MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 16

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

Danny Santana – 1B, 2B, OF – 25% Owned

Danny Santana has turned himself into a sneaky speed and power threat. He has 20 combined stolen bases and home runs at the moment, and is hitting over .300. Santana flashed fantasy potential back in his Minnesota days at times, but was never consistent enough to keep things going. Santana is relying on a sky high BABIP and the strikeout rate isn’t great, but for the occasional speed and power numbers I will put up with it.

Jake Lamb – 1B, 3B – 14% Owned

Jake Lamb was once a strong power threat at third base, and injuries have caused his last few seasons to go down the drain. He is still 28 years old, and I don’t mind buying in before he pops up on everybody’s radar. His hard-contact rate is over 40% and he isn’t hitting everything into the ground. Good signs if Lamb can stay healthy. Even with a high strikeout rate, Lamb is worth picking up as at least a stash.

Outfielders

Eric Thames – 1B, OF – 9% Owned

Eric Thames is coming off of a June where he hit as many home runs as April and May combined. He also hit .333 with six doubles. Thames is in the middle of a strong Brewers lineup, and hitting half his games at Miller Park is also a plus. He will occasionally have an off day against a lefty, but against right-handers he has a .268 ISO and .374 wOBA on the season. Thames hard-contact is up over 45% against right-handed pitching, and his hard-contact at home is 59%. If you are in search of power, Thames is your guy.

Jason Heyward – OF – 30% Owned

Jason Heyward’s ownership dropped about 10-15% over the break, and we are in the midst of the season where it is tough finding new names to talk about. Heyward still is one outfielder that deserves to be on a roster right now. He has a .968 OPS in June, and his batted ball stats have been trending upwards each month. Heyward will occasionally sit agains the southpaw hitting .188 against them, but his numbers against right-handed pitching have been excellent. Especially comparing to his last few seasons of disappointment.

Pitchers

Dakota Hudson – SP – 30% Owned

Dakota Hudson is sitting with a 3.51 ERA and 4.28 xFIP this season. Walks have been an issue, but he has been able to work around it. It is mainly to left-handed hitters, which is the issue for the young right-hander. He had an xFIP under four in June and it is under four once again to start the month of July. Hudson has a really good groundball rate, sitting at 60% in the first half. His last two months have had an ERA under three.

Andrew Heaney – SP – 40% Owned

Injuries have plagued Andrew Heaney yet again, but he has shown some strikeout upside since coming back. The home runs have killed him, allowing nine in eight starts, but 49 strikeouts in 41.2 innings is what we are after in this spot. Heaney hasn’t looked as sharp with his command, but I would roll the dice on those issues coming down a tad and the strikeouts will balance things out a bit.

Players I’m Watching

Griffin Canning, LAA, 36%
Justin Smoak, TOR, 33%
– Oscar Mercado, CLE, 26%
Marwin Gonzalez, MIN, 26%
Dinelson Lamet, SD, 21%
Josh Reddick, HOU, 18%
Spencer Turnbull, DET, 18%
Sandy Alcantara, MIA, 14%
J.P. Crawford, SEA, 13%
Colin Moran, PIT, 10%
– Nate Lowe, TB, 9%

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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