Sport Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Brandon Belt Still Has Room to Grow
Checks out: Noah Gragson registers second Dash 4 Cash bonus at Talladega
Noah Gragson is 2-for-2 in collecting $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonuses in this year’s edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series initiative. He’s also a perfect 2-for-2 in somehow losing the giant display checks with his name on them. Gragson finished sixth in Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, outdistancing three other eligible drivers — Josh […]RELATED: Official results | Talladega weekend schedule
Five-time high-stakes champ Shawn Childs helps you at the waiver wire to bolster your fantasy squad
Weekly Waiver Wire Report
Note: My waiver wire report digs a little deeper and is slanted toward high-stakes leagues (15 teams)
Danny Jansen, TOR
The Blue Jays placed the rising Alejandro Kirk on the injury list with a hip issue. They expect him to miss a couple of months. Toronto will be forced to give Jansen the majority of starts. His bat projected to have upside coming into the majors, but he only hit .189 over his last 530 at-bats with 66 runs, 21 home runs, and 67 RBI. Jansen will take walks (9.7 percent) while being about league average in his strikeout rate (20.8). Over two games coming into Saturday, he hit a pair of home runs with three RBI. The catching pool lacks talent due to some injuries, giving Jansen some attention in the free-agent market as a C2 in deep leagues.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Gary Sanchez Buy Low & Mike Tauchman's Coming-Out Party
Five-time high-stakes champ Shawn Childs helps you at the waiver wire to bolster your fantasy squad Weekly Waiver Wire ReportNote: My waiver wire report digs a little deeper and is slanted toward high-stakes leagues (15 teams)CatcherGary Sanchez, NYY © Provided by Sports Illustrated Sanchez may look expendable to some fantasy owners in shallow leagues after starting the year with 11 hits over 58 at-bats (.190 with two home runs and four RBI). He’s only made only five starts over the Yankees’ last 11 contests, leading to two hits over 20 at-bats. On the positive side, his strikeout rate (21.
William Contreras, ATL
Travis d’Arnaud suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb that required surgery. They expect him to miss at least three months. Contreras project to receive the bulk of playing time if his bat is up to the task. He flashed in 2018 at Single-A (.293 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI over 307 at-bats). The following season, Contreras took a step back offensively (.255 over 381 at-bats with six home runs and 39 RBI) between High A and AA. His brother (Willson Contreras) has been a top catcher for the Cubs, which helps the intrigue with his game. Over his first three starts with Atlanta, he had four hits in 10 at-bats with three runs, one home run, and three RBI. Contreras is viable C2 in all formats.
Brandon Belt, SF
Belt is owned in only 40 percent of 12-team leagues in the high-stakes market. His counting stats (19 runs, six home runs, 18 RBI, and two steals) over his first 88 at-bats grade well, but he does have 34 strikeouts with risk in his batting average (.216). Belt has a minimum of one home run in each of the past five weeks. He is a must-own in 15-team leagues while being better than many of the corner infield or DH options in 12-team formats. I expect a correction in his batting average, making his overall package much more attractive.
Fantasy Veteran Draft Winners: Big-Time Talent Added for Lamar Jackson, Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold & Matt Ryan
Team leadership saw fit to bolster these offenses during the 2021 NFL Draft, and Michael Fabiano breaks down the veterans who stand to benefit The 2021 NFL Draft is now in the books, and we now have a clearer picture of how all 32 rosters are going to look heading into the summer months. I’ve already examined the first, second/third rounds, and the rookie winners, but we also have to look at how the draft has impacted the fantasy value of veteran players in what is a virtual domino effect of sorts.
Rowdy Tellez, TOR
The Blue Jays optioned Tellez to AAA after George Springer came off the injured list on April 28th. With Springer hurt again, he gets a second chance in the majors. Tellez only hit .172 over his first 64 at-bats with five runs, one home run, and three RBI, but his swing looked on the rise in 2020 (.283 with eight home runs and 23 RBI over 113 at-bats). He’ll see minimal at-bats against lefties, making Tellez only viable in deep leagues as a DH option or short-term injury replacement at first base. With 450 at-bats, he has the power to deliver 25+ home runs with a chance to surprise in batting average.
