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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds Week 5

Hello everybody and welcome to May! You’ve survived your first month of making waiver wire adds and hopefully you’re living life like my man Conan. As Conan would say your main point in life should be to, “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” This is just as true in fantasy sports as it is in the life of a barbarian. If you are dominating your league right now, I applaud you. If you are in last, I feel for you. Either way, now is not the time to let up. Always stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize.

The format will be a little different going forward than it has been for the first month. There will no longer be 3 for now and 3 for later, but rather just 5 guys you should look at possibly adding. You should certainly still make every effort to hang onto the guys I have suggested over the past month, but at this point I would just be repeating many of the same names for the 3 for later advice. Now, it makes more sense to focus on players that have a shorter-term path that can help you going forward. So, without further ado, here are my top waiver wire adds for Week 5.

Carlos Gomez, OF, Texas Rangers (45% Yahoo ownership):

Carlos Gomez used to be good. In fact, just two seasons ago drafters took him with their 2nd or 3rd round pick. His abilities basically fell apart when he came to the Astros, but in a late season run with the Rangers he performed much better. He had a very rough start to the season, which is why I assume his ownership is as low as it is. However, he has 4 home runs and 3 stolen bases already this season, both of which are indicative of the power-speed combo he offers. He will never win a batting title but he is hitting .340 over the past two weeks which should ease concerns over his early season slump. There are only a few better bets for power and speed, and he should score runs batting at the top of the Rangers lineup. He is definitely worth investing in if he is available.

Hernan Perez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (39% Yahoo ownership):

I have to say that coming into the season I was not really a fan of Hernan Perez. I figured that Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton would just run away with all of the playing time in the outfield and Perez wouldn’t be very useful. However, Broxton is slumping in the box and Santana has 22 strikeouts in 25 games played. Also, injuries frequently pop up for Braun and he tends to need days of rest, as evidence by his most recent trapezius injury. The biggest benefit for Perez, however, has been the fact that the Brewers have been creative in getting him in the lineup and have given him time at 2B, 3B and SS (and he qualifies at 2B and 3B on Yahoo). If Perez plays almost every day, he could hit double digit home runs as well as 30+ stolen bases. This is a player to own due to his versatility and increased playing time.

JJ Hoover, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks (5% Yahoo ownership):

Do you remember last week when I said that Fernando Rodney sucks? Well, Rodney still sucks and hitters have lit him up more often than one of Snoop’s blunts. At the time, I suggested that Archie Bradley could be in line for some saves because he’s been lights out as a reliever. However, Shelby Miller is done for the year, so Bradley may join the starting rotation (I still advocate taking a chance on Bradley by the way). With Bradley potentially out of the way, J.J. Hoover appears to be the beneficiary of Rodney’s impending demotion. Don’t hesitate to snag Hoover now as I don’t think Rodney is too far away from losing this job.

Michael Taylor, OF, Washington Nationals (2% Yahoo ownership):

If you haven’t heard the news, Adam Eaton tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. This sucks for every Eaton owner (myself included), but as is always the case we need to move on to the next guy in fantasy. Michael Taylor seems to be in line for a full time job in the outfield now that Eaton is injured. The risk with Taylor is large, because the Nationals have tried with him in the past and more or less gave up on him. As a contending team, they may think about making a deal to acquire another outfielder, which would potentially render Taylor useless. However, for now it seems Taylor gets one more chance and there is enough talent here that we should actually care. In only 472 at bats in 2015 Taylor mashed 14 home runs and stole 16 bases. Unfortunately, Taylor coupled the good with the bad as he hit only .229 (the second highest of his career, behind only the .231 he hit last year). He definitely has potential to hurt your batting average but if you are desperate for outfield production, he profiles similarly to Steven Souza from Tampa Bay, which is not too bad for a speculative add with upside.

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners (2% Yahoo ownership):

With the Mariners thin at first, experts expected them to give Dan Vogelbach a shot to play from the start of the season. However, the Mariners decided to send Vogelbach down to AAA to get more work in to begin the season. He got the call back up on April 23rd and is now going to get his chance to prove that he belongs in the Majors. Vogelbach’s raw power projects him to hit somewhere around 20 home runs. However, it is not currently clear if Vogelbach will stick with the big league club due to his slow start (2 for his first 14). He also finds himself in a time share with Danny Valencia at 1B. If Vogelbach gets on a hot streak, he can definitely be a helpful player going forward, but he is on a very short leash. This is not a player that I would pick up right now unless I were in a very shallow league. However, you should monitor his availability in your league and if he starts hitting over the next weeks or two, be ready to add him to your squad.

That’s all for this week my friends! As usual don’t be afraid to tell me how hard you’re crushing your enemies in the comments section below!


  1. RotoDragon

    May 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Well shit! Disregard everything I said about Dan Vogelbach – the bum just got sent down to the minors on the same day I suggested to pick him up. Sorry guys, ignore Vogelbach!

  2. Minimalist Music

    May 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    amazing what is out there on the web

    • RotoDragon

      May 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      What, specifically, are you referring to?

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