Batter 1: Alex Gordon – OF, KC
The 35-year-old Kansas City Royals outfielder is hitting 0.31 so far this season with 5 HR and 21 RBI in 100 AB. An interesting fact – last season, Gordon did not get his 21st RBI until Aug. 1. He is ranked 12th in ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball outfielder position rank and is currently rostered in 79.7% of leagues. He has been picked up in 14.5% of leagues just this week. If he is still a free agent in your league, pick him up before he’s gone, especially if you need outfield depth or a solid utility option.
Batter 2: Christian Walker – 1B, ARI
The heir apparent to Paul Goldschmidt at first base in Arizona since he left for St. Louis is Christian Walker. So far this season, Walker has been nothing short of spectacular for the Diamondbacks. Walker has a .316 batting average so far, accompanied by 7 HR, 15 RBI and 3 SB. It seems as if the 28-year-old is enjoying an expectation-shattering campaign thus far. If you need an infielder or a utility man, Walker is only owned in 51.9% of ESPN leagues and is 2nd in the first baseman positional rank. Be careful, he’s been picked up in 16.5% of leagues this week alone. Get him before he’s gone!
Starter: Domingo German – SP, NYY
My biggest regret of this fantasy baseball season was not picking up German when I had the chance last week. He was claimed out of my league’s free agency pool a few days ago. German has had a terrific six-start run to his 2019 season, posting a 2.56 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP. He’s already won 5 games and has already struck out 32 batters. He has been claimed in 21.3% of ESPN leagues this week, which means he’s now owned in 79.3% of all ESPN leagues. He’s 5th on the positional rank for starting pitchers. If he’s still available in your league, grab him now.
Reliever: Ryan Brasier – RP, BOS
The Red Sox’s bullpen took a serious hit when losing closer Craig Kimbrel to free agency (who remains unsigned). Fortunately, Ryan Brasier has stepped in to the role nicely for Boston, who look to be having a bit of an early season “World Series Hangover.” Brasier boasts a 1.46 ERA and 0.89 WHIP through 12.1 innings pitched with 11 strikeouts, 1 hold and 6 saves. He hasn’t had a tremendous amount of opportunity to close games because, well, Boston hasn’t been winning as much as they’d like to these days. They will rebound, and it looks like Brasier will be their closer going forward. Will he be yours, too? Brasier is only owned in 53.3% of ESPN leagues and is 17th in the positional rank for relievers. If you need saves and don’t want to trade for a closer, look no further than Ryan Brasier.
Parker’s all-waiver wire team
C: Christian Vazquez (BOS)
1B: Christian Walker (ARI)
2B: Brandon Lowe (TB)
3B: Hunter Dozier (KC)
SS: Andrelton Simmons (LAA)
OF: Shin-Soo Choo (TEX)
OF: Max Kepler (MIN)
OF: Nick Markakis (ATL)
SP: Domingo German (NYY)
RP: Ryan Brasier (BOS)