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First Base and Third Base Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Entering week three, we are entering a ton of unknowns. Which players have COVID-19? Which schedules will be altered? Who is pitching which days? Essentially, it is chaos and we need to embrace the craziness.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 3.

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First Base Waiver Wire Options

Renato Nunez (1B, BAL) - 34% rostered

When you think of Renato Nunez, you think of a power-first hitter with middling average. That is what he has produced. Hitting cleanup most of the time, he only has one home run and is hitting .250. He is not going to win you your leagues, but if you are chasing some power, this is your guy.

Yandy Diaz (1B/3B, TB) - 21% rostered

This is all about opportunity. He has not hit well to start the year. However, he has played just about every day for the Rays and has hit inside the top three of the lineup in all but one game. Opportunity, team context and the upside we know is there, he can worth a shot for those chasing at-bats.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Colin Moran (3B, PIT) - 40% rostered

What Moran is doing is not sustainable. But with a quick start and five home runs to begin the year, you need to ride the hot hand. There were a few notable changes in the profile to begin the year.

Here is a thread of things that are going on in the profile to help possibly explain the hot start.

Hanser Alberto (2B/3B, BAL) - 16% rostered

Alberto is playing every day and gets to call Camden his home. He bats around the five-hole vs right-handed pitchers and as high as the two-hole vs left-handed pitchers. This is someone who makes a lot of contact while not walking or striking out much. He plays every day, has racked up two home runs and a stolen base while hitting .400. Coming off a season he hit .305, the batting average could stick to a point. He is not flashy, or offer a high ceiling, but he does offer a high floor.

Nick Solak (2B/3B, TEX) - 22% rostered

With Willie Calhoun struggling and Danny Santana both struggling and dealing with a minor injury, this has opened up playing time for Nick Solak. He hits as high as second in the order against left-handed pitchers. He offers a little bit of five-category production. He has two stolen bases already in limited opportunity. The speed potential alone warrants rostering him.

Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) - 15% rostered

Kyle Seager has his hot streaks from time-to-time and we could be in the middle of one. Seager has a home run and a stolen base on the year and hitting behind a couple of hot hitters in Kyle Lewis and J.P. Crawford has allowed for him to grab 10 RBI. He is also hitting .294 to start the year. I would not expect the batting average to stick but the power and RBI production very well could if the lineup around him continues to get on base.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Maikel Franco (3B, KC) - 6% rostered

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. Franco continues to intrigue us year-in and year-out. He plays every day for the Royals and bats fifth in what is an underrated lineup. He is hitting.250 with two home runs on the year. Cheap power and RBI upside.

Rio Ruiz (1B/3B, BAL) - 3% rostered

Another player who is just getting a ton of run and playing daily. Cheap power as well and Camden as his home park is a hard mix to ignore. Three home runs and batting .318 in the short term. Ride the hot hand.

Edwin Rios (1B, LAD) - 1% rostered

Has played back-to-back games of late and hit a home run in both games. Two home runs in as many games and the power is very real. If regular at-bats open up, he is worth more than streaming.



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