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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire/FAAB

John breaks down the top options to be picked up or stashed in fantasy baseball this week!

FORT MYERS, FL- MARCH 10: James Wood #50 of the Washington Nationals bats during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins on March 10, 2024 at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

2B/3B Joey Ortiz, Milwaukee Brewers (55%)

Ortiz is on fire for the Brewers right now. He seems to have won the starting third base job and is playing every day for Milwaukee. Four of his five home runs this season have come in his past ten games, and his slash line now sits at a very impressive .294/.392/.549. He’s only owned in a little over half of Fantrax leagues right now and offers owners dual position eligibility and a good chance for continued production.

RP Trevor Megill, Milwaukee Brewers (49%)

Megill is now locked in as the Brewers closer and already has six saves under his belt. He isn’t walking many batters, is striking guys out at a near 29% K rate, and is rocking a sub 3.00 SIERA and a very encouraging 32 CSW%. In other words, Megill is showing the kind of stuff needed to stick in the role, and there is no word on when or even if Devin Williams will be back this season. He’s still theoretically expecting to return around the All-Star break, but multiple stress fractures in a player’s back usually equate to a long path back for recovery. Megill should be owned in all leagues at this point.

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OF Luis Matos, San Francisco Giants (47%)

Matos will likely be one of the most (if not the most) highly sought-after players in free agency bidding this weekend. He already has 17 RBI in only seven games played this season and is red hot right now. He’s almost certainly playing over his head right now despite his legitimately high ceiling, and it will likely take a good amount to beat other bidders for him. Still, it’s hard to ignore what he’s already accomplished. He’s also playing stellar defense, which should give him some job security even when his bat cools off. I recommend trying to grab him if possible, but I wouldn’t recommend going too crazy with what you bid for him.

1B/OF Jake Bauers, Milwaukee Brewers (26%)

Bauers is batting 5th on most days for the Brewers and, despite a low batting average, already has five home runs and five steals. Three of his homers and three of his thefts have come in the past week. He has an excellent batted ball profile that supports his production and suggests he has been unlucky even. Bauers is particularly attractive in OBP leagues, but his expected batting average is around .250ish, so he can potentially provide good value in standard formats, too.

OF Alec Burleson, St. Louis Cardinals (24%)

Burleson has caught fire with four consecutive multi-hit performances and two bombs in this recent stretch of games. He has five homers now and is playing daily for the Cardinals, who need all the help they can get this year. He has a better batting average than on-base percentage so far this season, but historically, the reverse has been true, so that could even out a bit. All in all, Burleson seems like a pretty good outfield option in deeper leagues.

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Honorable Mentions

OF James Wood, Washington Nationals (68%)

(Still) One of the best prospects in the game and has to be tempting the Nats to get called up.

1B, OF Luke Raley, Seattle Mariners (38%)

Has the playing time and the dual eligibility. Offers some pop and speed.

OF Heliot Ramos, San Francisco Giants (15%)

He has hits in seven of his past ten games since getting called up.

OF Jake Meyers, Houston Astros (12%)

Nine-hole hitter but heating up and hitting the ball harder than ever before.