MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14

The waiver wire is going to fluctuate on a daily basis with ownerships, but we are looking for sub-50% 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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Infielders

Keston Hiura – 2B – 41% Owned

Keston Hiura is a 22-year-old second baseman, who has shined this year whether that has been in the majors or the minors. He is back up in the majors, as Travis Shaw was optioned to the minors. Hiura has five homers and a .235 ISO in the majors so far, and in 243 PA he had a .407 ONP and 19 HR down in the minors. He is an excellent option, and you should stop reading this article and go pick him up if you need a second baseman. As Hiura adjusts to major league pitching, there will be some strikeouts that come with his name. Either way, he is still in the midst of a great offense and can bring a ton of fantasy potential.

Cavan Biggio – 2B, OF – 29% Owned

The Blue Jays are loaded with young talent, and young talent that have fathers that played in the majors. He had 26 HR in Double-A last season, and had a .448 OBP in the minors this year. His 17% walk rate is a nice plus so far in the majors, and he has a .368 OBP. His .349 wOBA and 120 wRC+ is a nice start to his major league season. Biggio’s batted ball stats are very intriguing with over a 50% hard-contact rate and he has just a 25% groundball rate.

Outfielders

Bryan Reynolds – OF – 27% Owned

Bryan Reynolds continues to push for more playing time and has phased out a few regular bats. He has a 159 wRC+ since coming up this season, and the 24-year-old rookie his sitting with 34 runs and 28 RBI at the moment. He is a switch hitter, and has shown plenty of both sides of the plate. Hard to keep Reynolds off the field, given he is hitting .388 in the month of June with eight doubles.

Alex Verdugo – OF – 34% Owned

Alex Verdugo continues to crush and he is an excellent contact bat. He has a strikeout rate below 10%, and his power continues to be solid despite not being a power hitter. A.J. Pollock isn’t any close to returning, and Verdugo finds himself in more regular playing time. Still less than 40%, Verdugo is over 60 combined runs and RBI. Verdugo is deserving of being in fantasy lineups right now.

Pitchers

Liam Hendriks – RP – 47% Owned

With Blake Treinen dealing with shoulder issues, that means Liam Hendriks will slide into a closer role. This could be for a few weeks, or longer if Treinen’s shoulder injury is more serious. Hendriks has a 30% strikeout rate this season and a 2.32 FIP. His walks are the only concern, but he keeps the ball in the bark and limits damage.

los angeles angelsGriffin Canning – SP – 43% Owned

Griffin Canning’s only downside is the fact he allows a ton of home runs, and that will catch up to him when it comes to the ERA. Despite that he has a 3.79 ERA and continues to pitch well. His 9.2 K/9 is strong and he is a good control arm when it comes to walks. The 15% swinging strike rate and his whiff rates overall are too good to pass up.

Players I’m Watching

Logan Allen, SD, 31%
Scott Oberg, COL, 27%
Matt Strahm, SD, 26%
Avisail Garcia, TB, 33%
Yandy Diaz, TB, 32%
Jason Heyward, CHC, 20%
Josh Reddick, HOU, 18%

  
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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