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NL Waiver Wire 5-26-15

May has been the month for people bailing on their draft picks, I have noticed Brandon Belt under 70% owned around the major sites, it took a him some time to get going, but he should be owned everywhere. The same can be said about Josh Harrison. If you need saves help, I highlighted A.J. Ramos and Brad Ziegler last week, as they moved into the closer role for their teams.


Mike Bolsinger – Dodgers – SP,RP – Y! 41% – ESPN 47%

Between Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias, and Brett Anderson, you can really stream between the last three guys of the Dodgers rotation. Bolsinger has been fantastic for L.A. this season. He has allowed two earned runs in four starts, and he is averaging 5.5 strikeout per game. He keeps his walks close to a minimum, and has a 2.75 FIP. Hitters only have a 13% linedrive rate off Bolsinger, to go with his 58.3% groundball rate. NL West is one of my favorite divisions to stream pitchers from, they have a few quality ballparks to pitch in, and take on lesser offenses.

Jaime Garcia – Cardinals – SP – Y! 14% – ESPN 13%

Jaime Garcia pitched seven innings, allowing just two earned in his first start of 2015. Pitching into the seventh is a great sign, the five walks was expected. Garcia has not been the most durable, but he has fantasy value when healthy. He has a career 7.2 K/9, and has a 55.8% groundball rate. When healthy Garcia has the potential for double-digit wins, and should post an ERA in the mid threes.

Tanner Roark – Nationals – SP, RP – Y! 42% – ESPN 12%

With Doug Fister yet to throw, it looks like Tanner Roark could be in the rotation long enough for a pickup. Fister will likely miss June, and the longer he sits without baseball activity, the more he will need to rehab. Roark has already picked up a win over five innings of one run ball against Chicago, and he makes a start against the Reds late in the week. This week is being stretched out, so he will likely be at full strength going next week. He is not a big strikeout guy, but he is a quality start machine. He has a career 2.70 ERA as a starter, and a 3.34 FIP.

Position Players:

Justin Turner – Dodgers – 2B, 3B, SS – Y! 15% – ESPN 7%

If you are in deeper leagues, look for Justin Turner in the middle of that Dodgers lineup. He has a .400 wOBA through 95 plate appearances this season, and has gained more and more playing time. His position variety makes him even more valuable. If you need some power from the middle infield, give Turner a look. He is essentially Howie Kendrick, just not as highly owned.

Ryan Howard – Phillies – 1B – Y! 43% – ESPN 40%

Welcome back to fantasy value Ryan Howard. The power does not surprise me as much as the .268 average does. He has shown plenty of times to hit for a .270 average, but I thought it was long gone. He has a 26.4% linedrive rate, which is a nice tell if he is for real or not. On pace for 30+ home runs and 80+ RBI, I am loving Howard in a utility spot, or corner infield spot.

Yasmany Tomas – Diamondbacks – 3B, OF – Y! 56% – ESPN 50%

Yasmany Tomas had a lot of questions about him entering the 2015 season. He is hitting .368 off right-handed pitching, and is not striking out at a rate like I expected, just 18.6%. He works all sides of the field, and has a 31% hardball rate this year. Hitting 5th-6th in this Diamondbacks lineup is a solid value for fantasy.