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Fantasy Baseball Week 25 – Risers and Fallers – Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy Baseball Week 25 – Risers and Fallers – Waiver Wire Pickups

Risers

Mike Yastrzemski, OF, SFG

The grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski has somehow found his way into fantasy relevance. With the Giants completely out of the playoff race, Yastrzemski is getting an extended look. The 29-year-old, getting his first taste of action in the Majors this season, is batting .270 with 19 bombs in only 89 games.

The advanced numbers are solid for Yastrzemski is as well. He has a Hard% of 42.7%, well above average. His BABIP of .313 shows that his approach is sustainable as well.

Yastrzemski has never really been a power hitter (he never hit more than 10 HRs in a full season in the minors) but like many hitters he has changed his approach with the juiced ball. His Fly Ball% of 45% shows that he is looking to hit the ball out of the park.

He is only owned in: 50% of CBS leagues, 31% of Yahoo leagues, and 19% of ESPN leagues. Scoop him up now to get some power to fill for Bryce Harper or another banged up slugger.

Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA

Seager is quietly having a good season in Seattle after a disastrous start. Seager is batting .283 in the second half with 15 home runs, raising his season line to .248 with 21 bombs.

Those season-long numbers aren’t very exciting but Seager is clearly locked in right now. He is hitting the balls on the screws, registering a Hard% of 38.1%. His BABIP of .258 is on the low side, so there is room for his average to climb more.

Seager is a great example of a guy that sits on the waiver wire because he really hasn’t been good for a few seasons. He is only owned in: 70% CBS leagues, 56% of Yahoo leagues, and 49% of ESPN leagues.

As recent as 2016, Seager was an excellent hitter, putting up a .363 wOBA while blasting 30 home runs. Now that he has found his stroke again, Seager is worth a pickup to make a run in the playoffs.

Fallers

Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN

Oh how the mighty have fallen. After bursting on the scene with 14 home runs in the month of August, Aquino has gone ice cold. He is batting .161 over his last eight games with only home run.

It was inevitable that Aquino wasn’t going to be able to maintain his ridiculous pace of August. His HR/FB% sits at 32.6% right now, which shows that more regression is in store. The league average is 15%.

Aquino also has an awful Infield Fly Ball% of 26.1%. In other words one out of four balls he puts in play is an automatic out. That’s an indicator that he is having a difficult time make solid contact. Most power hitters have an INFB% around 10%.

There really is no reason to keep rostering Aquino at this point as those past home runs won’t do you any good.

Fantasy baseball enthusiast, globetrotter, University of Michigan die-hard, and supporter of the Mexican national team

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