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Waiver Wire – Week 17

Daulton Varsho, OF/C, ARZ (CBS: 22% rostered): Daulton Varsho has earned a back-to-back mention in the Waiver Wire, and for good cause. Last week we mentioned that an opportunity was at-hand. This past week Varsho seized that opportunity and had four consecutive two-hit games, homered in three consecutive games, and drove in eight runs while scoring seven. We won’t condemn him for not swiping any bases. It appears that our patience is finally being rewarded.

Travis d’Arnaud, C, ATL (CBS: 27% rostered): d’Arnaud has been sidelined since early-May with a ligament issue in his left thumb but it now appears a mid-August return date is in the cards. A healthy d’Arnaud has the potential to be a significant upgrade behind the plate for both the Braves and your Fantasy squad.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, MIL (CBS: 6% rostered): The Brewers didn’t trade for Rowdy Tellez to have him ride the pine, and if this past week is any indication, the only lumber he’ll be seeing on a regular basis has Louisville stamped all over it.

Thairo Estrada, 2B, SFG (CBS: 4% rostered): Brandon Crawford finds his way to the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain and the Giants have turned to one time Yankee farmhand Thairo Estrada to fill the void. He’s off to a great start, going 7-for-21 this week with a home run and four RBI. Everything the Giants touch turns to gold this season. Why not add Estrada to the list?

Luis Guillorme, 2B/3B/SS, NYM (CBS: 1% rostered): The power and speed potential are limited but with a 20/15 BB/K ratio he does know his way around the strike zone. In deep and NL-only formats, until the return of Francisco Lindor, Guillorme is worthy of our attention.

Andy Ibanez, 3B, TEX (CBS: 1% rostered): The struggling Nick Solak has been demoted to Triple-A and it appears that Ibanez is going to be filling the void. He is off to a 7-for-13 start with a home run this week. That’s a great way to introduce yourself to the new gig!

Jose Miranda, 3B, MIN (CBS: 4% rostered): Between Double and Triple-A, Miranda is up to 20 homers and 58 RBI in 290 at-bats this year. He’s currently sporting a .338 BA and .402 OBP. The Twins are calling it a year and it would be in their best interest to see what the future may hold with Jose Miranda potentially being an integral part of the Twins 2022 plans.

Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT (CBS: 12% rostered): A Gregory Polanco sighting has occurred. It has been a while since we’ve uttered those words. He’s coming off a 5-for-16 week with a pair of homers, six RBI, and two stolen bases. It’s worth a small bid to see if he can continue his current hot streak into next week.

Victor Reyes, OF, DET (CBS: 3% rostered): Niko Goodrum has hit the 10-day IL with calf tightness and the Tigers will turn to Victor Reyes to hold down the fort until his return. Some pop, some speed, and hopefully a few less strikeouts await those playing in deeper formats.

Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN (CBS: 4% rostered): The wrist injury suffered by Nick Castellanos has opened the door for Aquino to get another opportunity at regular at-bats in the Cincinnati outfield. He’ll likely do what he does best, strikeout a ton and hit the ball a long way when he doesn’t strikeout.

Harrison Bader, OF, STL (CBS: 19% rostered): It has been a tough year for the young Cards centerfielder. He missed five weeks with a fractured rib cage, returning July 1, and has made up for lost ground. Three homers, 12 RBI, a couple of stolen bases and a .394 OBP in July is making up for lost ground and in a big way.

Jake Eder, SP, MIA (CBS: 4% rostered): It’s a long shot, but maybe just maybe the Marlins might give Eder a shot this season. He has shoved it at Double-A this year to the tune of a 1.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and an off-the-charts 92 strikeouts in 64 2/3 IP in 13 starts. The Vanderbilt alumni is looking like he could be a force in Southern Florida for many years to come.

Joe Ryan, SP, MIN (CBS: 4% rostered): The return in the Nelson Cruz deal to the Rays, Ryan and that 75/10 K/BB ratio in 57 innings at Triple-A is very enticing. I’m wagering that the Twins will want to give him an opportunity show off that stuff in Minnesota before the season concludes.

Braxton Garrett, SP, MIA (CBS: 4% rostered): Suddenly, the deep Marlins rotation is starting to look a tad on the lean side, prompting the Marlins to turn to Garrett on Saturday. He responded in fine form tossing seven strong innings of four-hit one walk ball, with ten strikeouts and allowing only two earned runs against the vaunted Padres offense. He was sent down after the game but have no fear. He will be back up with the Marlins, sooner rather than later. 

Touki Toussaint, SP, ATL (CBS: 31% rostered): Yes, it was only one start, but it was a very good one. On Tuesday he tossed 6 2/3 innings of one run ball against the Padres in his first start of the season. He has the Phillies today, another good test. The stuff is filthy. His success will ultimately be determined by his ability to limit the free pass.

Logan Webb, SP, SFG (CBS: 22% rostered): In his past six starts, going back to May 11, Webb has allowed a total of five earned runs. In those 29 IP he’s struck out 32 batters while allowing only seven walks. Why is he rostered in only 22% of the Leagues using CBS?

Dillon Tate, RP, BAL (CBS: 1% rostered): Six consecutive scoreless appearances, the most recent of which on Saturday resulted in a save, and we have a new clubhouse leader for the ninth-inning gig in Baltimore. Bid small and hope he does something the rest of the relief corps in Baltimore has failed to do this year. Hold the job.

Blake Treinen, RP, LAD (CBS: 20% rostered): It’s not like we haven’t seen Kenley Jansen struggle before and it’s happening again. Will the Dodgers stick with him during his current struggles? Probably, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore a potential “Plan B”. Currently, Blake Treinen is “Plan B”.

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