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Week 9 Waiver Wire


Welington Castillo, Baltimore Orioles


Welington Castillo recently returned after he missed 14 games due to right shoulder tendinitis. The veteran backstop was hitting .314 with one home run and six RBI in 17 games before the injury.

Castillo has been on fire since returning from injury. He has gone 10-for-18 (.566) with three home runs and 10 RBI in the last four games.

Castillo has been a solid Fantasy catcher the last three seasons. He has averaged 15 home runs and 57 RBI during that span. He is a very valuable option at a weak catcher position. If he is available in your league, please snag him. If you have a solid catcher, I would still grab him and keep him on your roster for potential movements later in the season.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
  • Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays


First Base

Justin Bour, Miami Marlins


Justin Bour is in the midst of a breakout season and is hot as any hitter in baseball right now.

He has nine homers in his last 13 games and now has 13 total home runs this season. Currently, he is on pace for an astonishing 43 home runs!

Bour has always been a great source of power, especially against right-handed pitchers (.269 with 46 homers and 141 RBI in his career). He has always struggled against lefties, until this season. He has hit four home runs off lefties so far this season. That is twice the total amount that he has hit in his career! In previous seasons, he has been benched against all lefties. That will not be the case any longer. This will lead to even more at-bats, Fantasy production, and appeal.

Bour is currently slashing .285/.363/.570 with 13 home runs and 33 RBI and would seem to be the perfect replacement for Freddie Freeman owners.

Justin Bour is only 45.4 percent owned in ESPN Fantasy leagues while being ranked in the Top 10 in the power categories. Fantasy owners, please change that immediately. He should be owned and started with confidence in all leagues and formats.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Matt Adams, Atlanta Braves


Second Base

Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays


Devon Travis came into this season as a late-round target in Fantasy drafts.  He produced a .300 average, 11 home runs, 50 RBI and 54 runs scored last season. He was scheduled to start this season as the leadoff hitter in a potent Blue Jays’ lineup.

Travis was brought along slowly after offseason knee surgery. His recovery time lasted longer than originally expected and he had a disastrous first month of the season. He hit a meager .137/.203/.205 with one homer, four RBI and a 15/6 K/BB ratio in his first 79 appearances.

He has turned it around in May by hitting 351/.364/.622 with two home runs in 78 plate appearances, mostly out of the fifth or sixth spot in the lineup where he has flourished so far this season.

While Devon Travis does own an underwhelming stat line for the season, he should be owned and started at second base in deeper mixed leagues. He is also worth starting at the middle infield slots in most leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s


Third Base

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh Harrison is off to the best start of his career. He is slashing .307/.370/.464 with six home runs, 16 RBI, and five stolen bases. Harrison has already surpassed his home run total from the last two seasons, in which he hit only four in each of those seasons. He is on pace to break his career-high of 14 home runs that he recorded in the 2014 season.

He has been splitting time between second base and third base with the occasional outfield start this season. Last season, he mostly played second base. His versatility is one of the main reasons he is so valuable in Fantasy.

Josh Harrison is currently owned in less than half of Fantasy leagues. He is a high contact/average hitter with speed and this season he is showing some pop in his bat again. He is roster-worthy in all leagues and a starter in leagues that utilize an MI slot.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Ryon Healy, Oakland A’s
  • Rio Ruiz, Atlanta Braves



Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox

Tim Anderson looks like he is finally turning it around after his poor April showing as he was hovering around the Mendoza line.

Anderson is hitting .314 (11-for-35) over his last seven games with a home run and three RBI. He has hit three of his five total home runs during the month of May. His latest surge has coincided with his move toward the bottom of the order. Hopefully this will ease the pressure off him and it seems to be working.

