Dynasty Baseball - Waiver Wire Week 4 2022

Updated: May 4

With over 20 games played in the 2022 season, we are starting to notice which players are the pretenders and which players could make an impact for our fantasy teams. Last week I tried to touch on players that were less than 60% owned according to Fantrax but this week I will be touching on a couple guys that are around 75% owned and a couple arms you might want to target if you’re willing to be patient with them on your roster.

Ha Seong Kim (SS/2B/3B) – San Diego Padres – 75% Rostered


Highly touted in 2021, Kim did not live up to the hype. Like many Korean players that transfer from the KBO to the MLB, he struggled with pitching. In 2021, he struck out at a rate at 24% with a walk rate around 7%. He also only managed to barrel up 9 balls in 298 plate appearances. Fortunately for Kim, with Tatis being out he has gotten an opportunity in 2022. Across his first 59 plate appearances, he has managed to lower his K rate by 4% and raise his walk rate by 3%. He also has already barreled up 6 balls. With Tatis not expected back for 4-6 more weeks, in a roto format, Kim is certainly someone that can help you in all categories and is worth not only picking up but stashing for the season.


Wilmer Flores (1B/2B/3B) – San Francisco Giants – 68% Rostered


In 2021, Flores arguably had is best year of his career. Across 139 games, Flores batted .262 with 18HR’s and scored 57 times. He also posted his best career BB/K ratio of his career. In 2022 he seems to be continuing that success. Across 20 games, he has managed a .267 BA with a .341 OBP. He has also put up 2HR’s, 13RBI’s and 12 runs scored. In an offense that seems to be thriving, Flores could be a good fill in with shallow leagues but in a 12+ team format, he should be highly considered.


David Robertson (RP) – Chicago Cubs – 74% Rostered


It’s time we talk about David Robertson. I was very wrong about him going into the year. Watching him in 2021, I thought he was going to have a tough time recovering after missing 2020 season. How is someone who is ranked 4th among closer points and tied for 8th in saves, only rostered in 74% of leagues? Clearly a lack of trust is a big issue for fantasy owners but that fear needs to be tucked away. Robertson has returned to his former self where his K rate is roughly at 12.5%. His curveball currently has a 71% whiff rate and his slider at 40%. If you’ve had the pleasure to watch him, you’ve noticed how great he has used his cutter to set up his secondary pitches this year. Due to how great he has mixed his pitches, the average exit velocity off of him so far is around 85MPH. Look to see Robertson get 25+ saves this year and roster him now if available in your league.


Glen Otto (SP) – Texas Rangers – 36% Rostered


Rebuilding and want to jump on an arm early? It might be to early to jump on the Otto train but in his first two starts in 2022, it looks like he might have put the 2021 season behind him. Across roughly 10 innings, Otto has posted a 2.89 ERA with 10K’s and a WHIP under 1. If his minor league career was an indicator of anything, it’s that this is truly possible for him to do in the majors. Across 165 innings between A+ ball to AAA between 2019-2022, Otto posted a 3.15 ERA with a K rate over 11 K/9 and a walk rate around 3.5 BB/9. If he could reproduce those numbers in the majors, he could easily be a top 30 pitcher. I, however, think it’s a bit early to jump on board for teams that are trying to compete as he still will go through some struggles like we are seeing with Daniel Lynch. Look to see how he does in his next 2 starts in NYY and KC!

Ryan Helsley (RP) – St. Louis Cardinals – 44% Rostered


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Who in the hell is Ryan Helsley and why are we talking about him? Well, he has been the most productive reliever for the Cardinals and it isn’t even close. Still posting a 0 ERA with 16K’s in 8 and 1/3 innings, the Cardinals have started to use Ryan in higher leverage situations. Where has this success come from for Ryan? Well, adding 2MPH to your fastball that now averages 99.1MPH can definitely do that. Ryan was always a fairly strong K/9 pitcher but never truly dominant. What’s truly impressive about it all is that the average exit velocity off Ryan so far is under 82MPH.


So does Ryan have a chance to be the closer for the Cardinals? After Gallegos' four run meltdown, Ryan was brought out in the 8th inning and instead of bringing Gallegos back out, Marmol stuck with Helsley to give him his first save of the season. It is to early to tell if he could become the closer for the Cardinals at this point, but with his elite pitches and production so far, he could have great value still in Roto and Points league till he gets his opportunity.

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