MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13

We are heading into Week 13 of the fantasy season already, and this week we welcome back most of the Yankees players from the IL. Frankie Montas is the latest landmine to fantasy rosters, as he will miss the rest of the season with a PED suspension. Trevor Story is going to be out for what seems to be a few weeks with a thumb injury.

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Infielders

Brendan Rodgers – 2B, SS – 16% Owned

The Colorado number one prospect was called back up again, after struggling to start his MLB Career. With Trevor Story on the IL for the next few weeks, which could turn longer, Rodgers will get some strong playing time. While he struggled in the majors, he has a 150 wRC+ down in Triple-A this year with nine HR. Rodgers should hit a stride here within the offense, especially during a lengthy home stand coming up soon. If you are looking for a quick plug and play, Rodgers should see a majority of playing time.

Jose Iglesias – SS – 4% Owned

If you are looking for someone who is already producing to vill a void at shortstop, Jose Iglesias his quietly having a strong season. His slashing line sits at .302/.341/.431 currently and he has a combined 61 R+RBI. While the BABIP will fall back down, but his strikeout rate is low, and hard-contact is up from his career norm. He is in the mix of a pretty good offense and also has a favorable ballpark to hit in. This is more of a deeper league stash.

Outfielders

Ramon Laureano – OF – 27% Owned

Ramon Laureano has been crushing of late, and has a .186 ISO over 301 PA this season. This power should stick around given we have seen similar numbers in limited 2018 time too. Laureano has strong hard-contact at 40% on the year, and is getting a lot of lift. While he isn’t a big base stealer, he is in the 80th percentile in speed and has eight on the season. His xSLG and xBA are pretty average, but hard-contact is above the league norm this year. He is a great power and speed addition if you need it.

Willie Calhoun – OF – 13% Owned

Willie Calhoun was called up earlier this year, and then hit the IL after a strong start. His transition last season didn’t go so wel, but this year looks much better with a .973 OPS in 42 AB so far. His strikeout rate is also cut way down. He is barelling more baseballs and his launch angle and exit velocity is far better than 2018. Calhoun should easily slide back into the starting lineup and give us some power upside.

Pitchers

Roenis Elias – RP – 31% Owned

If you are looking for saves, Roenis Elias is a potential name to keep an eye out for. He isn’t the most stable arm, as both him and Sergio Romo are rocky closers but are generating saves. Elias has nine on the season, and June has been a better month, holding hitters to a .258 wOBA over eight innings. He has notched a few saves in the last few outings, and is at least worthy of a look. Seattle has been a committee mostly, but at the moment Elias is the guy.

Trent Thornton – SP – 6% Owned

It is hard to stop with Trent Thornton. He has some of the best spin rates on his fastball and curveball, and also an above average strikeout rate. The issue is he can’t get lefties out, allowing a .344 wOBA compared to a .291 wOBA to right-handers. In June he has 22 strikeouts in 23 innings with a 3.52 ERA. He has faced Houston and Boston in his last two starts, racking up 14 strikeouts and pitching into the seventh in both outings. He allowed just two earned runs across the two starts. I am still buying in on Thornton.

Steven Matz – SP – 42% Owned

Steven Matz is likely always going to be around a 4.00 ERA in his career, and it has a lot to do with him not keeping the ball in the yard. His strikeout rate sits at 23%, and his home numbers are far better than the road ones. He has allowed 3 of his 15 HR at home, allowing a .286 wOBA. Road starts he has allowed a .377 wOBA. Matz has pitched six innings in five of the last six starts.

Players I’m Watching

Griffin Canning – LAA – 43%
Nathan Eovaldi – BOS – 38%
Spencer Turnbull – DET – 33%
Chris Bassitt – OAK – 28%
Matt Strahm – SD – 28%
Oscar Mercado – CLE – 49%
Yandy Diaz – TB – 35%
Bryan Reynolds – PIT – 35%
Josh Reddick – HOU – 19%
Freddy Galvis – TOR – 16%

  
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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