Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Early Pickups That Will Give You the Edge

Kyle RamosCorrespondent IApril 9, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 17: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on July 17, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 3-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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In fantasy sports waiver wire pickups can often make or break a team.  With the MLB season barely under way, now is a perfect time to scout the available players and look like a genius come playoff time.  

Here are a few players you should look to pick up for your fantasy team.

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

This young shortstop is off to a hot start this season.  He has six hits in his first 11 at-bats, with two RBIs and a homerun.  He can definitely hit for average and could be a threat to steal even though he has yet to swipe a base this season.  He's only owned in 19.3% of ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues so he is more than likely available in your league.

Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

The defending World Series champs may have found someone to replace Chris Carpenter in the rotation.  Lynn had a solid start in his debut where he pitched 6.2 innings giving up only one earned run on two hits, while striking out eight.  In ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues, he is only owned on 1.6% of teams so it is almost certain you can still pick him up in your league.

Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners

Figgins is beginning to return to the form that that the Mariners liked enough to sign him to a lucrative, long-term deal.  He is 7 for 17 in his first few games of the year and put on a hitting clinic on Saturday where he fell just a home run short of the cycle.  Figgins is owned in only 10.6% of ESPN leagues, and could be a threat to steal bases as well, which makes his versatility a great addition if you need a solid third baseman.

Jason Hammel, SP, Baltimore Orioles

He had a great outing against Minnesota on Sunday, hurling eight innings with five strikeouts, and only giving up one run on two hits.  This could just be a flash in the pan, but if Hammel shows the same stuff in his next start against the much stronger hitting Yankees, you should seriously look into picking him up.