We have a few new names popping up in the fantasy baseball waiver wire best pickups list this week. This includes a catcher, which is a surprising and much-needed development. Without further ado, here are ten fantasy baseball players sitting on the waiver wire that you should consider picking up.
(FYI – I’m limiting this to hitters)
Garrett Cooper – Miami – 1B/OF – 43% Rostered
(.303, 27 R, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 0 SB)
Garrett Cooper remains our top recommended fantasy baseball waiver wire pickup, despite only getting two hits last week. Those two hits just so happened to be home runs, though. He had four RBIs to go along with those two dingers, as well as two runs scored. Despite the barren week for hits, his .303 batting average is still 13th best in the majors.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Yankees – SS – 18% Rostered
(.268, 41 R, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 13 SB)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa returns to the fantasy baseball waiver wire column on the strength of a couple of monster games this past week. Actually, in back-to-back games he went 3-4 and 4-6, albeit against the Pirates. The main reason you’re picking up Kiner-Falefa is for the steals, as he’s 14th in the majors in swipes. His 41 runs scored is a nice bonus as well.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa absolutely tanked this ball over the Green Monster and almost out of Fenway Park. He doesn’t have a home run yet this season, but there’s power in there. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/DCDpQ9fB4v
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) July 9, 2022
Alec Bohm – Philadelphia – 3B – 28% Rostered
(.271, 40 R, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 1 SB)
Philly’s third bagger Alec Bohm had himself a week for the Phillies. He hit 6-15, with two runs, two homers, and six RBIs. The former third overall pick is having a solid all-around season, and the potential is there for more (or he wouldn’t have been drafted that high). We’ll see if this hot stretch can continue for a more sustained period.
— MLB Center (@MjrLeagueCenter) July 9, 2022
Harold Ramirez – Tampa Bay – 1B/OF – 30% Rostered
(.321, 28 R, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 3 SB)
Harold Ramirez has caught fire as the summer heat has rolled in. He’s hitting .400 in July for Tampa Bay, and his .321 batting average would be fourth-best in the majors if he had enough at-bats to qualify. In the past week, he posted three runs, a homer, and five RBIs. After a hot June, he’s even hotter this month.
Josh Rojas – Arizona – 2B/3B/SS/OF – 38% Rostered
(.284, 34 R, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 7 SB)
Four-position eligibility for Josh Rojas, so you know I’ve got him rostered on one of my teams. And he’s rewarded me, especially over the past week to the tune of 11-24, with seven runs, a homer, eight RBIs, and two steals. Over the past two weeks, he’s the seventh-ranked fantasy baseball player (based on category scoring). If he can get enough at-bats in, he should surpass all of his career-highs before the 2022 season is done.
Josh Rojas is on fire! pic.twitter.com/lZpL6uwtuH
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) July 9, 2022
Eric Haase – Detroit – C/OF – 16% Rostered
(.239, 22 R, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB)
Another player I’ve picked up recently is Eric Haase. You can never pass on a hot-hitting catcher, and that is what Haase has been as of late. Over a four-game span this past week, he had six hits, scored six runs, had two homers, and plated three. This is probably not sustainable, but for a position that is always bereft of fantasy value, Haase is worth a roster.
Other fantasy baseball waiver wire players worth checking out: Anthony Santander, Wilmer Flores, Josh Naylor, Santiago Espinal
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