Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching saves, Grinding Metal has you covered.
Jazz Chisholm Jr., 2B, Miami Marlins
I was reluctant to add Chisholm due to his previous high strikeout rate in the minors, but thus far, he has cut down on the strikeouts to start the season (although it's a small sample). The Marlins have Chisholm leading off (as of the last game) - and playing second base every day. He's also started the past six games, including two games against left-handed starters. He certainly won't hit for power, but he will get on base and steal bases.
Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals
Duffy is showing the same stuff that made him fantasy relevant in 2016. He has three straight quality starts to start the 2021 campaign, along with a 0.50 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. He's rostered in over 60% of leagues, but if he's still out there, pick him up.
Tyler Anderson, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Anderson, 31 years old, has made 4 starts this season for the Pirates, after spending the previous year with the San Francisco Giants. This season, he's 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA, and has 21 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched. He faced the Tigers during his last start, and struck out 7 hitters. He's in line to start against the Kansas City Royals next week. He's like a spot-starter for most leagues, with ownership in deeper leagues.
Lucas Sims, RP, Cincinnati Reds
It's hard to imagine Amir Garrett getting another save chance in the near future. Garret has a 16.20 ERA this season, and blew a recent lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sims has allowed 1 hit in 6 innings while striking out 9 hitters. In addition to Sims, the Reds also have Sean Doolittle. Like Sims, Doolittle has been very good this season, striking out 11 over 6.2 innings pitched. It will be a toss-up for who comes out in the ninth inning for the Reds during the next time, but it will likely be Sims or Doolittle, and each reliever is owned in less than 15% of leagues.