Waiver Wire Report: September 24th

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.

  • Adam Wainwright (SP)

The final week of adds is all about lightning in a bottle.  Even if it’s 38 year old lightning.  Wainwright has been just that in his last seven starts, going 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. If you need Ks, he’s not your guy (26 in 42.1 innings in over this span).  He has two starts in the final week and as hot as he is right now I can see him converting them into wins.

  • Shed Long (2B, OF)

The Shed is on fire and it’s not your she-shed.  Last week he slashed .406/.457/.750 with 3 HR, 7 runs and 6 RBI.

  • Garrett Hampson (2B, SS, OF)

Last week Hampson  slashed .400/.444/.520 with 1 HR, 9 runs, 3 RBI, and 5 steals.  Yes, you read that right –  5 steals. Those are stats that can make a difference for your fantasy team in the final week.

  • Cavan Biggio (1B, 2B, OF)

I’m not a huge fan of Biggio, but you can’t deny what he’s been doing of late.  Last week was huge for him, but most of the production came from the game in which he hit for the cycle and swiped two bags.  A look at his past 15 games (.328/.426/.621 with 3 HR, 15 runs, 11 RBI, and 4 steals) shows us he’s been on this roll and should close things out on a high note.

Previous Recommendations

Continue to ADD

  • Cesar Hernandez is over the 50% ownership threshold but will stick under add given it’s the final week.
  • If you need saves I would add either Matt Magill or jairo Diaz – they should both finish out the week as their teams respective closer.
  • If Gavin Lux available for the final week and you need power, speed, and batting average, go get him.  He slashed .304/.360/.478 with 1 HR, 5 runs, 5 RBI, and 1 steal last week.  I expect more of the same from him this week.
  • Jordan Lyles didn’t factor into the decision in his only start last week, giving up one run on 3 hits and 3 BBs while striking out 9 over 4.1 innings.  An elevated pitch count (92) was the reason for the early hook, but it was still a solid outing for Lyles. His final start will be against Cincinnati.
  • Kyle Lewis is the late season gift that keeps on giving, slashing .300/.364/.667 with 3 HR, 6 runs, 6 RBI last week.  I believe Lewis will close out the season on a great note this week and be in contention for a starting spot for the Mariners in 2020.

DROP

  • Nico Hoerner struggled last week to the tune of a .172/.172/.276 slash line. He did chip in another home run and 4 runs, but only 1 RBI.  If it wasn’t the last week of the season, I’d probably give him another week in the Continue to Add section of this article, but since it is you might be better off trying to catch your lightning in a different bottle.
  • Corey Dickerson is out for the year.
  • Kolton Wong is still nursing a hamstring strain – best case scenario is a weekend return.
  • Johnny Cueto gave up 4 runs on 2 hits and 5 BBs while striking out 5 over 4 innings in his last start.  I’m concerned he’ll give you more of the same in his final start of the season against the Dodgers this week.
  • Anyone hitter who is just taking up a bench roll as a backup or every SP once they’ve had their turn – stream these spots to fill vacant hitting slots on off days.
Mike Clement

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Longtime fantasy baseball player. Husband and father (3 boys). Detroit Tigers fan. Lions (unfortunately), Red Wings, and Pistons too... @rotoschmo

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