Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 19
August 7, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Week 19 of the MLB season. Today we will take a look at the waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league and make recommendations based on MLB risers. For this series, I will be using ownership percentages from Yahoo! leagues. Generally speaking, I will be looking for players who are less than 50% owned, but there are times where I may target someone who is slightly over the ownership threshold if he is a must-own in leagues.
Please note, all statistics and ownership percentages are from Monday, August 7. Let’s get started!
German Marquez (COL) – 43% owned
Marquez tends to get overlooked due to the fact he plays in the worst pitcher’s park in the league but the rookie has been impressive this season. He has posted a 9-4 record and just under a strikeout per inning, with 100 in 103 innings of work. While his home ERA of 4.31 is a tick higher than his road mark of 3.86, it is far from a disaster. Marquez shapes up as a must-start in road games and a decent option if the matchup is right in his home starts. That will play in most fantasy leagues as a back-end starting pitcher.
Russell Martin (TOR) – 51% owned
Martin’s bat has caught fire over the past two weeks, with him batting .275 with three homers, six runs, seven RBI, and one stolen base. While he isn’t going to hit for a high average anytime soon, Martin’s bat still has 20-homer potential. Tied to a Blue Jays offense that has regressed this season, Martin’s RBI totals have declined but he still provides useful production at a position where that can be hard to find. Martin also holds 3B eligibility but his bat is much more valuable if you use him at the catcher position in fantasy.
Gerardo Parra (COL) – 48% owned
Parra remains red hot at the plate, hitting .423 with two homers, 14 runs, and 22 RBI over the past 30 days. He’s been hitting cleanup for the Rockies most days, and while not your traditional cleanup hitter, he’s in a prime position to produce. His fantasy potential is high with him playing half of his games in hitter oasis Coors Field. His ownership has been slowly creeping up so he may not be available much longer.
Cesar Hernandez (PHI) – 32% owned
Hernandez is quietly putting together another solid season for the Phillies. He doesn’t bring much power to the table but he has good speed, posting three straight seasons of double-digit steals while also flirting with a .300 average. If those are categories you need some assistance in, Hernandez could prove to be a useful waiver add.
Matt Chapman (OAK) – 5% owned
Chapman has acclimated himself to the big leagues nicely, blasting seven homers and adding 18 runs and 18 RBI in 34 games played. He is batting just .231 and will struggle to post a respectable average due to a high 29.3% strikeout rate, but the power is real and can provide a boost to fantasy teams. Just be sure you can take the hit in the batting average department before making him part of your everyday plans with your fantasy lineup.
Tim Beckham (BAL) – 46% owned
Beckham has certainly benefitted from a change in scenery. The former first overall draft pick was strangely traded from Tampa Bay to the division rival Orioles at the trade deadline for an obscure minor leaguer and cash considerations. Since joining Baltimore on August 1, Beckham has rolled up a .583 average, three homers, six runs, and six RBI. Beckham has positional eligibility at 1B, 2B, and SS, giving him added value. Given a fresh start with a new organization, there’s always a chance he fully realizes the potential the Rays saw in him many years ago.
Carlos Gomez (TEX) – 30% owned
Gomez isn’t going to turn back into the fantasy force he was in his glory days with the Brewers, but the 31-year-old has quietly put together a solid all-around season for the Rangers. Gomez is hitting .250 with 15 homers, 41 runs, 40 RBI, and 11 stolen bases this year. Consider him a poor man’s version of, well, the 2014 Carlos Gomez. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues and should be owned in all AL-only formats.
Manuel Margot (SD) – 29% owned
Margot continues to perform for the Padres. Hitting leadoff for over a week now, Margot is capitalizing on the potential that once made him a prized prospect for the Red Sox. While he only has nine homers on the season, it appears Margot has found his power stroke of late, hitting four in the past 14 days while adding a .360 average, eight runs, and 10 RBI over that same span. He’s worth a look while he’s swinging a hot bat.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week!