Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6

By Paul Shapiro
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Now that we've reached the first full week of May, your fantasy baseball team's strengths and weaknesses should be pretty clear. But no matter how good your team has been through the first five weeks, there are still sleepers on the waiver wire who can continue to help your team improve.

With that in mind, here are five players you should consider picking up off the waiver wire for Week 6 of the fantasy baseball season.

5. Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Kole Calhoun has eight home runs on the season and has been batting at the top of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup against right-handers all year. While he's hitting .214 coming into Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, the outfielder has a career .251 batting average. If he heads toward his career average, it's fair to expect an impending hot streak along with 20-plus homers by season's end.

4. DJ LeMahieu, 2B/3B, New York Yankees

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As long as DJ LeMahieu continues batting leadoff for the New York Yankees, he should be fantasy relevant. With a batting average well above .300 and 34 combined runs and RBI coming into Sunday, LeMahieu could help enough in the counting stats to make him an everyday fantasy starter. Plus, he has dual-position eligibility, which gives him even more value in leagues with daily substitutions.

3. Ian Kennedy, SP/RP, Kansas City Royals

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Saves are always at a premium, which is pretty much the only reason Ian Kennedy makes this list. He's owned in 10 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and has been the best pitcher in the Kansas City Royals' bullpen this season. With a 1.15 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings, Kennedy was called on for the Royals' lone save chance this week. He’s worth an add if you're desperate for saves, just don't expect too many save chances as the Royals are 12-22 coming into Sunday.

2. Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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Jose Martinez has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball recently, tallying two or more hits in five of his last six starts coming into Sunday night. He hit his second home run of the season on Saturday and continues to bat in the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. Martinez is available in close to 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues so there's a good shot you'll be able to add him to your lineup in Week 6.

1. Jake Odorizzi, SP, Minnesota Twins

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Now more than a month into the 2019 season, Jake Odorizzi has quietly been one of the best starters in baseball – and he's done it against some stiff competition. With a 2.78 ERA and 38 Ks in 35 2/3 innings this season, the right-hander has even dominated the New York Yankees and Houston Astros twice in his last three starts. Odorizzi gets another favorable start on Friday against the Detroit Tigers, making him a must-add pitcher for Week 6.


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