MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 18

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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Hitters

Kole CalhounKole Calhoun – OF – 29% Owned

The home runs and power production has been there, but the average has not. Seeing 109 AB against lefties is a part of that, but he leaves more to be desired against right-handers. July has been a great month for Calhoun, hitting .301 with seven doubles and six homers. He is now up to 23 home runs on the season. The .301 average this month has come with better BABIP luck. It has been dreadful this year, so it is good to see the hard-contact paying off for Calhoun. I am landing Calhoun during this hot stretch.

Mitch MorelandMitch Moreland – 1B – 10% Owned

When Mitch Moreland is healthy, he is a solid corner infield option. He is back off the IL, and will pick up a bulk of the playing time against right-handed pitching. He has a .368 wOBA and .341 ISO off right-handers before the injury. His .206 BABIP against right-handers dragged that average down quite a bit. Hard-contact and other batted ball stats back up Moreland. The thing with him is health, but picking up off the waiver wire doesn’t give you a ton of risk.

Eric SogardEric Sogard – 2B, SS, OF – 20% Owned

Eric Sogard just continues to hit and get on base. Hitting at the top of the order is also an advantage for those looking for some runs. He is hitting .321 in the second half after hitting .294 in the first. He has middle infield appeal, and should be owned at least as a depth play. His second half numbers have jumped, and the hard-contact has as well. I talked Sogard a few weeks ago, yet ownership has generally stayed around this mark for most of the last few months.

Asdrubal CabreraAsdrubal Cabrera – 2B, 3B, SS – 31% Owned

Some had high hopes for Asdrubal Cabrera to keep producing, but the 33-year-old veteran has struggled in Texas. However, he opens up the second half looking a lot better. He has a 102 wRC+ in the month of July, and 116 in the second half. His strikeout rate has dropped by 6% as well. Hard-contact jumped from 39% to 46% and while this is a small sample size, I don’t mind biting if you need some power help. Playing in Texas gives him a bump, and Cabrera has had fantasy value the last few seasons.

Pitchers

miami marlinsZac Gallen – SP – 30% Owned

The walks keep Zac Gallen’s ownership down, and that is ultimately why he is a risky play. They can hinder his innings with the pitch count, but that has been the reason for the poor start or two. Otherwise, Gallen has a ton of potential and is an exciting prospect for Miami. He has a 12% swinging strike rate and 28% strikeout rate. The poor groundball rate can be helped by the ballpark, but overall Gallen has a lot of potential if he can keep walks in check. Given the options out there, he is worth the risk.

Tyler BeedeTyler Beede – SP – 12% Owned

Tyler Beede has pitched pretty well of late. The former first round pick just hasn’t amounted to much, and consistency has been the issue. Overall July has been a great month, sporting a 2.63 ERA in 27 innings. His xFIP dropped from over five to 4.34. He also found a lot better control, with a 2% walk rate in July. The hard-contact is still rather high, but overall Beede is a worthy option pitching in a friendly ballpark.

Players I’m Watching

  • Marco Gonzales, SEA, 51%
  • Kevin Gausman, ATL, 36%
  • Daniel Ponce de Leon, STL, 25%
  • Sandy Alcantara, MIA, 11%
  • Alex Verdugo, LAD, 42%
  • Garrett Cooper, MIA, 31%
  • Jason Heyward, CHC, 30%
  
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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