If you’re starting week 2 of the fantasy baseball season on the waiver wire, there are some worthwhile answers to the problems you’ve had if you know where to look. Just a week into the season, there’s already been a number of players who are mostly unowned but turning into contributors. We highlight these players in our daily Sleeper Central post (archive here).
Here’s our lineup from Sunday’s action who contributed despite behind underowned. Not all of these players the right fit for every team, but fantasy owners should be aware of their emergence in case you have a need at that position or in a cateofy where they can help. Here’s our starters today:
Sleeper Starting Lineup
C- Kurt Suzuki-Washington Nationals: (0.2% owned in ESPN leagues) Suzuki is stuck in a timeshare with Wilson Ramos which helps their club but hurts their fantasy value. Suzuki was taking a backseat in the platoon especially offensively as he started the year 0-5 before yesterday. He changed that in Cincinnati going 3-4 with a run, two doubles, and a home run while driving in all three of the Nats runs in their 6-3 loss yesterday. Both these catchers can be fantasy options if given the job full-time or in daily leagues where you know who’s in the lineup.
1B- Matt Adams-St. Louis Cardinals: (0.3%) Even in limited playing time, Adams is starting to open some eyes going 3-4 yesterday and 3-6 in his first game. He had a double and a pair of RBI yesterday and is providing some decent pop when in the lineup. He’s only played two games this year, so you don’t need to run out and grab him. However, in case of injury or opportunity, Adams could be a nice pickup for power numbers.
2B- Donovan Solano-Miami Marlins: (0.2%) Solano went 3-5 yesterday and has started the season 7-21. Solano had his first extra-base hit, a double, and his first RBI of the season as well. He’s far from an elite option, but could maybe fill-in if you need a middle-infield boost especially in batting average and countable stats.
3B- Lonnie Chisenhall-Cleveland Indians: (2.5%) Chisenhall had his best day of the season yesterday going 2-5 with a run scored, a double, and a home run to go with his three RBI. He’s started 5-22 and should get regular playing time although he may sit against tough lefties. Chisenhall should get a long look at the hot corner, and it’ll be interesting to watch if he can grow into the 3B of the future Tribe fans hope he can be.
SS- Jonathan Herrera-Colorado Rockies: (0.0%) In his first start of the year, Herrera went 3-4 with a run scored, two RBI, and a triple. He’s the backup at almost every infield position in Colorado and is an injury away from being fantasy-relevant. If he’s in the lineup, he makes a solid daily play
OF- Justin Ruggiano-Miami Marlins: (14.8%) Ruggiano continues his solid play of late emerging as a fantasy option on the Marlins not name Stanton. He went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and a walk yesterday in New York and is not 6-21 with four of those hits going for extra bases. He should continue to produce as long as he doesn’t lose playing time to Chris Coghlan. If you need an outfielder, he’s the first name to look for on most waiver wires.
OF- Jon Jay-St. Louis Cardinals: (26.4%) The Cards CF went 2-5 from his leadoff spot with a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored. He’s opened the year 7-29 with a home run and four RBI. He’s yet to steal a base, but he still have value as long as he’s hitting at the top of the St. Louis lineup as a run-scorer and a boost for your batting average.
OF- Chris Young-Oakland Athletics: (2.3%) CY has hit safely in all four of the games he’s played for the A’s and went 2-3 yesterday with a pair of runs scored, three RBI, two walks, and his second home run of the young season. He’s not a full-time player for Oakland but will earn more playing time if he continues to hit like this. He’s started the year 4-13 and is providing some pop when in the lineup. Montiro his playing time to determine his value.
DH- Mark Reynolds-Cleveland Indians: (44.5%) Reynolds had two more home runs yesterday as part of the Cleveland onslaught. He finished 3-4 with three runs scored, four RBI, a double, and his two long balls. He now has four homers in his last four games and is definitely worth the pickup if you need power and can afford a slight hit in batting average (career .235 hitter).
AL Starting Pitcher- Justin Masterson-Cleveland Indians: (16.5%) Masterson took down his second reigning Cy Young award winner in as many starts as he and the Tribe cruised past David Price and the Rays on Sunday. Masterson limited Tampa to just two hits while going seven shutout innings and striking out eight. He did still walk three and will need to cut down on walk-rate to sustain success, but he’s looked ace-like in his first two starts in which he’s 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.
NL Starting Pitcher- Jose Fernandez-Miami Marlins: (9.9%) Fernandez threw five frames up against the Mets in his MLB debut striking out eight while walking one and allowing one run on three hits. Although he’s only 20, Fernandez looks to be ready for big league action and will be useful as a spot starter despite the fact that Miami won’t score him many runs or help him much with the bullpen. Sunday’s game was an example of that as they blew the rookies first win and he ended up with a no-decision.
Relief Pitcher- Jim Henderson-Milwaukee Brewers: (1.4%) It’s not hard to see where this is trending. Henderson is mowing down opponents so far this season in three scoreless innings of work. Yesterday he struck out two in the eighth before handing the ball to John Axford for the ninth. Axford continued to struggle and blew the save. It seems only a matter of time before Henderson takes over ninth inning duties or the Brew-crew and is worth a grab-and-stash if you’re after saves.