This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
Waiver wire gems are available in spades every roto season, but this year it certainly felt those gems were more plentiful than ever. Of course, it's a whole different story if we're talking 12-team leagues where studs like Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison, Yuli Gurriel and Mark Reynolds (all coincidentally corner infielders) where all abundant and prime for the plucking off FAAB in April and May. Below is the list of this season's Waiver Wire All-Stars, made up of FAAB studs that went undrafted in 15-team NFBC leagues and had ADPs greater than 450.
Christian Vazquez, BOS – Vazquez has yet to eclipse 40 in either the run or RBI categories, but he has proved to be truly valuable as he ranks third in batting average at the position behind only Buster Posey and Welington Castillo (catchers with 250 or more PA). Moreover, Vazquez ranks third among all catchers with seven stolen bases. He took over primary backstop duties for the Red Sox for Sandy Leon earlier in the year and has proved to be the better option, both behind the plate and on offense. There's nothing better than adding a free agent catcher who can help with batting average.
Justin Smoak, TOR – Yep, it's true. Smoak was off everyone's radar this season after another underwhelming season and a risk to thrash our batting average categories with a Mendoza-like contribution. Instead, it's been a a full breakout, as Smoak is