Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 21
August 21, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Week 21 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 21. Let’s get started!
Dinelson Lamet (SD) – 42% owned
Lamet is coming off a tough outing against the Nationals but that can certainly be forgiven considering Washington has one of the best offenses in baseball. Despite the poor start, Lamet has been one of baseball’s hottest pitchers over the past month. Over that span, Lamet has racked up four wins, a 2.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 35 innings of work. He’s a solid back-end fantasy starter who should be much higher owned than he is currently.
James McCann (DET) – 36% owned
McCann has been productive over the past month, hitting .358 with two homers, nine runs, 11 RBI, and one steal. The 27-year-old backstop is well on his way to establishing career highs across the board and is worth starting while he’s hitting the ball well.
Rhys Hoskins (PHI) – 25% owned
Hoskins was just called up from Triple-A a little over a week ago and has already made an impression. Widely regarded as Philadelphia’s top hitting prospect, Hoskins already has five home runs in 11 games while mostly batting either third or fourth in the lineup. The 24-year-old has star potential and should get a chance to play every day for the last-place Phillies. He has a chance to be an impact bat for fantasy players down the stretch.
Kolten Wong (STL) – 19% owned
Wong continues to hit well for a Cardinals team that has been on fire of late. The 26-year-old second baseman has hit safely in 17 of his past 19 games and, overall, is batting .309 with two homers, 43 runs, 36 RBI, and four steals. He’s chipping in for fantasy owners across the board, even though he hasn’t been stealing bases like he used to. Wong posted double-digit steals in 2014 and 2015. If he were to start running a bit more it would give him even more fantasy value.
Howie Kendrick (WAS) – 30% owned
Kendrick lucked out at the trade deadline, going from a Phillies team with the worst record in baseball to the NL East-leading Nationals. From a fantasy perspective, Kendrick finds himself in a much better lineup which should afford him plenty of opportunities to rack up counting stats. Kendrick has been hitting well since joining Washington, batting .344 with five homers, 10 runs, and 14 RBI for his new team. He also is eligible at 1B, 2B, and OF.
Marcus Semien (OAK) – 27% owned
Semien’s season got off to a slow start as he missed just under three months with a fractured wrist. The shortstop showed excellent power in 2016, ranking third among shortstop with 27 homers. Over the past month, Semien has started to find his stroke again, batting .293 with four homers, 17 runs, and 13 RBI. He’s worth a look if you need a shortstop.
Eddie Rosario (MIN) – 53% owned
Rosario continues to blister the ball for the Twins. The 25-year-old outfielder has a .360 batting average, seven homers, 20 runs, and 20 RBI over the past month. Once willing to swing at anything, an improved eye at the plate has worked wonders for Rosario. His ownership flew up over the past week and he proabably won’t be available much longer if he continues to swing a hot bat.
Byron Buxton (MIN) – 49% owned
The ultra-talented Buxton scuffled through much of the season but he’s finally starting to heat up. The speedy outfielder is currently working on a 10-game hitting streak, and over the past 30 days, is batting .328 with three homers, 13 runs, 11 RBI, and six stolen bases. Buxton has the skills to be an impact bat for your fantasy team down the stretch.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week!