The 23-year-old is hitting .263/.284/.392 with five home runs, 12 RBI, 22 runs scored and three stolen bases. His ability to provide pop and speed makes him worth using in the MI slot in deeper mixed leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
  • Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees



Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates


Adam Frazier was the obvious choice to replace Starling Marte after he was suspended for 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit .301/.356/.411 in 66 games last season as a rookie. He also hit .320 or better in three of his four minor league seasons.

The Pirates and Frazier suffered another letdown when they had to place Frazier on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain within a week after learning of Marte’s suspension.

Adam Frazier has been on fire since his return. He is now hitting .327/.408/.464 with three home runs, 18 RBI and has scored 16 runs primarily as the Pirates’ leadoff hitter.

Adam Frazier looks to be a Fantasy asset in batting average, OBP, OPS, and steals. In addition, he is also eligible at second base and even third base in some leagues. The fact that he is only owned in 30.7 percent of leagues is quite shocking.

Cameron Maybin, Los Angeles Angels

Cameron Maybin always had speed going for him and it helped him stay in the lineup. He had a horrible start of the season, batting .185/.307/.250 over the course of 108 at-bats.

Luckily for the Angels, they stuck with Maybin as he has been on a tear lately. Maybin now has a .436 batting average with two home runs, five doubles, a triple and three stolen bases over his past 10 games. This tear coincided with Maybin moving to the leadoff spot for the Angels.

In addition, he has stolen 12 bases in 13 tries this season, which places him with the second-most in the American League. With opposing pitchers focusing on Mike Trout, Maybin has gotten into a groove. Maybin should be owned and started in AL-Only leagues. He should be started in deeper mixed roto leagues as well.

Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres


The rookie outfielder has been red-hot over his last 12 games, hitting .319 with nine extra-base hits and seven RBI over that span. It looks like Renfroe is starting to hit due to his newfound patient approach at the plate with nine walks over his last 12 games. This has led to better at-bats and overall results.

Renfroe is currently slashing .237/.291/.441 with nine home runs and 20 RBI along with two stolen bases. His lack of contact puts a cap on his Fantasy upside. He has a whopping 52 strikeouts in 186 at-bats.  However, as I previously mentioned, he is working hard on his patience at the plate.

Hopefully, his latest uptick in production is appealing and the power his undeniable. Half of his hits have gone for extra-bases so far this season. Renfroe makes for a decent option in deeper mixed leagues based on his power alone.

On-Deck (Players you should consider):

  • David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins
  • Josh Reddick, Houston Astros


Starting Pitcher

Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians


Mike Clevinger got off to a great start at Triple-A Columbus this season. He recorded a 1.50 ERA and 32/10 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. He was recalled when Corey Kluber was placed on the disabled list on May 7.

The right-hander has pitched fairly well in his four starts so far this season. He has a 2-1 record with a 2.82 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 22 innings.

The success of Clevinger has forced the Indians to make a decision in regards to their starting rotation. With Corey Kluber coming back from the disabled list this week, the Indians have decided to keep Clevinger in the rotation and move the struggling Danny Salazar to the bullpen.

If he can limit his walks (12 in 22 innings), he will find a permanent home in the Indians’ starting rotation. Clevinger should be owned in all leagues. He should be started in AL-Only leagues and at least a good streaming option in mixed leagues.

Matt Andriese, Tampa Bay Rays

Matt Andriese won the fifth starter job in spring training and has produced well enough to be a usable starter in Fantasy.

He really has stepped up in May by winning four of his five starts. He has compiled a 2.67 ERA with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 30.1 innings. Overall, he is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and an 8.0 K/9. He has been able to go at least five innings in his last nine starts.

In order for Andriese to become more valuable in Fantasy, he needs to cut down on the number of home runs allowed. He has given up a homer in nine out of his 10 starts this season. Presently, Andriese is worth starting in AL-Only leagues and a decent streaming option in deeper mixed leagues with good matchups.

J.C. Ramirez Los Angeles Angels

Entering the 2017 season, J.C. Ramirez had not made a start in 108 big-league appearances. The Angels approached Ramirez in spring training about making the conversion from reliever to starter for this season.

