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Waiver Wire – Week 8

Ji-Man Choi, 1B, TAM (CBS: 10% rostered): Ji-Man Choi was activated from the IL on May 16 and has been on a roll. In the six games since his return, he has hit for a .429 BA with two homers and eight RBI. If it is time to shore up your CI slot, Ji-Man is the man.

Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (CBS: 13% rostered): It is crowded in the Marlins outfield but as long as he is hitting, he’ll find his way into a steady diet of at-bats. In his past three games, Cooper has gone 7-for-13 and has now homered in three consecutive games. That will guarantee steady playing time.

Brendan Rodgers, 2B, COL (CBS: 30% rostered): Brendan Rogers has finally returned from the strained hamstring that kept him sidelined since mid-March. The 0-for 4 in his first game was replaced by a 2-for-3 performance with a pair of RBI in his second. He’s currently penciled in at second base. Let’s hope the Rockies give him a fair opportunity to own the position permanently.

Taylor Walls, SS, TAM (CBS: 5% rostered): The Rays moved Willy Adames to the Brewers last week, and immediately the masses were screaming for a Wander Franco or Vidal Brujan callup. Alas, the Rays felt differently and have turned to Taylor Walls to fill the void at shortstop. For all the “hue and cry” from the masses, it’s not a bad choice. Walls has demonstrated solid strike zone skills and possesses great wheels. Don’t underestimate that potential when looking at Walls as a MI option.

Owen Miller, SS, CLE (CBS: 2% rostered): Miller doesn’t possess eye-popping power or speed but don’t let that dissuade you from giving him a solid look this week. This kid can flat-out hit, something his predecessor despite all his Fantasy friendly skills couldn’t accomplish. The proof is in the pudding or at Triple-A Columbus where he posted an off-the-charts .406 BA and .457 OBP. It’s Miller time!

Jurickson Profar, 1B/2B/OF, SDP (CBS: 29% rostered): Since his return from the Covid-IL on May 17, Profar has really heated up. He has gone 8-for-20 with a pair of both home runs and stolen bases. Toss in the multi-position eligibility and it’s time to give Jurickson Profar a second (maybe third) look.

J.D. Davis, 3B, NYM (CBS: 46% rostered): Davis is heading out this week on a rehab stint and is likely looking at a return from the sprained finger that has kept him sidelined for the past couple of weeks as soon as next weekend. In a world where solid BA and OBP numbers are coveted, Davis was hitting to the tune of a .390 BA and .479 OBP in 41 at-bats prior to the injury.

Danny Santana, 1B, BOS (CBS: 10% rostered): The first-place Red Sox have called upon Danny Santana to help fill the void while Alex Verdugo goes through another bout of hamstring challenges and so far so good. Two games in and he has smacked two homers to go along with a stolen base. When he’s going well, he is very good. When he goes south, as evident by his 2020 campaign, it’s about as ugly as it gets. Spend small and hope the current hot streak is still being talked about next weekend.

Taylor Ward, OF, LAA (CBS: 10% rostered): Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas should not prove to be huge stumbling blocks for playing time for Taylor Ward. The solid on-base skills we’ve seen from Ward in the Minors are intriguing for those of us playing in AL-only and 20-team formats.

Odubel Herrera, OF, PHI (CBS: 11% rostered): The Phillies have been struggling to find solid consistent at-bats in centerfield and have recently turned the reigns over to veteran Odubel Herrera. A little pop, a little speed, and decent on-base skills have parlayed his reserve status into at least for now a full-time gig.

Elieser Hernandez, SP, MIA (CBS: 39% rostered): The great Marlins pitching staff is about to get even better. Elieser Hernandez has been on the IL since the beginning of April and is now at the rehab phase of the program. In his first rehab start he tossed three shutout hitless innings with four strikeouts. He’s likely looking at another two, possibly three starts, but a return to the Marlins in early-to-mid June is looking very likely. A buy-in early is the prudent course to steer.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET (CBS: 44% rostered): Last week he was rostered to the tune of 13% in CBS Leagues. This week he tossed a no-hitter, and he is now rostered in 44% of CBS Leagues. Go figure?

Kris Bubic, SP, KCR (CBS: 13% rostered): The Royals had Bubic working out of the bullpen to start the season with the injury to Danny Duffy necessitating a move back into the rotation. In his first start, he tossed six shutout innings against the Brewers allowing but a single hit. He still walks too many and is far from a finished product but has the potential to be a solid #4/5 type starter and in deeper formats should be on the radar.

Hansel Robles, RP, MIN (CBS: 15% rostered): The disappointing Twins have moved from Alex Colome to Tayler Rogers and now to Hansel Robles in an effort to find consistent pitching in the ninth inning. Next up would be Tyler Duffey?

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