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Hot wire: 10 men to pluck off fantasy waivers

Hot wire: 10 men to pluck off fantasy waivers

Could your fantasy team use more power? What about steals? Runs, RBIs or wins?

Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the following 10 men -- all sitting in waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help you win.

Waiver wire deals to consider

Sandy Leon, catcher, Red Sox
True, Leon is a regression candidate after benefitting from a .393 BABIP since the outset of 2016. But owners who need a short-term solution behind the plate should grab the Beantown backstop until he cools off. After all, Leon is part of one of the best lineups in baseball, and he has posted a .314/.369/.487 slash line since he returned from a season-opening disabled-list stint on June 7 of last year.
Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Jesus Aguilar, first baseman, Brewers
Those with bench space should consider a speculative addition of the hot-hitting Aguilar. After going deep 30 times in Triple-A last season, the slugger has opened the campaign with a .400/.455/.500 slash line. He may eventually force his way into Milwaukee's regular lineup by pushing Eric Thames to the outfield.
Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Eugenio Suarez, third baseman, Reds
Suarez produced 21 homers and 11 steals in a 2016 season that was his first as a full-season regular, but his overall value was dragged down by a mediocre .248 batting mark. The 25-year-old is off to a stellar start this season (.375/.500/.708 slash line), and he has shown improved control of the strike zone by posting a 4-to-5 walk-to-strikeout ratio across 30 plate appearances.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

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Asdrubal Cabrera, shortstop, Mets
Cabrera is coming off a productive 2016 season (.280 average, 23 homers), and he is hitting .353 with a homer and seven runs scored across 36 plate appearances thus far in '17. Owners who can live without steals from their shortstop should nab the 31-year-old with the expectation of receiving 20-homer power and a solid batting mark.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Mitch Haniger, outfielder, Mariners
Haniger is thus far delivering on his offseason sleeper status, producing three homers and a .995 OPS across 43 plate appearances. While the slugger is unlikely to be a batting-average asset, he could go deep 30 times during his first full big league season. His counting stats will also receive a boost by maintaining the second spot in Seattle's lineup.
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Ender Inciarte, outfielder, Braves
Wise owners will be undeterred from Inciarte's slow start (.152 average) to the season. The lifetime .289 hitter with elite contact skills should produce a high batting mark, 20 steals and 85 runs from his perch atop the Braves' lineup.
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

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Bartolo Colon, starter, Braves
While some owners search for the next standout starter, smart owners also appreciate the consistency of veterans such as Colon. The right-hander produced a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP last season, which nearly mirrored his overall 3.59 ERA and 1.21 WHIP since the outset of 2012. Putting Colon at the back end of a mixed-league rotation is unlikely to become a regrettable decision.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Amir Garrett, starter, Reds
In general, fantasy owners should handle 2017 Reds starters with caution. After all, the pitchers in question will be working in front of a rebuilding club with a hitter-friendly home venue. But Garrett -- who tossed six shutout innings in his big league debut last week -- could have the skills to overcome the obstacles and help mixed-league clubs after producing a 2.55 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in the Minors last year.
Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Fantasy impact of Hill's injury

Robert Gsellman, starter, Mets
Gsellman may not replicate his stellar 2.42 ERA from last season, but he owns a solid lifetime 2.70 FIP and could provide a mark in the mid-3.00s this year. Owners should be willing to give an extended look to any hurler like Gsellman, who boasts a heavy ground-ball lean and a solid whiff rate and works for a National League contender.
Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Joaquin Benoit, reliever, Phillies
With prior closing experience and strong stats since the outset of 2010 (2.39 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 rate), Benoit has what it takes to earn saves in the City of Brotherly Love. The righty should be active in all roto leagues, while fellow Philly reliever Hector Neris (lifetime 10.7 K/9 rate) should be owned in 15-team formats.
Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.