The playoffs have begun. The waiver wire grows increasingly more important as each day of the week passes.Fantasy owners are trying to extract all the stats they can from their rosters. Hopefully none of your players are slumping. If the offense is sluggish I have found three hitters who could help you win your matchup. If your pitching staff is lacking luster I have three shiny new toys you can add who will make an immediate impact in your favor.
Major league rosters are beginning to be watered down by minor league hopefuls and and journeymen. Players on teams who have big leads going into the MLB playoffs may be getting more days off than normal to prepare for their first round matchups. Players on bad teams may lose their spots to a young up and comer. Make sure to pay attention to your lineup right up to gametime.
There is still value to be had on the waiver wire. If you need to find speed it can be had with Hernan Perez, Brett Gardner, Jose Peraza. Power is back in a big way this season. There are many options available to add cheap power.
If you made the playoffs congratulations. You have worked hard all year to put together a solid roster, don’t quit now because football has begun. Make your team better every day. Find the matchups that bring you the best chance to win.
Here are some hitters and pitchers you should target on this week’s waiver wire.
Waiver Wire 9/15
Kevin kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
In the last week Kiermaier is hitting .478 and slugging 1.426. His power comes in bunches and right now he is hitting the ball hard and often. As an added bonus he has stolen three bases in the last week.
Asdrubal Cabrera. SS, NY Mets
At 30% owned, Cabrera has surged the past month hitting .385 with 14 extra base hits, six of those being home runs. He also has 25 RBI and 26 runs scored. The mets offense has been surging lately jump in the hit train while it’s hot.
Yangervis solarte,1B,2B,3B, San Diego padres
In the last two weeks Solarte is batting .373 and slugging .928. He has 11 RBI and seven extra base hits. He finished the weekend with three games in Colorado then comes back to San Diego for three. Everyone hits well in Colorado snd Solarte is seeing the ball well.
Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego Padres1
Richard has been good on a very bad team this past month. He has two wins, a 1.17 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in the past 30 days. His strikeout numbers are not overwhelming but he is keeping the Padres in games where he starts. His next matchup is against the Diamondbacks, which is a good matchup for him. Richard is only 12% owned, like the hitchhiker in Dumb and Dumber,”Pick him up.”
Ivan Nova, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Ray Searage is a pitching Genius, or at least Ivan Nova makes him look that way. In his start September 13, Nova was awesome again allowing one earned run with 11 strikeouts and one walk in six innings. With another favorable matchup coming against the Phillies he needs to be added in all leagues.
In the last month Nova has three wins, a 2.25 ERA, and a 0.85 WHIP. He will most likely not provide huge strikeout numbers but he has only walked two batters in the last month.
Hunter Strickland, RP, San Francisco Giants
Strickland has been a valuable member of the Giants bullpen working in high leverage situations for most of the year. After Santiago Casilla Has lost his closing role due to poor performance Manager Bruce Bochy has said he would be closer by committee for the near future. Strickland got a save September 12 but blew his save chance September 13. The back end of the giants bullpen has been shaky at best. Strickland could still see save chances because no one reliever can be trusted.
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