We’re entering the closing stretch of season-long leagues, and the margins for error are slim. One or two extra home runs can get you the roto points you need for a championship, but how do you get them?
Well, the best way is to open the waiver wire and start digging. Or, you can just follow our advice as we get our hands dirty for you.
Stats accurate as of 08/18/2017
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets (18.4% owned)
Granderson has found his power swing of late. He clobbered three homers in the last week, including a grand slam on Thursday. He is still being rotated so he’s not a certainty to start every game, but with the Mets playing both Monday and Thursday next week that won’t hurt him at all. If you need power, Granderson could be your man.
Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox (11.2% owned)
Someone else discovering pop is Tim Anderson, so if you don’t have room in your outfield for Granderson, then Anderson is a nice secondary option.
The 24-year-old has picked up three homers in the last week and five in the last 15 days to take his season total to 14. It’s not a lot, but it’s not like Giancarlo Stanton is available on the waiver wire! The only risk with Anderson is average. He’s hitting .242 this year, but he’s picked up a hit in 11 of the last 12 games, with four multi-hit games.
Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics (10.4% owned)
Speed is scarce at this time of year and while he is mostly a pinch runner and has taken just 22 at-bats in the A’s last 13 games, he has six steals in that period. If that’s all you’re looking for then Davis is fine, but he comes with few counting stats and a poor average. If he’s just pinch running, then he can’t do any harm to you there.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (51.5% owned)
Walker gets to go at the Mets on Monday and then is scheduled to face the Giants on Saturday. That’s not a bad matchup for a two-start pitcher. Walker is carrying a 3.83 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this year, but he has 103 strikeouts in 115 innings which is a good return.
Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers (28.3% owned)
Cashner is much more available than Walker, but he’s only a one-start pitcher next week. Still, that one start will come on Wednesday against the inconsistent Angels.
He has been solid in his last three starts (vs Baltimore, Seattle, and Houston), posting a 1.80 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and winning two games. He isn’t striking out people at a particularly good rate, but he will keep your ratios down and maybe come away with a win, and that’s good for a waiver wire add.
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