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Written by Sam Gubner
(Percentages on the side of each player indicate what percentage of leagues they are owned in)
It’s been a week since I last told you which players you should pick up on your fantasy waiver wire. Well, here are some fresh new faces to add to your fantasy squads if you are in need of some extra production.
OF – Steven Moya – Detroit Tigers (4.4%)
Steven Moya, the replacement for injured right fielder J.D. Martinez, has displayed his sensational power, hitting three home runs in his last three games. Even though he has an abysmal 1-15 strikeout to walk ratio, Moya’s power and ability to drive in runs gives him tremendous fantasy value. Look for Moya to become one the better outfielders in baseball as the season progresses.
2B – Devon Travis – Toronto Blue Jays (28.9%)
Travis is a major talent, but was injured for the beginning of the season because of a shoulder injury. But since being called up, Travis has found his stroke hitting .256 with 3 homers and 14 RBIs. In addition, Travis was one of the best second baseman last year hitting .304 with 8 dingers and 35 RBIs, but again suffered that season-ending shoulder injury. Even with that shoulder injury still lingering, Travis’ talent warrants him to be owned in more than 28.9% of leagues.
SS – Didi Gregorius – New York Yankees (16%)
The patience that the Yankees have taken with Didi Gregorius has finally paid off with the shortstop hitting .619 with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs in last nine games. Gregorius is an extremely talented contact hitter, so this hot streak was bound to happen. While being red hot and showing no signs of slowing down, Gregorius is a great pickup especially if you are in the market for a shortstop.
C – Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets (24.4%)
d’Arnaud has struggled immensely this season, hitting a .184 in 49 bat bats. Even with these struggles, if healthy d’Arnaud is worthy of at least a backup catcher spot. He warrants this because of last seasons totals where he hit .268 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs in just 239 at bats. So when he heats up, and he will, everyone is going to wish that they had picked him up sooner rather than later.
SP – Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians (41.7%)
Bauer is one of the great pitching talents of the league, and it is just his inconsistency and control issues that has always stopped him from becoming great. Well, Bauer is finally finding his routine, going 2-0 with a 1.49 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his last five starts. What pushes Bauer over the top though is his ability to strike people out with his amazing fastball that can reach an upper 90s velocity. With his control issues behind him, Bauer is starting to become an elite fantasy pitcher.
SP – Matt Shoemaker – Los Angeles Angels (46.8%)
Shoemaker has been just what the Angels needed after loosing starting pitchers such as Garrett Richards and C.J. Wilson. He has been so good in fact, that he hasn’t pitched a non-quality start since May 11! In this stretch, Shoemaker has pitched 55.5 innings with a 2.43 ERA and 67 strikeouts. Shoemaker with his unstoppable splitter is showing no signs of slowing down, and the fact that he is only owned in 46.8% leagues is preposterous.