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

Bud is still an unproven pitcher, but he deserves to be universally owned after his hot start so far this season. He is among the league leaders in strikeouts, and he has an ERA in the mid 3’s. There is no reason why he should be on any leagues waiver wire at this point. (about 70% owned)

Anibal Sánchez FLA | SP

Sanchez is putting together a solid year, but he is surprisingly still available in a lot of leagues. He has over a K per inning and currently has an ERA under 3, and we say it’s time for him to be universally owned. (about 65% owned)

Michael Brantley CLE | OF

If you are looking for an all around outfielder (and who isn’t) then you need to consider Brantley. He has been playing great lately throwing in some speed and power, and we think he has a ton of upside. Brantley has never really shown that he can bat for great power, but he does have 3 home runs in the last two weeks and we think that power stroke may have arrived. (about 30% owned)

Austin Jackson DET | OF

Everyone remembers the impact that Jackson had last year, and a lot of people were hoping that he could improve from his numbers from a year ago. That was not the case in the first month of the season, but Jackson has started to turn things around. He was dropped in a ton of leagues after his slow start, but he has raised his average about 80 points in the last 3 weeks, and it’s time to start picking him back up. (about 45% owned)


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Jake Arrieta BAL | SP

When you look at Arrieta’s ERA you might be turned away, but he is worth a second look. In his 9 starts so far this year, he has had 7 quality starts and good K counts. He does have a small problem with walks, but this young pitcher is worth a roster spot in most leagues. (about 30% owned)

Fernando Salas STL | RP

The mess in the Cardinals bullpen continues, first it’s Boggs, then it’s Salas, then it’s Sanchez, and now it looks like it’s Salas again. We think Sanchez has better stuff to be the closer of the future, but Salas just keeps getting people out. He has only given up 2 earned runs all season, and we think he has the clear upper hand right now. (about 30% owned)

Jonathan Lucroy MIL | C

If you are in the market for a catcher then you might want to give Lucroy a gander. He is a youngster in a solid lineup, and we think there is a chance he could keep up solid numbers. We don’t suggest dropping anyone proven for him, but if you are looking for a backup catcher Lucroy could be a good fit. (about 15% owned)

Erick Aybar LAA | SS

Aybar isn’t going to blow you away with his numbers, but anytime you have a guy that can bat for average in a tough position to fill, then he is worth talking about. He is on pace for personal highs in the power categories, and he will throw in a few bags as well. (about 55% owned)

Johnny Peralta DET | 3B/SS

Peralta is a career .265 hitter, but he is off to a crazy hot start so far this year. When he first came up he was suppose to be the next big name SS, but after sub par years in ’09 and ’10 people have forgotten about him. It’s time to give him another look, he is only 29 years old, and he is capable of putting together a solid season. (about 60% owned)

Jason Bartlett SD | SS

Bartlett hasn’t done much since his amazing year in ’09. his numbers have been down across the board, and he has been pretty much forgotten about. He was drafted in most leagues this year, but after a slow start he was dropped almost universally. Bartlett is however showing signs of breaking out of his slump. He is batting around .300 in the month of May with 13 RBI’s, so it might be time to take a stab on him if you need help at shortstop. (about 10% owned)

Carlos Pena CHC | 1B

It’s amazing how quickly Pena declined as a player. His numbers have gone down each of the last four years, and he has lost the confidence of many people in the fantasy world. With that being said he probably will not give you any trade value if you pick him up, but he already has 5 HR’s in May and it looks like he might be on to something. (about 50% owned)

Todd Helton COL | 1B

After a terrible ’09 season it looked like the 37 year old Helton was done, but he might still have a little left in the tank. He is off to a hot start so far this year, and is worth a look in most leagues. He isn’t going to give you much trade value because of his age, but he could give your team a boost in batting average. (about 35% owned)

Justin Turner NYM | 2B

Turner has been around for awhile but has never had a chance for a starting gig. He currently is the starting second basemen for the Mets and he is taking full advantage. He is batting well over .300 and has thrown in a little bit of power. We aren’t sure if he will keep it up, but we think he is worth a look in deeper leagues if you need help at second base. (about 5% owned)

Alex White CLE | SP

White is trying to earn a spot in the Indians rotation, and he is off to a decent start. In his two outings he has 2 quality starts with good K counts. He has looked shaky at times, but if he continues to pitch like this the Indians first rounder from ’09 might be in the bigs for good. (about 10% owned)