Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Sky's the limit for Orion Kerkering (2024)

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This week’s pickups include a spring training star who has already been dropped in a bunch of leagues and a pair of rehabbing youngsters.

Daulton Varsho - OF Blue Jays (44% Rostered)

OK, perhaps calling Varsho a spring training star is a reach, given that he finished Grapefruit League play with a modest .808 OPS, but there were two very positive developments. The first was that he sported a 9/10 K/BB ratio. He struck out 3 ½ times for each time he walked last year, and his previous lifetime K:BB ratio in spring training was 3:1. The second was that he was 8-for-8 stealing bases. That’s five more steals in 19 games than he had totaled in his five previous springs. It was also half as many steals as he had in 158 regular-season games last year. It seemed to bode quite well for 2024, and I moved him up some in my rankings, more because of the aggressiveness on the basepaths than because of the improved plate discipline.

Alas, Varsho has opened the regular season at .158/.238/.184 in 42 plate appearances. He’s yet to drive in a run or attempt a steal. His 10/4 K/BB ratio is only slightly better than last year’s. It’s probably not as bad as it sounds, though. While Varsho’s strikeout rate is right where it was the last two years, his contact numbers are actually much improved. He’s also been a bit unlucky to have seven hard-hit balls and just one extra-base hit.

It’s unfortunate that Varsho is never going to get catcher eligibility back, but that he’s one of baseball’s best defensive outfielders should continue to make him a mainstay in Toronto’s lineup and there’s still hope that he’ll get to 20 homers and 20 steals this season. He’s batting ninth right now, but he was in the fifth spot on Opening Day and the Jays will have no qualms about returning him to that spot once he heats up. He’s probably not a fantasy star, but he’s a worthy play.

Orion Kerkering - RP Phillies - (12% Rostered)

It was rather scary when the Phillies switched Kerkering’s injury designation from illness to a forearm strain in putting him on the injured list just prior to the start of the season; it had been known for a while that he’d miss Opening Day, but there was no previous word of an arm injury. All indications since are that there wasn’t really ever an arm problem... the Phillies just needed another reason to put him on the IL and give him a rehab stint since he had already overcome the illness that cost him much of the spring.

Kerkering is ready to rejoin the Phillies now and is expected to be activated this weekend after striking out 10 in 4 1/3 scoreless innings during his rehab assignment. That’s pretty impressive, of course, but what’s also boosted his stock is the start José Alvarado has gotten off to as the favorite for saves in the Phillies pen. It’s true Alvarado hasn’t allowed any additional runs since giving up five and taking a loss on Opening Day, but he’s walked a batter each of his last four times out, leaving him with a 7/6 K/BB ratio through 5 2/3 innings.

With his dominant slider and high-90s fastball, Kerkering has the stuff to become one of the league’s best relievers. It might not lead to saves right away, but he’ll quickly become a threat if Alvarado continues to struggle with his control and he’ll likely excel elsewhere. He ought to be viewed as a top-30 RP.

Vaughn Grissom - SS Red Sox - (26% Rostered)

Acquired from the Braves for Chris Sale to take over as Boston’s second baseman, Grissom suffered a hamstring injury in February that cost him the entire Grapefruit League campaign. Healthy again now, he’s starting a rehab assignment Friday that will likely see him play both second and shortstop. Within a week or two, he should be starting at one of those two spots for the Red Sox.

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That Atlanta deemed Grissom expendable wasn’t much of a knock on him. If he were a better shortstop, then they probably should have kept him as Orlando Arcia’s eventual replacement. Second base is where he belongs, though, and he wasn’t about to unseat Ozzie Albies. How much power Grissom ends up with remains to be seen, but he’s hit .287/.339/.407 in 236 plate appearances as a major leaguer. He came in at an impressive .330/.419/.501 last year as a 22-year-old in Triple-A. He probably won’t hit a ton of homers at Fenway Park, but the Green Monster will turn quite a few of his flyballs into doubles.

The Red Sox likely will ease Grissom in initially. Since he didn’t play at all in March, he might need a couple of weeks in the minors to find his swing, and he’ll probably get a fair number of days off once activated. Perhaps it won’t be until June that he turns into a real factor in mixed leagues. Still, there’s some nice potential here, particularly in batting average; he excels in that anyway and now he’ll be playing in the second best ballpark for average in the league. There isn’t reason to expect much more than 10 homers or 10 steals, but between the average and some solid run and RBI numbers in the Red Sox lineup, he should be a useful MI option.

Quick Hits

- Lance Lynn isn’t someone I’d permanently keep in mixed leagues, but he’s 28% rostered right now with a two-start week against the A’s and Brewers coming up.

- Sean Manaea (45% rostered) and MacKenzie Gore (43%), on the other hand, are well worth permanent spots in 12-team leagues and probably in 10-team leagues for Manaea.

