Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Additions for Week 3

Ryan Madson Oakland A's

The 2016 fantasy baseball season is here and that means it’s time to dig in for the long haul in your season long leagues. Each week we will be looking at solid waiver wire picks of the week via our friends at numberFire. Also, be sure to check out the Daily Fantasy Tools for your DFS needs.

Jeanmar Gomez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

ESPN Percentage Owned: 44.7%

Thanks to a mostly outstanding starting rotation, the Phillies have actually managed to win a few games here and there, and it appears Jeanmar Gomez has done enough to lock up the closer’s job in Philadelphia. For now, anyway.

Since being given the job, he’s pitched seven innings and has a 2.57 ERA and a fielding independent pitching (FIP) of 4.11, converting 4 saves already. And because the Phils don’t hit a lick, most of their wins are going to be of the one-or-two run variety.

Gomez has been around, amassing 431 innings throughout his career, with a 4.13 ERA. But he’s been the most consistent relief pitcher ever since the spring and is the man of the hour — for right now at least.

Ryan Madson, RP, Oakland A’s

ESPN Percentage Owned: 33.5%

It’s easy to root for Ryan Madson. Anytime a pitcher misses three whole seasons in the prime of his career (2012 to 2014) and manages to find his way back and be successful deserves to have a movie made of his story. Such is the case with Madson, who plays an important role in Oakland’s bullpen.

Sean Doolittle is the team’s current closer, but with the A’s, they have been a little unconventional with their ‘pen so far this season. Doolittle is a left-hander, and Madson is a righty. Manager Bob Melvin has played the matchup game so far this year, using both relievers in the closer’s role. That has allowed Madson to rack up 4 saves, with a 2.57 ERA and 1.82 FIP in 2016.

And even on days when Madson isn’t closing, he’s setting up and getting holds.

Kevin Jepsen, RP, Minnesota Twins

ESPN Percentage Owned: 21.9%

Look, I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know how many save opportunities Kevin Jepsen is going to get this year because it certainly appears as if the Minnesota Twins aren’t very good (although you’re going to see a few players from that team on this list this week). But after starting the season 0-9, the Twins have managed to win a couple, and Jepsen has notched saves in their first two wins of the season.

With Glen Perkins hurt, the team has turned to Jepsen to be the ninth-inning guy. He started the season off slowly, giving up three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings but has recovered with four straight scoreless outings, and over the last two years, he has posted ERAs of 2.63 and 2.33, with FIPs of 2.78 and 3.54.

Keep an eye on Trevor May as well. Should Jepsen falter, he’d be the next guy in line until Perkins returns.

Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland A’s

ESPN Percentage Owned: 31.4%

Until this year, Marcus Semien was best known for his defense, or lack thereof. He made 35 errors for the A’s last season, but excellent range actually allowed him to finish with five defensive runs saved (DRS). Defensive metrics are weird, sometimes.

This year, Semien has made just one error so far and has been a valuable offensive player at a position where there aren’t a lot of them. He’s seen his walk rate explode to 13.3% and has 4 homers on the young season so far, putting up a weighted runs created (wRC+) of 155 (100 is considered league average for a run producer).

He’s not providing much with the batting average (.237), but that is perhaps the result of a far poorer-than-league average batting average on balls in play (BABIP), meaning he’s been a bit unlucky in that department. If Semien can continue to provide power from the shortstop position, he’ll be a very valuable player indeed.

Joe Mauer, 1B, Minnesota Twins

ESPN Percentage Owned: 43.5%

Hey, Joe Mauer, welcome back! How ya been, big fella?

The former All-Star has gotten off to a hot start for the Twins this year, really the only member of that offense who has. He’s slashing .372/.472/.512 in 53 plate appearances thus far, with a homer and 5 runs scored. The power numbers are probably never going to be there, but the man has seen his walk rate jump to 15.1% and his strikeout rate cut in half, to 7.5% in the early going.

People mostly expect home runs from their first basemen, but there’s a lot of value in high batting average/on-base guys. And while Mauer hasn’t filled the stat sheet in any of those areas since 2013, there’s reason to believe this talented hitter who has dealt with concussion issues for the last few seasons may be starting to get his head, and hand-eye coordination, right again.

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