Fantasy owners who lost outfielders Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres or Delino DeShields of the Texas Rangers have received good news as both players are nearing a return. Myers provides help in multiple categories that is hard to replace, and DeShields should give fantasy owners a boost in the stolen base category.
There are leagues that don't have many disabled list spots, so there's a chance one of these players could be available on the waiver wire. DeShields is currently owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues, which is crazy.
Waiver Wire Targets:
1. Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Mallex Smith -- The Rays' outfield has been hit with the injury bug, which should allow Smith to play on an everyday basis. Smith has already taken advantage of his increased playing time by batting .373 with a .418 on-base percentage. The speedy outfielder has proven he can steal bases, finishing with 16 in only 81 games last season with the Rays. Smith has three so far this season, but he has been caught three times as well. The 24-year-old won't hit for power, but his ability to rack up steals and, as of now, his strong batting average make him a must add. Smith is currently 33-percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues so he should be available.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu -- Ryu has battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout his career, but he has started his 2018 campaign in a big way. I'm not sure how long this will last, but hopefully fantasy owners can ride the wave for a few more starts and get lucky that this could last a lot longer. In his last two starts, Ryu has allowed two runs while striking out 17. The knock on Ryu is his inability to pitch deep, and that still holds true. Even though he has been dominant, the left-hander has failed to pitch more than six innings in a start this season. The strikeouts have been there, so I think he's worth adding and he is still less than 50-percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues.
3. Miami Marlins Reliever Kyle Barraclough -- The Marlins aren't going to win many games this season, but their current closer Brad Ziegler has been a disaster, allowed seven earned runs in his seven appearances. The Marlins haven't demoted Ziegler as of yet, and again, there haven't been save opportunities, but Barraclough could be next in line. At only 23-percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, now is the time to acquire Barraclough. He is pitching extremely effectively, as he has struck out 13 hitters in 6.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, so he will help your team in the ratios with the possibility of adding saves at some point this year.
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