Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Additions (May 11)

May 11, 2016

If you're new to this feature, here are the ground rules. 

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 leagues. Got it? Let's get to the Week 3 fantasy baseball waiver pickups:   


Derek Norris, SD (25.5% owned)


It's hard to fully recommend someone hitting .167 on the season, but it's tough finding an everyday catcher on the waiver wire. Maybe there's some hope that the Padres will lower their asking price on Norris and he'll be dealt to a better offensive team (in a better park) soon. Treat him like a stash.  

First Baseman

Justin Bour, MIA (5.4% owned)

Don't sleep on Bour. In his first full-time season last year, he hit 23 HR in just 409 at-bats. There's a lot of power in his bat, and his average won't hurt you. Something around .265 with 25 HR isn't out of reach, and at 5.4% ownership, he's worth adding.

Second Baseman

Dee Gordon, MIA (39.5% owned)

Yes, he still has 70 games of suspension left to serve...but that means he's still in line to play 60 games at the end of the year. For a player with his kind of game-changing speed, Gordon is worth stashing for your end-of-season playoff run. It's just one roster spot, after all.

Third Baseman

Brandon Drury, ARI (30.7% owned)

With David Peralta out with a forearm/wrist injury, Drury has a clear path to playing time. He's been hitting so well (.303/.325/.569) that it seems likely the D-Backs will keep a spot carved out for him in the everyday lineup. It's hard to tell how real the power is, although Drury did hit 23 HR in the minors as a 21-year-old. In a hitter's park with some good bats around him, he's a nice short-term add, if nothing else.


Ketel Marte, SS (14.6% owned)

We've recommended him in this space before, but his ownership remains pretty low. Marte started off the season ice cold, but he's warming up as of late (11-for-31 in his last 7) and there's reason to think he'll start using his legs more soon (20 SB in AAA last year). He's now hitting .303 on the year.


Steven Souza Jr., TB (28.1% owned)

He still strikes out a ton, but Souza has the kind of power you should covet. He's up to 8 HR this year, and he hit 16 last season in just 373 at-bats. His OBP will never be great, but he's inserted in the heart of the lineup for the Rays and he has the speed to easily hit double-digit steals (28 in AAA last year).

Starting Pitcher

Kevin Gausman, BAL (34.1% owned)

After another quality start (6 IP, 9 K), it's time to go get Gausman. He's averaging nearly a strikeout per inning, and he only has five walks issued in four starts. He's been serviceable the last few years, but at age 25 (to my surprise), it looks like he's figuring it out and will be aided by a good offense.

Relief Pitcher

Jake McGee, COL (34.6% owned)

A lot of fantasy players will see McGee's big ERA (5.40) and shy away, but most of that is the result of one bad performance early in the season. McGee has 8 saves this season and has only allowed one earned run in his last six appearances. His job is safe, and he should be owned in a much higher percentage of leagues.