At this point in the season you know what you have in your team. You are either fighting for playoff seeding, trying to get into the money, or building for next season. Which player can give you the edge you are looking for? Categories are tight and your opponent in a head-to-head league has a weakness that can be exploited with the right addition.
Does your team need a power boost? What Fantasy owner does not need more power on their team? Does your team need a boost in stolen bases? These are categories that can be improved via the waiver wire this week.
Maybe your pitching staff took a hit after the Michael Wacha injury or you lost Wade Davis or you were a Carlos Estevez owner. The pitching has been thoroughly picked through but there is value to be had.
Even if your team is doing well, you can always do better. Examine your league standings or past weekly matchups. Where are our weak spots? Where can you gain points?
I am always trying to make my team better and I know you are too. Here are a few guys who can make an immediate impact on your roster.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Aug 11
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Owned in 31% of leagues, Alvarez experienced a power surge last week, hitting six home runs between July 30 and August 5, giving him 18 HRs on the season. Alvarez is getting every day at-bats, hitting .257, his highest AVG in the major leagues since 2011. He is striking out in 25.7% of at-bats, but the power potential is worth the risk.
Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Owned in 38% of leagues, Travis has equaled his 2015 offensive output.
2015: 238 PA’s .304, .498 Slugging %, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 38 Runs, 3 SB
2016: 245 PA’s, 304, .504 slugging %, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 37 Runs, 3 SB
Travis has shown that last year was no fluke. He is hitting atop the Blue Jays potent lineup and has been stinging the ball of late with four multi-hit games in his past six. He has also shown some pop hitting three home runs, one double and one triple over that six game span.
Travis Jankowski, OF, San Diego Padres
Owned in only 16% of leagues, Jankowski is uninspiring when looking at his counting stats. However, the on-base skills and the havoc he wreaks when on base is worth the add. Jankowski walks in 14.2-percent of at-bats and sporting a .373 on-base percentage, Jankowski has stolen 24 stolen bases this season.
With 24 SBs, Jankowski ranks seventh in all of baseball and fifth in the National League. If your team needs a serious boost in steals, Jankowski is your man. After the trades of Melvin Upton and Matt Kemp, Jankowski is in no danger of losing playing time. Pick him up if you need steals.
Adam Ottavino, RP, Colorado Rockies
Ottavino, owned in 31% of leagues as of August 9, was just named as the Rockies closer after Carlos Estevez’s struggles. Ottavino was the closer before undergoing Tommy John surgery in the beginning of 2015. Ottavino has shown good strikeout stuff and control, posting a 12/3 K/BB ratio in 11.2 scoreless innings this season. Pick him up in any league he is available in.
Joe Musgrove, SP, Houston Astros
Owned in 46% of leagues, Musgrove has made a name for himself in the 11.1 innings he has pitched. Musgrove has struck out 14 batters and only walked one while allowing one earned run. Musgrove pitched to the tune of a 2.74 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 87 Ks in 85.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
Musgrove draws a tough assignment in his next start, facing the Toronto Blue Jays. His first big league appearance was against the Blue Jays though, and he struck out eight batters in four innings. The Blue Jays will most likely have learned some things from their last encounter, so if you are averse to risk, you could sit him. The possibility of reward is high though.
Dan Straily, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Owned in 28% of leagues, Straily has won three of his last five starts. Since July 2, Straily has not allowed more than three earned runs and has not allowed more than two runs since July 8. Straily will not provide high strikeout numbers, but he walks very few batters and is keeping the ball in the ballpark. Straily is a great option at the back of your rotation.
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