Entering week six and the fantasy season is full swing. Players continue to drop like flies and it becomes a game of adding the hot hand. Time to dive into a few names to consider that could give you a boost at the corner infield positions.
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 6.Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off. Get access to our exclusive articles, rankings, projections, prospects coverage, 15 in-season lineup tools, daily expert DFS research, powerful Research Station, Lineup Optimizer and much more! Sign Up Now!
First Base Waiver Wire Options
Jake Cronenworth (1B/2B/SS, SD) - 40% Rostered
This is not the first but likely the last time Cronenworth will make this list. He should be rostered just about universally at this point and for him to be 40% owned is a crime. He is hitting for power and offers speed. He has stolen double digit bases every year dating back to his college days. The speed is a plus tool (91st percentile) and the power showed up last season and he has 20 or so home run upside over to course of a season. Sprinkle in the multi-positional eligibilty and Cronenworth should be added right away in any league.
Evan White (1B, SEA) - 4% Rostered
I typically reserve the players less than 10% owned for the 'Dart Throws' section, but I feel Evan White deserves more attention. He came up with a Goldschmidt-lite type of comp. Offered a little speed, solid contact skills and some power. Over the last week, he has turned it on and has hit four home runs in his last seven games he has started. The power is definitely there. With the average exit velocity in the 91st percentile, hard hit rate in the 98th percentile and the barrel rate in the 89th percentile the power should play. Having plus speed (sprint speed in the 81st percentile) on the team that leads the league in steals can lead to some much needed stolen bases as well.
#Mariners Evan White has quietly turned it on. 4 HR over his last 7 starts.— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) August 24, 2020
Of players with 40 BBE (208 players):
- 94.8 EV on FB - Better than Renfroe, Winker, Hoskins etc
- 25th best Barrel% - 15.9% (89th Percentile)
- HH% - 57.1% (98th Percentile)
- Brl/BBE% - 16.3% pic.twitter.com/k1JGhKF2Pf
Third Base Waiver Wire Options
Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 21% Rostered
Another player making a return appearance and, just like Cronenworth, demands your attention. Bohm plays just about every day and was always a bat-first prospect. The power will come around. He did hit his first home run over the last week and he is hitting a scorching .389 over the lastweek. Fewer hitters on the waiver wire offer more or even as much upside considering the ownership. Add Bohm if you can.
Austin Riley (3B/OF) - 14% Rostered
Riley has started slow, but with a home run over the last week paired with a .389 average he might be getting into a groove. We saw the power binge early last year when he first came up and we know Riley can put up home runs in bunches and if this last seven games is any indication, we can be seeing the start of a hot streak. He boasts an above average hard hit rate (37%) and an above average barrel rate (11.1%). The power will play.
Brad Miller (2B/3B/OF, STL) - 13% Rostered
Brad Miller feels like a blast from the past but we have seen him put together hot stretches in the past and he is currently riding one now. Over the last two weeks, Miller has put up two home runs, stolen a base, hit 10 RBI while batting .308. He requires more games and time to get appropriate data, but as of now he has an absurdly high hard hit rate of 60% and barrel rate of 20%. Unsustainable but worth riding out. If you include the multi-positional eligibility, he can be a big boost to your roster.
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.
Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - 5% Rostered
Not the most exciting of names, but he has been playing well this year and continues to bat in the middle of the lineup and playing every day. two home runs, 10 RBI and batting .279. You could do far worse off the waiver wire.
Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 4% Rostered
Belt has quietly been fantastic of late. two home runs and batting .361 over the last two weeks. Yes, he is in a platoon, but he is on the strong side of it and bats in the middle of the order when he is in. Worth a flyer in deepest of mixed leagues and AL-Only formats.
Erik Gonzalez (3B/SS/OF, PIT) - 2% Rostered
This is chasing the hot hand and at-bats. He has recently worked himself into leading off for the Pirates of late. If the hot hand continues with the increase of plate appearances, that combination can be gold for a fantasy team.
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