MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 17

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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Garrett Cooper – 1B, OF – 36% Owned

Garrett Cooper has been an excellent hitter for the Marlins, which their team is rare to find any sort of fantasy value in. However, Cooper is a 28-year-old righty who is playing well. He has a .311/.385/.514 slashing line over 239 PA. He is in the 78th percentile in hard-contact, and his expected stats back up what he has done. His hard-contact is up over 40% and while his strikeout rate is high, his on-base numbers are still strong. Cooper can give you some pop as an outfielder or first baseman. Cooper is barreling 10% of baseballs seen so far, and is dialed in.

Colin Moran – 3B – 9% Owned

There are a few Pirates worth looking at on the waiver wire, and Colin Moran is one of them. He has a .816 OPS this sseason, and is on the verge of surpassing last year’s totals in just about everything. Forcing his way into more playing time, Moran is a solid third base option. He has had a .270 xBA to back his average, and everything is in line with what he has done so far. Nothing suggests a drop off, and is someone worth picking up.

Alex Verdugo – OF – 47% Owned

I am going to have to revisit outfielders at the moment, as there are not a lot of changes and the same names remain out there. Alex Verdugo isn’t overly flashy nor does he hit the ball extremely hard. However, his xBA backs a .304 average, and he is in the midst of one of the best lineups in baseball. Vergugo’s .304/.350/.502 slashing line is one of the best on the waiver wire right now, and even with A.J. Pollock back, there should be no real hit to his playing time.

Bryan Reynolds – OF – 31% Owned

Bryan Reynolds ranks in the 77th percentile in exit velocity, and is in the 87th percentile in hard-contact. His expected stats are all strong, so no real surprise that Reynolds has done so well. He has a .411 OBP through 280 PA this seasons, and has a .927 OPS. Reynolds is another outfielder worth grabbing.


Sandy Alcantara – SP – 13% Owned

Coming off a tough loss, we shouldn’t be discouraged. He has a sub-four ERA and overall he has had some bad luck at times. He has an above average fastball, and limits a lot of hard-contact. Hitters have a 31% hard-contact rate and a .243 xBA. The Marlins starting rotation have been viable fantasy offense, but the no name value and the fact they play for the Marlins might limit the ownership. He is a solid option, but I would fade his next start against the Dodgers.

Daniel Ponce de Leon – SP – 34% Owned

Daniel Ponce de Leon is back up and in the rotation. He has a 3.99 xFIP and 2.80 ERA up at the major league level. His strikeout rate is at 29%, but walks tend to follow at a 9.5% clip. While he needs to shakeup the fastball a bit, he has a good cutter, curveball, and changeup. The swinging strike rate is at 11.2%, and hitters have a pedestrian hard-contact rate.

Players I’m Watching

Griffin Canning, LAA, 30%
Justin Smoak, TOR, 31%
– Oscar Mercado, CLE, 33%
Marwin Gonzalez, MIN, 28%
Dinelson Lamet, SD, 18%
Josh Reddick, HOU, 16%
J.P. Crawford, SEA, 7%
– Nate Lowe, TB, 32%

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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