With the fantasy trade deadline looming, the best way to improve your team is scouring the waiver wire for hidden gems that may have slipped through the net in your league. We’ve done the legwork for you and searched high and low for the best adds you can make this weekend.
Lucas Duda, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (18.2% Owned)
I recommended him last week, and he is still wildly under-owned. Power is in short supply on the waiver wire and with three homers and a .300 average in the last seven days, Duda can bring pop to any line-up. He doesn’t have great position flexibility, but he is 18th in homers at 1st but has a better average than four of those above him. If you’re struggling with a Justin Bour injury or trying to nurse Joey Gallo’s average into your team, then Duda represents a big upgrade.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies (29.4% Owned)
Speed with an average that doesn’t kill you is hard to find. It’s why Dee Gordon has been so valuable this season, and why Trea Turner was before his injury. With 11 steals this year and a .293 average, Hernandez has quietly become a useful player. He is on an eight-game hit streak, that includes six multi-hit games and four stolen bases. With more consistent playing time and a green light to run he is a useful player if you need a couple more steals in your league.
Brent Suter, SP/RP, Milwaukee Brewers (28.5% Owned)
Suter had been lights out in recent weeks, but a poor outing against the Cardinals saw his starting ERA rise to 2.93.Yeah, that’s right. A guy with a 2.93 ERA and 1.125 WHIP as a starter is available on the waiver wire. Oh, and he has two starts next week, facing the Twins on Monday and the Reds on Saturday. That is two shaky offenses and plenty of opportunities for wins and strikeouts.
Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers (11.9% Owned)
Other than Suter there aren’t really any two-start pitchers you can trust. However, out of one-start players available, I am a big fan of Andrew Cashner this week. Currently slated to face the Mets in New York on Tuesday, Cashner has dropped his ERA by 28 points in his last two starts, going a combined 13 innings with two earned runs, a 1.000 WHIP, and eight strikeouts against the Orioles and Mariners. Better still, he has won his last three starts.
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