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Michael Waterloo

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Fri, Jun 15
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
If a catcher has a pulse, he should be owned. If you weren't lucky enough to get John Hicks on your roster with Miguel Cabrera out for the season, you should look at Tom Murphy in Colorado. Murphy started in the first two games since his call up, which speaks volumes. Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters aren't hitting their weight. Murphy can be a Top 10 catcher for Fantasy players for the rest of the season.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
So far, so good for Dylan Covey in the White Sox rotation. He's striking out nearly a batter per inning, and he has a decent walk rate. His ERA aligns with his FIP, but what sticks out the most about Covey is that no pitcher has a higher groundball rate in baseball than his 61% rate. What he's doing is similar to Clayton Richard, who has been a streamable option and a backend starter for Fantasy players. Covey could be a nice SP5 if he keeps up his current performance.

Featured Pros: MLB Sleepers
Tue, Mar 13
Featured Pros: MLB Sleepers
What starting pitcher outside the top 85 in our ADP Composite do you like as a late round sleeper?
If you asked me this question a few weeks ago, the answer would have been Dinelson Lamet. However right now, it's Amir Garrett, and it's not really close. He's worked himself back in the discussion for a rotation spot, as it was really only Bryan Price standing in his way. Anthony DeSclafani's oblique injury only helps Garrett, who has been lights out this spring. Remember, he was regarded as a top pitching prospect in Cincinnati's system when he got called up last year, with a plus-fastball and plus-slider. He had a hip injury that slowed him down. If there's a true sleeper this year, which we all know are hard to find, it's Garrett going as the 278th pitcher off the board.

What hitter outside the top 115 in our ADP Composite do you like as a late round sleeper?
His ADP is outside the top 115 right now, but expect it to climb soon. But for now, Delino DeShields at 124 overall among hitter is hard not to like. He's going to be leading off for the Rangers, and with speed the way it is in drafts, DeShields allows owners to address speed late in the draft with a player with a good walk-rate and a good source of runs. If we want to go deeper, let's look at Randal Grichuk at 220 overall. Last year, he ranked sixth in baseball with 10 Barrels per Plate Appearance for players with at least 50 batted ball events. Since the start of the 2015 season, Grichuk is tied for the 11th highest hard-hit rate (39.2 percent) in baseball. He's getting everyday at-bats in a wonderful home environment. He could have a Khris Davis-light season.

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Michael Waterloo


Michael Waterloo is an award-winning fantasy baseball writer with published works at The Athletic, FantasyPros and the Associated Press, among other publications. Prior to launching his fantasy career in 2011, he covered the Pittsburgh Pirates as a traveling beat writer for two years at Pittsburgh Sporting News. He finished as a top-25 most accurate fantasy baseball analyst in 2018, his third straight year rising in the rankings. Michael loves baseball analysis, analytics, his dogs, beer and, of course, his wife.

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