Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Don't Pass on These Players Before It's Too Late

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIApril 4, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01:  Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It has only been a few days of baseball, but fantasy owners are already looking for players to add from the waiver wire.

You always want to be that owner who picked up the Buster Poseys or the Neil Walkers on the free-agent list.

It makes you look like an absolute genius. 

Below is a list of players who should be available in most leagues:


Freddy Sanchez: 2B San Francisco Giants:  After signing his extension with the Giants, Freddy has been on a tear in the opening week.  He is tearing the cover off the ball with seven hits in 15 trips.  For those of you who are thin at second base, Sanchez is your best bet.


Brandon Belt: 1B San Francisco Giants:  Could the Giants have another Rookie of the Year candidate this season?  Brandon belted his first career home run against the Dodgers on Friday, and it was not a cheap one either.  The strong and powerful lefty has a chance to make some noise this season, however, his playing time will be limited.


Ramon Hernandez: C Cincinnati Reds:  Hernandez was the weekend hero with his game-winning, three-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

In a year where the market of catchers is thin, Hernandez could provide decent pop and a respectable average.  He is in a dangerous lineup with Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips which will allow him to get numerous opportunities with men in scoring position.


Chase Headley 3B/LF and Nick Hundley C San Diego Padres:  When you think of offense, a player on the Padres does not usually formulate in your head.  However, Headley and Hundley can hit for average and come across home plate often.  Both categories are vital in fantasy baseball.


Alberto Callaspo SS Los Angeles Angels:  It's a shame the Royals never gave Callaspo a shot, because he could be one of the promising shortstops of the future. He caused problems for the Royals in the opening weekend series and may be a headache for opposing pitchers all season.  He is a great contact hitter who also has surprising power.


Justin Masterson P Cleveland Indians:  Masterson was able to halt the Chicago White Sox arsenal on Sunday after they shelled the first two starters they faced. He did not record a strikeout in that game, and that will be a category he will not help you with.  But, if you are short of arms and you are looking for a person who will give you innings, Masterson is your man.