If there is one thing we have learned while running this website, it is that no two fantasy baseball leagues are created equal. While fantasy football has a largely uniform scoring system, fantasy baseball owners tend to run specialized leagues with scoring as varied as the websites allow. For that reason, I will simply point out my favorite waiver wire pickups and sleepers for week 1, and let you, the reader, decide which player best fits your rosters needs.
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Week 1 fantasy baseball 2013 – waiver wire sleepers and pickups to consider (Under 50% ownership)
Starling Marte – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates (43% ownership – Yahoo)
Perhaps it is the team he plays for, or maybe being overshadowed by Andrew McCutchen, but Starling Marte has plenty to offer off waivers for fantasy owners. He should steal over 35 bases this season from atop the Pirates lineup, with decent power around 15 HR’s. While he may never be an Andrew McCutchen type player, Marte is not someone you want to wait on. Pick him up and stash now on your fantasy benches heading into week 1, once he starts running wild on the NL Central his ownership will likely soar over 80%.
Lorenzo Cain – OF – Kansas City Royals (45% owned)
Even Yahoo’s conservative projections have Cain hitting 14 HR’s with 19 SB’s, but if Cain is able to put in a full season he should be a 20/25 candidate easy. An injury risk pickup, Cain should have the opportunity to leadoff for the Royals this season, and with plenty of young power hitters behind him, Cain will help owners in runs scored as well.
Jedd Gyorko – 3B – San Diego Padres (36% owned)
There is still some uncertainty about where Gyorko will be playing to open the season, but one thing is for sure, he will be on the big league club. Gyorko hit 30 HR’s last year in the minors for the Padres, and with both Chase Headley and Logan Forsythe on the shelf to open the season, Gyorko will get his chance at either 3B or 2B for San Diego. The fences have been moved in which bodes well for Gyorko’s potential power production at the big league level, and as a speculative pickup he should be added in most formats. If Gyorko adds 2B to his list of credentials, his value increases exponentially.
Trevor Plouffe – 3B/OF – Minnesota Twins (37% owned)
The large majority of injuries this preseason have affected 3B eligible players, and while Plouffe may struggle with his contact rates (projected .225 BA), he has solid power (projected 27 HR’s) and can provide some pop while you wait for an injured CI to return.
Michael Saunders – OF – Seattle Mariners (14% owned)
Yet another 20/20 outfielder left on the majority of waiver wires is Michael Saunders. Why, you ask? Largely because of his projected .238 batting average which fails to impress, but if you find yourself needing an OF this preseason, you could certainly do a lot worse than the young Mariners OF.
Stay tuned for our week 2 waiver wire sleepers article, which will feature some of the breakout talents from week 1 of fantasy baseball 2013!