MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 12

The waiver wire is going to fluctuate on a daily basis with ownerships, but we are looking for sub-40% pitchers and hitters to help fill holes in your lineups. No matter what league size or scoring structure, we can help you out.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2B, SS, OF – 38% Owned

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been solid over the last few weeks, and has a .261 ISO on the year. He also has a 132 wRC+. His hard-contact is up 7.5% from last season, and he isn’t swinging outside the zone as much. Gurriel has a .375 wOBA and .138 wRC+ in the month of June, and gives you plenty of options as far as where you can play him. The Toronto offense hasn’t been great, but with him and Vlad starting to click, the offense has picked up a tad. He also will hit in favorable AL East ballparks for the most part outside of Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays utility man is currently less than 40% owned in leagues.

Yandy Diaz – 1B, 3B – 35% Owned

The Rays corner infielder has been heating back up again after struggling a bit after the IL trip. He has already hit ten home runs on the season, and sports a .211 ISO over the course of the season. Diaz is hitting over .350 in the month of June so far, and has a 148 wRC+. He has a 54% hard-contact rate against left-handed pitching, and a 40% against right-handed pitching. Diaz is especially in play against left-handers, as he owns a .348 average. He is less than 40% owned, and a strong option at the corner infielder.


Josh Reddick – OF – 21% Owned

With the Astros lineup pretty battered down with injuries, Josh Reddick continues to provide consistency. The waiver wire is pretty thin for outfielders, so we are going to revisit some names over the next few weeks unless things change. Reddick is on his way to a potential 15 and 10 season as far as home runs and stolen bases go. Although he could hit 20 if the power keeps going. Of course once the offense gets healthy, Reddick will have more RBI chances and generate some runs. With his ability to chip in across all categories, you should at least keep a watch out for him.

Jason Heyward – OF – 21% Owned

Just when we think Jason Heyward is on a breakout, he comes back down to earth or his batted ball stats don’t translate. He is till one one of the best offenses in baseball, which helps him out. His fantasy value has always been disappointing from an ADP standpoint, he has no risk or disappointment when taken off the waivers. Look for him to sit at the bottom of the order, and occasionally sit against a left-handed arm. Heyward has positive batted ball stats and should continue to go through subpar series but will have those 5-6 game stretches that pull you back in.


Matt Strahm – SP – 35% Owned

Matt Strahm has a sluggish start to the season, and then found his groove before heading to the IL. After his return he had a mid threes ERA and then a Coors start sent that baby skyrocketing. Strahm should return to better form in more favorable ballparks and matchups. Before the injury he was a 50%< owned guy and the injury caused that number to dip. Pitching half of his games in Petco will certainly help, and his ERA estimators are solid. Everything points towards Strahm being a solid arm the rest of the way, even if you have to skip a start or two.

Sandy Alcantara – SP – 17% Owned

Another under-owned Miami arm is free to pickup. Sandy Alcantara has been up and down. He has the stuff but pitch mix has messed up him at times. He is another arm that pitches in a favorable ballpark for lefties. His whiff rates are positive and he should be able to continue this strong stretch. There are going to be blowup starts against certain matchups. At this point we are focusing on guys where we can start maybe 3 out of 4-5 starts because of who we have left on the value. If you are in a deep league and need an arm, Alcantara is your guy.

Players I’m Watching

Scott Kingery, PHI, 49%
Lance Lynn, TEX, 53%
Griffin Canning, LAA, 45%
Tyler Skaggs, LAA, 27%
Tanner Roark, CIN, 21%
Cavan Biggio, TOR, 23%
Kyle Seager, SEA, 19%
Bryan Reynolds, PIT, 29%
Travis Shaw, MIL, 30%
Marwin Gonzalez, MIN, 40%

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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