The players I have selected for this weeks waiver wire have received a lot of publicity this past week and are being grabbed fast. Make sure you get to them before someone else in your league does.
There is another catcher who is providing some sunlight to the dark and dreary picture that is the catcher Fantasy landscape.
I have also selected two outfielders on teams in the heat of a playoff race that can give you the power and speed combo that your roster can benefit from.
If your roster needs strikeouts, and who’s Fantasy roster couldn’t use more strikeouts, then you need to take a look at these two emerging starters. Will they get you a win every time out? Not necessarily, but the Ks are big and the runs allowed have been few.
Go out and pick one or more of these guys up now.
Waiver Wire: 8/25-9/1
Gary Sanchez, C/DH, New York Yankees
Sanchez has come out swinging since receiving the starting catching job for the Yankees. Sanchez has nine home runs in 70 at-bats. Currently Sanchez is owned in 72% of yahoo leagues, which is up 15 percent since August 23. If you are out there and he is still available in your league, please pick him up.
Cameron Maybin, OF, Detroit Tigers
Surprisingly, Maybin is owned in just 27% of Yahoo leagues. He has been injured often this season, but he has come back from the DL ready to hit. The past three games he has two hits, five RBI, one stolen base, and two walks.
Maybin combines some power with a stolen base threat in a good line up making a playoff push. HIs next few games are against the Angels, who have a less threatening pitching staff. You need him him in your lineup.
Melvin upton Jr., OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Melvin Upton Jr. is a streaky hitter. He looks to be in the midst of a nice power streak. He has homered in three of his past six games with seven RBI in those six games. Upton Jr. is another player similar to Maybin who threatens to steal a base every time he goes to first. What Fantasy team couldn’t use that.
Owned in 41% of leagues, he may not be available much longer. Add him while he is hot.
David Phelps, SP/RP, Miami Marlins
Another player who has gained momentum in the past few days. On August 24, Phelps is owned in 58% of leagues. On August 23, he was owned in 46%. Phelps is maintaining velocity deeper into starts, striking out more batters, and has a WHIP under 1.00 in his last two starts. His start against San Diego is a good matchup coming up but he is worth the start for the remainder of the season until the league shows it has caught up.
Robbie Ray, SP/RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
I know what you are thinking,”The Diamondbacks stink, how can I start one of their pitchers?” Robbie Ray has been a strikeout machine. Since June 27, he has struck out seven or more batters eight times. On August 15, he went five innings and struck out five batters.
Ray has an ERA under two in his past three starts. His ownership has increased 27% between August 23-24. Add him now.
Fernando Salas, RP, Los Angeles Angels
Salas is the Angels closer now by default and has converted his last two save attempts. His ERA on the season is unsightly (4.56), but he will be getting the save opportunities until a better option arises. Saves are valuable no matter who they come from. At 12% owned, he is worth a shot if he can help your team.
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