Ramirez has stepped up as a starter so far this season. He has gone deep into game by going at least seven innings in four of his nine starts. He has posted a 5-3 record with a 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and five quality starts in 61.1 innings.

The former reliever isn’t striking out a ton of batters (6.9 K/9), but he has exhibited enough control (2.1 BB/9) to be a very serviceable asset in Fantasy leagues. He should be owned in all formats. In leagues, where he is eligible as a reliever, he is very valuable as you can slot him as your reliever and reap the benefits. He definitely has streaming appeal in favorable matchups in all leagues.

German Marquez, Colorado Rockies


German Marquez was recalled from Triple-A when Jon Gray was placed on the disabled list at the end of April.

Marquez has been a very solid in his seven starts this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has won his last four starts while posting a 1.46 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP. One other key stat is that he has surrendered two runs or less in five of his seven outings this season.

Marquez’s Fantasy value is capped because Coors Field is his home field. He has posted a 5.70 ERA in four starts at home this season. While there might be some uncertainty on what direction the Rockies go when Jon Gray returns from the disabled list, Marquez seems to have locked down his spot in the rotation. He should be used only as a streamer option in all leagues when he is pitching on the road. Otherwise, please avoid.

Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers

Junior Guerrera has been on the disabled list since Opening Day due to a calf strain. After having come out of nowhere to post a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 20 starts as a 31-year-old last season, Fantasy owners were hesitant to believe that he was for real.

The right-hander had a solid outing in his first start back from the disabled list. He went 5.2 innings and gave up three hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out five batters. All of his strikeouts were swinging strikes.

Junior Guerra will be a Fantasy factor this season. He is owned in less than 15 percent of leagues and will be a nice addition to your rotation. While a repeat of last year’s impressive numbers is unlikely, he should be owned and streamed in all leagues and formats.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Zach Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Dan Straily, Miami Marlins
  • Erasmo Ramirez, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Joe Ross, Washington Nationals
  • Zach Wheeler, New York Mets


Relief Pitcher

Koda Glover, Washington Nationals


Manager Dusty Baker confirmed Glover as his closer following Wednesday’s 5-1 win over the Mariners, Jamal Collier of reports. While the closer job was essentially Glover’s heading into Wednesday’s contest, Baker confirmed that for the first time following the team’s win.

“Koda was kind of lobbying for that in the first place,” Baker said. “We wanted to break him in slowly because this guy’s … shoot, he’s only a year-and-a-half out of college. So he had said that’s the job he wanted, and so it’s his now.”

The hard-throwing right-hander had excellent minor league numbers and impressive spring training numbers (.082 WHIP, 13 strikeouts in 11 innings). He now owns a 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season for the first-place Nationals. Glover has not allowed a run since being activated off the disabled list after he was sidelined with a strained hip.

He’s an obvious must-own in all leagues and formats.

Brad Hand, San Diego Padres

Since the Padres acquired left-hander Brad Hand off waivers from the Marlins last April, he’s been nothing short of dominant. Only Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller have recorded more strikeouts out of the bullpen. And through 26 innings this season, he’s posted a 1.73 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Currently, he is the Padres’ best reliever, with the regular closer Brandon Maurer producing a 6.63 ERA. Hand will produce plenty of strikeouts and looks to be the pitcher to own for saves.

I have to admit that this is a tricky situation. Manager Andy Green did say he’ll look to give both Hand and Maurer opportunities on a situation by situation basis. In addition, Brad Hand is being very sought after by multiple teams to help their bullpens.

Picking up Hand would seem to be a temporary fix to get some saves, as this Padres team will not win many games and he will probably be wearing another uniform this summer. He should only be picked up if you are desperate for saves and hope he holds onto the closer’s job long enough for you to take advantage of it.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Hector Neris, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Blake Parker/Jose Alvarez, Los Angeles Angels


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