Fantasy Baseball Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4 (2024) (2024)

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Welcome RotoBallers to our catcherfantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for Week 4 (April 15 - April 21). The hardest position to manage in fantasy baseball throughout the season will be the catcher position. There are only a couple of elite options who went at the top of fantasy drafts like Adley Rutschman, William Contreras, Will Smith, and J.T. Realmuto. Even Yainer Diaz is off to a great start in 2024.

However, outside of those elite options, it might be a struggle to get consistent production from the catcher spot in your fantasy lineup. If you want to upgrade that position or just want to stream the position altogether, this article can be a great help for you this season.

This piece will look at four catchers that fantasy managers should be looking to add before Week 4 begins. All four catchers on this list are rostered in under 52% of Yahoo Leagues. So, let's dive in and find out which catchers you should add in fantasy.

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Catcher Waiver Wire Adds

Keibert Ruiz, Washington Nationals (51% Rostered)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz has seen his rostership significantly decline over the past two weeks. He started Week 2 with a 60% rostership on Yahoo, but since then, that has dropped to 51%. It makes sense why fantasy managers are growing impatient with the young catcher. Ruiz has sat out three of the past four games -- two of which because of an illness -- and he's just 2-for-24 at the plate in his last six games.

However, if you don't roster one of the elite catcher options, Ruiz is someone you should be looking to take a chance on in fantasy. Despite getting off to a slow start in 2024, the 25-year-old showed last year that he could be a solid catcher option. He hit .260 with 18 home runs, 67 RBI, and 24 doubles while striking out just 58 times in 2023.


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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 30, 2024

Ruiz won't produce eye-popping stats across the board, but he can be a useful catcher in most 12-team leagues. The potential is also there for the Venezuelan native to have some great days at the plate. Back on March 30, the 25-year-old went 3-for-4 at the plate with one home run and three RBI. He should be rostered in more leagues, especially coming off a solid campaign in 2023. If he's available in your league, he's worth a pickup.

Elias Diaz, Colorado Rockies (19% Rostered)

Simply put, Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz should be rostered in more leagues. He was a borderline starter in leagues last year after hitting .267 at the plate with 14 HRs, 72 RBI, and 25 doubles. Diaz also has an everyday role in the Rockies' lineup and plays at the most hitter-friendly ballparks at Coors Field. As a result, seeing his rostership at just 19% in Yahoo leagues was a bit of a surprise.

If you lost Sean Murphy (oblique) early in the season or just completely punted the position in the draft, take a look at Diaz. He has an RBI in five straight games (April 5 to April 9) and has three multi-hit games during that span. The 33-year-old catcher is also off to a solid start for Colorado, hitting .324 at the plate with one home run and six RBI.

Diaz has been a consistent fantasy option for managers who picked him up early in the season. He has a hit in eight of the 10 games he has appeared in, and he's an impressive 8-for-17 in five games at Coors Field to begin the year. The veteran can produce solid numbers, both at home and on the road, which makes him an interesting add in 12-plus team leagues moving forward. He is a high-floor, low-ceiling option heading into Week 4 of the fantasy season.

Travis d'Arnaud, Atlanta Braves (10% Rostered)

If you are looking for a catcher stream over the next few weeks, look no further than Atlanta Braves back-stopper Travis d'Arnaud. With Murphy still not running yet or doing any baseball activities, d'Arnaud will continue to get the large portion of starts behind the dish for the foreseeable future. That should at least make him a solid add in deeper formats.

d'Arnaud is off to a slow start in 2024, as he is hitting just .214 with three doubles and four RBI. However, he does have a hit in three of the past four games and can turn it around at any point. While he isn't a long-term option with Murphy eventually coming back, he can be a solid stream until he returns.



— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) April 6, 2024

One of the biggest reasons to stream d'Arnaud is because of his potential to drive in runs in one of the best offenses in baseball. He should continue to see those opportunities every game. Just be weary, though, of his playing time. It seems like the Braves start him for two straight games and then sit him for one. So, in a seven-game week, he might only play five times.

Ivan Herrera, St. Louis Cardinals (8% Rostered)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ivan Herrera might be my favorite catcher to add on this list. His rostership has gone up 7% over the past five days, and he's absolutely on fire at the plate. Despite playing just one game over the first five contests of the season, Herrera has seen more playing time over the past week due to the injury of Willson Contreras (hand).

Contreras is back now after missing four straight games, but during that stretch, Herrera showed that he deserves more playing time. In four games as the Cardinals starter, he was 5-for-16 at the plate with two HRs and four RBI. If you include his stats from April 3 to April 10, the 23-year-old catcher is 9-for-28 with three HRs and five RBI.

Cardinals catcher Ivan Herrera is in the top 97% of Barrel-rates, xwOBA, 93% in xSLG!

— Discuss Baseball (@discussbaseball) April 11, 2024

Even with Contreras back in the lineup, the Cardinals are still finding ways to get Herrera more reps at the plate. He has been in the lineup in seven straight games and continues to hit the ball well. If his playing time continues, we will likely see his rostership climb. So, you should grab Herrera now before your league mates do.

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What is waiver wire fantasy baseball? ›

Waivers put temporary freezes on unclaimed players, giving everyone a chance to make a claim on them. If multiple claims are filed, the manager with the highest waiver priority gets the player. Unclaimed players not on waivers are Free Agents and anyone can add them without waiting.

How do you know your waiver priority? ›

Managers are ranked from high to low to determine who wins a waiver claim. The initial priority rank is determined by the league's draft: Live and Autopick Drafts - The last draft position gets 1st rank. Offline Drafts - The last to register gets 1st rank.

How does the fantasy waiver wire order work? ›

The cut player drops to a category called 'waivers', allowing the player to be claimed by other members of your league prior to becoming free agents. Members of the league are ordered into priority, so that if two members try to claim the same player then the higher priority member wins the claim.

How does waiver wire work in fantasy espn? ›

All undrafted players will be set as 'On Waivers' immediately after the draft, each week of play, or if dropped from another team's roster. Players on waivers will remain so for a set period of time, during which all teams will have the opportunity to make a claim on any player.

When can you pick up players off the waiver wire? ›

Waivers process daily sometime between 3 am to 5am ET. Once that time has passed, they either clear waivers, meaning no one has claimed them, or they enter the free-agent pool. The unclaimed players can now be acquired on a first-come, first-serve basis, without affecting your team's waiver position.

How does waiver wire work in fantasy playoffs? ›

During the fantasy playoffs, waiver priority is set to a rolling order, and successful claims move users to the "back of the line." Waiver priority no longer resets to the inverse order of standings on Tuesdays.

How does waiver order work in ESPN fantasy baseball? ›

Following each week of fantasy play, each team's waiver position in Standard Leagues is reconfigured according to the team's position in the standings -- the team with the worst record receives the best waiver position (No. 1) and the top team receives the worst waiver position.

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