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2015 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire


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Matt Duffy: Insert Duffman joke here. The Giants designated Casey McGehee for assignment over the weekend which opens up the starting third base job for Matt Duffy.

Duffy isn’t someone that owners should get too excited about, but he most likely won’t hurt your batting average. To this point, Duffy is batting .299 with two homers, and 19 RBI. For someone with essentially no power, he does a solid job of driving in runs.

In his minor league career, Duffy only has 13 career homers in 248 at-bats but had a .304 batting average with 55 career stolen bases. For comparison, Duffy profiles a lot like Casey McGehee or a poor man’s Matt Carpenter with stolen bases potential. Duffy has started the season well, and could be a cheap source of batting average and a handful of stolen bases.

James McCann: I’ve been pretty indifferent about McCann, mostly because his minor league numbers aren’t great, but I’m coming around.

Despite a .266 minor league career average, McCann has hit .300 with two homers, and 10 RBI with the Tigers. The only reason to own McCann is if you’re in a two-catcher league, but you could do worse.

Alex Avila still doesn’t have a timetable to return, so feel free to ride McCann out until Avila returns.

Mitch Moreland: I was excited about the prospects of Kyle Blanks starting, but Moreland has been on fire since returning to the Rangers.

In his past 15 games, Moreland is batting .325 with three homers, and six RBI. Historically, Moreland isn’t as good as his .314 average, he’s never hit better than .275 in the majors, but this could be his breakout year.

Billy Burns: Burns was on fire throughout the preseason, but got sent back down to start the season, and has been hot since returning to the A’s. He does one thing great, stealing bases, and he’s excellent at it.

In 2013, Burns stole a total of 74 bases and stole 184 bases in 406 games. Burns is a decent hitter, .289 career in the minors, but what you’re going for here is steals. If you desperately need steals, Burns is probably the best option available on your waiver wire.

Mike Napoli: It seems that Napoli has overcome his slump by hitting five homers in his past six games. He’s now up to seven homers and raised his batting average to .193. Napoli’s average isn’t likely to raise much, considering he hit between .227 and .259 over the past three years, but he’ll supply a lot of power.

Mike Bolsinger: Despite being 27-years-old, Bolsinger only first reached the majors in 2014 with the Diamondbacks. Since joining the Dodgers, Bolsinger hasn’t allowed more than one run in a game and has 22 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Bolsinger has solid minor league numbers, 3.41 ERA with 454 strikeouts in 483 innings, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he kept his pace up.

Closers: There are a lot of sketchy closer options available. Guys like Neftali Feliz, Addison Reed and Fernando Rodney are losing grip on their jobs which has opened up the door for new closers to step up.

Right now, the safest options to get saves right away are Brad Ziegler and Shawn Tolleson. Deeper options or if you just want to load up on relievers are Carson Smith, Enrique Burgos, and Keone Kela.

 

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I’m not hunting for Bigfoot I’m usually checking my fantasy team.


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