Fantasy Baseball 2016: Waiver Wire Update 4/1
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 1, 2016
The fantasy baseball season begins this weekend, so it’s time for us to tweak our lineups ahead of opening day. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the hotter waiver wire pickups and low-end plays you should be looking at. These guys likely escaped being drafted in your league, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some love. Here’s a closer look at the numbers.
Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox: Shaw is the hottest thing going on the waiver wire right now, thanks to him being named the Sox’ starting third baseman. He got the nod over Pablo Sandoval and posted .333 with two homers and four doubles in his 19 spring games. There seems to be a lot of upside here, and Shaw will at least get plenty of playing time to prove himself out of the gate. He’s a deeper-league consideration going into the opener in Cleveland.
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Alex Colome, SP/RP, Tampa Bay Rays: With Brad Boxberger gone for the moment, the speculation is on Colome to at least get a shot at the job. He hasn’t pitched all that well recently, however, which is the only drawback. Colome has allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings this year, which is a little concerning. That said, he’s a decent lower-end pickup who could pay off well if he cleans up his act when the games start counting.
Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland Indians: Tomlin won the No. 5 starter job this spring, which is getting him quite a few adds going into the season. On Tuesday, Tomlin threw six shutout innings, striking out 10 and walking none. Those numbers make him sound pretty intriguing. He’s coming off shoulder surgery last year, but will get every opportunity to prove he’s back to 100 percent.
Tyler White, 1B/3B, Houston Astros: This week, we got word that White will be on the Astros’ opening day roster. He’ll slot in as the every-day first baseman for at least the time-being. White went .356 in the spring with two homers and three doubles. It’ll be interesting to see how long he can hang around as the No. 1 guy on the corner.
Joey Rickard, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Rickard will be on the O’s opening-day roster, and figures to get quite a bit of playing time in left field in the beginning. He’s been on fire over the spring, and is generating a lot of buzz. Rickard had a .321 average with 26 stolen bases in the minors last season, and brings a nice set of tools to the majors this year. He’s a nice speculative add in deeper leagues.
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