Week 10 Waiver Wire: At My Wits End

By on June 7, 2017
Week 10 Waiver Wire Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Hello and Welcome Back Fantasy Baseball fans to the Week 10 Waiver Wire.

Fantasy Owners, have your teams hit rock bottom due to all of the injuries this season? It seems that each week (day?) there seems to be another Fantasy stud going down, it’s amazing. I am at my wits end with all of these DL moves.

If my leagues had unlimited DL spots, I think they would change the rule after this season due to the inordinate number of players on the DL. Of course, some of this is due to the new 10-day DL rule, which is another story altogether. In any case, these injuries make the waiver wire and roster management even more prominent for Fantasy owners.

Fortunately, there are always players to pick up to hopefully assist your Fantasy team while your Fantasy stud is sitting on the DL. In roto leagues, owners can concentrate on certain stats and/or categories and pick up a player to hopefully alleviate the heartache of losing your stud player. Hello Mike Trout!

I tried to focus on specific categories that can help your Fantasy team.  Hopefully, you can maintain your current status or not lose too much ground as you wait for that player to come back.

Please come with me and see which players you should pick up in the Week 10 Waiver Wire.

Week 10 Waiver Wire

Catcher

Tyler Flowers, Atlanta Braves

 

Tyler Flowers has been a very pleasant surprise for the Braves and Fantasy owners this season. He is slashing an amazing .365/.475/.478 with three home runs, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored. He has hit safely in 14-of-16 games while having multi-hits in seven of those games.

The veteran catcher displayed promise last season in posting career highs in OBP (.357) and hard-contact rate (43.8 percent) but his season was limited to 83 games due to a fractured left hand.

While he doesn’t produce power numbers with only three homers and four doubles in 115 at-bats, he is leading all catchers in batting average and OPS so far this season.

It is hard to ignore these type of numbers, especially at the weak catcher position. Owners should expect some regression of course, but why not ride the hot hand? Take a chance with Flowers in one-catcher leagues. He should already be owned and started in two-catcher leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
  • Tom Murphy, Colorado Rockies

First Base

Lucas Duda, New York Mets

 

Lucas Duda deserves more attention in Fantasy leagues. He is on pace for career-best numbers in all categories.

He now has 10 homers on the season and six in his last nine games with a .310/.333/.862 slash line during that span. His current.975 OPS would be the highest of his career if he were to maintain that pace.

Since his return from the disabled list on May 13, Duda has raised his batting average from .206 to .269. He has six multi-hit efforts in his past 11 games while driving in 14 runs.

If you are a Freddie Freeman owner still looking to replace his stats, Lucas Duda would be a great replacement. Lucas Duda should be owned in all leagues, either taking over for your first baseman that is not producing, or someone that would be a great asset in your CI slot.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Matt Adams, Atlanta Braves

 

Second Base

Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals

Whit Merrifield is the most added hitter in ESPN leagues and is still only owned in 22.6 percent of leagues. He should be owned in all leagues.

Merrifield is slashing .409/.451/.636 on his current 19-game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak for any major leaguer this season. He has raised his season average to .307, and when combined with six home runs and six stolen bases, Merrifield is the most valuable Fantasy player on the Royals’ roster.

The young second baseman credits the power surge to added weight and muscle put on during this offseason. He is hitting the ball harder and he has just been promoted to the lead-off spot. Look for an uptick in his offensive production with the move.

Whit Merrifield is not going to win anyone their league, but he could be a waiver wire add that posts a .290/15 HR/15 SB line. Speed is difficult to find on the wire, and he offers you solid counting stats.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays

 

Third Base

Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Chris Taylor was called up from Triple-A when Logan Forsythe was placed on the disabled list in mid-April. Taylor played the super-utility role by virtue of playing second base along with third base and outfield.

After posting a .322/.430/.511 slash line with four homers and 14 RBI over 107 plate appearances in May, Taylor continues to make a case for consistent playing time.

With Justin Turner (hamstring) on this disabled list, the 26-year-old should continue to see consistent at-bats for the time being. The Dodgers have utilized his versatility, and that also bodes well for his chances of finding playing time even after Turner returns.

Taylor has pop in his bat, and he should be owned in deeper mixed leagues where owners can take advantage of his multi-position eligibility.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Danny Valencia, Seattle Mariners
  • Ryon Healy, Oakland A’s

 

Shortstop

Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

Andrelton Simmons has made himself a very viable Fantasy commodity in all formats.

Simmons is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak, a stretch over which he’s slashed .408/.444/.653 with two homers and a stolen base. So he was given a chance to lead things off for the Angels for the first time all season.

He is currently slashing .267/.328/.394 with six home runs, 23 RBI, 22 runs, and six stolen bases. Known primarily for being a defensive standout, Simmons has now morphed himself into someone you can safely start as an MI in Fantasy formats and slot him at shortstop in deeper mixed leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • J.T. Riddle, Miami Marlins

 

Outfield

Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers

 

Domingo Santana has been the Brewers best hitter over the last couple of weeks, smacking four home runs over his last 10 games. Santana has been hitting out of the fifth hole in the lineup but just recently has been moved up to the second spot in the lineup, which should increase the number of steals and runs scored.

He is hitting .327 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in his past 32 games after recording a .169 average with two homers and five RBI in his first 21 games.

Santana is a solid power/speed contributor that should look very appealing to Mike Trout owners. If you are a Trout owner and Santana is available, I would claim him immediately. He is your best option to closely replicate Trout’s production. The multi-category contributor is only owned in 30.7 percent of ESPN leagues. He needs to be owned in all leagues.

Steven Souza, Jr., Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Souza, Jr. is one of the streakiest batters in baseball. Currently, he is on one of those hot streaks. He has smacked five home runs in his last 10 games.

