Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

By Paul Shapiro
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Monday marks the start of Week 2 of head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues, and while you should definitely hang onto your early-round picks, swapping out some later-round selections for players on the waiver wire isn't a bad idea.

While we've already highlighted a few two-start pitchers that you should consider picking up off waivers as well as some mid-week Week 1 pickups, here are three potential waiver-wire adds that could make a big difference in the coming weeks.

1. Brandon Belt, 1B, San Fransisco Giants

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Brandon Belt is one of those "if he could only stay healthy" fantasy assets. He seems to get dinged up each and every season, but has still racked up at least 14 homers in each of the last four seasons. Belt is batting fourth for the San Fransisco Giants and has three home runs and eight RBI through the Giants' first nine games. If, and that's a big if, Belt can stay healthy, he could put up big numbers and be the difference between winning and losing for some savvy fantasy baseball owners.

2. Jason Heyward, OF, Chicago Cubs

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Remember when Jason Heyward was a future MLB superstar? Now in the midst of a long-term contract with the Chicago Cubs, he's off to a blistering hot start this season. With three homers, two steals and 15 combined runs and RBI coming into Sunday's game, Heyward has all the tools to be the 20-20 guy the Cubs likely hoped he would be when they signed the outfielder to an eight-year, $184-million contract. Now in his age-29 season, it's not out of the question that Heyward returns to fantasy relevance and ends up being a top-200 player by season's end.

3. Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves

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Another former top prospect, Dansby Swanson looks like he might have figured Major League pitching out. Coming off a season where he smacked 14 homers and stole 10 bases, Swanson was nothing more than a player you'd take a late-round flier on in fantasy drafts. But after going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his third of the season, and a walk-off RBI single on Sunday, Swanson is a viable middle-infield option with high upside, especially if he gets moved up to the No. 6 spot in the Braves' order, like he did on Sunday.

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