The fantasy trade deadline has come crashing down, and the only way you are going to be improving your team now is to work the waiver wire and try to uncover some gems.
The key to working the waiver wire is to identify what your team needs and find that stat within a player who won’t hurt you elsewhere. It’s no good grabbing a handful of saves if the WHIP ends up costing you a point on the other end. With that in mind, we take a look at a few players that should be available in most leagues and can be useful in the week to come.
Stats accurate as of 08/11/2017
Tim Beckham, SS, Baltimore Orioles (45.9% owned)
Beckham is on a 10-game hitting streak at the moment, which is coincidentally every game he has played in an Orioles uniform this season. He’s gone 20-for-40 with a trio of homers and six RBI with the Orioles. If you need average and a bit of power, there might not be a better option right now that Beckham. Shortstop is always a tricky place to find production, and while expecting him to hit .500 for you in the coming week, there is enough pop there to not be a worry.
Joey Gallo, 1B/3B, Texas Rangers (51.6% owned)
Speaking of “enough pop”, Joey Gallo has smashed seven home runs in his last eight games, taking his season tally to 32. While he has only hit 10-for27 in that time frame, and .212 for the year, he should only be an option if you have punted average or are so far ahead you can afford to carry a potential negative in average. Still, with that power surge and overall being one of just eight players with 30+ homers, if he’s available in your league and you need power he is a must-add.
Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (31.0% owned)
Steals are hard to come across, but Orlando Arcia, with 11 for the season, is maybe your best bet. With a .284 average, he won’t hurt you there, and he crosses home enough to keep your run total up too. His last steal came on the 9th against Minnesota, and unless you are secure enough in average to take a shot at Ben Revere (.257, 17 steals, 6.4%) or Rajai Davis (.236, 24 steals, 10.3%) then Arcia is your guy.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (42.1% owned)
The best of a bad bunch when it comes to likely-available two-start pitchers next week. Odorizzi is carrying a 4.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP this year, but he is currently touch-and-go for if he will make his Monday start against Toronto. If he makes that he has a second start against Seattle, but after going just four innings in each of his last starts it’s no sure thing that he doesn’t hurt you. I said it was a bad bunch this week!
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (47.7% owned)
Ryu will pitch Saturday against the Padres and then take to the mound again on the 19th against the Tigers in Detroit if the rotation holds over two off days. He has a 3.53 ERA for the season, along with a nice 8.7 K/9, so there is plenty to be excited about, especially recently.
Over his last four starts, Ryu has a 1.46 ERA, averages just over six innings a start, and has more than a strikeout per inning. His last two starts, against the Giants and Mets, were scoreless outings, and he’s walked just five hitters in his last four games.
Oh yeah, and he has a good lineup behind him. What more could you want?
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