Starlin Castro, WAS
Fantasy owners have started to launch Castro back into the free-agent pool in 12-team leagues (39 percent owned) after a slow start to the year (.253 over 83 at-bats with three runs, one home run, and 13 RBI in April). Heading into Saturday, he has quietly strung together a five-game hitting streak (7-for-19 with two runs, one home run, and three RBI). With Juan Soto back on the field, Castro will have plenty of RBI chances, and his career resume paints him as a 20+ home run hitter. A correction in his stats is coming.
2021 Fantasy Football: Stash These Rookies in Your Dynasty Leagues
SI Fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano shares his must-have list of NFL rookies to stash your dynasty fantasy football leagues Fantasy fans all know the names of the top rookies selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, including Trevor Lawrence, Najee Harris, Ja'Marr Chase, and Kyle Pitts (to name a few), but what about the lesser-known players? Many of them might not impact the stat sheets as rookies, but there are many players out there who could push for bigger roles in their second NFL seasons and beyond. That's big for fantasy managers in dynasty leagues looking for that next hidden gem in their draft.
Cesar Hernandez, CLE
Hernandez should be a much more productive hitter based on his approach (18 walks and 22 strikeouts over 133 at-bats), but he is only hitting .200 with two home runs and five RBI. Over his previous six games, Hernandez hit .292 with three runs, one home run, and four RBI over 24 at-bats. Cleveland will bat him at the top of the batting order on most nights, which helps his counting stats. He projects to be only a steady player with a 15/10 type skill set. Hernandez looks ready to find his rhythm, and he can be found in 70 percent of 12-team leagues in the high-stakes market.
Brian Anderson, MIA
After an 11-game stint on the injured list with an oblique injury that appeared to be most serious, Anderson found himself in the free-agent pool in 65 percent of leagues in the 12-team high-stakes market. His season started with only 12 hits over 60 at-bats while delivering one home run and five RBI. Anderson has a three-game hitting streak (3-for-10 with three runs, one home run, and four RBI) since returning from the injury list. He should be own in all formats.
2021 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Team Outlook: Tua Tagovailoa Leaps Into QB1 Conversation
A fantasy football breakdown of the 2021 Miami Dolphins by high-stakes legend Shawn Childs Team OverviewBased on their final ranking in yards gained on offense (22nd) and yards allowed on defense (20th), the Dolphins overachieved in their record (10-6). Miami graded much better in points allowed (338 – 6th) while being slightly better in points scored (404 – 15th). They finished with league-average quarterback play (3,937 passing yards with 24 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions) while lacking an impact running back, wide receiver, or tight end.
Miguel Andujar, NYY
Over the last week, the Yankees lost Rougned Odor, and Gio Urshela looks to be on a path for a trip to the injured list. They recalled Andujar on Friday night (6-for-13 at AAA with three home runs and five RBI), earning him a start at first base. His bat hit the ground running in 2018 (.297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI over 573 at-bats), but a shoulder injury derailed his next two seasons (.193 with one home run and six RBI over 109 at-bats). His window to start looks short with Luke Voit expected back next week, and the injury to Urshela may be minor. Either way, Andujar is worth a one-week look as a hot bat could put him one injury away from full-time at-bats. For now, he looks like a buy-and-hold in deep leagues.
Marvin Gonzalez, BOS
The Rex Sox placed Enrique Hernandez on the injured list with a hamstring issue, creating a bump in playing time for Gonzalez. He has a five-game hitting streak (6-for-21 with a run and three RBI) heading into Saturday night. His bat has been quiet in 2020 and 2021 (.211 with six home runs and 31 RBI over 266 at-bats) while being much more serviceable from 2017 to 2019 (.271 over 1,369 at-bats with 54 home runs, 213 RBI, and 11 steals). Gonzalez looks ready for a hot ride while working as a replacement player in deep formats.
Amed Rosario, CLE
Despite sitting out a pair of games over the past 10 days, Rosario shows signs of breaking out of his slump. He has eight hits over his last 28 at-bats with five runs, one home run, four RBI, and a steal. The slumping Andres Gimenez has opened up more playing time at shortstop. Rosario has a balanced skill set, but he needs to be productive to hit higher in the batting order. The chance at a bump in steals is his attraction to a fantasy team.
