Which players on this week’s waiver wire can help your team the most? Does your team need more power in its lineup? Will position flexibility help you maximize your team’s production during the playoff push? Then I have found the players for you.
Each run, steal, and base hit becomes more important as playoffs begin. A stolen base in the 11th inning can win you a round or the league. Picking the best players available for your team and taking said player from your opponent can mean the difference between moving on or ending your playoff run.
Some players are really beginning to turn it on as the season winds down. Some players, like Randal Grichuck, are just beginning to get their swing right after struggling most of the season.
Identifying players who will be able to maintain production for the remainder of the season will greatly improve your chances of winning your matchups. It is great to add players who are scorching hot then drop them when they hit rock bottom, but finding a player who is going to maintain the high level of production will help you more in the long run.
Here are a few options that will provide you roster flexibility and great production for the remainder of the season.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire (Sept 1)
Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
Reyes has been swinging a hot bat of late and his ownership spike is evidence of that hot streak. Reyes is now owned in 41% of leagues. Reyes is hitting .360 this past week with a homer, double, a steal, and two walks.
Reyes is showing speed on the base paths, with six stolen bases already and he has 14 extra base hits. Only four of those have been home runs but Reyes is driving the ball. If you have room to add him, he can greatly improve your SS or MI position.
Ryan Schimpf, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres
Schimpf has had a respectable year for the Padres, amassing 16 home runs and 38 RBI with a .980 OPS over 186 at-bats During the last week, Schimpf is hitting .438/1.716 with a double, two triples and two home runs to go along with five walks. Owned in only 16% of leagues, Schimpf’s current heater could help you climb the standings and earn a better playoff slot.
Jedd Gyorko, 1B/2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Gyorko has been on a power hot streak players dream about. In the past 39 games, Jedd has homered 17 times. Owners seem slow to add Gyorko as he is owned in only 40% of leagues. With the position flexibility he provides and the power he has been showing off, Gyorko can produce from anywhere in your infield. Power like this is hard to find. Add him in all leagues.
Ivan Nova, SP, Pittsburgh Pirtates
Nova left his last outing with tightness in his hamstring but is slated to pitch September 3 against the Brewers. Their offense does have some power and speed but Nova has been good his past two starts.
In his past 15 innings, he has a 1.20 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a .67 WHIP. Nova has big game potential. Maybe the Pirates coaching staff has orchestrated another miraculous career turnaround.
Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Gausman is working on a 13 inning scoreless streak. In his last start, he went seven innings striking out nine and cooling off a red hot Yankee offense that had scored 27 runs in their past two games. Gausman has showed good control limiting walks and throwing a lot of strikes in his starts. Gausman is 37% owned currently, so pick him up wherever possible.
Brandon Finnegan, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Finnegan has had an up and down season and pitches for a bad team, but he has incredible stuff. Finnegan has struck out 20 batters in his past 13 innings and walked only four batters. At first glance, his 4.27 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are unappealing, but in the past month he has an ERA of 2.67, a 1.05 WHIP, and a 9.49 K/9 with four quality starts. At 22% owned, Finnegan offers incredible strikeout potential in every start. He is worth the risk.
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