Outfield is the deepest offensive position in fantasy. Despite the fact that there are 90 starters at any given time, there are bench players making an impact for their respective teams. If you are looking for deep waiver-wire picks, there are productive players out there. Here are three outfield options worth riding the hot streak for your team.
Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins
Who would have thought that you would be seeing Hunter on a “pickup” article? Not me. At the age of 39, he is having a decent season. He has three home runs and 14 RBI with a .252 batting average. After a poor April, .205 average, he is turning in up in May so far. He’s hit safely in six of the first seven games this month. Still playing everyday, Hunter has been Minnesota’s best outfielder. He is a good option in deeper leagues as a No. 4 outfielder. He is available in 79.4 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
Marlon Byrd, Cincinnati Reds
Byrd is another aging veteran, but still producing like he’s 29 years old. In 26 games, he has five home runs and 14 RBI, but carrying a .221 batting average. If you pick up Byrd, know that he will tank your average, but the power is there. With Zack Cozart out, Byrd has moved up into the No. 2 slot. Three of his five homers have come in the month of May. We have no idea if he can keep this up, but pick him up now while he’s still healthy. He ranks 10th on ESPN’s Player Rater among outfielders over the last 15 games. Byrd is out there in over 75 percent of ESPN leagues.
Colby Rasmus, Houston Astros
Rasmus has been a decent power hitter throughout his career. However, like Byrd, he will hurt your batting average. He has a career .246 average, but averages 24 home runs. This season, he has five home runs and 10 RBI with a .259 average. He’s been benched in recent games, but only because the Astros have faced a string of left-handed pitchers. The team has a long stretch of righties coming up on the schedule, so playing time won’t be a factor for Rasmus. Houston’s bats have been on fire this season, and Rasmus is third on the team with home runs. The average will likely tank, but he can provide in the power stats. He’s owned in just 8.8 percent of leagues.