I'm publishing Week 4 waiver wire targets a day early this week due to a media conference on Friday. Yes, that was a humblebrag if you want it to be.
In our weekly feature, we focus on widely available options on the waiver wire. In most cases, players are owned in LESS THAN 50 percent of leagues on FOXSports.com.
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Catcher - Austin Romine
Gary Sanchez (bicep) won’t return to the lineup for at least another two weeks. So, Romine will continue to earn regular playing time. The catchers noted in Week 3’s waiver wire column still apply, but Romine did hit .421 over the past week with a homer, two doubles, and four RBI. It’ll be tough for him to keep that pace, but this lightning in a bottle only needs to last another 14 days or so.
Also consider: Austin Hedges (San Diego)
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First Base - Travis Shaw
When owning Travis Shaw, it’s best to have an AVG/OBP contingency plan in place. The 1B/3B eligible bat pounded out 16 homers in 145 games last year for the Red Sox and has recently hit three homers in his past four games. However, as great as the power stroke can be in the corner infield slot, his .240 BA / .269 OBP over the past seven days is a tough pill to swallow. His .233 BABIP vs. .295 career norm does indicate some bad luck. So, I would make Shaw a corner infield consideration if you’re in need of a little pop in the lineup.
Second Base - César Hernandez
One of the best bargains on the DFS market last season, Cesar Hernandez is still going unnoticed. Still available in 49 percent of leagues, the Phillies’ second baseman hit two homers with four runs, four RBI and three steals over the past week. He hit .294 with six homers and 17 stolen bases in 155 games last year. He’s on pace to post career-bests in homers and stolen bases. Hernandez stole 33 bags in 2013 when at Triple-A.
Fun Fact: Anthony Rizzo has gained two games of second base eligibility because of infield shifts. Eight more games and he’s 2B eligible.
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Third Base - Mike Moustakas
With Josh Donaldson on the disabled list, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Moustakas’ ownership percentage to soar over 50 percent by the end of the weekend. While his current .300 batting average is unsustainable, it’s great to see Mous find his stroke again after missing most of 2016 with a torn ACL. The Royals third baseman carried a .409 OBP with two homers, four runs and four RBI over the past week. If you are in need of a third base / corner infield upgrade – run to the waiver wire.
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Shortstop - Zack Cozart
How much do fantasy baseball owners believe in Zack Cozart’s hot start? He’s available in 68 percent of leagues. So, yeah.
But when you have Jean Segura, Trea Turner (five games from SS eligibility on FOX), Didi Gregorius, and, most recently, Marcus Semien all working their way back from the disabled list, Cozart’s production is worth consideration. He’s 7-18 with four runs, a rare homer, four RBI, and an insane .522 OBP over the past week. The .485 BABIP is comically lucky, but with the walking wounded still on the DL, give him a shot.
The Tigers’ Jose Iglesias is also worth a waiver wire add if he avoids the DL with a concussion.
Outfield - Steve Souza Jr.
FOX Sports fantasy expert Will Singer did a nice job laying out potential Starling Marte replacements earlier this week, but here are a few more outfielders to consider.
Speaking of which, I’ll double-down on Singer’s Steven Souza suggestion. Yes, his .328 / .426 / .500 triple slash with a .436 BABIP is worthy of a side eye, but the four runs, homer, and six RBI over the past week could afford you a prideful smirk if you rode the wave to this point. Plus, his strikeout rate is down nine percent and walk rate up better than eight percent year-over-year. The Rays offense has been grinding out runs with few stars in their lineup.
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Outfield - Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar has been moved back into the leadoff spot because Devon Travis failed to produce. The speedy outfielder stole two bases with 12 hits (.481 OBP) last week. Now, this is where I warn you that owners got excited about Pillar’s prospects last season after he stole 25 bases with 12 homers in 2015. He finished 2016 with 14 SB and seven homers. Pillar’s career-split leading off is .259 / .289 / .398. In the past, most of his success came out of the No. 8 slot, but perhaps he’s turning a corner at, ahem, 28 years old.
You know what, he'll get you steals!
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Outfield - Ender Inciarte
With options limited, Ender Inciarte should be considered the best chance Starling Marte owners have at replacing his production. Marte has more pop, but Inciarte did poke two homers out over the past week and has historically been a great source of speed. He stole 69 bases in the minors between 2013-2014 and he swiped 37 bags over the past two major league seasons when with the Diamondbacks and Braves. Plus, his .244 BABIP is 80 points below the career norm. Brighter and more productive lay ahead for the Braves’ outfielder.
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Starting Pitcher - Chase Anderson
Amir Garrett was our starting pitcher suggestion last week and he stepped up with 12 strikeouts in his start against the Orioles. This week, we’ll go with Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson. He’s 2-0 with a 8.00 K/9 rate, 1.50 ERA and 3.65 xFIP. He’ll help his cause if he pushes the groundball rate up from 40 percent to 50 percent-plus and reduces the number of runners left on base (84.3 percent). Those can come back to bite, but the eight strikeouts per nine innings is worthy of a look for the back-end of a fantasy rotation.