We’ve wrapped up another week of MLB action, so it’s time for more waiver wire moves. With more and more injuries and players collapsing, it’s time to start changing our rosters. I want to emphasize that it is not yet time to panic about your main players. Don’t go dropping the top picks that just crumble through the door. If they are still struggling in a few weeks, we can look at the underlying metrics to see if a drop is in play.
At the start of the season, we’re interested in players who are off to a hot start and, more importantly, who show lasting improvements from last season. With the early injuries, we’re also looking for players who could benefit from more playing time. Some of the players on the lower roster, or some not mentioned here, are on the solid side of the squads, so make sure you don’t add them. if they have a negative schedule. Lastly, the names in the article are listed in percentage order, not so much in my preference to add to your list. This article will discuss fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for the week 12 outfield, From June 27 to July 3.
During the first few weeks, the percentages listed can change quickly. So be quick to check your leagues for their availability. When you want to chat about Outfielders, Prospects, or Dynasty Leagues, message me directly on Twitter at @bdentrek. Key Points – This list will focus on players registered in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.
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Kirilloff was recalled eight games ago, and it’s been slow, but some positive signs. He hit safely in five of eight games when he usually hit in the middle of the Twins’ lineup. Kiriloff has four doubles since returning with eight RBIs. Kirilloff is helping with production on the run, and the power will come as he has a hard hit rate of over 60% since his recall. Kirilloff spent time in the minors after his recent injury and was destroying baseball. In due course, Kirilloff will be hitting home runs for the Twins, so jump on board now and add him to the 12-team leagues and deeper.
I’ve written Thomas many times, and I’m still shocked at how lowly he is in the Yahoo leagues. Since June 8, Thomas has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for a .321 batting average. He has one homer to go with four stolen bases. Thomas hasn’t produced much power over the past few weeks, but has .808 OPS and 130 wRC+ while scoring 11 points. Thomas is now hitting .264 on the season with six home runs and four stolen bases, following on from the power and speed he showed in the minors. Thomas should be registered in many other leagues, so I recommend fixing this where available.
I wrote about Arcia in my more in-depth NFBC waiver article this week, but wanted to mention it here because it brings a lot of fantasy appeal. Arcia took over the day-to-day role of second base when Albies played in IL games 10 years ago and hit safely in eight games. Arcia hits .343 on this streak with two homers, a .200 ISO, .927 OPS and a 154 wRC+. He’s hitting just 15.4% of the time with a 44% hard hit rate and has been a major part of the Braves’ offense. The best part is that Arcia will get second base eligibility to go along with his outfield eligibility. Arcia will be very valuable for the next two months, so add it where you need MI or OF depth.
Gonzalez is another outfielder where I’m surprised by his low sign-up. Since getting the big call last May, Gonzalez is averaging .311 with two homers. He has a .155 ISO with a .811 OPS and 132 wRC+. Gonzalez hits mid-range for the Guardians and scored 12 points while leading in 13. His 45.7% hard-hit rate and decent plate discipline back up the solid striking tool he presented until here. As long as Gonzalez plays every day and hits in the middle of the Guardians batting order, he deserves to be listed in many other leagues.
Adding Senzel is pure speculation to his point, as his advantage is definitely in play. Since June 1, he’s hit just .250 without a home run, but he’s stolen five bases and scored 11. points. He was hitting at the top of the Reds’ batting order until recently, when he slipped into the back half of the lineup. He only hits 18.5% of the time with a .310 BABIP, so more production can happen. It’s just as well that he plays his home games in the Great American Small Park. If you’re in deeper leagues then Senzel is worth a look for his current speed and potential power he can showcase.
Deeper League Waiver Thread
You can check out my article on the NFBC Deeper League Waiver Wire, which comes out every Saturday, and looks at the Deeper League Waiver Wire options at different positions.
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