The trade deadline has passed and it was quite a busy one. We saw a lot of big time players get moved, including Troy Tulowitzki and Cole Hamels. I won’t get into too much detail here about that since it is not waiver wire related, but if you want to get my thoughts on all the big trades, read my article over on Fantasy Six Pack.
Post trade deadline we usually see the players that were behind the ones traded on the depth chart more valuable the rest of the season. This season that is not the case, so we have to go else where to find some value.
Luckily we do have plenty of players who are having great post all-star breaks, so there is plenty to choose from. Even better is this is the point of the season when a lot of teams sort of check out in your league, so a lot of these players are probably available.
One thing I feel like I have to remind people at this tough point of the season is to not fall asleep on your team. Even if you are locked into a playoff spot, you have to keep trying to improve your team. The worst thing to happen is for you to go on cruise control, make the playoffs with a good overall team and lose to a team who put more work than you the last few weeks before the playoffs, or get knocked out of the money in your roto league because you stuck with your “good” team who wasn’t performing the last month of the season and another team made moves to jump you in the standings.
Believe me, I have had it happen. I’ve had 15 game leads for first place and not paid attention to my team for weeks heading into the playoffs except setting my lineups and dealing with injuries. I then lose in the semis to a team who was way lower than me in the standings because they made the right moves and set their team up for success in the playoffs.
Learn from this lesson and keep on coming back here each week to see the waiver wire targets you should consider in your league.
Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues. Of course if there are better players available in your league that are owned in more than 30% of leagues, by all means get them first.
Welington Castillo, C, Arizona Diamondbacks, 15.5% owned in ESPN leagues
Besides Buster Posey, there has not been a better hitting catcher in the majors over the last two weeks then Castillo. You could even move it back to the last month if you wanted to and he is right up there.
Since coming over from the Seattle on June 4th, Castillo has been fantastic hitting near .300 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. Six of those home runs and nine of those RBI have come over the last two weeks. It took him a while to get going, since he was not playing every day, but I think the proof is there he should get picked up.
Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees 9.5% owned
Didi has been on a tear over the last two weeks, hitting .400 with 13 RBI. This is a bit unusual for him since on the season he has just 32 RBI total and is batting .258.
I don’t expect this recent hot streak to continue, however the Yankees offense is humming right now and Gregorious is taking full advantage of it, just like everybody else in that lineup is. Especially in a league where shortstop is a hard position to find productivity from, I’d ride the train for now.
Dominic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies, 5% owned
For good reason, fantasy owners wrote off Brown after a miserable 2014 and a bad 2015 so far. This may just be a hot streak, but Brown is cooking right now, batting .333 with two home runs, nine RBI and seven runs over the last two weeks (by the way as I write this today he is 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBI today).
I’d pick him up if you need outfield help and hope he goes on a run like did in 2013 when he hit 10 home runs in 12 games.
Chris Bassitt, SP, Oakland Athletics, 5.6% owned
I’ll be honest here, I did not know who this guy was until he threw seven shutout innings against my Orioles on August 4th. I thought who is this guy?
Well, one look and I realized he is a pretty good pitcher. Bassitt, has started six games for the Athletics and has only allowed more than two runs once where he allowed three. Knowing that you have to ignore his 1-4 record since it is obvious he is not getting run support. He has has pretty good success in the minors too, so you can’t just chalk this up to being a lucky run.
Jake Peavy, SP, San Francisco Giants, 12.1% owned
Peavy has had his issues staying healthy, but he seems to be doing pretty good right now. Over his last three starts he has a 2.00 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. The strikeouts are not where you would hope they would be, but he is walking almost nobody. Just seven since he came off the DL in early July. That will help him keep runs off the board and remain a viable fantasy starter.
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