Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Watch – Week 9

20 May 2024 • by Bryan Oldham

Waiver Wire Watch – Fantasy Baseball Week 9

Middle infielders, former top prospects, and some old vets highlight the Week 9 fantasy baseball waivers.

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Happy waiver wire hunting!

Waiver Wire Hitters

Joey Ortiz, 2B, 3B, MIL

Ortiz was part of the Corbin Burnes trade return for the Brew Crew. He’s hitting near the bottom of the order, but he’s strung together several multi-hit games in a row now. Batting .292 with 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored, Ortiz has solid ratios and has a strikeout rate around 16%, showing some good discipline – ideal for cats and roto.

David Fry, C, 1B, OF, CLE

Catcher eligibility from a guy that isn’t playing behind the dish too much, but is producing like this can’t be ignored. Hitting .325 this season, 14 RBIs, scored 17 times, and even has 2 SB. He’s also played LF, 1B, 3B, catcher, and DH this season – making his eligibility a juicy option for points and cats

Luis Matos, OF, SF 

He’s young and he’s going to have some growing pains, but a 6-RBI performance this weekend, combined with the injuries to Michael Conforto and Jung Hoo Lee mean Matos is almost certainly a full-time OF for the Giants now.

Honorable Mention – Waiver Wire Hitters

J.D Martinez, DH, NYM – .315 BA, 23/79, 2 HR, 9 RBIs

Davis Schnider, OF/2B, TOR

Brenton Doyle, OF, COL

Eddie Rosario, OF, WSH

Garrett Cooper, 1B, BOS

Waiver Wire Pitchers

Alek Manoa, SP, TOR

Not saying he’s back, not even close, but the stuff against Tampa Bay on Sunday looked REALLY good. 

The matchups against the White Sox and Tigers are very nice for streaming/DFS purposes.

 His command looks to be much improved on his sinker and breaking pitches, which was an issue for him the last few seasons. Cautious optimism here, but scared money don’t make money.

Jose Soriano, LAA 

11 Ks across 13 IP isn’t ideal for your points leagues, but Soriano is producing against good lineups. His last two starts against the Cardinals and the Rangers translated into a 0.69 ERA (nice) and 0.92 WHIP. 

He’s been a pleasant surprise for the Angels and should be far more widely rostered, especially in deeper leagues. He’s great for your ratios and will get you a solid amount of points per start. 

Joe Ross, MIL

Also a two-start guy this week, Ross is a streamer/deep-league option, but he gets the Marlins on Monday – that alone is juicy. He likely faces the Red Sox on Sunday, which is a less than ideal option, but he will keep you in games with decent ratios. 

His last three starts have yielded Ross a 3.38 ERA, an opponent batting average of .186 and a 0.88 WHIP. I’d feel okay running him out there in Roto/Cats more than I would points.

Honorable Mentions

Dean Kremer, SP, BAL

Ben Lively, CLE

Javier Assad, CHC 

Eric Fedde, SP, CWS

Andrew Heaney, SP, TEX

Ryan Pepiot, TB (see if he was dropped during his IL stint) 

Two-Start Pitchers

Taj Bradley, TB

Dylan Cease, SD

Framber Valdez, HOU

Clarke Schmidt, NYY

Joe Ross, MIL

Mitchell Parker, WSH

Javier Assad, CHC

Reliever Watch

These guys are better for saves + holds leagues, will help with ratios, or have a chance to get some saves or become the closer down the line.

David Roberston, RP, TEX

Jeff Hoffman, RP, PHI

Devin Williams, RP, MIL (stash)

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