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Best Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week of Aug 15th

Best Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week of Aug 15th

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 28: Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Andrew McCutchen (24) hits a single to right field in the third inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 28, 2022 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire)

We’re almost there – nitty gritty time in the fantasy baseball season. You don’t want an injury or hole in your roster to torpedo your season at this point, so it’s all the more important to stay studied up on your fantasy baseball waiver wire. Here are ten players that may be able to help make your fantasy season turn out greater than your wildest fantasies.

(FYI – I’m limiting this to hitters)

(only includes players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues; stats listed are after Saturday’s games)


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Andrew McCutchen – Milwaukee – OF – 41% Rostered

(.253, 50 R, 11 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB)

We kick things off with the 14-year MLB veteran Andrew McCutchen, who continues to get the job done for the Brewers. He has five hits over his last four games, with three runs and a couple of RBIs in that span. You can probably count on five to six more home runs this season, with about 20 more ribbies and three of four more stolen bases. Could come in handy.

Nico Hoerner – Cubs – 2B/SS – 48% Rostered

(.297, 35 R, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 12 SB)

Former first-round pick Nico Hoerner has excelled in his first season getting regular playing time in the Windy City. He’s been flirting with .300, and currently is in the top 20 in MLB in batting average. And you can’t complain about 12 stolen bases as well. He’s been blazing hot over the last week (six games), batting .391 with three runs, a long ball, and four RBIs.

Josh Naylor – Cleveland – 1B/OF – 45% Rostered

(.272, 33 R, 15 HR, 56 RBI, 3 SB)

Josh Naylor‘s breakout season for the Guardians continues, as he had fun playing against his hometown Toronto Blue Jays this past weekend. He hit 5-13 for the series, with a run scored, a homer, and three runs knocked in. Already at career highs in all stat categories, if you pick him up now and you can probably get about six homers and 25 or so RBIs out of him the rest of the way.

 

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Jose Iglesias – Colorado – 2B/SS – 34% Rostered

(.314, 44 R, 3 HR, 45 RBI, 2 SB)

The fourth-best hitter, in terms of batting average, in the majors is sitting on the majority of fantasy baseball waiver wires out there, ripe for the picking. Despite going 0-7 over his last two games, Jose Iglesias is still batting .350 over the past week, with four runs scored, and five RBIs. Amazing what playing half your games in Colorado can do for a hitter’s career.

Christopher Morel – Cubs – 2B/3B/OF – 38% Rostered

(.260, 44 R, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 9 SB)

Our second young Cubbie makes the list, this time rookie Christoper Morel. He’s had a very solid first MLB campaign, and what’s more, the stat line you see listed above has been accomplished in just 70 games. Impressive. He pretty much stuffs all the stat categories we care about in fantasy baseball. He might be a player you want to get in on, especially if you’re in a dynasty or keeper league.

Joey Meneses – Washington – 1B – 13% Rostered

(.387, 8 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB)

Latching on to a hot player at the right time can make all the difference in fantasy baseball, and Joey Meneses could just be that player. He was on an eight-game hitting streak heading into Sunday’s action, and over the last two weeks has been the 20th ranked fantasy player, with a line of .387, with eight runs, five homers, and seven RBIs in nine games. The career minor league is making the most of his first chance in The Show.

 

Other fantasy baseball waiver wire players worth checking out: Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Seth Brown, Joc Pederson, Kolten Wong

 

 

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