The waiver wire is piping hot as the season is winding down. There are players that can still make a difference on your roster or who can be kept for the next season.
At this point, categories mean more than before, especially the pitching categories. If you can stream a starter and get a win Sunday night, that could win you your playoff matchup. Picking up that high strikeout option can propel you to victory.
Adding a hot bat or two to your lineup in the place of well established stars who are on a cold streak or whose production has tailed off in the recent weeks is huge. A player’s name value is no longer important. All that matters are the numbers in the categories. I surprised myself by highlighting two players from the Angels not named Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. In weeks 1-20 they probably are better left on the wire but in the playoffs they can make a huge difference.
Don’t let yourself get complacent because football is beginning September 8. Don’t miss out on players who can help you win your matchup and win your league.
Here are a few hitters and pitchers who can carry your team to playoff dominance.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels
Incredibly, Cron is only 30% owned. In the past two weeks, Cron is hitting .351 with four HRs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. Cron has had a great season, broken up by an injury. He is in the lineup every day and is making an impact on the Angels offense. He can make a major impact on your team’s offense as well.
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets
At 48% owned, Fantasy owners are catching on to Granderson’s power streak. Granderson has always been a streaky hitter who is capable of large power outputs in a short amount of time. In the past week, Granderson has hit four home runs and one double. Granderson is going to be in the middle of the order everyday. Ride the hot bat.
Randall Grichuck, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Grichuck is 40% owned but needs to be owned in more leagues. In the past 30 days, Grichuck has been on the Jedd Gyorko power train by hitting 10 HRs, nine doubles and producing 21 RBI. Grichuck seems to have put it all together since his last demotion. Get him onto your roster today.
Seth Lugo, SP, New York Mets
Lugo has been very good in a starting role for the Mets and looks to continue to dominate for the remainder of the season. He has three wins in the past month with a .96 WHIP and 2.08 ERA. Lugo is not going to strike out a lot of batters but his control will be beneficial in other categories.
Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Cobb, who is 20% owned, was an All-Star and threatening to be a Top 20 pitcher before undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Cobb was very good in his return, striking out seven in five innings, allowing two Runs and walking only one. The Rays take a very conservative approach with pitchers and it can only help Cobb be more successful in his return from surgery. His rehab starts were nothing to write home about but it could have been he was simply working on things and getting his control back. Cobb may not go deep into games but he should give you good numbers for the remainder of the season.
Andrew Bailey, RP, Los Angeles Angels
Bailey has taken over the closer role for the Angels, securing two saves in two chances. They Angels may not have many save opportunities, and Bailey is a bit of a gamble after struggling to make it back to the majors the past few seasons, but right now Bailey has the inside track to saves and that can help your team.
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