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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Bud Norris HOU | SP

Norris was one of our favorite sleepers coming into the year, and lately he has been showing everyone why. He has had at least 6 K’s in every start so far this season, including an 11 strikeout performance in his last start against Milwaukee. It’s time to get Bud on your team if he is still available. (about 40% owned)

Justin Smoak SEA | 1B

There are a lot of things we like about Smoak, not only is he batting for average but he almost has as many walks as he does strikeouts. He is one of the best young bats in the game, and he needs to be universally owned. (about 40% owned)

Brett Gardner NYY | OF

Coming into the year it looked like Gardner was in line for a break out campaign, but after a slow start he dropped in a lot of leagues. He is batting well over .300 in the last 2 weeks, and if he happens to be available in your league then pick him up immediately. (about 70% owned)

Sergio Santos CWS | RP

Apparently only half of the fantasy leagues have noticed that Santos is the new closer for the White Sox. He is yet to give up an earned run this year, and we see no reason why he shouldn’t be universally owned at this point. (about 50% owned)


Frank Francisco TOR | RP

Jon Rauch has done ok as the Jays closer, but we think its time for Francisco to get his job back. Frank has pitched well since coming off the DL and we expect him to get the next save opportunity for the Jays in the 9th. (about 50% owned)

Mark Melancon HOU | RP

With Lyon out with a torn rotator cuff Melancon is going to be given every chance to take over the closer role. One thing that scares us is he doesn’t strikeout that many people, but he has been impressive this year only giving up 3 earned runs in just under 16 innings of work. (about 15% owned)

Alexi Ogando TEX | SP

Ogando has flourished in his new role as a starting pitcher. It looks like his spot in the starting rotation is very safe, and could be in line for a great year. He doesn’t walk that many guys and out of his 6 starts so far, 5 of them have been quality starts. (about 70% owned)

Eduardo Sánchez STL | RP

The Cardinals have been looking for a guy to replace Franklin, and in our opinion Sanchez looks to be that guy. He is a great young pitcher with closer stuff, and we think if he produces then the job is his. You can guarantee there will be some shaky outings, but with 19 K’s in only 11 innings we think he is worth an add. (about 10% owned)

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Matt Joyce TB | OF

We talked about Joyce a couple weeks ago as a guy to maybe add in deeper leagues, but now we are saying consider him in all leagues. In his limited time in the majors he has shown flashes of power, and this year he is batting for average as well. He doesn’t always start when there is a lefty on the mound, but we still love the overall upside of Joyce. (about 15% owned)

Brett Wallace HOU | 1B

The Astros look to have a good young talent with Wallace. He has been very impressive so far this year, batting over .350 with some power thrown in as well. We don’t expect huge power numbers this year, but Wallace is proving he can bat for average and we think he is worth a look if you need some first base help. (about 35% owned)

Emilio Bonifacio FLA | SS/OF

Bonicacio has been a non-factor ever since his historic up and down season in ’09, but it’s time to start giving him another look. In most leagues he has dual position eligibility, and he has the potential to bat for average and throw in a good bit of speed. (about 5% owned)

Scott Sizemore DET | 2B

Sizemore has a lot of hype around him, but we think people are going to be a little more cautious with him after his terrible run in the bigs last year. He just got called back up for a second chance, and we think he is worth a pickup. It’s hard to say at this point what kind of numbers he might produce, but there is no denying his talent level. (about 5% owned)

Maicer Izturis LAA | 2B/3B/SS

Izturis isn’t going to blow you away with is power or speed, but he can give your team a little bit of everything. Another thing we really like about him is his position eligibility. In daily leagues he is the perfect utility guy to have on your bench and plug in if one of your regulars has an off day. (about 55% owned)

Wilson Ramos WAS | C

We were shocked to see how many leagues this young catcher was still available in. He is a young player with a big upside in a tough position to fill for fantasy teams, so we can’t make sense of it. Ramos is a great gamble in our opinion and we would take him over a lot of more proven catchers at this point. (about 15% owned)

Vance Worley PHI | SP

This young pitcher is making a bid for a spot in the Phillies rotation. He is filling in for the injured Joe Blanton, but we think there is a good chance that Worley holds onto the job. In 2 starts so far he has a K per inning a 2-0 record, and he has only allowed 1 earned run. (about 10% owned)

Eric Hosmer KC | 1B

Hosmer is one of the biggest prospects in baseball, and he is going to finally be able to show the world what he can do. He has been on fire in AAA and the Royals feel the young man is ready for the bigs. Look for him to instantly get throw into the starting lineup. (about 10% owned)