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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire: The Dog Days of Summer

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Many people believe that the reason they are called the “dog days” is because of it being so hot that you will even find dogs laying in the asphalt. While it seems logical, this is not true. According to Becky Little of the National Geographic, “to the Greeks and Romans, the ‘dog days’ occurred around the day when Sirius (star constellation) appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever or even catastrophe.”

In Sweden this year, the “dog days” began on Saturday, July 22nd and will end on Wednesday, August 23rd. As the “dog days” comes to an end and school starts getting back in session, we focus on some players this week that can be helpful on fantasy rosters. These players will continue to stay hot in order to keep their fantasy owners happy.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Kolten Wong, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals (17% owned in Yahoo) 

I was always high on Wong and hoped one day that he would find his stride to make an impact on fantasy rosters. I am hoping that this time is now. A couple years ago when I was writing an article showing the up and coming second baseman of the league, I featured Wong as one of the stars to go and get. That year he didn’t manage to hold a roster spot and found himself back in the minors. These past two weeks he is what I thought he would be and don’t let him off the hook.

The Cardinals lineup looks like it is starting to hit its stride, thanks to the contribution of Kolten Wong at the bottom of the lineup. He is currently batting the highest he has ever done in the majors (.302) and his BABIP is also a career high (.353). A guy that is going to get on base (OBP of .393) and possibly score runs is a nice guy to have this late in the season. After starting out the minors again this year, it looks like people won’t be saying “What’s Wong?” Instead they will be saying that he’s alright.

FAAB Bid: 2%

C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (20% owned in Yahoo)

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Often at this point in, the season, you look at your lineup and say, where can I improve in certain categories to help me in the long run? This will sometimes determine if you want to drop or add a player. Now that Trout is back in the Angels regular lineup, Cron adds more homerun pop and RBI potential for fantasy lineups.

Entering Wednesday night, Cron hit four home runs during the last 14 days. During this time, he also collected 11 RBI, scored nine runs and even had a stolen base. This all adds up to a nice .340 average and an OBP of .380. I do not see him keeping this up the rest of the year, but he could add a nice boost of pop while he still is staying hot. I would say if someone had the likes of Harper or even Correa that Cron could be a nice replacement for the time being.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Pitching

Jake Junis, SP, Kansas City Royals (18% owned in Yahoo)

On Monday, Junis was recalled by the Royals from Triple-A Omaha to take the place of Trevor Cahill in the rotation. He pitched well on the call up. Against the Athletics, he gave up two runs, struck out two and pitched a quality game over six innings. Junis will most likely stay in the rotation after this start.

Junis had a difficult time staying up in the big leagues this year. During his time in Triple-A this year, he pitched 71 innings with a 2.92 ERA and an 86/15 K/BB ratio. For the rest of the season, I see Junis as a nice streaming option. With these solid numbers, the appeal is there to have Junis on your roster. He does have a tough stretch coming up though. It looks like he will face the Indians on his next two starts. 

FAAB Bid: 1% 

Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers (23% owned in Yahoo) 

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Cashner had a nice streak going for six consecutive starts of six or more innings. All these starts resulted in quality outings. During this time, he wasn’t pitching against shabby teams. The Red Sox (5th), Mariners (11th) and Astros (1st) were all teams that he faced and all have high team batting averages.

During the last two weeks, Cashner pitched 13 innings with a win and two quality starts. When pitching against the Mariners and Astros, he had an ERA of 2.08 and a WHIP of 1.00. He also struck out eight batters. Cashner historically doesn’t strike out a lot of batters (7.15 K/9), but at this point in the season you are looking for quality pitchers despite some of their past tendencies.

This is obviously not your 2013 version of Cashner, but the numbers are eerily similar to that of four years ago. Here are just some of the similarities: 2013 ERA: 3.09 and current ERA: 3.32, 2013 BABIP: .269 and current BABIP: .274, and one more 2013 GB %: 52.5 and current GB%: 50. Cashner has never really been a bad pitcher he just has lost a little bit of his edge lately. He will look to continue what he is currently doing against the White Sox on Friday night.

FAAB Bid: 2%


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