Fantasy Baseball - Waiver Wire (Week 6)
I want to apologize again for this dropping on a Monday for the second consecutive week. I’ve been extremely busy moving and finished up the move late last night. Anyhow, I refuse to miss a week so here we are. 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.
Last week we were led offensively by the Orioles’ Ryan Mountcastle, who also added out-field eligibility on Yahoo. He hit .421 on the week with two homers and five RBIs. Sixto Sanchez followed up his dazzling MLB debut with another gem. He didn’t allow a run over seven innings and fanned 10 batters. He did not get the win however.
Week 5 Results
Nick Ahmed, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks - 3/22, 1 RBI, 1 R
Ryan Mountcatle, SS, Baltimore Orioles - 8/19, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
Brad Miller, 2B/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals - 8/27, 1 RBI. 4 R
Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals - 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 K
Sixto Sanchez, SP, Miami Marlins - 7 IP, 10 K
Week 6 Suggestions
Jeimer Candelario, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers - Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 9.9% of ESPN leagues
Jeimer Candelario has hit .347 over the last two weeks and .356 over the last 30 days. The dude loves to make contact and along with that, comes production. Last week, while hitting .381, he had two homers and five RBIs. He hits in the cleanup spot for the Tigers as well, so as he continues to see the ball well, he’ll produce even more. He’s a must add in my books at this point.
Mike Fiers, SP, Oakland Athletics - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 21.9% of ESPN leagues
Mike Fiers has quietly collected four wins on the season which ties him for eight most in the league. Tied in wins with Fiers are names such as Gerrit Cole, Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn. That’s a nice list of players to be tied with. On top of that, he gets two starts in this upcoming scoring week (@ SEA, vs. San Diego.) Fiers is not a strikeout guy by any means, but he gets outs, limits earned runs and most importantly, gets wins.
Austin Riley, 3B/OF, Atlanta Braves - Owned in 18% of Yahoo and 22.7% of ESPN leagues
This is Riley’s second appearance on this series. After a slow start to his season, he’s been playing out of his mind. In the past seven games, Riley is hitting over .400 with three homers. As the Braves continue to deal with injuries, Riley may be getting more chances coming his way or may see himself rising the lineup. Riley is also a must add this week.
Dakota Hudson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals - Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 38.2% of ESPN leagues
Hudson has made four starts this season and has yet to record his first win. However, that will soon come. His ERA is only 3.26 and seems to be getting no run support in his outings, as he’s recorded two losses. He currently has a 7.6 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rating. He also gets two starts this week as he’ll pitch against the the Reds and Cubs. Both of the games will be on the road.
Jon Berti, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Miami Marlins - Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 28% of ESPN leagues
If you’ve been following this series, you know I love players with multi-position eligibility. Berti can be slotted into four different positions. He’s not a huge stats guy as he leads off in Miami, but does hit for average and swipes a good amount of bags. He has eight steals on the season, which is one of the harder categories to fill in category leagues. He has seven singles over the past two weeks and had five walks. He simply gets on base. He’s added five RBIs over that same time span as well.