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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Ian Desmond WAS | SS

I was shocked to see how many leagues Desmond was owned in. He is a young SS with a big upside, and he had 40 extra base hits last year and over 20 SBs. The Nationals should be better this year, and with Desmond leading off he should get a decent amount of at bats, and should be in line for a lot of runs and SBs. I doubt he will bat over .300 this year, but he has the potential to do a lot of other things for your fantasy team. (about 65% owned)

Jim Johnson BAL | RP

Johnson is off to a great start this year, and at this point he needs to be owned in all leagues. The Orioles are in a tough division and wins might be hard to come by, but Johnson still has a decent upside. I am not a fan of his strikeout ratio from last year, but he still posted a sub 3 ERA and proved that he can be trusted late in the game. (about 65% owned)

Brett Myers HOU | SP

I am a fan of starting pitchers that move into closer roles, and I think Myers could be solid this year. He has always had decent strikeout ratios, and while I think he will have somewhat of a high whip his ERA should be in the low 3s. I don’t think he has top 15 closer potential, but he could be a cheap source of saves with a decent ERA. (about 55% owned)

Zack Cozart CIN | SS

Cozart was one of our favorite deep sleeper shortstops, and he is off to an amazing start. He has 10 hits in his first 22 ABs, and of this 10 hits 5 are for extra bases. In the minors in 2011 before getting called up, be batted over .300 and he threw in a little bit of power. While I don’t think Cozart has a huge upside, I think he could be a top 12 shortstop this year. (about 55% owned)

Chris Sale CWS | SP

With how Sale pitched last year, and with him moving into the rotation this year, I was shocked he isn’t owned in more leagues. He is a young former first rounder who already has 1 solid start under his belt, and he is still only owned in slightly more than half of fantasy leagues. He has all the pieces to be a big time pitcher, and he needs to be owned in more leagues. (about 65% owned)


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Alex Presley PIT | OF

Presley was one of our favorite deep sleeper outfielders, and he is showing everyone why thus far in 2012. He is batting leadoff for the Pirates which is obvisouly a plus, and I think he has a big upside this year. I don’t think he will bat for a ton of power, but I am hoping for an over .300 average with close to 30 bags. While he didn’t hit a lot of home runs last year, he did have 22 extra base hits in only 215 at bats. (about 20% owned)

Jordan Schafer HOU | OF

A product of the Braves farm system, Schafer is starting to live up to some of his potential. He doesn’t have a ton of pop with his bat, but he should be a good source of speed. He has the potential to bat for average, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpasses 30 stolen bases this year. (about 15% owned)

Rafael Furcal STL | SS

Even though Furcal is now 34 years old, he still has a decent upside if he can stay healthy. He still has the potential to bat for average and throw in some speed. The shortstop position is a tough one to fill this year, and Furcal could be a top 12 guy at that position. (about 60% owned)

Kyle Seager SEA | 3B/SS

During his time in the minors Seager was able to put up some impressive numbers, and he is off to a solid start so far in 2012. Not only does he have dual position eligibility, but he also has the potential to bat over .300. He is a great guy to stash on your bench as a utility guy for a daily setup league. (about 15% owned)

Chone Figgins SEA | 3B/OF

Figgins is coming off of his worst year in his career, but I think there is potential for a rebound. He is 34 years old now, but until last year he was always among the league leaders in steals. I think Figgins is worth an add in most leagues because of his speed and his dual position eligibility. (about 40% owned)

Allen Craig STL | 2B/OF

Craig had a great year in 2011, racking up 26 extra base hits in only 200 at bats. He was a big reason why the Cardinals had so much late season success, and they are anxiously waiting for him to come back from his knee injury. He has dual position eligibility, and he has the potential to fill up the stat sheet. (about 30% owned)

Bryan LaHair CHC | 1B/OF

LaHair isn’t getting the respect he deserves in fantasy, and that’s mainly because of the imminent call up of young first basemen Rizzo from AAA. I am here to say not so fast. Even if Rizzo gets called up there is still the potential of LaHair to move into the outfield, and if he continues his hot hitting the Cubs would be stupid not to give him at bats. I am normally not a fan of players that don’t make it out of the minors until their late 20s, but LaHair hit 63 home runs in his last 878 at bats in AAA during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He did that while hitting well over .300 during that stretch as well. (about 20% owned)

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Carlos Gomez MIL | OF

It seems like Gomez has been around forever, but he is still only 26 years old. He has never batted for the best average, but he has shown flashes of speed and the ability to hit of extra bases. He still has a solid upside, and this could be the year he finally puts it all together. (about 5% owned)

Danny Duffy KC | SP

This young starting pitcher for the Royals is a guy worth keeping an eye on. He had an up and down rookie year, but he is off to a great start in his sophomore campaign. He had a 2.65 ERA and well over a strikeout per inning in his career in the minors, which spanned almost 4 year. (about 10% owned)