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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds Week 22

Hello everybody and welcome back to Waiver Wire Adds! Welcome to the final month of baseball! After today’s article, I will only be providing two more weeks of Waiver Adds for this season. There’s no real benefit to adds for the final week because by then many teams are resting their players and trying out random youngsters and it’s really too late to make enough of an impact in most of your categories. About the only thing you can do in the final week is stream as many starting pitchers as possible to hit Win and K marks and that really fits into a different type of article entirely. Over the next few weeks we’re looking at taking fliers on a few guys and trying to ride hot streaks to the end. That’s kind of the theme for this week, risky shots in the dark and streaks.

Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets (46% Owned On Yahoo):

This is the first shot in the dark that we have for the week. Matt Harvey has a huge pedigree and has shown greatness in his limited career. However, Harvey has also battled back from Thoracic Outlet surgery and it is very possible (if not likely) that he’ll never be what he once was. I was looking at Harvey as a hopeful bounce back over the final month now that he’s back from the DL, but his start on Saturday when he got lit up for 7 runs in only two innings was not the most promising beginning. There is still talent here and if you have an open spot and need some Wins and Ks over the final month, there is always the chance he can regain some form. I would like to roster him and watch him on the bench until he has at least one decent performance before starting him in my lineup, but if you’re desperate for any arm, he has at least done well in the past and merits consideration based on that alone.

Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers (38% Owned On Yahoo):

Nick Castellanos has, to this point in his career, been a bit of a fantasy tease. Nobody doubts that Castellanos has the ability to perform like a potential All Star, he just hasn’t been able to put it all together yet. Sometimes with talent like this, it takes time to cultivate and any time a player with good attributes like his goes on a hot streak, you have to pay attention in case we’re finally getting there. Over the past two weeks Castellanos has hit .310 with 3 home runs. Yes, this could just be a hot streak and may not signify anything of note, but my advice is still the same either way. If you need a Corner Infielder, then Castellanos is a fine option who is capable of contributing solid numbers across the board (except speed). If this is just a hot streak, fine, ride the streak. If this is more, even better! I always love low risk, high upside options to pick up, especially this late in the season.

CJ Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (15% Owned On Yahoo):

The Angels have been a very busy organization this week with their additions of Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton. They are clearly trying to make a run at the postseason right now and as such, they are likely to push their best players out there every day with this goal in mind. CJ Cron is a bit of a free swinging first baseman who is always capable of big power when he’s hitting right. Over the past month Cron has hit .298 with 7 home runs and 20 RBI. He now has even better players hitting around him in the lineup and there is no reason that his power numbers can’t stay high over the final month. I’d expect an imminent dip in the batting average, but there are few players available in this many leagues right now with the ability to put up these kind of numbers down the stretch. He’s a must add for anybody in need of power and/or a Corner Infielder.

Wilmer Difo, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals (11% Owned On Yahoo):

Wilmer Difo was a decent minor league prospect for the Nationals who flew well under the radar on his call up last year because his playing time has been blocked significantly. The Nationals are finally giving him a chance to play regularly and that is paying dividends for both the real life team and fantasy owners who have rostered him. Over the past month Difo has put up a .327 batting average with 5 stolen bases. He won’t do much for you in the other categories, but as we’ve established over the past couple of weeks, steals are at a premium and when they’re accompanied by a great batting average and come from the hard to fill Middle Infield position, it’s worth looking at. Difo won’t be a huge game changer for you, but ride the hot streak for as long as you can if you need speed and have an open spot.

Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (4% Owned On Yahoo):

Alex Verdugo is a hot prospect for the Dodgers and they obviously have faith in him as they refused to consider him in any deals at the trade deadline. The negatives working against Verdugo are the fact that he’s still pretty young and the contending Dodgers aren’t likely to sit through any struggles for long (especially with plenty of other outfield options). The positives are that the kid can flat out hit and run. He isn’t ready to provide power yet, but he should be able to make plenty of contact and snag a few bases over the final month. Again, a lot of risk is baked into adding Verdugo as he isn’t guaranteed a ton of playing time, but he has a big pedigree and should hit if given the chance. I’d grab him in deeper leagues, particularly if they are leagues that allow for keepers, as Verdugo should be a popular name in Rookie of the Year circles next season.

That’s it for this week my friends! Keep hustling and grinding over the final month. With meaningful football games starting up this week, only a handful of people in your leagues will still be paying any attention whatsoever to baseball. This is your opportunity to make up a little ground and move yourself to the top of the standing where you rightfully belong. As usual, don’t be shy about commenting below!

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