Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Wishlist (Week 8)
Josiah Gray, SP, Washington Nationals – A two start pitcher this week (@ MIA, vs DET), Josiah Gray has been one of the bright spots for the Washington Nationals. Acquired in the deal that sent Trea Turner and Max Scherzer to the Dodgers, Gray has been dealing over the past month to the tune of 3-2 with 27 strikeouts, a 2.17 ERA, and 1.28 WHIP. Only 46-ppercent rostered in Yahoo leagues, two great matchups, he is worth an add this week. While the Nationals are not likely to provide much in terms of run support, Gray is a solid add to the back end of your rotation rest of season as well – just don’t expect a lot of wins to go along with the rest of his numbers.
LaMonte Wade Jr., 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants – ready for these numbers? Going into Sunday:
Over the last week: .375 AVG (9/24), .444 OBP, .542 SLG, .986 OPS with 3 runs scored, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Over the last two weeks: .333 AVG (14/42), .440 OBP, .571 SLG, 1.011 OPS with 8 runs scored, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Over the past month: .288 AVG (23/80), .418 OBP, .575 SLG, .993 OPS with 14 runs scored, 6 HR, 12 RBI
Simply put, Wade needs to be rostered way more than 27-percent in Yahoo leagues. At the very least, ride the wave of this hot streak if you need a bat and have bench space. He qualifies as OF and 1B so there is some roster flexibility as well. He bounces all over the lineup from leadoff, third, eighth, and even ninth but most of his games have come from the leadoff spot. I’d be looking to add in deeper league formats if you have the bench space and need depth at 1B and OF.
Jorge Soler, OF, Miami Marlins – A power bat, that’s what Jorge Soler is. A very streaky hitter, Soler has been mashing over the past couple of weeks. He will not help you in terms of batting average but can certainly be a solid source of power so long as he remains healthy, as injuries have plagued him the past couple of years.
Over the past two weeks, Soler is hitting .277 (13/47) with 8 runs scored, 4 HR, and 10 RBI. If you are someone like me who is lacking some power in their outfield spots, Soler is a solid add (27% rostered) with the Nationals coming into town. His K% and Whiff% are in the 25 and 23% respectively, he ranks high in the power metrics:
Christopher Morel, 2B/2B/SS/OF, Chicago Cubs – STUD. The kid has been RAKING since getting the call on May 9th. Counting Sunday’s stats, Morel is 8 for 21 (.380 AVG) with 5 runs scored, 3 HR, 6 RBI, and 1 SB in 5 games. Before his call up to the majors, Morel was on an absolute tear in Triple-A Iowa:
Looks like the production is carrying over to the big leagues. Do yourself a favor and watch this kid play, he is so passionate and a much-needed spark for this Cubs lineup. His roster percentage is drastically climbing over the last week (+52% since last week) in Yahoo leagues and now sits at 63% so he could be available in your league. Lastly, Morel qualifies at 2B, 3B, SS, and OF. If he is available in your league, he should be the #1 waiver add. Now let’s hope his teammate, Matt Mervis, can follow suit!
Casey Schmitt, 3B/SS, San Francisco Giants – Another Giant on this list, Schmitt has been exactly what the Giants needed filling in for the injured Brandon Crawford. Since getting the call on May 9th like Morel, Schmitt is 11/20 with 5 runs scored, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Qualifying at both third and short, Schmitt could be here to stay even when Crawford returns. If you need help at third base, Schmitt is likely available, as he is only 40% rostered in Yahoo leagues. The #4 ranked prospect in the SF system was not the scariest of power hitters (1 HR in 134 Abs in Triple A) but he was hitting at a tune of a .313 AVG, 19 runs scored, 1 HR, 22 RBI, and 3 SB. Certainly worth a flier in deeper leagues at a very thin position.
Good luck this week and don’t forget to follow me at @MKBFantasy for all your fantasy baseball questions!