24 May Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Report: Week 8
By: Mike Stromme
Looking to make a little waiver wire magic? I’ve got you covered.
Here’s a few names to target this week.
Matt Bush, RP, Texas Rangers:
If you’re in a league with owners that (somewhat) know what they’re doing, Matt Bush is long-gone.
Evidently, there’s a few leagues out there that don’t… 47.7 % of ESPN leagues still have Matt Bush sitting on their respective waiver wires. Despite the fact that he’s cemented himself as the team’s 9th inning guy.
If you got Bush on your roster, there’s no sweating his job security. If not, go get him. He’s here to stay. Not only does Bush have a heavy fastball mixed with a devastating slider, he’s got the numbers to back up his dominance. Since becoming the closer, he hasn’t allowed an earned run. He’s had multiple strikeouts in a whopping SEVEN of his 16 outings this season and has walked just five over 16.1 IP.
He should be 100% owned in all formats.
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays:
Devon Travis has started to get hot after a downright dreadful start to the season.
He’s currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. During said streak, he’s had multi-hit games in SIX of them. Including a whopping EIGHT doubles and a home run. Before his hitting streak, he was hitting below the Mendoza
line, he’s currently sitting at .239.
The question with Travis has never been talent, it’s durability that’s turned-off fantasy owners. He’s played just 202 games since the Blue Jays make him the starting 2B on Opening Day 2015. In those 202 career games, Travis has a career line of .290/21/99 with 11 steals. With some consistency in the durability department, the 26-year-old can only get better.
In this streak, we’re seeing who Devon Travis really can be. At just 20.3% owned in ESPN.com leagues, he’s well worth a look in most formats, especially for those hurting in the middle infield.
J.C. Ramirez, SP, Los Angeles Angels:
Ramirez has been a pleasant surprise since joining the starting rotation on April 14. In that initial start he gave up: 5 ER over 5 IP while striking out 3 and walking 2.
He’s reached the 6th inning or later in every start since. Allowing 3 ER or less in six of those seven and hasn’t walked more than 3 in any of those starts. In fact, he’s got a WHIP of 1.16 on the season.
He’s owned in just under a quarter of ESPN.com formats and gets the Miami Marlins in the pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. When the runs come against Ramirez, it’s via the long-ball. In that ballpark, he should be able to keep the ball in-play; even against the likes of Stanton and Yelich.
There’s a fine-line between a hot streak and legitimacy, Ramirez is getting dangerously-close to crossing over that line. Might be time to get in on him before someone else finds this West Coast gem.