I cannot remind myself enough to ride out the studs because it's a long way to October. This applies much more to hitting than pitching, but if you spend alot of money or a high draft pick on a proven stud, remember... it is still April! With that in mind, if you can improve your roster or add to categories where you need help, the best pickups of the season do in fact come in April. I have already found myself picking up a player I had dropped prematurely and hope it is the last time. Now on to this week's waiver tips!
As standings in your league begin to take shape, remember it's a LONG way to October. Waiver wire advise is a tricky venture, as every league is different. Are you in a mixed league? 10 teams? 16 teams? Do you use FAAB to bid on players? Are you in a keeper league? There are so many factors to take into account. What we do each week is bring to your attention players that should be on your radar, then you can evaluate from there as it applies to your particular setup.
With rosters expanding from 25 to up to 40 players, the waiver/free agent pool has grown considerably in fantasy leagues. Teams have brought up veterans to provide depth in pennant races, while clubs that are looking to next year take a look at prospects. With fantasy races coming down to the wire, its important to judge just who is going to get quality playing time in September. Texas teenage phenom Jurickson Profar is clearly the cream of the crop, already contributing, the infielder has a huge future. Stephen Strasburg has two starts left, Washington brings up his replacement and a surge of players return from the disabled list.
As we move into September and football season gears up, sometimes its hard to keep focus. By keeping your focus, you can pickup those points you need and make a move in the standings. We have half a dozen prospects for you, in advance of the 40 man expansion this weekend, Let the other guys focus on the running backs by committee, while you pickup the gamechangers.
After several weeks highlighted by elite prospects getting the call, things settling down a bit. The Jurickson Profar watch continues, while many are awaiting the return of Brett Anderson who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return this week! Five starting pitchers on the menu in this week's edition of Waiver Flavor, along with two middle infielders and an outfielder.Only six weeks remain in the regular season, make every move count!
I hope you were able to take advantage of Manny Machado's surprise call up last week and he is now safely on your roster. Obviously, it is now too late to get Machado, but you just happen to be in luck. Texas appears on the verge of calling up sensation Jurickson Profar, arguably an even bigger prospect that Machado. We have a pair of starting pitchers this week, two Colorado Rockies worthy of a look and the closer of the week.
In what has been a great second half of young talent arriving at The Show, the Baltimore Orioles have called up future superstar Manny Machado from Double-A. Has the early success of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper encouraged clubs to call up their top young talent? Machado projects as the next great shortstop in Major League baseball and must be secured at all costs. While young arms have been getting their shot often, the addition of Mike Olt in Texas and now Machado, are early presents for those fortunate enough to land them.
Some great options this week for those looking to tweak their roster. A pair of huge prospects, Matt Harvey and Starling Marte, got the call and are giving every indication that they may be here to stay. The closer of the week is John Axford in the the Milwaukee revolving door bullpen. A catcher is worthy of a look due to injury and is one of a trio of Blue Jays on our radar. Finally we have a very young target (Luis Cruz) and a very old (Eric Chavez) that are already helping fantasy teams nationwide.
A new week and eight new players for your review. We have four pitchers, including former All-Star Tim Lincecum who inexplicably lost his way in the season's first half. Our featured reliever seemed to be banished to setup for life, but K'Rod is again the man! Our four hitters include a white hot veteran and our sleeper pick of the week.
As we move head long into the second half, we hope you are still alive in your pennant race. This week's edition of Waiver Flavor features two veterans who could go a long way helping you climb in the standings. After two years away, Ben Sheets has returned home to the South and may be the shot in the arm that Atlanta needs. In St. Louis, the Cardinals get Lance Berkman back, which should help Carlos Beltran and give Matt Holiday a little help in carrying the club.