The waiver wire is very important throughout the season. I have always mentioned that I would rather take a chance on a player who is a free agent then trying to make a trade. That has always been my mindset and it has worked throughout the years.

There are times we just miss out on a player’s hot streak. Other times we grab a player just for a couple of weeks. But the perfect scenario is adding a player who helps for the remainder of the season.

Last week we recommended Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon after his first start and he rewarded fantasy owners with a no-hitter April 15. We can’t expect no-hitters, but we can hope we acquire a player who makes an immediate impact on our rosters.

Waiver-Wire Targets

Oakland Athletics Second Baseman Jed Lowrie — The infielder is scolding hot, collecting 11 hits since April 8. Lowrie has chipped in with a couple of home runs and 10 RBIs as well. The 37-year-old did hit a career-high 23 home runs in 2019, so it appears he’s getting better with age. If needing middle infield help and a boost in the offensive categories, Lowrie is a fine target during this hot streak.

Detroit Tigers Catcher Wilson Ramos — I don’t recommend catchers often and the reasons are simple; there aren’t many good ones and they don’t play every day. However, when we find one who is in the midst of a hot streak, we need to attack. Ramos bats in the middle of the Tigers’ lineup and has hit six home runs already. If fantasy owners get 15 home runs in a season from their catcher, that’s a win. Ramos is almost halfway there in the first month. He’ll be a popular target this week but is still under 40 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues.

Oakland Athletics Reliever Lou Trivino — The reliever earned a save April 13 and appears to be getting the first crack at closing out games for the A’s with Trevor Rosenthal sidelined. As always, if we get a chance to add a closer off the waiver wire, we should pounce on it. This week it looks like it will be Trivino.

Miami Marlins Outfielder Adam Duvall –– Duvall has always been a streaky player and one to target when he’s hot. That’s exactly what is happening now, as Duvall has slugged three home runs this week while totaling nine RBIs. Fantasy owners have to know when to cut bait with Duvall, but it appears he can provide a boost in the power department right now if fantasy owners are lacking that in the first couple of weeks.

New York Mets Outfielder Brandon Nimmo — Another outfield target this week is Nimmo, who is an on-base machine. Nimmo has a batting average of .464 and an on-base percentage of .583 through the first two weeks. The outfielder has also chipped in with four RBIs but is still looking for his first home run. I think Nimmo is a fine target in any format, but he becomes a higher priority in on-base percentage leagues.

Phil Backert

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