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Grinding Metal - Andrew Heaney, J.P. Crawford and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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One week into the season and owners are starting to find what works with for them. Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching strikeouts, Grinding Metal has you covered.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Seattle Mariners
After signing a multi-year deal with the Mariners during the off-season, Crawford is rewarding the Mariners and fantasy owners with a strong start. Crawford, owned in 60% of leagues, is hitting .355/.500/.452 over the first week of the season. The Mariners offense isn't that prolific, but are sneaky good to do some damage during the regular season.

Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
This is likely your last shot to pick Heaney up in any league, as they are owned in 75% of leagues, and that number will only rise. Heaney, 30, has dominated over his past two starts - allowing a total of four hits and zero earned runs. Last time out against the Cincinnati Reds, he struck out 11. His next start is scheduled on Saturday against the San Diego Padres in San Diego.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Colorado Rockies
Although he missed a few games early on due to a back injury, Grichuk went right back to hitting upon their return to the lineup. Owned in less than 60% of leagues, the outfielder is hitting .318/.400/.409 this season. Playing your home games in Denver is always a plus, too.

Garrett Whitlock, RP, Boston Red Sox
The righty continues to be a major source of strikeouts, as he's pitching multiple innings during each outing this season. Over his last three appearances for the Red Sox, he has 11 strikeouts over 8.2 innings this season. He could be used as a piggy-back when regular starters may only throw 3-4 innings during their start. Additionally, Whitlock may earn a spot-start down the road. Overall, Whitlock is an excellent source for strikeouts.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners
After an awful start to the season (4-for-30) - Frazier has turned things around over the past seven days - hitting .333/.360/.458 with two extra base hits. Although his season on-base percentage is only .273 - he's a high contact hitter who usually finds a way on base. He's owned in less than 40% of leagues, and worth monitoring over the next week - especially as the lead-off hitter for the Mariners.