Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Additions (June 8)
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No player in this space will be mentioned in back-to-back weeks, as we don't want to spam you with the same choices over and over again. We'll also limit the waiver wire suggestions to players owned in fewer than 40 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. Got it? Let's get to this week's fantasy baseball waiver pickups:
Nick Hundley, COL (10.6% owned)
He's finally back from an oblique injury, which is good news for fantasy owners in need of a backstop. Hundley has a .391 OBP this year and gets to play in Coors Field, which always boosts numbers. Hundley hit .301 last year and is seeing the ball well again this season, so there's plenty of reason to go grab him, especially when the Rockies are on a homestand.
Matt Adams, STL (11.8% owned)
If your batting average or OBP is low, Adams is a guy who can give you a lift. His three-year average is .279, and he's hitting .331 with 7 HR already this season. You may not get a ton of power, but Adams is a plug-and-play type who won't take much off the table. Sometimes the safe free agents turn out to be the biggest help.
Jurickson Profar, TEX (16.3% owned)
The Rangers are getting creative to keep his bat in the lineup, which means some dual position eligibility should be on the way. As long as he keeps playing, Profar as worth starting, as he's hitting .380 this season. Keep a close eye on what Texas decides to do long-term here, but his talent is good enough to warrant a pickup in the meantime.
Jake Lamb, ARI (31.8% owned)
From the looks of it, Lamb is beginning to swing for the fences more and boost his power numbers, even if it means more strikeouts. From a fantasy perspective, we're perfectly fine with that. Lamb is already up to 11 homers on the season, and it's not unreasonable to think he ends up with around 25. In a hitter's park, he's worth an add to see if the power is sustainable.
Jhonny Peralta, STL (20.6% owned)
Here's Jhonny! He's finally back from a broken thumb, and he's severely under-owned at 20.6 percent. His first game back he played at third base, which may change his eligibility down the line. He's absolutely worth owning either way, as he hit .275 with 17 HR last season.
Carlos Gomez, HOU (37.3% owned)
He burned his owners who wasted a high draft pick on him this year, but Gomez is showing signs of life as of late. He's hit two homers in his last three games, and he's stolen six bases this year as well. Lower your expectations, but there's reason to believe his strikeout percentage is an outlier and he'll start settling in and taking more pitches deep. Gomez's speed and power combo is hard to find, even if we haven't seen it this season. Be patient and scoop him up.
Jameson Taillon, PIT (25.4% owned)
We're writing this before his first MLB start on Wednesday, which may be one of the last chances you'll have to grab him. Taillon was the 2nd overall pick of the 2010 draft, and was rated MLB.com's 31st best prospect this season. He's been killing it in AAA this season, posting a 0.81 WHIP while striking out a batter per inning. He's a prospect worth stashing, as he very well could turn out to be the next young ace in the bigs.
Sam Dyson, TEX (39.4% owned)
He's up to 8 saves now, and he's looked good in nearly every appearance. He has the closer job in Texas locked down, and he should receive plenty of chances for a strong team. There's no reason why his ownership should be this low. Go get him.