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The Wire Troll: Trevor Williams Effectively Wild for Pirates

April 7, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Trevor Williams is off to a strong start for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It’s hard to tell how good Trevor Williams is so far. (Twitter)

Welcome back to another season of Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks. Each weekend, we’ll highlight players that are widely available (not owned in more than 50 per cent of ESPN or CBS leagues). As always, expect some deep picks, some category specific choices, some minor leaguers, some stash options and some dynasty options. It’s a mixed bag of Fantasy baseball goodness!

This week, CC Sabathia had to come out early with a hip issue and is headed for an MRI; Milwaukee lost closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) for six weeks (see below for a possible replacement option); and Philly fans struck again, booing Manager Gabe Kapler before their home opener.

And now, let’s get to our first batch of Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations for 2018…

Trevor Williams, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (ESPN: 9.8 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): If nothing else, Williams’ start to the season is interesting. In his debut, he no-hit the Reds over six innings (see video below), a game in which he got some help from his defense, but had to be pulled as he issued five walks. On Friday, Williams showed much better command, but gave up 10 hits in 5 1/3 IP. However, he only surrendered two runs and came away with a second straight win. We’re not completely sold on Williams yet, but he’s definitely worth a pickup while we try to figure out what we’ve got on our hands here. Last year, he failed to land the fifth starter job our of Spring Training, yet still spent most of the season in the rotation. This year, Williams has a job from the get-go, and we think he could be a real surprise.

Jacob Barnes, RP, Milwaukee Brewers (ESPN: 7.5 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Barnes has been lights out early on, but with news that Knebel will miss several weeks, his stock is rising. Milwaukee Manager Craig Counsell has refused to name a replacement closer, claiming the Brewers will mix and match, going with a committee, but Fantasy owners have been all over Barnes as the top candidate. Barnes will be a Fantasy asset in holds leagues regardless, but right now, may have to fend off the likes of Josh Hader, Matt Albers, Jeremy Jeffress and Dan Jennings to earn consistent saves.

Chris Owings, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (ESPN: 31.4 per cent; CBS: 35 per cent): Owings has been playing out of his mind early on. On Thursday, he was 3-for-3 with two runs, a double and a walk, giving him hits in six straight. Through the first week, Owings is third in the NL in hitting, teaming with Nick Ahmed to lead the D-Backs to a 6-1 start. Right… just like we all expected! We love the fact that Owings is drawing walks at an elite level all of a sudden (12.5 per cent walk rate). If this is for real, we’ve got a major breakout on our hands.

Joey Lucchesi, SP, San Diego Padres (ESPN: 1.6 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): Lucchesi sure looked sharp in his second start on Thursday, hurling five shutout frames with just one hit allowed. The rookie has yet to give up a homer through 40 batters faced this season, and his 2.79 ERA through a pair of starts deserves some Fantasy attention. Last year, Lucchesi racked up a ton of Ks at High-A before moving on to Double-A, where he kept winning. He hasn’t gotten much attention up to this point, but is certainly worth a speculative pickup now to see how this plays out.

Preston Tucker, OF, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: 26.6 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): Another early-season surprise, Tucker is raking so far, delivering hits in all seven games, scoring five and driving in seven runs over the last three and drawing walks in the last two. His strike zone judgment is massively improved so far, and he’s been a DFS darling in the first week of play. How long can Tucker keep this up? It’s worth picking him up to find out.

Victor Caratini, C, Chicago Cubs (ESPN: 0.3 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): Simply a very deep NL-only or perhaps deep sleeper in DFS play, Caratini took over at first base on Friday with Anthony Rizzo (back) ailing. While Caratini, normally a catcher, had some adventures defensively, he did get a hit and an RBI. He was an extreme groundball hitter last year, but it’s not quite as pronounced in the early going, so perhaps we’ll get a bigger hint of the power he flashed at Triple-A last year (10 homers in 83 games).

Nick Pivetta, SP, Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN: 2.5 per cent; CBS: 19 per cent): Pivetta didn’t impress in his season debut, but he was on his game Thursday against the underwhelming Marlins. He hurled 5 2/3 goose eggs, fanning nine without a walk and just four hits allowed. Pivetta was really freezing the Fish, getting 23 called strikes, and the Phils fans were none to happy when Kapler came out to give him the hook. It’s early, but Pivetta is only averaging 85 pitches per start after tossing nearly 94 per outing last year.

Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves (ESPN: NA; CBS: 1 per cent): Here’s our early-season Dynasty pick of the week. Atlanta’s 2017 second rounder is a Georgia boy and switch hitter, to boot. Waters is making his full-season ball debut this year after a productive first pro season at the GCL in 2017. He was promoted to the Appy League after a couple of weeks, and piled up plenty of runs there. Waters has the tools to be a minor league breakout candidate this year, so don’t be surprised to see him popping up on prospect lists as the season progresses.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy baseball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: David Desharnais Worth a Look

February 9, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
For a guy that has eight goals, 30 points and a plus-12 rating through 51 games this season, Desharnais is quite available both in ESPN and CBS, but also in Yahoo leagues, in which he’s only 11 per cent owned. In three games in Week 17, the diminutive pivot had a goal, six points, a plus-6 rating, a power play point, five shots on goal, 39 face-offs won, a hit and a blocked shot. If you have the space, we suggest you add this guy immediately.
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The Wire Troll: Who the Heck is Cedric Paquette?

February 1, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
While Paquette’s total points are a little underwhelming, all signs are pointing to a potential bursting of the dam, so to speak. The Lightning’s fourth round pick in 2012 is currently on a four-game point streak with five goals and six points in that span. He had an assist while playing just two games with Tampa Bay last season, but was a great first year pro with the club’s top minor league affiliate in Syracuse, collecting 20 goals and 44 points in 70 games. With four goals and seven points in five games with the Crunch this season, it was clear Paquette was ready for the NHL, and he seems to be vindicating that notion.
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Diamond Stocks: Josh Harrison Pacing the Pirates

June 2, 2014 | by Michael Seff | Comments (1)
The man they don’t call “JuTu” still deserves some love. To be owned by 0.2 per cent by ESPN owners and just 3 per cent by the CBS nation, the red-bearded super sub is quietly piecing together a nice resume at the plate. He has four multi-hit games in his last seven, upping his season average to .262 with three homers and 12 RBI.
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The Wire Troll: Matt Leinart Gets Another Shot

November 23, 2011 | by Buck Davidson | Comments (2)
With Peterson out for at least one game with his high ankle sprain, the Vikes (and countless Fantasy owners) will turn to Gerhart to try to overcome the loss of one of the game’s most elite talents. Sorry, it won’t happen — but Gerhart should at least be in line for goal-line work, as his 230-plus pound frame makes him a load in the trenches.
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