- I assume Michael Kopech is gone in most competitive leagues by this point, but he’s still just 30% rostered on the whole. The White Sox won’t be getting many wins, but Kopech should get most of the saves and, with the way he’s throwing, it looks like he’ll be of assistance in ERA and strikeouts, too.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Sky's the limit for Orion Kerkering (2024)


How does waiver wire work in fantasy baseball? ›

Waivers put temporary freezes on unclaimed players, giving everyone a chance to make a claim on them. If multiple claims are filed, the manager with the highest waiver priority gets the player. Unclaimed players not on waivers are Free Agents and anyone can add them without waiting.

How long does it take for Yahoo fantasy baseball waivers to process? ›

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball. If waivers are enabled, all players dropped from a team's roster are immediately placed on a waiting period from zero to seven days to give all managers a chance to claim those players. Choose the waiver processing option best suited for your league.

How does faab work in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball? ›

"FAAB" stands for Free Agent Auction Budget. It is the virtual money that each team in a fantasy league has available to bid on free agents. Each league member starts with the same amount (usually $100 or $1000) that is his for the whole season to spend however he'd like.

What do waivers mean in baseball? ›

Definition. When a player is placed on outright waivers, the other 29 Major League clubs have the opportunity to claim him. The claiming club assumes responsibility for the remaining money owed to the claimed player, who is placed on his new club's 40-man roster. Claiming priority is based on reverse winning percentage ...

How does waiver wire placement work? ›

How is the waiver wire order determined? The order of the waiver wire is usually decided by the draft order in fantasy leagues. If you drafted first, you will be at the bottom of the waiver priority. If you drafted last, you will be at the top as priority usually goes in reverse order of the draft.

How does a continual rolling waiver work? ›

Rolling Waivers:

This is the default setting. Rolling waivers are continuous and the last person to waiver a player is placed last into the waiver priority. For every successful waiver claim, that team owner drops to the bottom of the order, while everyone else moves up one.

How do waivers work in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball? ›

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball. Use these settings to give everyone in the league a fair chance at picking up players. Continuous: All un-rostered players are on waivers at all times. Waiver claims are processed on fixed days of the week as defined by the commissioner.

How is a waiver wire order determined by Yahoo? ›

Managers are ranked from high to low to determine who wins a waiver claim. The initial priority rank is determined by the league's draft: Live and Autopick Drafts - The last draft position gets 1st rank. Offline Drafts - The last to register gets 1st rank.

How to get higher waiver priority? ›

Members of the league are ordered into priority, so that if two members try to claim the same player then the higher priority member wins the claim. Priority can change depending on a variety of factors such as how well a member's team is performing in the standings, or how frequently a member has claimed from waivers.

How do you know your waiver priority? ›

The waiver priority is officially set following Week 1. The team at the top gets the first pick, followed by the second team, and so on. The team that gets priority can be set in a number of ways: Worst is first - The team with the first record gets the first choice, and the win-loss record decides this every week.

How are waiver claims processed? ›

Waivers process daily sometime between 3 am to 5am ET. Once that time has passed, they either clear waivers, meaning no one has claimed them, or they enter the free-agent pool. The unclaimed players can now be acquired on a first-come, first-serve basis, without affecting your team's waiver position.

Can you bid $0 on Faab? ›

A value of $0 is acceptable and will be won if no other bids are made on the player, or if the only other bids are also of $0, with a lower Waiver Rank for the week. In order for your league to use FAAB on claims, you'll need to make sure that you have a waiver period enabled.

How do waivers work in ESPN fantasy baseball? ›

Waivers are the process by which owners can select from the pool of available players who are not on a team's roster in the league. They may have been undrafted or dropped by owners. Owners can put a claim for that player, but must wait a specified amount of time until the waiver clears.

What time do waivers process in ESPN fantasy baseball? ›

Standard Waivers

This happens from the start of the first game until a few hours past the end of the last, and when players are dropped from another team. When the waiver period expires, usually around 3 am ET, all the claims from that period will be processed based on the waiver order.

What is rule 5 baseball? ›

Definition. Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season.

How do waiver claims work in ESPN fantasy baseball? ›

Owners can put a claim for that player, but must wait a specified amount of time until the waiver clears. The team that puts a claim on a player - and who has the higher waiver priority number - will receive the player when waivers clear. All available players not on Waivers are considered Free Agents.

How do waiver claims work in baseball? ›

When a player is placed on outright waivers, the other 29 teams have an opportunity to submit a claim for him. The claiming club assumes responsibility for the remaining money owed to the claimed player, who is placed on his new club's 40-man roster.

How is a waiver order determined in ESPN baseball? ›

If two or more teams are tied with the amount of money they have remaining, then the team that filled out their roster first during the draft will get the more favorable waiver position. If you play in a snake draft league, the team that had 1st pick would be last in the order.

What time are players on waivers after drop? ›

This means the waiver will process at the next waiver processing that is at least a full 24 hours (1 day) later. So, if you drop a player at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, your waiver will run on or about 4 a.m. ET Saturday - the next scheduled running of waivers that is at least 24 hours past the time the player was dropped.

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