Originally written on Fantasy Baseball Dugout  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Whether you play in fantasy baseball leagues for money or for fun, you want to pay attention to the waiver wire in your league. Here are some tips to help you find some good hitting waiver wire picks for free fantasy baseball leagues, as well as for fantasy baseball leagues for money. Jed Lowrie – SS, Oakland Athletics Lowrie made his big-league debut with the Red Sox in 2008. Through five seasons, he has yet to play in 100 games, spending time on the disabled list for a range of issues including wrist surgery and mononucleosis. In 2012 with Houston, Lowrie had 14 HR at the break before missing much of the second half with leg injuries.  Through 15 games, Lowrie was hitting .412 with 3 HR, 13 RBI and 14 runs while batting second, third, fourth and fifth in the Oakland lineup. Get four more waiver wire warrior picks for your team AFTER the jump…  Coco Crisp – OF, Oakland Athletics Crisp is typically a good source for steals – 120 over the last three seasons – but is frequently hurt (only 380 games played over the last four seasons) and his non-steal stats are usually uninspiring. But through 13 games in 2013, Crisp has four homers, eight RBI, 16 runs, four steals and a .333 BA.  Crisp has good career numbers in games at Oakland Coliseum. In 751 AB, Crisp has 76 steals, 114 runs, 18 HR, 90 RBI and a .286 BA. Mark Reynolds – 1B-3B, Cleveland Indians The all-or-nothing Reynolds hit 113 HR from 2009-11, though he also hit .198 in 2010 and .221 in 2011. In 2012, Reynolds had just 7 HR, 23 RBI and a .207 BA in the first half, but finished strong with 9 HR, 24 RBI and a .231 BA. In his first 13 games of 2013, Reynolds picked up where he left off, with 5 HR, 13 RBI and a .255 BA. John Buck – C, New York Mets Buck was a barely-noticed part of the Mets’ blockbuster trade of Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, which brought back top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud. Buck was supposed to be a placeholder at catcher until D’Arnaud reaches the majors, perhaps in June. Some placeholder – Buck had six homers, 19 RBI and a .300 BA through 14 games.  Mets catchers had five homers combined in all of 2012. Evan Gattis – C, Atlanta Braves Gattis, now 26, was out of baseball entirely from 2006 to 2010 as a result of substance abuse and depression issues. As with Buck, he was meant to be a placeholder at catcher – Brian McCann began the season on the DL. But with Gattis hitting .279 with five HR and 12 RBI in 12 games, the Braves are batting him cleanup, behind red-hot Justin Upton, suggesting that they could try to find some way to keep him in the lineup once McCann returns. To learn more about fantasy baseball leagues for money, click here. Ben Hargrove writes on fantasy sports for sites like DraftStreet.
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