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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Watch – Week 5

22 April 2024 • by Bryan Oldham

Week 5 is here! Hard to believe we’re already 20-ish games through the 2024 MLB Season. It’s been a wild ride so far, from injuries to breakouts to disappointments and surprises, many of which you’ll find on this list.

Some post-hype sleepers are starting to break out, and some guys who have been steady for a while remain that way. Remember, work the wire, keep your eye on these guys for MLB DFS on Rival Fantasy, and win each day of your fantasy season.

Waiver Wire Hitters

Amed Rosario, INF/OF, TB

Heading into Monday, Rosario has a 13-game hitting streak. He took less money to sign with the Rays, being open to changing positions in order to play more often. It’s paying off for both sides to the tune of a .343 batting average and a 20/20 upside. 

Jeremy Pena, SS, HOU

Pena has quietly doing everything this year. Hitting .356, 11 runs scored, 10 RBIs, and 4 swiped bags. Batting at the bottom of the order seems to be helping him build his confidence back to the player he was when he won the 2022 World Series MVP. 

Nate Lowe, 1B, TEX

Lowe could be a firestarter for the Rangers. He’s been on the shelf with an oblique injury, but if he can get back into the top half of the Texas lineup, you’ll want a piece of that offense. 

Vaughn Grissom, SS, BOS

Looks like Grissom is starting his rehab assignment. He’s likely to play everyday in some middle infield position upon his return, and could finally look like the player he was touted to be as a prospect. 

Orlando Arcia, SS, ATL

Arcia is batting 2nd with Ozzie Albies on the IL. He isn’t flashy, but he’s getting on base and playing the role he’s supposed to. He’s set up to score plenty of runs with Matt Olsen and Austin Riley behind him in the lineup, and you can capitalize on that for now. 

Jake Fraley, OF, CIN

Fraley is having a nice career reset in Cinncinati. He’s currently hiting .362 with 5 swiped bags. He hasn’t quite found the power stroke yet, sitting at only 1 HR, but it feels like it’s on its way.

Pitching Help

Reed Garrett

Awesome for anyone in Saves + Holds leagues, Garrett earned a save over the weekend. He’s getting to be a valuable piece in the back-end of the Mets bullpen. The combo of Ottovino, Garrett, and Diaz is looking really good.

Kirby Yates, TEX

Looks like Yates might be the guy Bruce Boche relies on in Arlington now. 

Edward Cabrera, MIA

Cabrera is a strikeout machine, and he’s undervalued because he opened the season on the IL. He gets a juicy matchup against the Nationals this week, and he can be a guy you rely on for points most of the year. Just don’t be shocked if the ERA climbs. 

Jose Butto, SP, NYM

Butto has been a pleasant surprise. Originally scheduled as the 7th starter on the depth chart, he’s been a welcome addition to the rotation, allowing only 3 ER in 16.1 innings. He gets the struggling St. Louis Cardinals next. 

Other Hitters and Pitchers to Watch

  • Andy Pages, OF, LAD
  • Max Meyer, SP, MIA
  • Joey Loperfido, 1B, HOU
  • Jack Flaherty, SP, DET
  • Mitchell Parker, SP, WSH
  • Harrison Bader, OF, NYM
  • The entire minor league system of the Baltimore Orioles
  • Any hitter going into Coors Field in a given week

Who are you keeping your eye on this week for your Fantasy Baseball lineups?

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