Fantasy Baseball - Waiver Wire (Week 5)
As the saying goes, a day late and a dollar short. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I do know I’m a day late in presenting this week’s Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire suggestions. But again, as the saying goes, better late than never, right? Each week Nate with We Know Fantasy will present at least five fantasy baseball waiver wire targets to add for the upcoming week. To qualify for this series, players must be owned in less than 40% of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues.
Following arguably our best week of waiver wire suggestions, we come back to earth to bit. Although Phillies' top prospect, Alec Bohm, is hitting .389 over the past seven days, the RBIs, HRs and Rs are not where you’d want them to be. However, if he continues to hit at that pace, the rest of the stats will follow. Dylan Carlson, another top prospect for the Cardinals, is on a similar pace with Bohm stat wise, but only hitting .138. He’s a week later into the bigs than Bohm, so give him time. Eflin has put together two decent starts for a back-end starter, striking out 14 over nine innings, including one win.
Week 4 Results
Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies - 7/18, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R
Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals - 4/29, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 4 R
Zack Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies - 9.1 IP, 1 W, 7 ER, 14K
Nick Solak, 2B/3B/OF, Texas Rangers - 4/25, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R
Jordan Montgomery, SP, New York Yankees - 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 4K
Week 5 Suggestions
Nick Ahmed, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 31% owned in ESPN leagues
Shortstop seems to be a position that I’m personally struggling with filling this year, or at least struggling to find a quality back-up option. This week, I added Nick Ahmed to fill that roll. Ahmed has quietly hit three home runs, 15 runs, 16 RBIs, and two steals with a batting average of .253 and an OBP of .311 on the season. It’s also worthy to note that Ahmed is pulling that ball at a career high rate of 60.6%.
Ryan Mountcatle, SS, Baltimore Orioles - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 8.8% of ESPN leagues
Ryan Mountcastle is shortstop eligible in Yahoo and firstbase and thirdbase eligible in ESPN leagues. Anyhow, he’s coming off a season where he’s hit 25 homers for Triple-A Norfolk. In the three games he’s been in the majors, he’s gone three-for-nine with two doubles and three walks. Mountcastle is the Orioles top hitting prospect, and for a team that’s been over achieving with a lot of fantasy baseball relevance this season, he’ll fit right in.
Brad Miller, 2B/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals - Owned in 14% of Yahoo and 6.7% of ESPN leagues
Many St. Louis Cardinal’s players continue to fly under the radar due to their extended absence from the league due to their Covid-19 outbreak. Speaking of which, the Cardinals continue to deal with their Covid-19 outbreak, which is having them scramble to fill their everyday lineup. Miller has played eight of the Cardinals’ last ten games. In the past week, he’s gone on to hit .318, adding two homers, nine RBIs, four runs and even swiped a bag. As he’s playing hot, Miller is a must add in most leagues in my books.
Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 21.6% of ESPN leagues
In Danny Duffy’s most recent start, he went five innings allowing just one earned run, while fanning six batters. Across 29.1 innings pitched this season, he has a 3.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34 strikeouts. His swing-and-miss numbers on his change-up and four-seamer are up this season. Duffy is slated to start this Wednesday, but may miss that game due to left arm fatigue. This wouldn’t bother me with the way he’s throwing the ball. Add him with confidence.
Sixto Sanchez, SP, Miami Marlins - Owned in 32% of Yahoo and 25.2% of ESPN leagues
If you haven’t heard about Sixto Sanchez’ major league debut yet, you must be living under a rock. The former Phillies’ top prospect was pitching 100 MPH+ while adding a ton of movement on his pitches. The Marlins are still waiting for Sandy Alcantara to return to the team following his bout with Covid which may push Sanchez back. If Sanchez does remain up, expect him to continue to impress. In his major league debut he went five innings, allowing just three earned and strikeout out four.