Four weeks of the 2017 fantasy baseball season are in the books, and even this early in the year, there are plenty of good finds on the waiver wire.
Matt Cain, SP
Cain is one of the more notable names you’ll see on a list like this. He at one point was the most consistent pitcher on the Giants’ staff, but hasn’t had a productive season since 2012. That being said, he’s gotten off to quite a hot start this year. Cain owns a 2-0 record and a 2.30 ERA with 22 strikeouts through his first five starts, allowing one or fewer runs in his last four. He’s quietly put up the sixth most fantasy points this season amongst starting pitchers, yet is only owned in 17 percent of leagues.
Taylor Motter, SS
Motter has recently become a more popular waiver wire pick up, but still is a free agent in just over 70 percent of leagues. The 27-year-old rookie did a superb job filling in at shortstop for the Mariners while Jean Segura was injured. So much so, that the M’s have had to make sure Motter’s bat was somewhere in the lineup even after Segura returned from the DL. To give fair warning, it’s quite possible that his hot start has ended, as he’s gone hitless in his last four games. Even still, there’s good incentive to pick him up. Since Segura has returned, Motter has played first base, third base and left field. Players eligible to start at multiple positions obviously have additional value, and Motter will soon have that.
Michael Conforto, OF
Michael Conforto has been red-hot since the start of the season. So far, he has a .333 average, six home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. The only thing stopping him was an overcrowded Mets outfield [and Terry Collins’ apparent refusal to get his bat in the lineup]. That problem, temporarily, has solved itself. With Yoenis Cespedes hitting the disabled list for what could be extended time, Conforto will see steady starts in the outfield, whether it be in left or center. Conforto is still owned in just 35 percent of leagues, although his is trending upward, so get him while you can
Scott Schebler, OF
The Reds’ outfielder has had quite the power surge as of late. Schebler currently sits at fifth in the National League in home runs with eight, which is just one less than his entire 2016 total. In his last five games, he has four multi-hit games, four home runs, nine runs batted in, and five runs scored. While his batting average on the season is pretty low [sitting at .221], his recent hot stretch is worth roster consideration, especially when you consider he’s a power-hitting lefty playing in Great American Ballpark.