Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers (under 50% ownership on ESPN and Yahoo). Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. And just like in years past, I will be tracking previously recommended players and if they are still worthy of a roster spot. Now on to what you came here for.
- Nico Hoerner (SS)
Hoerner is off to a great start since being called up a week ago. In 7 games with the Cubs he’s slashing .379/.438/.655 with 2 HR, 8 runs, 11 RBI, and 0 steals. His playing time is secure (Javier Baez is out for the year) and even though he’s batting in the bottom third of the order, he is the epitome of late season lightning in a bottle. Pick him up and ride the lightning.
- Kyle Lewis (OF)
Lewis has only been with the Mariners for 6 games, but wow is he making the most of this late season opportunity. He’s a 24 year old first round pick who only had 11 HR in 122 games at AA (skipped AAA with this promotion). When a player is this hot, this late in the season, maybe there’s not enough time left for him to cool off. We can hope, right? Since he’s been up, he’s slashing .360/.370/.920 with 4 HR, 2 doubles, 6 runs, 9 RBI, and 0 steals in 6 games. He’s only 18% owned so do what you like; he’ll be around if you decide you need him.
- Jairo Diaz (RP)
Looks like Diaz is the new closer in Colorado. Prior to September 6th, he only had 2 save opportunities this year. Since then, he’s converted all 4 of the opportunities the Rockies have entrusted to him and he’s done it in style. He’s pitched 7.1 innings in his last 7 games giving up 0 earned runs on 6 hits and 1 BB while striking out 7…and best of all…he bagged 4 saves. A pick up like this late in the season could be huge. Go get him.
- Johnny Cueto (SP)
Cueto is 48% owned as I type this. Those of you who are still paying attention have been scooping him up left and right since his win on Tuesday against the Pirates. He pitched today and didn’t factor into the decision but he threw another 5 strong innings in which he gave up 0 earned runs, walked 2, and struck out 2. That’s two starts (10 innings) with 0 earned runs, 4 hits, 3 BBs, and 6 Ks. If we’re lucky we’ll get three more starts out of him just like these. Pick him up if you need that kind of help.
This is the last week Wil Myers will appear here. His ownership rate is over 50% and he should be owned in all competitive leagues.
Continue to ADD
- Matt Magill still hasn’t had a save opportunity since he blew his last one on August 31st. Last week the reason was health. He was held out of the series against Cincinnati in which there were 2 save opportunities (both converted by Anthony Bass). It appears Magill is back and healthy (0 runs, 0 BBs, 2 hits, and 4 Ks in 2 innings of work last week) and I believe he is still the closer in Seattle and will get save opportunities as they arise.
- Gavin Lux stepped it up last week. He started to do what we were hoping he would when he was called up so instead of the Hold section he’s climbed up here to the Continue to Add section. He slashed .286/.348/.619 with 2 HR, 3 runs, 5 RBI, and 1 steal last week and with two weeks left in the season, more stats like those can make a difference for your fantasy team.
- Kolten Wong stayed hot last week (.333/.367/.519 with 1 HR, 7 runs, 4 RBI, and 2 steals). He’s been even better at the plate in his last 30 games (.363/.421/.578). If you have a shot at the title (or getting into the money places) in your fantasy baseball league, quit watching football and go pick him up before someone else does.
- Nick Solak continues to rake in the majors and show Texas that he deserves a spot in the starting nine next season. Last week was his best week so far with a slash line of .393/.485/.643 to go with an all the counting stats (except steals) you could ask for from him (2 HR, 7 runs, 8 RBI, and 0 steals).
- Cesar Hernandez continued to play out of his mind last week. He slashed .360/.467/.600 (yes, that’s an OPS of 1.067…for Cesar Hernandez…go figure) with 2 HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI, and 2 steals.
- Jordan Lyles has allowed fewer than 3 runs in 8 of his 9 games since his trade to the Brewers. In 2 starts last week, he went 6 innings allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits in one outing and in the other he was pulled in the 5th after allowing a run. He threw 10.1 innings in total, allowed just 2 runs, but he gave up 10 hits, walked 3, and struck out just 7.
HOLD (not good enough to add but maybe too good to drop)
- Corey Dickerson didn’t hit for average like we know he can last week, but he did deliver 3 HR for us. He’s in the Hold section of this article again this week because of his health rather than his performance. It looks like he’s going to be out until at least the 17th, so if his performance isn’t helping you enough that you can wait for him to return then go ahead and drop him. He only slashed .250/.250/.643 last week with the 3 HRs I mentioned, plus 3 runs, 8 RBI, and 0 steals. I’m a believer in Dickerson and with two weeks left in the season he can still help win a league. Even with a banged up foot. I’m holding on to him, but I understand if you can’t afford to bank on his production after he returns from this injury.
- Willie Calhoun had another mediocre week (.258/324/.355 with 0 HR, 5 runs, 2 RBI, and 0 steals). Given his low ownership you can safely drop him and still get him back for his matchups next week at Fenway and Yankees Stadium.
- Mauricio Dubon changed his mind. He no longer wants to be in your lineup as I wrote a week ago. Dubon slashed .250/.280/.333 with 0 HR, 3 runs, 1 RBI, and 1 steal last week, and I don’t see him doing much better than that for you the rest of the season.
- Seth Brown cooled off last week (.263/.364/.368 with 0 HR, 3 runs, 1 RBI, and 0 SB) and he still hasn’t hit a home run since he was called up. If he’s going to hit .260 with no power the last two weeks of the season, you can do better.