We are a couple weeks into the fantasy baseball season and more than likely you already need to tinker with your roster somewhat.
That’s not a problem as there is likely some help on the waiver wire. Thanks to some early season surprises and some injuries that have caused a good bit of lineup reshuffling, the following six players are some you should be keeping an eye on, even for a short term fix.
For this purpose I’m only looking at guys who are owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN leagues as players owned more than that were not considered.
The first guy to keep an eye on is a familiar face that very few expected to ever be fantasy relevant again.
Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves, 29.4 percent owned
Can Harang keep up his outstanding start for the rest of the season? Not a chance.
Can he keep it up long enough to give your pitching a boost for the next few weeks? Absolutely.
I never thought I would be suggesting that anyone own Harang, but the veteran right hander just allowed one run through six innings in his last start and and through three starts, Harang has a 0.96 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP and 17 strikeouts.
I don’t buy into Harang having a big year even for a little bit, but it makes sense to ride him while he is hot.
He faces the Mets this week so his hot start could continue and if the schedule holds true should be facing the Miami Marlins next.
Harang has so far held opposing batters to a .145 average and the Mets are hitting a whopping .207 as a team. Do yourself a favor and snatch up Harang while you can as he should at least ride his hot start into the month of May.
Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals, 0.4 percent owned
Thanks to the injury to Ryan Zimmerman that will cost him the next 4-6 weeks, Anthony Rendon will slide over to third base for the Nats, meaning that Espinosa will likely be the starting second baseman.
Espinosa’s still got nice power/speed upside and has shown much better contact and plate discipline (2:3 BB: K ratio in 19 at-bats) to go along with a .316/.381/.474 line so far in 2014.
He’s still a guy that hit 38 home runs with 37 stolen bases during the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined, but he struggled with a wrist injury last season and hit just .158 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 158 at-bats. He looks healthy and has the chance to put up some decent numbers over the course of the next few weeks.
Grab him now, especially if you are in an NL-only format.