Working the Waiver Wire 9.5.16
September 5, 2016 | Zach Jacobson
Position eligibility and ownership percentages are for Yahoo leagues.
Bartolo Colon, SP (56%): Colon refuses to stop producing, Father Time be damned. He’s currently the 40th ranked starting pitcher on ESPN’s Player Rater, and today he’s kept the Reds scoreless through six innings, bringing his 2016 ERA to a crisp 3.22. His next two starts are against the Braves and the Twins, so I expect more of the same from Big Sexy.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B/2B/1B (22%): I’ve never found Solarte to be particularly interesting. Somewhat comparable to a past-his-prime Martin Prado, he has never made it past the periphery of my attention. That changed recently when I noticed he carries a 109 career wRC+ and an excellent 121 wRC+ in 2016. Both his batting average and power have increased each year he’s been in the Majors, and given 553 plate appearances, the average of his 2014 and 2015 totals, Solarte would finish this season with a .279 batting average and 22 home runs. His solid production and positional flexibility make him a quality addition in most redraft formats. At 29 years old, it’s unrealistic to expect his constant improvement to continue into 2017, but Solarte is an undervalued candidate in dynasty leagues if he can maintain his current skill set.
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Tyler Anderson, SP (21%): With a 3.43 ERA and a near-matching 3.57 FIP, Anderson has exceeded expectations in his rookie season. Of 139 starters with at least 80 innings pitched, Anderson is 16th in GB% at 53.4% and 37th in K-BB% at 16.3%. Even Coors Field can’t cool those numbers. It’s a bit optimistic to expect this level of performance over a full season, but Anderson would be a top-35 starter if he had pitched since April and his numbers were extrapolated as such. He’s tremendously undervalued at his current ownership percentage.
Daniel Hudson, RP (11%): Arizona’s relief pitching has been bad this season. Like, laughably bad. The team is currently dead last in the league with a 5.19 bullpen ERA, and Hudson himself is boasting an absurdly high ERA of 6.04. Luckily for us, manager Chip Hale still has to use someone to close out games. That privilege has been given to the dynamic duo of Hudson and Randall Delgado. Delgado has been the better of the two in preventing runs this season, but their defense-independent numbers (i.e., FIP and xFIP) are surprisingly similar, and Delgado’s lackluster 10.3 K-BB% leaves a lot to be desired. Furthermore, Hudson has pitched in Arizona’s last couple save opportunities, giving him the current fantasy edge. Stay away from Hudson in shallower leagues, but take the plunge in all formats if Hale uses him in the next save situation. He has decent peripherals and can give you a few much-needed points in the saves category.
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