Most of the September call-ups have taken place, at least most of the one's that matter. At this point in the season, roster expansion is a double edge sword. The mass arival of prospects gives us more options, but it also has an effect on injured players. Players that are banged up that would otherwise have been placed on the disabled list are not likely to be placed on the DL with so much roster flexibility. With that in mind, in the final weeks of the season, your pickups are most likely only going to come by cutting a player.
It’s the final stretch and for some leagues the playoffs are either underway or fast approaching. We have a nice infusion of talent with roster expansion and some of the finest prospects in Major League Baseball getting a taste of "The Show". If you are in the money, or battling for position, here are the waiver wire pickups for Week 23, if not, you are probably already working on improving your Fantasy Football team!
It’s the final week of August and the last waiver period before Major League teams expand to 40 man rosters and many more options for your fantasy team down the stretch. If your league allows minor league pickups, now is the time to take a chance and grab young talent you believe will get called up. We’ll address those projections in this week’s edition of the Farm Report, but Waiver Flavor will remains business as usual with suggested pickups from current 25 man rosters.
As we head down the home stretch, fantasy owners are either battling down to the wire, or trying to improve on 2014. It is easy to focus on categories to try and make your move, but often time "reaching" for a category will hurt you substantially in others. If you are in rebuild mode, there is plenty of young talent already in the majors and much more coming in two weeks. Good luck and don't spend too much time on football at the expense of your baseball team!
It is definitely crunch time across fantasy nation and the start of the NFL pre-season isn't helping one focus. Teams that have a shot at finishing "in the money" will find the time, but its the rest that you should be worried about. As owners give up on the 2013 Fantasy Baseball season and turn their attention to football, their rosters often lag from inattention. This is not a new issue and there is nothing that can really be done about it. As prospects are called up, especially after September 1st, rebuilding fantasy franchises will be looking to add to their '14 rosters, which is best case for keeping everyone involved.
We have moved past the traditional July 31st trading deadline and now must focus on August "waiver" trades. As we see moves that appear likely, we will address players that may have advanced opportunity. We have bullpen changes in Seattle and Houston and Detroit may not be far behind. Of course this week's pending suspensions due to performance enhancing drugs will certainly impact not only the pennant races but fantasy races as well. While I hope nobody has been counting on a return of Alex Rodriguez, potential losses of players like Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta will/would be huge.
We have done a good job of staying ahead of the curve this season, while at the same time trying to avoid duplication. To stay on top of the best players available in your particular league, I suggest you review not only the current Waiver Flavor, but the past few editions each week. We gave you a heads up several weeks ago on Wily Peralta, Brad Ziegler, Adeiny Hechavarria and Michael Saunders,giving you opportunity to put in claims on the front end. This week's edition of Farm Report focused on the bevy of call-up's that are effecting not only waiver and free agency claims this week, but already having an effect on standings across fantasy nation. If you haven't done so already, check in with the Farm Report for players like Jonathan Villar, Junior Lake, Christian Yelich, Erasmo Ramirez and Jarred Cosart. Now, as the Brandon Beachy watch continues, on to the the veteran portion of this week's suggested pickups..
With the MLB trading deadline coming at the end of the month, we can expect it to not only impact the pennant races but fantasy as well. It appears that Matt Garza is all but headed to Texas for a package of prospects headlined by Mike Olt. We could see closers Kevin Gregg and Steve Cishek moved, not only impacting the situation at their new teams, but createing new roles at their old ones. With fantasy trading deadline passed, or passing, MLB trades will be the main source of impact players, along with the remaining minor league call ups.
As we hit the All-Star break, many leagues also pass their trading deadline. When trading is no longer an option, free agency and waivers become even more important. "Real Life" trades also figure to play a major factor with veterans like Matt Garza (pictured) possibly on the move. Many times during the season, our weekly list has a nice piece or two, lacking depth... but this week is different. I feel there are a number of players featured in this week's edition of Waiver Flavor that can help your team in the short... and long term. I should note that three pitchers made an appearance this week, but were promptly sent back to the minors. Cleveland's Danny Salazar and Houston's Jarred Cosart had outstanding performances, while the pitcher with the best track record, Erasmo Ramirez of Seattle, was shelled. Depending on your particular league rules, I beleive each is worthy of "stashing".
As we move into the season's second half and approach the All-Star break, it gets harder to find impact talent that hasn't already been addressed. The majority of those worthy of your roster are either minor league call-ups or those returning from injury. Gaps in the standings are becoming more pronounced and instead of adding potential balanced, well rounded players is replaced by those with strength in a particular category where points can be won.... or lost. Just like some players may re-appear on Waiver Flavor over time, inevitably players you have dropped again receive consideration.