Just a few days past the first month mark of the season and if we thought last week was bad with injury news with Adam Wainwright, this past week might have been even worse. Anthony Rendon and Alex Cobb, players who owners took a chance on despite preseason injures, got bad news this past week.
Rendon, rehabbing from a knee injury, is now dealing with an oblique strain. He will be shut down indefinitely with this injury. You may not be able to rely on him until June at this point.
Cobb had a setback in his rehab and it was determined he had a partial tear of his right elbow. This usually leads to the dreaded Tommy John surgery, but Cobb is going to try and pitch through it. If you need the DL spot on your roster for somebody else, I would be OK dropping him.
New injuries affecting many fantasy owners popped up this week too. Lead by Hanley Ramirez running into the Green Monster and injuring his left shoulder. He is being called day to day right now, so it sounds like he will be OK, but he is going to miss a couple of games.
Another victim of an outfield wall is George Springer. He hit the wall really hard making a spectacular catch and was visibly shaken up. He is being evaluated for a concussion and it sounds like he will at least miss a few games due to it. If he does in fact have a concussion be aware he could miss a few weeks, if not more.
Week 6 Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues. Of course if there are better players available in your league that are owned in more than 30% of leagues, by all means get them first.
Here is some good some good news. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich have either returned or are close to returning. If for some reason either of them were dropped in your league, run to the waiver wire and get them now.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Houston Astros Owned in 8.9% of ESPN Leagues
Rasmus’s average will never be great, currently sitting at .257 thanks to a .295 average over the last two weeks, however he can help you in most of the other counting categories. He might sit against left handed pitchers, but since the league is right hand dominant he is still worth owning to get those mid-level power stats. Those mid-level power stats by the way are three home runs, seven RBI and nine runs over the last two weeks. He can also get real cold, so be ready to move or bench him when that happens.
Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, Texas Rangers 3.0%
After bouncing around last season, then on the move again this offseason, it appears he has found a home he enjoys. Blanks was called up just this past week in place of the injured Mitch Moreland and has been on fire hitting three home runs, five RBI and five runs in six starts. Doubtful this pace keeps up, but he is worth a look in deeper leagues if you need help at first or the outfield.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres 22.6%
Over the first month of the season Solarte has been quite the surprise for the Padres. After starting the season as a bench hitter, he has been promoted to the starting lineup taking some games away from Jedd Gyorko but also getting time at first base. He is hitting a cool .303 on the season right now with 14 RBI and seven runs. He is batting anywhere from the 2-hole to the 5-hole, and in that powerful lineup the counting stats should be there, even if the batting average dips a bit, which I expect it will.
Apparently he is pretty good in the field, too.
— MLB (@MLB) May 3, 2015
James Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners 14.4%
He had a bit of a rough start to the season, seeing his ERA balloon all the way up to 8.40 after three starts. Since that time he has been fantastic posting a 2.41 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Also impressive is the 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings during the time. The eight walks are a bit concerning, but he is limiting the damage with the high strikeout total. He was a favorite pick by “experts” in the preseason and he is showing us all why.
Josh Collmenter, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks 16.2%
Collmenter is another pitcher who had a rough start but has turned things around. He had a 6.52 ERA after two starts and until his last start, got his ERA all the way down to 2.76. it now sits at 3.40, which is still not bad. He might not be a pitcher you will want to rely on for the whole season, but he can be a good streaming option against the right matchup or in a favorable ballpark.
We think these Week 6 waiver wire targets will help you pick up more wins in the coming weeks, whether it’s in the standings or in Rotisserie points!
- The Fantasy Six Pack Hour: Fantasy Football Heroes and Zeroes - December 7, 2017
- The Fantasy Six Pack Hour: Thanksgiving Edition - November 22, 2017
- The Fantasy Six Pack Hour: Build for the Fantasy Playoffs and Week 11 Prep - November 16, 2017