Souza is currently hitting .266/.374/.484 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI, 27 runs and 33 walks. He will hurt owners with his poor average due to his high strikeout rate. He will assist owners with his power numbers, with 21 out of his 51 hits going for extra-bases and he is an asset in OBP, due to his propensity to take walks.

Trout owners looking for power can look to Souza for some production, as he has hit more than 15 home runs in each of his last two seasons. While it’s impossible to replicate Trout’s numbers, owners will need to assess their rosters and pinpoint the statistical categories in which they need the most assistance. Owners that are just looking for power, should grab Souza.

Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays

 

His power/speed combo makes a viable option in Fantasy Baseball. Kiermaier has come around after a slow start, homering in three consecutive games and six times in his past 19 games. He has also managed to raise his batting average 40 points from .216 to .256 during that time.

He has managed to have multi-hit efforts in nine out of his last 24 games. A popular sleeper pick for this season, Kiermaier looks to be on pace to easily exceed his career-best numbers last season of 12 home runs and 21 stolen bases.

Kevin Kiermaier is a quality option in five-outfielder formats and in deeper leagues.

On-Deck (Players you should consider)

  • Matt Holiday, New York Yankees
  • Gerardo Parra, Colorado Rockies
  • Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Starting Pitcher

Ty Blach, San Francisco Giants

The young left-hander made the team as a reliever and posted a 4.76 ERA in seven relief appearances. When Madison Bumgarner suffered shoulder injuries due to a dirt bike accident at the end of April, Ty Blach was given the opportunity to start.

Blach has been a savior for the Giants this season. He is 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA along with a 1.15 WHIP. He just pitched his first ever complete game shutout on June 2 against the Phillies.

The southpaw has pitched seven innings or more in six out of his nine starts this season. The downside for Blach is his lack of strikeouts. He only has 26 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched and has failed to strike out more than five batters in a game this season.

Due to the low strikeout numbers, he can only be viewed as a streaming option in standard formats. In points leagues and deeper roto formats, he has some value, especially when pitching in his pitcher-friendly home park.

Dan Straily, Miami Marlins

 

The veteran right-hander has been the Marlins’ best starter this season. He has won three of his last four starts and now owns a 3.59 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP along with a 69/25 K/BB ratio in 67.2 innings this season.

He has recorded two double-digit strikeout games this season and he is on pace to surpass his career high in strikeouts of 162 he recorded last season with the Reds.

Straily continues to be a solid Fantasy contributor and should be owned and started in NL-Only leagues. He should be rostered in all deeper leagues.

Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers

Guerra has allowed just two runs in 19,.2 innings in his four starts since being activated from the disabled list. He has recorded 15 strikeouts in those four starts but also has walked nine batters, so the rust is still apparent.

Fantasy owners seeking a rotation boost should consider the 32-year-old, who went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts during his surprising rookie campaign in 2016.

While the repeat of last season’s numbers looks very slim, Guerra is worth a look in deep formats.

Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers

 

Jimmy Nelson has been dominant lately. He has now allowed just four runs in 21 innings over his last three starts while striking out 27 batters and walking one.

He is currently sporting a 4-3 record with a 3.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and has struck out 71 batters in 70.1 innings.

Nelson owned a 5.34 ERA at the end of April, but he has been brilliant since, posting a 2.10 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 48:7 K:BB in 41.2 innings over six starts.

Jimmy Nelson has always been known for his inconsistency, but he is on fire as of late. He needs to be started in NL-Only leagues and streamed in deeper mixed leagues.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Jeff Hoffman, Colorado Rockies
  • C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees
  • Jaime Garcia, Atlanta Braves
  • Ariel Miranda, Seattle Mariners
  • Brad Peacock, Houston Astros

Relief Pitcher

Addison Reed, New York Mets

Since taking over the closer’s role when Jeurys Familia underwent shoulder surgery, Reed has pitched 12.2 innings, and has recorded a 0-1 record with a 2.63 ERA,  1.39 WHIP and registered five saves.

Addison Reed has a very firm hold on the closer’s role and he has a 2.93 ERA, 1.11 WHIP with four holds and nine saves in 11 chances this season.

In addition, he has struck out 33 batters in 30.2 innings this season. He has a strike rate of 71.2 percent since the start of 2016 (League Avg: 63.2%)

Reed will provide high-end results at the closer position and yet is only owned in 48 percent of ESPN leagues. He definitely should be owned in all category leagues. If he is somehow still available, please get him!

Hector Neris, Philadelphia Phillies

 

Hector Neris appears to be the Phillies’ top choice for save chances. The biggest issue with Neris is that the Phillies do not provide many save chances as they are in the midst of another poor season at 19-35, last place in the National League East.

The right-hander is a serviceable Fantasy asset and has posted a 2-2 record with a 3.42 ERA, 1.25 WHIP to go with his five saves. In addition, he has struck out 29 batters in 26.1 innings pitched this season.

While his saves will be sporadic at best, Neris does provide a low-end option for owners looking for saves and he is still available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues.

Warming Up (Players to consider)

  • Justin Wilson, Detroit Tigers
  • Santiago Casilla, Oakland A’s

Dennis Sosic

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Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL and college football (GO BUCKEYES), MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS), and MMA.He is an avid Cleveland and Ohio State fan. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly.Dennis has been competing in fantasy sports for over 20 years, specifically football and baseball.Also, he is the commish for leagues in each sport. Dennis is also an avid DFS player in football and baseball.He is the guy that normally calls out what the game announcer says, before he/she says it. Hopefully, I can help others and learn even more in my pursuit of fantasy sports championships.Coming soon...twitter!
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