Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week 25
September 18, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Week 25 of the MLB season Fake Baseballers. Hopefully you are getting ready to win a fantasy baseball championship this week and stopped off here for some last minute 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 18. Let’s get started!
Kyle Gibson (MIN) – 35% owned
Gibson, once a punching bag for opposing offenses, has taken his pitching to the next level over the past month. Over that span, the 29-year-old right-hander has posted five wins, a 2.33 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings of work. He is coming off a rough start against the Blue Jays in which he allowed five earned runs but he managed to pick up eight strikeouts and still got the win, returning fantasy value. His next start is slated to come against a Tigers offense that has struggled against right-handed pitching this season, making him a viable streamer. For more streamers this week, be sure to check back on Tuesday and Friday for my pitching streamers column.
Mike Zunino (SEA) – 48% owned
Zunino can be a streaky hitter but when he’s on, he’s an excellent source for power numbers at the catcher position. Zunino has been on a tear at the plate lately, posting a .338 average, five homers, nine runs, and 11 RBI. He can operate as a solid fill-in for added production at the catcher position while he’s hitting well.
Matt Olson (OAK) – 59% owned
Olson is a bit over the ownership threshold but he needs to be added in all leagues, at the very least to keep him away from your competition in the championship round. The 23-year-old has mashed 13 homers over the last month, along with posting a .318 average, 17 runs, and 24 RBI. He also has outfield eligibility on Yahoo! so you shouldn’t have any trouble deploying him this week.
Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM) – 24% owned
Cabrera’s bat has come to life as the season winds down for the Mets. Once thought to be a candidate to be shipped out of town, he remains a fixture in New York’s lineup. He’s hitting a robust .526 over the past two weeks with two homers, seven runs, and eight RBI. He also has eligibility at 3B and SS, giving him extra value. He’s worth riding while he’s on fire at the plate.
Jeimer Candelario (DET) – 7% owned
The rookie prospect is one of the more highly regarded hitters in Detroit’s pipeline and was the centerpiece in the Justin Wilson/Alex Avila trade with the Cubs a few months ago. Candelario is on fire at the plate right now, posting a .386 average along with two homers, 12 runs, and eight RBI over the past 14 days. With the Tigers playing out the string, they would be motivated to give as many at-bats as possible to the future star.
Eduardo Escobar (MIN) – 24% owned
Escobar has been getting regular playing time at third base while slugger Miguel Sano is sidelined with a stress reaction in his shin. Escobar has been doing his best Sano impression along the way, blasting eight homers and racking up 20 runs and 21 RBI over the past 30 days. His batting average hasn’t been great but his bat certainly has value in fantasy.
Kevin Kiermaier (TB) – 37% owned
Kiermaier had a large chunk of his season cut out due to an injured hip. He has been making up for lost time since being activated from the DL on August 18. Since then, the outfielder is batting .324 with seven homers, 20 runs, 17 RBI, and four steals. That’s some solid, all-around production for the final stretch of the season.
Nick Williams (PHI) – 26% owned
Williams has teamed with fellow rookie Rhys Hoskins to give the Philadelphia faithful some hope for the future. While the opportunity to add Hoskins has already passed, Williams has held his own at the plate in his debut season. Williams has posted a hearty .370 batting average along with two homers, seven runs, and 13 RBI over the past two weeks.
Thanks for reading, good luck this week!