2021 New York Jets Fantasy Team Outlook: Zach Wilson Must Overcome Growing Pains
A fantasy football breakdown of the New York Jets by high-stakes legend Shawn Childs CoachingAfter 10 straight seasons of missing the playoffs and a losing record each year since 2016 (23-57), Jets fans have to miss Rex Ryan, who led them to the postseason in 2009 and 2010. Adam Gase led them to a 2-14 record in 2020 while being outscored by 214 points. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Robert Saleh earns the keys to the franchise's future after spending the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers. He’s been a coach in the NFL since 2005, giving him 16 years of experience.
Niko Goodrum, DET
Over his last 45 at-bats, Goodrum amassed a frustrating 23 strikeouts. Despite his ugly stat line, his bat has picked up over his past seven games (10-for-27 with four runs, one home run, five RBI, and three stolen bases). He is playing better, but Goodrum is only a flash player in deep leagues while offering help in home runs and steals.
Hunter Renfroe, BOS
A favorable schedule for Boston over the last week helped Renfroe up his form. He has nine hits over his previous 27 at-bats early in his matchup against the Orioles with six runs, two home runs, and eight RBI. His power is streaky, and he’s flashing that pattern in May.
Josh Naylor, CLE
I may be Naylor’s biggest supporter in the high-stakes market, but I doubted my research and opinion in April (.254 over 71 at-bats with six runs and three RBI). His power stroke looked playable over the first week in May (7-for-27 with four runs, two home runs, and six RBI) while also chipping in with a steal. I see a .280+ hitter with the potential to hit 20 home runs and drive in 80 runs. Not quite ready to be a play in 12-team leagues, but I would snap him up if he somehow slipped through the cracks in deeper formats.
Kevin Pillar, NYM
After earning starting at-bats, Pillar made the most of his opportunity when Brandon Nimmo landed on the injured list with a finger issue. He has nine hits over 25 at-bats with four runs, two home runs, five RBI, and one steal. Pillar is two years removed from a .259/21/88/14 season. His only downside next week is that the Mets only play five games.
David Price, LAD
The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter until May 15th, which looks like enough time for Price to return from his hamstring issue. He’s back working off the mound, suggesting his return isn’t that far off. His season started with two disaster showings (five runs, 11 baserunners, and three home runs over 3.2 innings) before looking much sharper over his next five games (one run over five innings with nine strikeouts). I would look to roster him in 12-team leagues or smaller.
Biden's support of the TRIPs waiver gives new life to a false narrative
As we witness the tragedy of COVID in India, it is time that we move past empty promises and find real solutions. Proponents of the waiver argue that patents and trade secrets, in particular, get in the way of making generics. Critics demand that a lack of manufacturing capacity, not intellectual property, is the main problem. Although it is rarely allowed to speak for itself, the waiver says the challenges of fighting COVID go well beyond patents. But on patents, it expects more than the WTO's provisions on compulsory licensing, arguing these are too time-consuming.
Alek Manoah, TOR
Injuries have cost the Blue Jays the back of their starting rotation. They should have Nate Pearson back this weekend, but they still need another upside arm if they want to stay in the playoff hunt. Manoah dazzled in his first AAA start (no runs over six innings with a dozen strikeouts). In his limited experience in the minors in 2019, he posted a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings with seven walks and 34 strikeouts. Manoah is a player to follow for now.
Elieser Hernandez, MIA
The Marlins hope to have Hernandez back in a couple of weeks after making progress with a right biceps issue. Fantasy owners pushed up his value in the late draft season after pitching well in spring training. In 2019, Hernandez posted a 3.16 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 25.2 innings. For a fantasy owner looking for help, he should be available in about 40 percent of 12-team leagues in the high-stakes market.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Colorado's Josh Fuentes & Yonathan Daza Swinging Hot .
Five-time high-stakes champ Shawn Childs helps you at the waiver wire to bolster your fantasy squad Weekly Waiver Wire ReportNote: My waiver wire report digs a little deeper and is slanted toward high-stakes leagues (15 teams)CatcherDalton Varsho, ARII’m going to kick the Varsho tires one more time as I’m sure he remains in the free-agent pool in most shallow leagues. After delivering four hits over his first nine at-bats after his call up, Varsho only has one hit over 20 at-bats.