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It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly a month into the season already. The first few weeks have flown by and now is just as good a time as any (if you haven’t already) to begin to re-evaluate your team. Don’t focus too much on where you are in the standings (though kudos to you if you’re already sitting pretty at the top), but try to identify specifically where your team’s strengths and weaknesses are.

Especially if you are in a roto league, now is a really key time to figure out where your team has come up short over these first few weeks so that you can make the necessary adjustments. Fantasy baseball is a six-month long marathon so there’s no need to panic if you don’t come out of the gate strong, but if you lag too far back for too long you might end up digging yourself a hole too deep to climb out of, which is why it’s important to start making some decisions now.

With that being said, the perfect place to start in making the adjustments you need is via the waiver wire. It’s been a rough week for injuries that saw quite a few talented pitchers go down for the remainder of the year, including Adam Wainwright, Brandon McCarthy, and Homer Bailey (all of whom I own in multiple leagues this year, ugh), so here are some readily available pitchers that can make decent replacements if you lost any of those guys like I did.

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When I think of Danny Salazar, two things immediately come to mind: lots of strikeouts and lots of walks. While he absolutely does generate a ton of swings and misses, I was actually surprised to see how decent his walk rate has been over his career.

Maybe it’s because mentally I mix up his profile with his teammate Trevor Bauer, or the fact that he struggled a bit with his control in the first half last year (3.76 BB/9), but overall he’s done a fairly solid job of limiting the walks. Interestingly enough, his major league walk rate is actually identical to his minor league one, sitting at a nifty 2.79 BB/9, and he’s never walked more than three batters in any of his 31 career starts with the Indians.

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With a full week of baseball now under our belts, the fantasy baseball season is in full swing and we’ve already had plenty of action to warrant some waiver wire moves. Whether you’re replacing an injured player, picking up a setup guy who just got the closer gig (there’s already been five such instances in the first week alone — remind me again why you should pay for saves?), or picking up a guy off to a hot start, there are plenty of reasons to be adding players right now.

That being said, it’s still early in the season so don’t be making moves strictly to replace players already off to a slow start. You can’t realistically make any major conclusions based off of just a week’s worth of games because some players just take longer than others to really hit their stride. For example, consider these numbers from April last year:

  • David Price – 4.75 ERA
  • Stephen Strasburg – 4.24 ERA
  • Corey Kluber – 4.14 ERA
  • Carlos Santana – .151 BA
  • Jason Heyward – .206 BA
  • Kyle Seager – .229 BA

Even the best of players run into bad stretches, so definitely don’t be giving up anybody this early in the season.

If you are in need of fresh fantasy blood, here are three players who aren’t owned in very many leagues but make for a solid add if you do find yourself needing to make a trip to the waiver wire:

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Baseball is finally back and with it comes another exciting season of fantasy baseball. By now most managers have drafted their teams and are locked and loaded with a roster that they’re sure is championship bound. But while it would definitely be nice to draft a “set and forget” team where victory is ensured straight out of the draft, we all know that it can never really happen. Breakouts, busts, and, of course, injuries are sure to be common this season as they are every year, and you can never really know what to expect even from the most seemingly reliable of players.

Take Prince Fielder, for example, who missed a grand total of just one of his team’s games from 2009-2013 yet hit the DL and ended up playing his last game of the season on May 16.

Or how about CC Sabathia, who tossed more innings than anyone in baseball over the span of the previous seven seasons (2007-2013) but like Fielder got bitten by the injury bug and made just eight starts pitching a mere 46 innings.

Cases like those are why it’s absolutely necessary to stay on top of your waiver wire throughout the year because anything can happen over the course of the season.

That being said, while it’s very important to be on the lookout for potential injury replacements, often times managers will overlook the guys that are currently injured yet can be helpful down the road. Sure, Jose Fernandez was probably drafted in just about every league because of what he’ll be able to contribute in the second half, but he’s not the only pitcher that can provide some sneaky value later on this season.

Here are five other pitchers who you should definitely keep on your radar that have the potential to contribute some really solid numbers once they return.

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Being the mega baseball nerd that I am, I play in a ridiculous amount of fantasy baseball leagues every season. Part of it comes with the territory of being a self-proclaimed “fantasy expert”, but I would only be doing this if I really enjoyed it, and I sure do love me some fantasy baseball. This year the number of fantasy leagues in which I’m a part of is up to seven.

While that may not seem like a very big number, it’s actually quite a bit to keep track of, and even more so when you consider league diversity. I play in seven very unique leagues as far as scoring, settings, and team numbers go, which only adds to the challenge of managing so many teams.

I recently just finished my last draft of the spring, and this year I drafted a total of 120 different players. There are 30 major league teams with 25-man rosters, which means 16% of all players in Major League Baseball are on at least one of my fantasy teams. And that’s not even considering all of the free agents to keep track of throughout the year. Needless to say, it’s a lot of players to follow during the year.

However, there were also quite a few players who I ended up owning in multiple leagues. Some of these were players with ADP values too good to pass up while others were just guys who I’m really bullish on this year.

But the bottom line is that these are all players who I personally drafted on my own teams. As a fantasy writer it’s one thing to tell you who you should draft, but I’m putting my money where my mouth is here and telling you to target the players who I actually drafted. So without further ado, here are 10 players who I own most often in fantasy leagues this year:

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