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Tyler Thompson

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Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Fri, Apr 13
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 25% of Leagues?
For those looking for an Elvis Andrus replacement, Marcus Semien has got to be at the top of your list. In a way, he's sort of the 'Andrus-lite' with a four-category (sans-AVG/OBP) resemblance. He's had a hit in all but one of his 13 games this season while currently riding a nine-game hitting streak. Additionally, he's been hitting first or second in the order for Oakland in every game of the season thus far. Given these last two bits of information, he provides a consistency that normally isn't seen from waiver wire material.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 25% of Leagues?
I'm sure others will take Nick Pivetta here, as he's garnered a plethora of praises from the industry (myself included). I'm going to go with a guy we haven't seen on the mound yet in Luiz Gohara. With a couple of extended Spring Training rehab starts coming for him in the near future, we should see Gohara back on the mound for the Braves in late April or early May. With this type of talent, I'm willing to be ahead of the curve in a league where people be sleepin'. I mean, most leagues have DL slots, right? Make a prudent decision and stash him.

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?
As young pitchers generally receive more love than they deserve in drafts, German Marquez actually surprised me by qualifying for this answer. The 23-year-old is coming off a rookie season in Colorado with serviceable numbers highlighted by a 3.00 K/BB. The third time through the order was rough for him in 2017, but he's been working on a changeup in the offseason that can compliment his nice fastball-curveball combo. Despite the Coors Field effect, the floor here is a 4.25 ERA with nice K/BB ratios and the ceiling for the youngster is certainly worth the late round flier.

What hitter outside the top 115 in our ADP Composite do you like as a late round sleeper?
I'm going to go rogue here and take Jose Pirela. The post-hype outfielder has a 2017 Tommy Pham-feeling to him for 2018 with a mid-teens power-speed combo. He quietly wrecked shop for the Padres last season, slashing 0.288/0.347/0.490 in 83 games. Not that Spring Training is the best evaluating tool, but he's been absolutely raking there too. He's even got 2B-eligibility on some sites, giving you a cheap MI option as a flier. Was last year a one-off fluke? He's too cheap in drafts not to find out.

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