We are now in the thick of it for the fantasy baseball playoffs with three weeks left in the 2023 MLB regular season. This article will mostly just touch on players that can help you right now. You’ll see some streaming pitcher suggestions for Tuesday’s action below. But if you want a few more players to consider then definitely check out the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire article that was published over the weekend. There are plenty of great options in there like Jordan Lawlar, Ryan Pepiot, Nelson Velazquez, and more! But you may be set in your ways with your roster and that’s fine. But if you’re looking for a hitter to grab this week, or maybe you need a pitcher on Tuesday then these are the latest fantasy baseball waiver wire targets!
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups – Hitters
Evan Carter, OF, Texas Rangers
Carter was mentioned over the weekend, but the article mostly featured Jordan Lawlar so I want to give Carter his own spotlight. He only went 1-for-8 with one RBI and a stolen base over the weekend, but he came up huge Monday night going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. He may be stuck hitting ninth for the remainder of the month but if he gets on base and that just means there are some great hitters than can drive him in.
I haven’t written up Nolan Jones mostly because his rostership numbers are so high that I didn’t think there was any point. However, as other fantasy baseball teams are eliminated and he’s still out there on waivers then maybe it’s more viable. At this point in the season you need to be targeting players that can help you win a championship. And Jones can certainly do that. He is is slashing .280/.361/.517 with 15 home runs and 13 stolen bases. Between now and the end of the regular season, the Rockies have 13 games at Coors Field, where he’s hitting .295 as opposed to .269 on the road.
Hays is coming off an absolutely stellar week. Last week he had eight hits, four of which were for extra bases, with nine runs scored and six RBI. It would be something spectacular if he could get a couple shots at hitting leadoff, but we love riding the wave of a hot bat and he gets this whole upcoming scoring period at home. He got the night off on Monday but did appear later in the game after the O’s put up nine runs. I still really like the potential this week.
Mitch Garver, C/DH, Texas Rangers
I mentioned Garver a week ago but he’s just doing everything to contribute to the Texas Rangers lineup. He’s slashing .286/.387/.541 on the season with 16 home runs. He’s recently been hitting fourth in the lineup and scored four runs in his last three games. He’s definitely a target to plug into your catcher slot if that’s been a weak spot for you and he hits in the heart of a great lineup.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups – Pitchers
John Means is set to make his 2023 season debut after missing the beginning of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery. Means was never a high-strikeout kind of pitcher but he could deliver 3.50 ERA and didn’t allow too many free passes. His addition will be welcomed by the Orioles ahead of the playoffs. I’m not fully convinced he’ll go deep into his first handful of starts right away. But he was stretched out across five innings and 86 pitches in the minors. Means gets an inviting matchup on Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals before a two-start week next week.
Quantrill was plagued for the longest time by being unable to pitch deep into games. But since he’s returned from the IL that stigma changed in his last two starts where he logged quality starts against the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. He gets to face the San Francisco Giants in his next matchup on Tuesday and then he’s a two-start pitcher next week. I’m perfectly fine streaming him on Tuesday because the matchup is so good and then you could probably drop him to find another streamer later in the week.
Michael King, RP/SP, New York Yankees
Since Michael King was promoted to the starting rotation, he’s made the most of it and yielded some good results. He’s not going incredibly deep but in his last two outings he did go five innings in each but what will catch your eyes are the 13 strikeouts and one walk. So if you need strikeouts or if you have those precious ratio categories like strikeouts-to-walks or strikeouts per nine innings then he’s a great short-term addition to any fantasy baseball team. He gets a road start against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
May has a firm grip on the Oakland Athletics closer role. He’s gone 7-for-7 on converting save opportunities since August 22nd. He had an issue earlier in the year with too many free passes. However, he’s allowed just two walks in his last nine appearances entering Monday night’s slate of games. If he’s still floating around on waivers in your shallower leagues and you’re in the playoffs, he’s probably the best source of saves of any relief pitcher that could be found in the free agent pool.
It’s been almost a month since Brash recorded a save. That’s pretty much on par with when I last featured him in this article. However, he gets strikeouts and limits damage in relief. The lack of saves certainly sucks, but the Mariners seem content with him in his current role and he’s been pretty clutch for them down the stretch.