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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire: For the Stretch Run

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Many of my 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire picks are the who’s who in the majors. It is almost time for the playoffs and some leagues have started their lengthy playoff process, so a few names to help down the stretch run won’t hurt.

At this point in the season it is important to keep an open mind on whom to pick up and drop. One is able to see what is needed to improve certain categories on their team. Sometimes higher draft picks made in March are droppable because someone else is doing a lot better. Some players you may not have heard of, but here goes.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Derek Dietrich, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Miami Marlins (5% owned in Yahoo)

Again, my love for multiple playing positions is in my first waiver wire this week. Derek Dietrich adds a different dimension to fantasy lineups this late in the season. As the trade deadline approached this year, many thought that a lot of the Marlins top hitters (Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich, etc.) would be off the team by then. Well, they are not and the Marlins are still a formidable lineup with Dietrich in it as well.

In the past 14 days, Dietrich has primarily been in the fifth, sixth, or seventh hole with those great players I mentioned before in front of him. During this time, he hit three home runs, scored seven runs and hit 14 RBI. He also is seeing himself in the lineup more often.

Dietrich’s availability is sky high in Yahoo leagues and I approve of him being picked up and used as a plug and play.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Christian Vazquez, C, Boston Red Sox (21% owned in Yahoo)

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Entering Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox are on a six game winning streak. One of the reasons for this is one of their two primary catchers is performing at a high level. Christian Vazquez is not listed as the Red Sox main catcher, but has been hitting like one.

Vazquez offers a nice addition in two-catcher leagues, as well as being a backup catcher for when he does play. I am letting you know up front he does not play every game.

During the last two weeks, he has an average of .481 and an OBP of .500. He has scored seven runs, hit one home run, six RBI and even stole a base.

The Boston area had some recent hype on the type of catcher that they were going to get in the near future (Blake Swihart). Even though he has been up in the big leagues and has tried his best, the time isn’t right for him. Vazquez has been a nice surprise at the plate this year for the Sox, when his primary need is his defense.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Pitching

Dinelson Lamet, SP, San Diego Padres (22% owned in Yahoo)

Lamet is another interesting Padres player that I feature next on my waiver wire pickups. So far this season, the rookie had an up and down go at it. Lately, though, he has been firing on all cylinders. I know it’s sometimes hard at this point in the season to put your trust in a rookie, but when you are pitching well, you are pitching well.

Lamet has not lost since July 18th. During his last three starts, Lamet pitched against the Pirates (twice) and the Giants.  He collected three wins and two quality starts against these teams. Despite having a robust season ERA of 5.12, Lamet can still be used in starts that are in his favor. One of which is a nice matchup against the Reds coming up next on Thursday night.

FAAB Bid: 3-5%

Chad Kuhl, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (8% owned in Yahoo)

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Since July 17th, Kuhl has gone at five innings or more in each of his outings. In his last start, he pitched against the Tigers. He struck out six batters and walked one. Kuhl gave up three runs over six innings all adding up to a quality start and a victory.

One thing I am leery about with Kuhl is his high WHIP count. He currently has a 1.42 WHIP that will sometimes get pitchers in trouble. What helps stifle this fault is his ability to strikeout batters and not give up the long ball. He will look to continue his current streak as he pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

FAAB Bid: 1-2%


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