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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire: First Playoff Edition

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If you have made it this far in your fantasy season, let me be one of the first to congratulate you on doing so. As Fantasy Baseball Managers, we know what a long and grueling season it can be. Many fantasy sports boil down to luck in the end, but I believe baseball is the one that offers the most skill because of how long the reality season runs.

I know some league playoffs have already started (depending on what format is being used) but most standard formats are about to get on the way. I feel it is a little easier to let go of a player at this point in the season because you have to win or you are out. Let me offer you some players this week that can maybe ease you the trouble and help you continue on in the playoffs.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, New York Yankees (29% owned in Yahoo)

Ellsbury, or as I like to call him “The Traitor,” has seem to have a resurgence in his career these last at bats. Ellsbury has animatedly been upset about his playing time being, but it’s hard to deny the way Gardner and Hicks have played to push Ellsbury out of the lineup. It seems to me though, that Ellsbury has made his way back into the Yankees lineup.

In the past fourteen days, Ellsbury seems to be making clutch hits for the Yankees in situations that he has been put in. He is still a threat on the bases even this late in his career. Stealing bases I consider a bonus when having a hitter on your team.

Make sure you just keep an eye on when Ellsbury is playing. There is still a full outfield in New York, but it seems to me that he will be playing more. Usually being sat when facing a lefty pitcher, this to me doesn’t matter anymore for Ellsbury. If any outfielder is starting to get on your nerves, Ellsbury is certainly a player that can fill that void.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals (21% owned in Yahoo) 

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Many hitters in the Cardinals lineup have not panned out to be what they should have been. Piscotty, Carpenter and so on are examples of a few that should have had better years than what they did. I even had it with Carpenters’ antics and dropped him in one of my leagues.

Martinez is a player, though, that has emerged himself in fantasy relevance lately. He currently has a nine game hitting streak and he didn’t even start in two of the games. This is one of his down falls that you have to be vigilant on seeing if he is in the lineup or not. It’s time for Matheny to keep him in a reality lineup and you to keep him in a fantasy lineup.

In the last two weeks, Martinez has been electrifying at the plate with having an average of .481 and an OBP of .533. He has hit for power while hitting three home runs, collecting six RBIs and scoring nine runs as well. All of these numbers add up to a player that can make an impact on a fantasy team in the playoffs.

FAAB Bid: 1%

Pitching

Robert Stephenson, SP, Cincinnati Reds (11% owned in Yahoo)

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Stephenson is certainly making progress since a brief stint in Triple-A and has been pitching well four of his last six starts. He isn’t a strong candidate, but someone that can be relied on at the moment. Remember playoffs are about the moment and not the big picture anymore.

Stephenson has now won four straight games. The concerning part is how high his WHIP is during the last two weeks, but all other things are positive for the starting pitcher going forward. He has allowed six runs, struck out 28 and walked 15 batters in the last 22 2/3 innings.

In the last two weeks, Stephenson has three wins and two quality starts. He had an ERA of 2.55 and a WHIP of 1.58. It’s time to drop the dead weight to give you a boost in the playoffs. Stephenson can be that guy that is showing signs of consistency this late in the season.

FAAB Bid: 1%


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