Hello Wagoners! Thanks for stopping by for some position-by-position waiver wire advice. In my humble opinion, you don’t win your league by drafting well. You win your league by playing the wire well and grabbing players at the first sign of a hot streak, when you’ve got a position that needs an upgrade. This may be common knowledge to each of you, but the good news is that most of you probably won’t even read this and will skip straight to my recommendations. So without further ado…

C – AJ Pierzynski, J.T. Realmuto, and/or Nick Hundley
So yeah, Catcher isn’t an exciting position, but we already knew that. The good news is, if you’re guy is terrible, there is some help to be found on the wire. Pierzynski has been hitting everything lately and figures to stay in the lineup as long as he keeps it up. Realmuto is a 24-year old who will now get loads of playing time with Saltalamacchia getting DFA’d. And finally, Nick Hundley is a platoon guy, but with Rosario being sent down, he’ll see more time behind the dish. 

1B – Kendrys Morales, Adam Lind, and/or C.J. Cron
So Morales has cooled off a bit, but the guy can rake and I’d add him if I were in need at the position. Lind is a platooner against RHP, but slugs when he’s in the lineup. C.J. Cron is a guy that just needs some playing time and, with Josh Hamilton’s departure, he should be in line for plenty of it. Grab him before someone else does. 

2B – Chris Owings, Brad Miller, and/or Johnny Giovatella
If you’re like me, you didn’t grab Devon Travis when you should have, and now you’re left looking at what nobody else wanted. Don’t fret, there’s still a tiny bit of hope. Chris Owings is warming up in Arizona and is showing some confidence on the base paths. Brad Miller has been knocking in a run here and there, swiping a bag or two, and is a dependable player if you temper your expectations. Johnny G has shown some pop and average and should also see some more at bats with Hamilton out of town. 

3B – David Freese, Will Middlebrooks, and/or Luis Valbuena
You’re not looking for much batting average here, but each of these guys has some pop and is a reasonable add. Freese is my favorite of the bunch, as he’s shown elite flashes before and is starting to come around again. Middlebrooks has held his own in San Diego and should continue to be worthy of a roster spot. Valbuena comes with 2B eligibility and provides more pop than you might realize in an extreme hitter’s park. 

SS – Andrelton Simmons, Adeiny Hechavarria, and/or Tim Beckham
Simmons is producing in a better-than-expected-but-still-bad Braves lineup. Hechavarria is very difficult to spell. Tim Beckham has been a pinch-hitting master, but it’s earning him more playing time and making him a worthy pickup.

OF – Leonys Martin, Rajai Davis, and/or Justin Maxwell
Martin has been hitting everything in a surprisingly awful Texas lineup (that may get better when Hamilton arrives). Davis is in a platoon split with Anthony Gose, but Gose has gone ice cold and Davis is getting more starts as a result (and thriving). Maxwell used to be an Astro, so I love him. Also, he’s hot right now and can be counted on as a grab and start until he cools off. 

SP – Jesse Chavez, Rubby De La Rosa, and/or Jimmy Nelson
Chavez is far and away the best guy to target on this list. He looked fantastic in a starting role last year before we wore down and I expect a repeat this year (minus the wearing down). De La Rosa has been striking out errbody and is worth a look (as long as you don’t look at that ERA too long). Jimmy Nelson is getting destroyed as I write this, but I’m not concerned. He has huge strikeout potential and faces NL Central teams with regularity. 


Alright folks, go make your adds and be sure to send me a tweet @waiverwagon with your individual questions! I’m always happy to help. 

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