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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire: The Boys of Summer

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As a school teacher, I often have the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” stuck in my head on repeat. This song can be sung even when there is no snow outside. “There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting….” because baseball reminds me of summer.

As the school bells ring on the last day, the baseball season is heating up tremendously. It may not feel like summer, weather wise, but we are almost at the unofficial halfway point of the season.

There are a lot of interesting races that I am quite surprised to have kept going to this point. The Minnesota Twins leading their division and the Brewers matching wits with the Cubs are two of the major battles I am amazed about. And don’t get me started on the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Dodgers skirmish out west.

In this week’s waiver wire, I have a few other disclosures up my sleeves that could help your fantasy lineups right away.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Danny Valencia, 1B/3B/OF, Seattle Mariners (26% owned in Yahoo) 

Valencia just screams versatility to me. If you know me, you know how I like players that fill multiple positions and that are on a hot streak. According to Yahoo, in the last 14 days, Valencia is the 26th ranked batter. This is coming off of a recent power surge that has been boosting his run production. My one concern for Valencia is his high strikeout rate thus far of 20.2%.

Valencia is currently hitting slightly higher than his career average of .272. Many sites picked Valencia to be a sleeper entering this season and he is living up to the preseason hype. As a lifelong journeyman of the American League, he seems to be fitting in well with the Mariners this year. He already has five home runs and has never hit more than 18.

FAAB Bid: 3-5%

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (28% owned in Yahoo)

I have talked about another outfielder from the Rays that was off to a hot start but has since cooled off (Souza). Kiermaier is making up for his teammates’ lower performance. From May 11th, he has raised his average from .207 to .261 and by this early June, he has already collected seven hits.

For the past two weeks, he is hitting .388 with seven runs, four home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases. I usually talk about these players as being five-tool players and Kiermaier is most certainly able to fit all the major hitting categories as a fantasy owner. I actually was surprised with his only 28% ownership. He should definitely be owned more, especially by those that may have Trout on the DL.

A player like Kiermaier is the reason I like fantasy and how it can be a grueling long season for owners. People were certainly writing him off in May and it’s amazing the type of production he is putting up for the Rays; numbers I think he will continue to put up for the rest of the season.

FAAB Bid: 8-10%          

Pitching

Ty Blach, SP, San Francisco Giants (33% owned in Yahoo)

On June 2nd, Blach threw a complete game against the lowly Phillies. In this start, he struck out four batters and only gave up seven hits. This was his first complete shutout and first complete game. The Giants provided a nice early lead and Blach was able to do the rest. Yes, it was against the Phillies, but let us dive deeper into his last three starts.

His last three opponents were the Braves, Cubs and Dodgers. He won all three starts by going a minimum of seven innings in all of them. Since May 6th, he has lowered his ERA from 5.66 to an impressive 3.24. He has been a lightning bolt on the mound for the Giants since they lost Bumgarner. Blach has been pitching so well that he could see himself staying in the rotation even when Bumgarner returns.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%

Ariel Miranda, SP, Seattle Mariners (38% owned in Yahoo)

Another pitcher coming off of a complete game performance is Ariel Miranda. On Sunday, Miranda threw a complete game against the Rays giving up one run, four hits, striking out nine and walking one batter. He only needed 105 pitches to finish the outing. Over the last four starts, his ERA has dropped from 5.20 to 3.74.

I am leery about Miranda’s WHIP. He can be very shaky at times with having runners on base. The 28-year-old Cuban southpaw does very well in the other categories already posting a 3.74 ERA, have six wins and 61 Ks. He will try to keep up this pace against Toronto who he will face next.

FAAB Bid: 2-5%


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