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Brewers' Villar most-added fantasy baseball waiver wire claim

Here are ten of the most added and dropped fantasy baseball players from May 23rd - May 29th.

Jonathan Villar

Why % Is Up -- consistent bat and stolen base totals

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When a career .253 hitter is raking above .300 (.410 OBP) two months into the season, fantasy owners should take a step back and review. As great as Villar's 18 stolen bases are, the fact of the matter is his BABIP sits at .421 -- highest in baseball. His career-BABIP is .345 -- well above league average -- but 80 points between career norms and 2016 production should remind us all that Villar's other shoe will drop. Until then, Billy Hamilton owners know they are eight bag swipes off the pace.

Nomar Mazara

Why % Is Up - .356 OBP / 5 HR / 6 R / 12 RBI last 14 days

Now 53 games into his MLB career, Mazara is settling into a reliable outfield fantasy option. I compare him to Stephen Piscotty. His contact rate (%) is comparable to Kyle Seager, Xander Bogaerts and Gregory Polanco in 2016. Oh, and how those summer Texas months encourage the ball to jump off the bat.

Most Added Fantasy Players May 23-29
Name Last Week % Owned This week % Owned % Change
Jonathan Villar 25.0 47.3 22.2
Nomar Mazara 39.4 60.7 21.3
Cameron Maybin 20.0 40.7 20.6
Josh Tomlin 46.4 66.1 19.7
Matt Wieters 31.5 50.5 18.9

Cameron Maybin

Why % Is Up -- bat has stayed hot and stolen bases totals

Maybin's sputtered the past three games, but five more runs scored last week. His OBP is .490 in 46 at bats.

Josh Tomlin

Why % Is Up -- five quality starts and slight uptick in strikeout rate

Before the absolute disaster against the Rangers on Memorial Day - 3 2/3 IP, nine hits and four earned runs - Tomlin picked up back-to-back wins allowing only four earned runs, while striking out 13 in 15 2/3 IP. That's why owners gobbled him up off the waiver wire. As is the case with most Indians' starting pitchers, volatility can run rampant, but Tomlin is a sneaky option

Matt Wieters

Why % Is Up -- OBP above .400 last 14 days with a little sign of pop and Salvador Perez injury created need

Look who has an active 12-game hitting streak in games he's started! Wieters has picked up five multi-hit games during that stretch. The 25.8 percent strikeout rate is six percent above his career average. So, that's red flag. However, when Salvador Perez hit the bench with a quad injury, Wieters became a commodity.

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Eugenio Suarez

Why % Is Down -- .156 OBP last 14 days

Michael Wacha

Why % Is Down -- 10.93 ERA last 3 starts

Most Dropped Fantasy Players May 23-29
Name Last Week % Owned This week % Owned % Change
Eugenio Suarez 72.3 54.7 -17.5
Michael Wacha 84.8 71.3 -13.5
Danny Valencia 46.7 35.2 -11.5
Jaime Garcia 84.1 73.2 -10.9
Gerardo Parra 66.5 56.2 -10.3

Danny Valencia

Why % Is Down - .256 BA over last 10 games

Jaime Garcia

Why % Is Down -- 10 ER in last 14 innings pitched

Gerardo Parra

Why % Is Down - .262 OBP last 30 days