toronto Blue Jays are in search of lineup help beyond Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak and it looks like they may have found it. The Randal Grichuck experience has not worked out in Toronto, as he is hitting below the mendoza line with two homers and five RBI.

Hernandez has flashed pop and speed during his run with the Jays. He is hitting over .300 with 3 homers, 10 RBI and a steal. He has struggled against lefties thus far hitting .176/.222/.235. He may start sitting against left handed pitching in the future but that wouldn’t be the worst thing especially for those in roto leagues.

Mac Williamson | OF | San Francisco Giants
(11% owned on Yahoo!)

There has been a clear change in the swing of Mac Williamson. He spent time with hitting coach Doug Latta, the same coach that helped Justin Turner go from nearly out of baseball to all-star caliber third baseman.

Williamson’s new approach is already paying dividends as he is hitting .316 with 3 homers and 6 RBI over his last 19 at bats. Assuming he is fine after colliding with the wall in Tuesday nights game, he is a must add. While it’s not realistic to assume he will just hit over .300 with 25-30 homers, it’s also not out of the realm of possibilities this is his new normal. Add him and enjoy the ride.

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