Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 24
September 11, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Week 24 of the MLB season Fake Baseballers. Hopefully you just advanced to the semifinal round in your fantasy playoffs and stopped off here for some last minute ideas on roster tweaks. 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, September 11. Let’s get started!
Robinson Chirinos (TEX) – 25% owned
Chirinos has been white hot at the plate over the past month now that he doesn’t have to split catching duties with the departed Jonathan Lucroy. Over the past 30 days, Chirinos has a .397 batting average, four homers, 16 runs, and eight RBI. He is worth adding in any league where your catcher isn’t getting the job done.
Matt Olson (OAK) – 39% owned
Olson has been out of his mind of late, mashing 12 homers and batting .314 over the past 30 days. Most of that production has come over the past week, with Olson hitting .357 with five homers, eight runs, and eight RBI. It remains to be seen whether he can consistently hit big league pitching but he’s fine to ride in fantasy while he’s on fire at the plate.
Ian Happ (CHC) – 32% owned
Happ has been putting the finishing touches on a strong rookie season, jacking seven homers and batting .282 over the past 30 days. Overshadowed by more notable breakout players like Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins, and Aaron Judge, Happ still has a respectable 21 homers to go along with 50 runs and 55 RBI in 317 at-bats. Those numbers will do just fine at the second base position.
Jose Reyes (NYM) – 38% owned
Reyes found himself in this space last week and all he’s done since is go on to hit .292 with three homers, six runs, nine RBI, and two steals. The veteran infielder has put together a solid season for the Metropolitans, batting .239 with 12 homers, 49 RBI, and 20 steals. He also has positional eligibility at 2B, 3B, and SS, which helps give his fantasy owners extra flexibility.
Eduardo Escobar (MIN) – 18% owned
Escobar has developed a surprising power swing this season, blasting 17 homers. That’s five more than his previous career high, set two years ago. Escobar had never even approached double-digit homers in the minor leagues. The veteran infielder has thrived playing every day at third base since Miguel Sano got injured last month. Over the past month, Escobar is batting .262 with seven homers, 17 runs, and 24 RBI.
Michael Taylor (WAS) – 26% owned
Taylor has been absolutely on fire over the past two weeks, hitting .341 with four homers, seven runs, 10 RBI, and two steals. The young 26-year-old outfielder has also shown a nice blend of power and speed this season, hitting 16 homers and stealing 14 bases. He’s worth using while he’s seeing the ball well at the plate.
Eddie Rosario (MIN) – 49% owned
Rosario cooled off a bit at the end of August, prompting him to hit waiver wires in many leagues. He has heated back up at the plate over the past two weeks and should be scooped up wherever he’s available. The 25-year-old outfielder has always been extremely talented and has finally begun to be a bit more selective at the plate instead of simply swinging at everything. That change has helped him put together a breakout season with Minnesota.
Nick Williams (PHI) – 18% owned
Speaking of lacking plate discipline, Williams has had those issues dog him throughout his minor league career. Williams has always possessed an impact bat but his propensity to swing at anything thrown to him held him back. So far, those issues haven’t affected Williams in the big leagues. Williams has teamed with Rhys Hoskins to give the Phillies plenty of hope for the future. He is batting .287 with 10 homers, 37 runs, and 45 RBI in just 64 games played.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week!