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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire: Almost There

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Well, fantasy football is in high demand, most fantasy baseball playoffs are almost there. While most people do not do fantasy baseball because of how long the season is, by sticking with a longer season shows your true dedication to the sport.

Baseball players in general are showing how dedicated they are to the sport to help fill your fantasy stats on a weekly basis. With playoffs being right around the corner, some players (more specifically pitchers) at this point in the season can be helpful as the regular fantasy season comes to an end.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Scott Schebler, OF, Cincinnati Reds (28% owned in Yahoo)

My lone hitter for this week is Scott Schebler of the Reds. I didn’t write about him earlier this year even though he was swinging a hot bat. He then went on a bad spell and had a shoulder issue that sent him to the DL. Schebler has been off the DL since mid-August and seems to be back to his old form.

In the last two weeks, he was right on his power form by blasting three home runs, hitting in 11 runs and scored 8 runs. This all adds up to an average of .387 and an OBP of .459.

This year is the year that Schebler will play the most games in the majors. He still seems to strikeout at a very high rate (21.2%), but it seems to me that reward outweighs the risk. If you need power and run production on your team you need to pick up Schebler.

FAAB Bid: 4%

Pitching

Doug Fister, SP, Boston Red Sox (13% owned in Yahoo)

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With the Red Sox unsure when David Price is going to return, Doug Fister has pitched two great outings these past two weeks to help ease the teams lose. Since 2014, Fister really has not been relevant in the fantasy world. He is making a case for changing that with the way he is pitching lately.

In the last fourteen days, Fister pitched against both the Indians and the Orioles. He recorded a win and two quality starts in both outings while recording a 1.69 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP. While known to not strikeout a lot of guys, he still managed to end the games with thirteen Ks.

An interesting fact from his start against the Indians is that he gave up a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the first and then did not allow a hit the rest of the game. He turned back the clock by throwing a complete game. Fister will continue to push forward against the Yankees this Friday.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (30% owned in Yahoo)

Blake Snell has always been a highly covenant prospect of the Rays and I have actually seen him pitch in Triple A for the Durham Bulls when I visited North Carolina last year. Need-less-to-say the game did not last very long as he was pitching against the Louisville Bats (farm team of the Cincinnati Reds). It is fun to see him getting a longer shot now in the majors.

Snell has not lost since July 24th and seemed to turn the page on a horrible first half that he was pitching. Lately, he has shown improvement enough to put my trust in him. I have picked him up in two of my bigger money leagues. After entering the month of August with a lowly 0-6 record, he is now 2-6 and has lowered his ERA by over a half a run. He will look to continue his hot streak against the poor White Sox on Friday.

FAAB Bid: 2-3% 

Jharel Cotton, SP, Oakland Athletics (18% owned in Yahoo)

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I enjoy turning heads every once in a while. I am sorry but this guy’s last name reminds me of the movie Dodgeball and how the character Pepper Brooks continues to say “Cotton” at the end of each phrase he says when announcing the sporting event. If you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favor and see it sometime.

In the past two weeks, Cotton pitched against the Rangers and Astros. During this time, he had an ERA of 2.13 and an ERA of 0.87 collecting two quality starts and wins. Cotton was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the number 626 pick. Overall he acted like this type of pick, but lately he has been pitching well.

“Usually you have to pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.” Well, you don’t have to pay that much. He is available in over 80% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Cotton has a weekend matchup against the Mariners up next.

FAAB Bid: 1%


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