2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Advice: September 12
James Grande is here to look around the Fantasy Baseball waiver wire to point out some interesting names to consider heading into the next week of the MLB season.
Johan Camargo , ATL 3B, SS (52% ownership), FAAB Bid - $14-15 - I’m kinda shocked to see his ownership this low, but Camargo is a must own at this stage in the game. He’s homered three times over his last five games and five times over the past two weeks. He is two homers away from 20 for the year and the Braves have been maximizing his at-bats by hitting him anywhere from second to fourth essentially every night. He should be owned everywhere right now.
Adrián Béltre , TEX 3B (68% ownership), FAAB Bid - $13 - Now that we’re headed into the stretch run, you need players that can help you either sneak into the playoffs, establish you as a premier playoff team or help you win a championship. The way Beltre has been playing in September he could be someone that helps you take your league down. Just over the first 10 days of the month, Beltre has slashed .333/.405/.818 with five bombs. He’s strictly been DH’ing, so he’s been focusing on nothing but hitting.
Luis Castillo , CIN SP (61% ownership), FAAB Bid - $12-13 - The Luis Castillo that everyone spent an early round draft pick on this season has finally arrived. It took him a lot longer than we all expected, but better late than never, right? Excluding one start against the Cubs when he only struck out two his last four strikeout totals have been nine, seven, 11 and nine. We still want the length out of Castillo as he hasn’t been able to complete seven innings in seemingly forever, but he’s gotten close on multiple occasions recently.
Joe Musgrove , PIT SP (29% ownership), FAAB Bid - $10 - Musgrove has been really consistent since the All-Star break and quite honestly has been more unlucky than anything. He gave up four earned runs over six innings over his last time out but the 6.00 ERA and 2.87 xFIP don’t matchup. I love the fact he has back-to-back starts with eight K’s and four of his last five with at least seven. The uptick in strikeouts provides us with plenty of value for an SP4 headed into the postseason.
Reynaldo López , CWS SP (23% ownership), FAAB Bid - $7-8 - Since the start of August, Lopez has pitched really well posting a 3.28 ERA over 46.2 innings. His opponents are only batting .211 since the start of August and have only posted a .280 wOBA. He’s also been impressive with the strikeouts over that span notching a 24-percent rate. He’s not going to be a huge contributor in wins, but he’s chipping in everywhere else, making him worth the add in a lot of formats.
Ty Buttrey , LAA SP, RP (4% ownership), FAAB Bid - $7-8 - So I’m still going to consider this a sneaky pick up because he’s still just four percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, but Buttrey has been lights out since joining the Angels and has now picked up two saves and a hold over his last three outings. Blake Parker has been shaky in the ninth for the Angels and with the season wrapped up for them, why not continue to run Buttrey out to see what they have in him. He has an 0.77 ERA and 0.94 WHP since joining the Angels.
Jorge Lopez , KCR SP, RP (5% ownership), FAAB Bid - $6-7 - We saw Lopez fall three outs short of a perfect game his last time out, but still fired eight-plus brilliant innings. He’s now thrown back-to-back games of one earned run and has 12 strikeouts over his last 15 innings. He’s only made seven career starts but the 25-year old rookie is making a name for himself.
Brandon Lowe, TBR 2B, OF (6% ownership), FAAB Bid - $4 - Just over the past two weeks, Brandon Lowe has made a name for himself. Tuesday’s start makes his ninth over his last 10 games, which is obviously what we want to see if we’re picking someone up in fantasy. In September Lowe has a 1.117 OPS and for the most part, his second half has been solid as he’s posted an .820 OPS. He has solid home run upside for the remainder of the year in deeper formats.
Terrance Gore , CHC UTIL (0% ownership), FAAB Bid - $1 - If you’re desperate for steals, look no further. He literally won’t produce anything else, except maybe for a run scored because the people hitting when he gets on base, but he’s running wild. He’s stolen five bases just over his last five games and he’s only had two at-bats. If Joe Maddon needs a pinch-runner, Gore is the guy and he WILL be running. You can bank on that.