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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds Week 19

Hello everybody and welcome to Week 19 of Waiver Wire Adds. The much anticipated trade deadline has come and passed and to be honest, it wasn’t all that eventful. There was a big Yu Darvish trade and a slew of other low impact moves, but as far as it affects most fantasy rosters, the deadline didn’t open up much playing time other than the handful of players we already discussed in the prior week or two. That being said, there are saves in Minnesota to be had (sort of) and a few other mostly youngsters to look into adding, so on with the advice.

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox, (57% Owned On Yahoo):

Rafael Devers is a heralded prospect in the Red Sox organization. The prevailing thought (and the reason why I haven’t suggested picking him up earlier) is that he’d be back in the minors at the trade deadline after the Red Sox acquired the inevitable 3B help (originally though to be Todd Frazier, but ended up as Eduardo Nunez instead). However, since the trade deadline, Devers has maintained his position as a starter despite Nunez having started his Red Sox career in hot fashion. Now that it would appear that Devers is up for good and getting full at bats, I heartily recommend grabbing him. He currently has a .389 average and 3 home runs in 36 at bats. I don’t think he has as much power as he’s shown in this small sample size, but he should be able to contribute a solid average with decent numbers in the rest of the categories.

Yulieski Gurriel, 1B, Houston Astros (55% Owned On Yahoo):

With a name so difficult that Yahoo decided to just shorten it to Yuli, Yulieski Gurriel was a highly touted player from Cuba (along with his brother Lourdes). In the story of this season, the Astros can’t seem to do any wrong, so Gurriel has some value just by being a regular in a very potent lineup. However, with Carlos Correa and George Springer both banged up, Gurriel has been the beneficiary by moving up in the lineup. The added RBI opportunities are obviously welcome and he’s been hitting .292 with 14 home runs over the course of the season, so it’s not like he hasn’t earned the better spot in the lineup. For as long as Gurriel is hitting in the heart of the Astros order, you want him on your team!

Howie Kendrick, 2B/OF, Washington Nationals (22% Owned On Yahoo):

The resident veteran on today’s list, Howie Kendrick has been around for what seems like an eternity. The thing is, Kendrick can still be productive in the right circumstances. As a new member of the Nationals, Kendrick has essentially gotten full time at bats and has provided a solid spark. In only 163 at bats this year, Kendrick has a .358 average and 9 stolen bases. Obviously the average is due for a fall, but Kendrick can still hit for an above .300 average over the course of the rest of the season (this is a skill he has shown time and again). The bad news is that Michael Taylor is due back soon as is Trea Turner, so Kendrick will likely find at bats harder to come by moving forward. However, with a team like the Nationals, they will likely want to keep their best players fresh over the final month or so riding into the playoffs, so I expect Kendrick to continue seeing 3-4 starts a week even when the injured players return. As a bench player, Kendrick can help most squads. Additionally, in Yahoo leagues, Kendrick still qualifies at 1B and 3B from last year in addition to 2B and OF, so he’s the perfect bench utility player in those leagues.

Taylor Rogers, RP, Minnesota Twins (13% Owned On Yahoo):

Let’s be clear, the Minnesota Twins bullpen sucks. There really aren’t any good arms in that bullpen to be had. With the trade of Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals, the Twins find themselves in need of a new closer. To be fair, Kintzler had racked up quite a few saves before being shipped off, so there may be at least a decent amount of saves to be had in this role. So, is Taylor Rogers the guy? Well shit, I don’t think the Twins even know who their guy is, but based on the arms they have to choose from, they’d be stupid if they didn’t at least give Rogers a real chance to run with it. Rogers is not overly talented and it’s certainly possible that he doesn’t earn a single save for the rest of the season, however, I can’t endorse such names as Matt Belisle, Tyler Duffey or Trevor Hildenberger so Rogers is my bet for now. He’s mostly available and he has a chance to get saves, this is about the best you can hope for if you’re trying to move up in the category in August.

Lucas Sims, SP, Atlanta Braves (5% Owned On Yahoo):

This one is a bit of a gamble, but if you’re looking for a starter in a year where pitching is way down, you should at least consider Lucas Sims. Sims has solid strikeout potential but he still hasn’t fully refined his pitching so expect some bouts of wildness. Also, as an Atlanta Brave, don’t expect a ton of run support for wins either. That being said, I do think Sims has enough talent to eventually emerge as a decent starting pitcher in the league and sometimes a young pitcher hits the majors and has a great stretch before teams start to build a file on how to hit off of him (sometimes they just get lit up from the start). Either way, if you’re desperate for an arm who may get you a few strikeouts and hopefully not kill you elsewhere, it’s always worth taking the chance on youth over known mediocrity.

That’s it for today my friends! This is the time of year when football drafts hit and everybody switches their focus, so make sure you maintain your edge by staying alert and jumping on good talent. As always, don’t be afraid comment in the section below!