MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 20

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

Aristides Aquino – OF – 36% Owned

Aquino has been a power house since coming up, and he is still owned in less than 40% of leagues. That will change soon, so get on it if you need some power. He has been hitting cleanup for the Reds, which is a premier spot in the order to do some damage. The strikeout rate comes with it, and that has been there mostly in the minors too. He has 48 HR in his last two seasons in the minors combined, although 28 of those came in 78 Triple-A games this year.

J.D. Davis – 1B, 3B, OF – 34% Owned

J.D. Davis is mashing in the second half, with six doubles, three homers, and a .382 batting average. He had a solid first half, with a 115 wRC+ and .221 ISO, but the second half has been a great start. Hard-contact is way up, and he is getting more lift on the ball as well. Davis can give you some corner infield help, as well as outfield eligibility. I will grab the hot streak here with Davis, and within a Mets team that is fighting for the postseason.

Brian Anderson – 3B, OF – 25% Owned

While we shouldn’t expect the home run streak to continue, he does have nine in 26 second half games, and had 11 in the first half. There are a few things to like outside of that. The strikeout rate has been cut down, and his groundball rate is lower as well. The hard-contact has been consistent all season. I know we don’t want to use Miami bats, but Anderson is one of the few worth rostering right now.

Pitchers

Mike Foltynewicz – SP – 42% Owned

Mike Foltynewicz was cruising before a few home runs derailed his start against Minnesota. The outcome wasn’t great, but how many arms have shut down Minnesota this year. However, Folty looked good. He was throwing his slider a lot more, and his fastball was also solid. The contact rate was down and the lowest it has been all year. He is worth a look still, and gets a matchup against the Marlins in his next start. There isn’t much risk if he is out there in your league.

Dinelson Lamet – SP – 45% Owned

Control has been an issue for Dinelson Lamet, but the strikeouts have been there. He is coming off his best start and most lengthy start since returning to the bigs, striking out 12 over seven scoreless innings. He has a 3.66 xFIP, 3.90 ERA, and 32% strikeout rate. The 10% walk rate is what holds him down. He is a pitcher worth the risk, and has shown potential before the injury. He is living hard-contact and the pitch style is also benefitted from playing in Petco Park.

Players I’m Watching

  • Brett Anderson, OAK, 22%
  • Kevin Gausman, ATL, 24%
  • Sandy Alcantara, MIA, 9%
  • Jordan Yamamoto, MIA, 32%
  • Freddy Galvis, TOR, 38%
  • Ryan McMahon, COL, 35%
  • Corey Dickerson, PHI, 26%
  
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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