MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 15

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

Justin Smoak – 1B – 34% Owned

Justin Smoak’s average has been a killer this season, and given how deep the position is it makes sense for people to have dropped him. Rounding out the first half, Smoak had a .268 xBA, suggesting he was rather unlucky in the first half given his .226 average. He still had a .365 OBP, and that ISO is still over .200. If Smoak can keep things the same, he should have some better luck. His BABIP sits at .231, and has been around .280-.290 over the last three seasons.

J.P. Crawford – SS – 18% Owned

Could we be seeing the former top prospect start to breakout? J.P. Crawford has a .290/.361/.486 slashing line so far this season, and has a .196 ISO. His batted ball stats have taken a turn to a better direction, wit his hard-contact up. Hitting .338 in June with nine extra base hits is a step in the right direction. He won’t do much against left-handed pitching, but against righties he is hotting over .300 with a .236 ISO.

Outfielders

Leury Garcia – OF – 15% Owned

Leury Garcia continues to leadoff for Chicago, where he has a lot of R and SB potential. Especially given the names behind him are heating up with the weather. His average is higher than his xBA, which makes sense, but he is about a league average player who can be viable in fantasy. He has 58 runs already this season, which is as many as Javier Baez and Alex Bregman. There will be the occasional steal, and Garcia isn’t going to kill you anywhere else.

Marwin Gonzalez – 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF – 26% Owned

Marwin Gonzalez was flirting with 40% ownership before hit hit the IL, and now he has dropped about 15%. Gonzalez slumped in the beginning of the year, and people panicked. He had a 118 wRC+ in May and 121 wRC+ in the games he did play for June. With all the injuries over the last week to Matt Carpenter and Tommy La Stella, Gonzalez is a great plug and play given his position eligibility. Also being in the mix of one of the best offenses in 2019, this is a great add for a bench role or an everyday starter.

Pitchers

Tyler Mahle – SP – 11% Owned

I was a bit surprised to see Tyler Mahle hold his own against a lefty heavy Milwaukee team in his last start, but he had eight strikeouts over six innings. He allowed just three earned runs. Mahle has a 4.36 ERA this season and 3.82 xFIP. Home runs kill him, and lefties can too. He is extremely tough against right-handers, holding them to a .278 wOBA, and owns a 29% strikeout rate. Matchups are key for Mahle, but his strikeout upside is enticing if you are looking in that department. He won’t walk guys, and should have better road numbers than advertised. His ERA over the last few months should be lower than his current mark.

Dinelson Lamet – SP – 15% Owned

Did people not get the word Dinelson Lamet is back? Or did they forget that this young arm was thriving before a set of injuries. He took on a tough Dodgers offense in his 2019 debut, and had seven strikeouts over five innings. He took the loss allowing three hits and three earned runs. Walks were his main issues before injuries, but he has some big strikeout upside. In 114 innings back in 2017 he had a 28.7% strikeout rate. Lamet is someone worth investing in for the second half, especially with the Padres limiting the innings and switching roles with some of the others.

Players I’m Watching

Logan Allen, SD, 23%
Scott Oberg, COL, 29%
Matt Strahm, SD, 23%
Avisail Garcia, TB, 30%
Yandy Diaz, TB, 35%
Jason Heyward, CHC, 34%
Josh Reddick, HOU, 10%
Colin Moran, PIT, 9%
Miguel Rojas, MIA, 8%

  
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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