2016 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield Waiver Wire Adds
The following players are available in at least 50 percent of ESPN and/or Yahoo! leagues
Khris Davis: Davis has seven homers and 18 RBI in the last 30 days, and while he hasn’t gotten off to the best start in June, he killed it in May: .920 OPS, .380 Isolated power. He’s not walking at all this year, but in a roto league you can put up with his low average. His .250 Iso is right in line with his career mark, and he’s on pace for a career-high in home runs. He’s streaky, but he’s one of a few hitters who can go off for double-digit home runs in a month.
Trayce Thompson: Thompson has six home runs and four steals in the last 30 days to go with 15 walks to 16 strikeouts. Among all players with 150 plate appearance Thompson’s .385 wOBA ranks 26th for the season. Thompson has two 20-plus homer seasons in the minors as well as three seasons with at least 18 steals, so he’s got the power-speed combination we desire. He’s been the Dodgers’ best hitter this season, so even in what could be a crowded outfield he should still see plenty of playing time if Yasiel Puig comes back and starts playing well.
Michael Saunders: Saunders has been very undervalued this season as he’s produced the entire year. In each month he has an Iso above .200, and he already has seven extra-base hits in June in only nine games. He’s batting mostly cleanup for the Blue Jays, and that’s not a bad spot to be in. His .279 seasonal Iso ranks 17th among all hitters. He’s enjoying a very high BABIP, but I’m not concerned about his average falling. He should continue to hit for power, drive in runs and score, so I can live with a falling average.
Brandon Moss: Moss is more of a deep-league play, but he has seven home runs in the last 30 days. His .327 Iso is a career-best, thanks to an almost career-best 50 percent fly ball rate, career-low 28 percent ground ball rate, and career-best 21 percent line drive rate. In daily leagues where you can start five outfielders or maybe an extra utility player Moss would be a perfect bench piece you can plug in against right-handed pitchers.
Rajai Davis: Davis is mostly a roto league play as his 15 steals rank fifth among all hitters this season. He’s actually three home runs away from setting a career-high, but I couldn’t find any conclusive information that says that isn’t just a fluke. His batted-ball profile is mostly normal to his career. He is striking out at a career-high rate, but also making hard contact more than ever. But you really want him for his speed, and in the last 30 days he has seven steals, which ranks tied for third among all outfielders. He’s walking more than usual, and, combined with him batting leadoff most of the time, he should be a positive contributor in steals and runs.