Finding Power on the Waiver Wire
Michael Rapposelli runs a mock draft and gives his analysis.
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Whether it be through injuries, or you just didn’t draft many players with power, it can be a difficult thing to find halfway through the season without hampering your batting average. Many players who are available through waivers with power are going to hurt your average, such as Luis Valbuena, Chris Carter, Colby Rasmus and Stephen Drew. In today’s game, power has become a scarce commodity, which makes it difficult to draft hitters with power or trade for them. Owners may be unwilling to sell whatever power they have on their team.
Fortunately, there may be a few players out there who are under the radar that you can add to your team. One such guy is Marlon Byrd. Byrd’s stats may not look pretty initially, but that is due to the extremely slow start that he got off to this season. Byrd hit .169 in April and .244 in May. Then he got hurt and came back in June where he batted .319, and is now hitting .368 in July. On the season, Byrd has 14 home runs, and has four homers in his 64 at bats since coming off the disabled list. He has been a consistent source of power the last two seasons, clubbing 25 and 24 home runs. Byrd is only owned in 32 percent of ESPN leagues and 40 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Another player you could look into adding is the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland. Moreland may be a sneaky source of power in the second half as long as he can remain healthy. In his only full season in 2013, he hit 23 home runs in 147 games. Moreland already has 14 home runs in 63 games this year and if he remains healthy, he should easily eclipse his career high of 23. Moreland’s ownership level has jumped up 20% in the last day or two on ESPN to 60 percent, so if you want Moreland, you are going to have to act fast. As of right now Moreland is batting .292, so he isn’t going to handcuff your batting average category if you decide to add him.