Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Mike Esposito
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Week 3 of head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues will kick off on Monday, and you shouldn't be afraid to swap out some late-round selections who aren't performing for players on the waiver wire. If you didn't make any mid-week pickups in Week 2, there are still a few players in the middle of hot streaks who could be available on the waiver wire.

Here are five potential players to add off the waiver wire that could make a big difference in Week 3.

5. Mitch Moreland, 1B, Boston Red Sox

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Boston has had a rough start to the season, but Mitch Moreland's performance is one of the few bright spots the Red Sox have enjoyed thus far. The 33-year-old first basemen owns a whopping 1.048 OPS with 5 home runs and 12 RBI this season. Moreland is available in 84.0 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should help any owner in need of a power hitting.

4. Chad Pinder, 2B/3B/OF, Oakland Athletics

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It's hard to believe that Chad Pinder's start to the year has flown under the radar so far. The four-year veteran owns a 1.214 OPS over his last 23 at-bats with two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored. Also, his positional eligibility will give any fantasy team some lineup flexibility going forward. Pinder is available in 69.0 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but his ownership has spiked by 24.0 percent in recent days. Pick him up before it's too late.

3. Kevin Pillar, OF, San Francisco Giants

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Pillar is more known for his defense, but he's been hitting really well as of late. The 30-year-old has crushed three homers and driven in 10 runs over his last 25 at-bats. Pillar's sub-.240 batting average over the last seven days isn't ideal, but as long as he's mashing, he should be considered a must-add player. Pillar is available in 91.0 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so he's likely on the waiver wire in your league.

2. Ryan Pressly, RP, Houston Astros

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Ryan Pressly has been the best arm in the Houston Astros' bullpen this season, posting a sparkling 0.39 WHIP without allowing a run in 7 2/3 innings pitched. The right-handed reliever has four holds and one save in seven appearances so far and, based on his use in high-leverage situations, there's a good chance that he's the next man up to close if Roberto Osuna goes down. Pressly is available in 75.0 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so snag him if you can.

1. Jake Odorizzi, SP, Minnesota Twins

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His traditional stats (6.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) aren't a pretty sight, but Odorizzi could be in for a good Week 3 performance. The 29-year-old righty has shown excellent strikeout potential (15 Ks in 11.1 innings) to start the year and his two favorable matchups against the Blue Jays and the Orioles this week could put him and your team in the win column once it's all said and done. Odorizzi is owned in just 15 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

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