Fantasy Baseball Week 22: Waiver Wire Report

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs lists the top available waiver wire options at each position in most leagues.

Catcher

Tyler Flowers continues to hit the ball well over the last couple of weeks (13-for-34 with six RBI), but he’s still looking for his first HR since returning from the DL on August 18th. Tyler has 10 Ks over this period, so he still has plenty of batting average risk. The catching remains thin so Flowers may be the best option for full-time at-bats in many leagues.

Some Fantasy owners have dumped Nick Hundley in shallow leagues over the last month. His bat has picked up the pace in his last four starts over the last week (four hits in 18 at-bats with two HRs and seven RBI). Nick will have more competition for at-bats with Tom Murphy called up from AAA. Murphy hit .327 over 303 at-bats in the minors with seven HRs and 19 RBI. Both players offer some power, but guessing who pays more games could be a week-to-week issue.

First Base

http://www.scout.com/player/58078-trevor-plouffe?s=532

Trevor Plouffe has 11 hits over his last 35 at-bats with four HRs and 11 RBI. His power is on the rise, and he should have been picked up in most leagues over the last couple of week. I’m sure he’s still in the free agent pool in many 10 and 12 team leagues.

Over his last three games, Logan Morrison has four hits over his last nine at-bats with three runs, two RBI, and three RBI. Logan tends to be streaky, but he’s not a lock to pay average day. He’s worth a shot if you need a short term cover in deep leagues.

Second Base

Jedd Gyorko remains a risk in batting average while hitting his 7th HR over his last 62 at-bats. Over his last 114 at-bats, Gyorko hit .228 with 11 HRs and 18 RBI. The Cardinals have hit him second in the batting order over the last week or so when he’s in the starting lineup, so his counting stats get a slight boost as well.

Over his last five games, Chris Owing is 10-for-19 with four runs, two RBI, and a SB. Owings hasn’t hit a HR since May 29th while being perfect over his 15 stolen base chances. His overall skill set looks weak for shallow leagues, but his progression may offer sneaky upside in both power and speed over the last month of the season.

Third Base

Adonis Garcia crushed the ball over his last five games (11-for-22) with nine runs, two HRs, and six RBI. His bat is in form, and it could have continued to follow through in power.

Jefry Marte has a six-game hitting streak with nine hits over 19 at-bats with four runs, three HRs, and eight RBI. Over his last 70 at-bats, Jefry hit .300 with six HRs and 15 RBI. He’s started the last seven games after having no at-bats in the previous five games. Marte is worth a swing as a short term filler.

Shortstop

The Angels bumped Andrelton Simmons to the leadoff spot over the last week, which is a step up in opportunity. He’s hitting .308 over his last 52 at-bats with five runs, five RBI, and one SB, which is well below winning value in all Fantasy leagues. Simmons has underperformed his skill set since hitting 17 HRs in 2013 for the Braves. He makes sense in the short term, but he needs to be more productive in the counting categories. I view him as more a flier for a week to see if he can score some runs and maybe steal a base or two.

http://www.scout.com/player/186900-orlando-arcia?s=532

Orlando Arcia is going to have value over the last month of the season. He is starting to get more comfortable in the majors. Over his last ten games, he has 11 hits in 33 at-bats with five runs, two HRs, seven RBI, and one SB. If you’re team needs speed, Orlando has upside in this area with continued momentum.

Outfield

Kevin Kiermaier has a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-31) with five runs, one HR, three RBI, and one SB. With a full season of at-bats, he’d be on pace for 15 HRs and 25 SBs. He’s underachieved in batting average so far (.230), but I expect much better going forward. His best value will come if he can earn a higher slot in the batting order.

The Rockies called up Stephen Cardullo over the last week He responded with five hits in 13 at-bats, which includes two HRs and five RBI. He hit .308 at AAA in 2016 with 17 HRs and 72 RBI over 406 at-bats. Stephen isn’t an elite prospect and his window for playing time may not be as high with Mark Reynolds back on the team. Cardullo makes more sense in an NL only league.

Carlos Gomez has looked sharp over his four-game hitting streak for the Rangers. He has six hits over 14 at-bats with five runs, one HR, five RBI, and one SB. His K rate still looks insane (19 over 46 at-bats) so he may only have short term value.

Starting Pitching

http://www.scout.com/player/179987-jose-de-leon?s=532

The Dodgers called up Jose DeLeon this weekend. He is slated to start on Sunday. Over 16 starts at AAA, Jose went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 0.94 WHIP while striking out 111 batters over 86.1 innings. His arm has been impressive with strength in his two starts (two runs over 14 innings with back-to-back 10 K games). DeLeon could be a fun ride in September with ace upside in his major league career.

The Diamondback finally called Shelby Miller back up to the majors this week. He had a 3.91 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 55.1 innings at AAA while striking out 55 batters in 50.2 innings. Miller allowed two runs over six innings in his first game back with Arizona with three Ks. Over 65 starts in the majors from 2013 to 2015, Miller has an ERA under 3.50 so he should be much better over the last month of the year.

There is a chance that the Phillies call up Ben Lively over the next week or so. He has a 3.06 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 117.2 innings at AAA with 90 Ks. He’s thrown 170.2 innings between AA and AAA this year so he could be shifted to the bullpen.

Closer

The Angels moved Fernando Salas to the Mets last week, which opens up the door for someone to close in Los Angeles. Deolis Guerra has the best resume on the team as of now (2.86 ERA over 44 innings with 32 Ks). Deolis has limited closing experience and a slow path to the majors so he has a lot to prove. Andrew Bailey may emerge even with a sketchy resume in the majors in 2016 (6.21 ERA).






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