Welcome to our first waiver-wire column of the season. The goal is to help identify players who can help give your roster a boost. As a reminder, sometimes these players may help for a week, they may help for a month or in the best case situation, they remain on your roster for the rest of the season. I will only recommend players that are available in more than 50 percent of leagues, according to Yahoo! Sports.
We want to add players who will help in multiple categories, but that isn’t always the case as most of those players were drafted. In the end, we may need to add guys who will help in the categories you are struggling in with hopes it gives you a boost in the standings.
1. Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Matt Boyd -- The 28-year-old has been lights out through his first two starts, as he has racked up 23 strikeouts while allowing just four earned runs. Unfortunately, he has nothing to show for it as he has not collected a win. We can’t chase wins, but we can at least put ourselves in position to try and add pitchers who can help in that category. This is an early-season addition that will give your team an immediate boost in the strikeout category. Boyd is right at the 50 percent threshold, as he is currently owned in 49 percent of leagues. This will be the last time you can acquire the left-hander.
2. Atlanta Braves Shortstop Dansby Swanson -- This is one of the acquisitions that may only help for a week or so, as Swanson has never been an offensive threat. However, the shortstop is red hot, as he is hitting .353 with two home runs and six RBIs. If you lost Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner this week, this could be a temporary fix until you find someone better. Swanson did steal 10 bases last year so there's a chance he can chip in with a couple.
3. Colorado Rockies Infielder Ryan McMahon -- The injury to Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Murphy should secure playing time for McMahon, and hopefully he takes advantage of the playing time. McMahon has started the season slowly as he is only hitting .227, but we always like targeting hitters on the Rockies due to their home games being played at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Teammate Garrett Hampson is another target as well, and he has the ability to steal bases. Both players are multiple-position eligible, which is enticing. We are projecting these guys to help in the near future instead of the previous two recommendations that should help immediately.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks Infielder/Outfielder Ketel Marte -- A late draft target is still available in 60 percent of leagues. Marte is eligible in the infield and outfield, which is a huge boost for his fantasy value. Marte is also playing well, as he is currently batting .290 with two stolen bases. Marte only stole six bases last year, but I think we can see him approach double digits in 2019.