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NL Waiver Wire 5-19-15


Carlos Frias – Dodgers – SP,RP – Y! 14% – ESPN 18%

Carlos Frias has stepped up in the absence of a few Dodgers backend rotation guys, and Hyun-Jin Ryu is not likely to pitch this season. He has won two of his three starts, and pitched well enough to possibly win three. He has a great fastball, and can dial it up whenever he needs too. He will not work deep into games, but quality starts are what he has to offer. Six earned in three starts, and 14 strikeouts to go with that. He has the relief pitcher tag, so he can sit and give you starts in your relief role.

Brad Ziegler – Diamondbacks – RP – Y! 20% – ESPN 11%

Brad Ziegler will most likely pick up the majority of the saves in the desert, as Addison Reed got the boot. Ziegler has been very efficient, allowing a sub .200 average to both sides, and only has allowed two earned in 17 innings this season. I prefer picking up the man below, Ramos, but Ziegler should produce a decent amount of saves.

A.J. Ramos – MIA – RP – Y! 49% – ESPN 42%

A.J. Ramos is the closer, and will be for what should be the rest of the season. He has great stuff, with 26 strikeouts in 20 innings this season. He has converted each save so far, and holds right-handed bats to a .094 average. He will be a solid source for saves throughout the year, and I thought his ownership percentages would be a little higher.

Position Players:

Denard Span – Nationals – OF – Y! 61% – ESPN 74%

In just 23 games this season, Span is hitting .333 with three home runs, and 19 runs. Span has been a top fantasy outfielder for the last few seasons, and looks to be completely healthy. He is a guy who has hit over .300 last few seasons, I am grabbing him ASAP, he is a top 35 outfielder when healthy.

Freddy Galvis – Phillies – SS – Y! 23% – ESPN 24%

If you are struggling with your shortstop position for all around production, I am looking towards Freddy Galvis. Shortstop is not a position, outside of a few, that has heavy production. If they do, you are paying the price in average and other stats. Galvis has a .400 OBP this season. He will be a source for an average amount of runs, and maybe 15-20 SB come year end, likely closer to 15.

Dexter Fowler – Cubs – OF – Y! 46% – ESPN 48%

The Cubs leadoff man is less than 50% owned, I am stunned. Fower is top 20 in runs, with 26. He has nine stolen bases to go along with a .270 average. This Cubs offense has been producing great fantasy numbers so far this season. Fowler is on pace for over 100 runs, and close to 40 stolen bases. Those numbers are great, especially coming from a waiver wire pickup.