Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 waiver wire targets after Week 6

Fantasy baseball season is now six weeks underway, and just as will be the case over the course of the entire season, there are plenty of players available that can help your team right now. Whether you’re looking to replace an injured player or somebody who is just not performing at the level you may have hoped, DSN is here to let you know who to target to help you make that midseason push.

Marcell Ozuna — Miami OF

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You’ll be hard pressed to find a hitter in a better groove right now than Ozuna, who is in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak and scoring runs at an insane clip. In the month of May alone, Ozuna has scored 13 runs, hit 3 HRs and smacked 8 RBIs, all while notching at least one hit in each game.

The Marlins OF is still available in over 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues, most likely because he does not stand out in any one category. But, if you’re simply in the need of a more consistent bat, Ozuna is the guy for you.

Wilson Ramos — Washington C

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Catcher, more so than nearly every other position, tends to have a huge drop off in terms of production after the elite guys. If you don’t own the likes of Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy or Salvador Perez, then adding and dropping catchers on a regular basis is probably something you do.

While he isn’t quite on the level of those mentioned above, Ramos is just as good an option as any when it comes to available catchers right now. His .354 average is best among catchers with at least 90 plate appearances this year by a good margin, and he’s currently ranked third among all catchers with 4 HRs.

While overall his numbers don’t blow you away, no catcher’s numbers do. Ramos at least gives you a huge advantage in one category for now, and that should be taken advantage of.

Jonathan Villar — Milwaukee SS

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In previous weeks, we’ve discussed adding players who specialize in steals because there are so few of them. This week is no different.

Villar currently is second in the MLB in steals with 11 so far this year, only trailing Jose Altuve. But, unlike many other steals specialist, Villar isn’t going to necessarily hurt you in other categories.

While he only has 1 HR on the year, Villar is batting .296 with 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Grant it, those numbers aren’t amazing, but when compared to base-stealing specialist Billy Hamilton, who is owned in over 20% more leagues across sites, Villar bests him in every category.

At a shallow position like SS, Villar offers some serious value for owners who lock him up.

Chris Tillman — Baltimore SP

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The Orioles are quietly off to one of the best starts in baseball, and while they have a dynamic offense to match, much of their success is due to the surprising start of their starting pitching.

While most of the rotation has been good, we want to highlight Tillman as the man to target in your fantasy leagues. Still available in over 40% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, Tillman currently sits at a 5-1 record on the season with a minuscule 2.58 ERA.

He’s only allowed more than 3 runs in one start this season and has struck out at least 7 batters in four straight contests. It’s only a matter of time before he stats being added in all leagues, so jump on the opportunity while you have the chance.

Jake McGee — Colorado RP

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One of the more puzzling parts of fantasy baseball is that there always seems to be closers available, no matter what league you participate in.

This week, we’ll highlight Rockies closer Jake McGee, who despite saving 11 games this season, is still available in over 30% of leagues across sites.

He has a 4.40 ERA, but it’s only that high because of a one-game blowup against the Dodgers during the first week of the season.

Bottom line, McGee shouldn’t be available. Even if you’re good on saves, add McGee. He’ll either help you run away with the category or be strong trade bait once people realize his worth.