Fantasy Baseball - Waiver Wire (Week 8)
Here I am again, apologizing that this article is out on a Monday opposed to Sunday night. To my defense, my three-year-old asked me to lay in bed with him before he went to sleep and next thing I knew, I was being woken up at 1 a.m. by my wife. So, here we go again. Let’s talk some fantasy baseball as the playoffs get set to be underway. 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.
This past week has been one for us to forget. Tommy Hunter decided he forgot how to pitch after something like going 11 games without allowing a run. Rowdy Tellez hit the injury-list and Trevor Richards was optioned after a poor outing. The lone bright spot of the week was Michael Pineda. What a bright spot he was too. He started two games, allowing just five earned over the two and struck out 16 batters.
Week 7 Results
Michael Pineda, SP, Minnesota Twins - 11.2 IP, 1 W, 5 ER, 16 K
Tommy Hunter, RP, Philadelphia Phillies - 3 IP. 5 ER, 3 K
Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays - 1-8, 2 RBI
Trevor Richards, SP, Tampa Bay Rays - 3 IP, 3 ER, 2 K
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins - 11-29, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Week 8 Suggestions
D.J. Stewart, OF, Baltimore Orioles - Owned in 26% of Yahoo and 22.5% of ESPN leagues
The Baltimore Orioles have been a gold mine for fantasy baseball waiver wires this season, especially their outfield. We found the likes of Anthony Santander, who is likely to miss the rest of the season, opening way for Stewart. Additionally, they’ve given us Ryan Mountcastle who has appeared in this series as well. If a power hitter is what you’re looking for, especially if you play in a points league, Stewart if your guy. Thus far in September, Stewart has hit six home runs, ten runs, and eight RBIs with a .385 batting average. These are numbers that can’t be ignored. Stewart is a playoff addition that could win you your league.
Deivi Garcia, SP, New York Yankees - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 28.5% of ESPN leagues
The Yankees have been struggling in their rotation, at least behind Gerrit Cole. Deivi has made three starts thus far this season, going 6, 4.2 and 7 innings. In each of his three starts, he’s fanned six batters and has allowed a combined six earned runs, allowing no runs in his first start on August 30th. If you’re looking for a streamble starter for Tuesday, Garcia has to be your guy.
Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 22.4% of ESPN leagues
Bobby Dalbec has been swinging a big stick ever since joining the Red Sox. In 43 at-bats, he’s hit six homeruns and 10 RBIs. He’s doing this while hitting deep in the Red Sox order. As he continues to make contact, as he’s hitting .279 on the season, he’ll make his way up that order, even with just two weeks left in the season. The Red Sox aren’t making the playoffs and need to look to the future. Time to let loose your big time prospects.
Rafael Dolis, RP, Toronto Blue Jays - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 13.3% of ESPN leagues
It’s about time you go out and add Rafael Dolis to your fantasy teams. At this point of the season, it's nearly impossible to find saves on the waiver wire, but here you go. Dolis has recorded two saves in the past week and hasn’t allowed an earned run in at least his past six outings. He’s allowed just four earned runs on the season across 22.1 innings pitched. Dolis was a star in Japan and it seems his game has transferred seamlessly to the big leagues.
Willi Castro, 3B/SS, Detroit Tigers - Owned in 8% of Yahoo and 6% of ESPN leagues
Willi Castro has caught fire as of late, hitting .352 in the month of September. On top of that, he’s doing it all. He has 14 singles, a double, two triples, a homer and eight RBIs across the last 14 days. At this point of the season it’s nice to add a high percentage guy such as Castro to off-set your power hitters. Like the Orioles, the Tigers too have given us some waiver wire gems this season.