Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups
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Fantasy baseball season in officially in full swing, but a slow start to Week 2 could put your team in a deep hole by mid week. That being said, there are some players likely available on the waiver wire that could give your fantasy team the boost it needs, due to their current hot streaks on the field.
Here are five MLB players that are worth a mid-week waive wire pickup.
1. OF Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs have struggled big time to start the year, which could be one reason that Jason Heyward's early-season performance has seemingly flown under the radar. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .323 with three home runs (all of which came in his last four games) and two stolen bases coming into the Cubs' April 10 game. Heyward is owned in just over 40 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so pick him up while you still can.
2. Jay Bruce, 1B, Seattle Mariners
He isn't going to wow you with his batting average (.188) any time soon, but Jay Bruce has put up some ridiculous power numbers in the early going this season. The 32-year-old slugger has crushed seven homers and has 13 RBI for the upstart Mariners. If you're in need of some pop, Bruce remains available in close to 60 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
3. Freddy Galvis, 2B/SS, Toronto Blue Jays
It's surprising that Freddy Galvis' hot start has gone largely unnoticed, but he's quickly a turning into a must-add player. The Blue Jays' middle infielder owns a robust 1.022 OPS and offers positional flexibility (he's eligible to play both second base and shortstop). Galvis is available in close to three-fourths of fantasy leagues, but his ownership has spiked in recent days. Pick him up before another savvy owner does.
4. Anthony Swarzak, RP, Seattle Mariners
Anthony Swarzak is a prospective flier as of now, but adding the 33-year-old reliever could pay huge dividends down the road. Swarzak has recorded two saves since April 2, and now that expected-closer Hunter Strickland has been transferred to the 60-day injured list, more save opportunities could be coming his way. Swarzak is still available in more than half of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but that number will continue to shrink as the week goes on.
5. Brad Keller, SP, Kansas City Royals
Brad Keller was a little shaky in his last outing, but there's a lot to like about the right-hander going forward. The 23-year-old owns a 2.84 ERA while notching a quality start in each of his three starts this season. His next scheduled start is on Friday, April 12 at Kauffman Stadium, where he has a 6-1 career record and a 2.80 ERA. Keller could be streaming option that ends up staying on your fantasy team for the rest of the season.
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