Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Baseball Forum.

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Jonathon Niese NYM | RP

Niese has been pretty solid this season and it is going unnoticed because in his early outings he gave up 6 and 5 runs respectively that ballooned his ERA at the start of the season. In May, he had an ERA under 3 and is currently at a 2.08 ERA for June thus far. Niese, like Gee (see below), is a wonderful match-up play for any team and will give you decent strikeout total as well. (about 30% owned)

Dillon Gee NYM | SP

Gee has been pitching lights out for Mets thus far this season and is certainly worth a look in must leagues. He has 7 wins with no losses, an ERA of 2.86, a Whip of 1.08 but, only 50 Ks in 66 innings pitched. We typically like to see closer to a 1 to 1 ratio but the fact he is piling up the wins cannot be deputed. We don’t think he is a must pitch against every team but he is an ideal candidate to have on your team if you are playing the match-up game. (about 55% owned)

Rubby De La Rosa LAD | RP

If you watched the show you know Dustin is in love with his, and I quote “Rubby in the rough” but it is certainly warranted. De La Rosa has moved into the starting rotation for the Dodgers and has been solid. For the season he is averaging a K per inning and has some nasty stuff however, he has a high walk rate as well. When pitchers have both high K and walk rates they normally either figure it out which produces a ton of strike outs or don’t which can get them into trouble. We are betting De La Rosa will be the former in this case.(about 5% owned)


Jordan Zimmermann WAS | SP

Zimmermann was a favorite sleeper for most experts heading into the season but after he got off to a rough start he was dropped in many leagues. Now might be the time to be picking him up again. In his last four outings (27 innings) he has only given up 4 runs and is coming off a double digit K game in his last start. Zimmermann is a young pitcher will all upside and could have a great second half. (about 65% owned)

Matt Thornton CWS | RP

We loved this lefty coming into the season but he stumbled at the beginning and we all know that Ozzie Guillen always has his closers on a short leash. So a few errors from Juan Pierre later (he killed Thornton early) Guillen inserted Sergio Santos into the closer role. As of late Santos has not been pitching great and now might be the time to add Thornton if you are looking for saves since a change might be coming in favor of Thornton again. (about 40% owned)

Brennan Boesch DET | OF

Boesch has been on somewhat of a roller coaster ride thus far this season. Starting off hot, he was added most leagues but by the end of May he cooled off and his average was lowered by over 40 points. This June has been another story as he has gotten back all 40 points and is hitting close to 300 again for the season. Boesch will also add some power and he is young enough that the upside is there for a big second half. (about 65% owned)

Austin Jackson DET | OF

As a rookie last season Jackson surprised everyone by hitting close to 300 and swiping 27 bags. He started out this year as a major disappointment but his bat is starting to come along and he has already proved he can hit big league pitching so if you need a bump in average and a little bit of speed Jackson might be your guy. (about 40 % owned)

Must Adds Deeper

Mike Moustakas KC | 3B

Moustakas has been one of the hyped minor league players this season and he was finally called up. In his second game as a pro Moustakas took one deep and had the fantasy community talking. We do not see him having huge value early but the fact he has third base eligibility certainly makes him an interesting guy to keep an eye on or add in deeper leagues. (about 40% owned)

J.J. Hardy BAL | SS

Hardy is a name that has been floating in fantasy circles for a while now but, has yet to really have his breakout season. It seemed as if this year was going to be more of the same but in the month of June Hardy has raised his average by 40 points and his is now hitting close to 300 for the season. He also gives you a little pop out of the shortstop position; he has hit 7 bombs this year so far. (about 35% owned)

Carlos Peguero SEA | OF

Peguero looks more like a line backer than a baseball player and since being called up he has 5 homeruns in 10 games. The power will be there but the average will not. (about 5% owned)

Alcides Escobar KC | SS

The interesting thing about Escobar is the speed you can get out of the shortstop position. If you are looking for a sneaky way to increase your stolen base total and you need a shortstop, Escobar is your guy. (about 15% owned)