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Waiver Wire – Week 10

Eric Haase, C, DET (CBS: 8% rostered): Eric Haase is flat out on fire. In his past three starts, he has hit five homers. The power is definitely real as evidenced by the 20+ homers he has hit in the past three seasons down on the farm, but nobody anticipated this kind of outburst. As a bonus, he now has four games played in the outfield. Outfield eligibility is right around the corner.  

Ryan Jeffers, C, MIN (CBS: 6% rostered): Mitch Garver was placed on the 10-day IL after emergency groin surgery last Tuesday. The Twins immediately called up Ryan Jeffers and he has responded in fine form going 5-for-12 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Garver is likely to miss a significant amount of time making a Jeffers addition even more appealing.

Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B, CHC (CBS: 17% rostered): Since getting the call the last week of May, Wisdom has been on a tear. The .400 BA and five homers clearly attest to that fact. As the walking wounded start returning in Chicago, he will likely lose opportunities, but even with that news, he appears to be a wise option in NL-only and deeper 20-team formats.

Chris Gittens, 1B, NYY (CBS: 5% rostered): The ongoing struggles of the New York offense have prompted them to give Chris Gittens a look. It’s time for DJ Lemahieu to spend more time at second base with Rougned Odor and that .182 BA riding the pine. Let’s hope the Yankees agree and give Gittens a decent opportunity to ply his trade at first base.

Jonathan Schoop, 2B, DET (CBS: 39% rostered): Schoop always seems to find himself in the mix as a quality injury replacement and sometimes a bit more. Over the last seven games, he has mashed five homers, driven in ten runs, and scored seven times. It’s time to find a home for Schoop in all formats. 

Amed Rosario, SS, CLE (CBS: 25% rostered): The Andres Gimenez experiment failed horribly, leaving Amed Rosario an opportunity to slide back into his natural position at shortstop. Since May 18, Rosario is 17-for-54 with nine runs scored and three stolen bases. He’s also doing something we haven’t seen in a while, taking a free pass. Sustaining those numbers means we’re looking at a 20+ stolen base threat, something we sorely need in our game.

Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 13% rostered): It appears as if Bader is a quick healer and could be looking at a return from the right rib hairline fracture as early as this week. That power/speed potential is still very alluring and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Bradley Zimmer, OF, CLE (CBS: 3% rostered): The Indian recalled Zimmer on May 27 and so far, so good. He’s not hitting for power, at least not yet, but is 5-for-21 with three stolen bases. Based on what we’ve seen thus far from the collective group of Cleveland outfielders, it’s safe to say this level of production should more than qualify as job security.

Jake Fraley, OF, SEA (CBS: 2% rostered): Fraley is finally healthy and enjoying a particularly good week. Two homers, 7 RBI, and a stolen base in the past three games qualifies as extremely good. What has caught my attention is that in the five games since being recalled he has drawn seven walks. This bodes well for the short-term, especially in light of the ongoing struggles of Jared Kelenic.

Marco Gonzales, SP, SEA (CBS: 58% rostered): The Mariners activated Gonzales from the 10-day IL on Tuesday, and he responded with four solid innings of two-hit, one-run ball. A return to form is more than likely and as he’s heading into a two-start week against Detroit and Cleveland, there is no time like the present to add depth to your Fantasy squad’s rotation. 

Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, CIN (CBS: 11% rostered): Gutierrez now has two starts under his belt, against the Cards and Cubs, and did not look overmatched. Moving forward he has the Brewers on the schedule for back-to-back starts. It’s time to give Vladimir Gutierrez a bit more love than the 11 percent that he is currently receiving.

Tarik Skubal, SP, DET (CBS: 47% rostered): The game is one of constant adjustments, and after a horrid start, Tarik Skubal has made some serious adjustments. In his past four starts, the 24-year-old southpaw has limited the opposition to a total of five earned runs while striking out 37 batters in 21 innings. Wow! Simply Wow!

Ryan Yarbrough, SP, TAM (CBS: 43% rostered): On April 30, Yarbrough was sitting with a 4.86 ERA. At the end Of May, he had lowered that total by almost a full run to 3.95. No, he is not an ace but a steady #5/6 type starter is a necessity on all of our teams.

Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, NYY (CBS: 17% rostered): He is not going to get you a whole bunch of saves as long as Aroldis Chapman is in town, but he will get the odd save when Chapman needs a day of rest and will amass a slew of holds and produce great peripherals. In deeper Leagues where teams have been ravaged by injury, do you want to protect that ERA/WHIP or gamble on a third-tier type starter?

Jose Cisnero, RP, DET (CBS: 1% rostered): Michael Fulmer was finally looking like he had found his niche in life as the ninth-inning guy and ends up on the IL with a strained right shoulder. Gregory Soto has had ample opportunity to close out games and will be part of a committee but don’t ignore Cisnero. He earned his first save Saturday night and could be in for more opportunities until the return of Fulmer.  

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