Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 11
June 12, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to the Week 10 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, June 12th. Let’s get started!
Jeff Hoffman (COL) – 49% owned
Hoffman has definitely turned some heads over the past month, picking up three wins while posting a 1.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings of work. The talented right-hander was one of the players Toronto sent to Colorado in the Troy Tulowitzki trade two seasons ago and so far he’s been paying off for the Rockies and fantasy owners. There is some need to exercise caution as Hoffman hasn’t made a home start in the 20 1/3 innings that I mentioned earlier. It would be nice to see him have some success at Coors Field but if Hoffman is going to pitch like this on the road he’s worth owning even if you have to bench him for home starts. We will get our answer soon as he’s slated to take on the Giants at home on Thursday.
Alex Avila (DET) – 50% owned
Avila doesn’t play every day but he continues to launch homers when he’s in the lineup. The catcher position has been a rough one in fantasy this season, like usual, making Avila’s contributions even more valuable. The veteran backstop has a .322 batting average, nine homers, and 25 RBI in just 115 at-bats. That is good enough for him to be ranked the sixth-best catcher in standard Yahoo! leagues. He also holds first base eligibility, although playing him there would negate a lot of his value.
Mitch Moreland (BOS) – 18% owned
Moreland has been on fire over the past week, posting a .444 batting average, two homers, five runs, and seven RBI for the Red Sox. Moreland is enjoying his first season in Boston as he’s currently on pace to set career-highs in RBI and runs scored. As long as he remains healthy he shouldn’t have much trouble setting career marks in those categories hitting in a talented Boston lineup.
Jose Pirela (SD) – 5% owned
Pirela was just called up by the Padres last week and put on quite the show as the team’s new leadoff hitter. After hitting .331 with 13 homers in 48 games in Triple-A, Pirela just keeps on hitting at the big league level. He currently has a .500 average to go along with two homers and five RBI. Although he hasn’t shown it yet, Pirela also has some speed as he swiped eight bases in Triple-A this season.
Josh Harrison (PIT) – 50% owned
Harrison has been a bright spot offensively for the Pirates this season. The speedy infielder has contributed across the board, batting .307 with seven homers, 25 runs, 20 RBI, and six stolen bases. He also has eligibility at second base, which gives fantasy owners some flexibility.
Tim Beckham (TB) – 37% owned
Beckham, the first overall pick from the 2008 draft, has put together a solid season thus far. The talented infielder has always been high on potential and it appears he has finally started to cash in on that this year. Beckham currently has a .282 average, 10 homers, 31 RBI, 26 runs, and four stolen bases. His 10 home runs is already a career high while his 31 RBI puts him on pace to challenge for a 100 RBI season. Even if he doesn’t reach that mark he has shown that he deserves a spot as a reserve infielder on most fantasy rosters.
Cameron Maybin (LAA) – 32% owned
Maybin was just starting to catch onto fantasy rosters a few weeks ago when an oblique contusion landed him on the DL for 10 days. He was just activated on Friday and picked up where he left off. Maybin already has 19 stolen bases this season, four more than he managed in 94 games with the Tigers last season. He’s a non-factor when it comes to homers and RBI but if you need to add a speed element to your roster, Maybin is a strong option.
Scooter Gennett (CIN) – 15% owned
Gennett’s four-homer game last week certainly opened everyone’s eyes but most don’t realize that he has been hitting well all season. The veteran has played all over the diamond for Cincinnati and has posted a .305 average, seven homers, 20 runs, and 31 RBI in 128 at-bats. Gennett is a solid option in deeper leagues and should be owned in all NL-only formats.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week!