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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire: Finding a Needle in a Haystack

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Last week I informed you to stay on top of the waiver wire and how there is an abundance of people out there to possibly grab.

What a difference a week makes! As I was scouring most waivers in my leagues, there really are some slim pickings and at this point, it is like finding a needle in a haystack.

This past weekend was Hall of Fame induction weekend in Cooperstown, NY. I am now coming into a time of my life where the players entering the hall are players I grew up watching for years. If you ever get a chance to go see the hall I would highly recommend it.

Most players playing the game now ultimately have a goal to be the best players that they can possibly be. I am showing you a few players that could make you the best fantasy manager that you can possibly be.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland Athletics (29% owned in Yahoo)

Semien is an interesting addition this week. A normal guy you would leave on the waiver wire and not bother, but since his long layoff due to a wrist injury, he has been a nice addition to the Athletics lineup. Since July 24th, his overall average has raised from .202 to .236. At this point of the season, it is hard to do something like this.

Amid his overall low average, these past two weeks have been very nice for Semien. In the last 14 days, he is hitting .352 with an OBP of .407. To go along with these stats he scored 12 runs, hit three home runs, drove in 10 runs and stole two bases. Surprisingly, Oakland is scoring some runs and putting up some production as an offense. Semien has been holding down the two-hole position most of the season when healthy.

FAAB Bid: 3-5% 

Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies (24% owned in Yahoo)

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I originally had Hernandez on one of my teams, but he seemed to have gone off the wayside towards the middle of the season. I have been naming off a few Phillies here or there because even on a weak team there are some hitters to be interested in. Hernandez has been one of the hotter hitters for the Phillies these past two weeks.

Hernandez now has a strong hold of the leadoff batting position. He currently has a six game hitting streak and since July 22nd he has raised his batting average 15 points. In the past two weeks, he has 11 runs, one home run, and five RBIs. Something to add to his fantasy repertoire is his occasional speed to get a stolen base. He has stolen four bases in the last 14 days.

At the end of last year, Hernandez had to sit a lot because of hitting the ball in the air too much. He needed to take more advantage of his speed instead of trying to blast the ball. He still has six home runs this season but his overall OBP is .354. Hernandez is doing a lot better of hitting line drives and getting the ball on the ground. His late hitting streak has made him a very formidable fantasy second baseman.

FAAB Bid: 4-6%

Pitching

Parker Bridwell, SP, Los Angeles Angels (33% owned in Yahoo)

Parker Bridwell was originally drafted in 2010 by the Baltimore Orioles. Earlier this year, the Orioles traded him to the Angels for cash considerations. I hope it’s quite a bit of money because he has been pitching lights out.

Bridwell has not lost since June 30th when he pitched against the Mariners. He lowered his ERA from 3.95 to 2.83 during this time period. Bridwell’s WHIP also lowered from 1.46 to 1.19. He has pitched at least six innings in his last six starts and since the beginning of July he has only given up two runs or less in each start.

At this point of the season, it is sometimes hard to find a decent pitcher on the waiver wire. Well here is one! According to Yahoo, in the last month, Bridwell is ranked as the 24th pitcher in the league. He will look to continue his hot streak against the Phillies on Thursday night.

FAAB Bid: 2-4%

Matt Belisle, RP, Minnesota Twins (10% owned in Yahoo)

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Obviously after that crazy trade deadline, then there is going to be an opportunity for other players to step up in the vacancies. With the absence of Brandon Kintzler, it opened a new role of the closer position for the Minnesota Twins. I believe that Matt Belisle is going to the best-suited candidate for the duties. Others are in play as well, like Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers to have a possible chance of taking it over.

Matt Belisle is a veteran pitcher that has been the best for the Twins. In the last two weeks, he has pitched a total of 5.2 innings. In those innings, he has not given up a run, has a WHIP of 0.35 and has accumulated seven strikeouts. All of this adds up to the hottest reliever for the Twins to take over the position.

Belisle’s overall numbers do not make him an instant impact in the closing position, but sometimes it’s how you are doing at that moment that helps one out. His overall numbers are an ERA of 4.64, WHIP of 1.34 and a total of 35 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. Like I said, these can be deceiving, but I would put Belisle at the top of the new closer’s position in Minnesota.

FAAB Bid: 4-7%


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