Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. After a week of regular season baseball, there are a few standouts and injury replacements for your roster.
Enrique Hernandez, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hernandez is the fantasy owner's dream, as he can play multiple positions and hits for power. Although the Dodgers mix and match a lot of lineups, odds are, if there is a left-handed starting pitcher on the mound, Kiké will be in the lineup. He's off to a fast start this season, so be sure to give him a look over for your fantasy roster.
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
With Corey Knebel out for the season, and Jeffress on the mend, the Brewers have relied heavily on Josh Hader (as they should). However, when Jeffress returns, the Brewers could return Hader to his multi-inning, high leverage role, and move Jeffress into the ninth inning. In fact, it would be the same role Jeffress played last year, where he racked up 15 saves in 20 opportunities.
Corbin Burnes, P, Milwaukee Brewers
Sticking with the Brew Crew, prospect Corbin Burnes started his first game of the season and struck out 12 batters in 5 innings. Just like Brandon Woodruff from last week, Burnes is likely only going to pitch 4-5 innings, but should produce big strikeout totals. Although still listed as a RP in almost every league, his next scheduled start is on April 6 vs the Chicago Cubs.
Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
"Joc Pop" is off to another torrid start this season, hitting three home runs and slugging 1.063. His numbers are likely to skyrocket into the 80% percentile of ownership this week, which is fine as long as he's playing. While he's been very good against right-handed pitchers, the Dodgers will likely always sit him against a lefty starter, so playing to the matchups is key with Pederson.
Anthony Swarzak, RP, Seattle Mariners
Swarzak was featured in "Fantasy Boom" earlier this season, with the intention of being a cheap source of saves. However, this was prior to the signing of reliever Hunter Strickland. Now with Strickland banged up and on the IL for a few months, Swarzak likely becomes the ninth inning reliever in Seattle. He's definitely worth an add for fantasy owners.
Taylor Rogers, RP, Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota bullpen is crowded during the ninth inning, but Rogers has emerged as a favorite, if only for the matchups. While many fantasy owners picked up Trevor May - Rogers, Blake Parker, and others could be a factor for saves in Minnesota. Rogers is a lefty, so that could play heavily depending on who is hitting in the ninth for the opposing team. However, if you need cheap saves (and who doesn't) - Rogers is worth a stash.