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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire: Second Playoff Edition

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If you made it this far, I congratulate you. I think this part of the season is so fun. Do or die, basically. There are some drastic changes you may make that you normally wouldn’t in the regular season and that’s ok. It’s win or go home.

This week I discuss some guys I have been very high on for a long time and just didn’t get around to talking about them much this season. I give the fantasy six pack seal of approval for all my pickups this week, especially if you are in a bind. Remember loyalty to players goes out the window when you are in the fantasy playoffs.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox (32% owned in Yahoo)

Here is a short stop who I really thought was going to have a break out year this year, but did not perform up until now. I say better late than never. Tim Anderson is a very talented baseball player who can fill up all the major hitting categories for fantasy owners. My favorite category that he fills up is stolen bases. Anderson is a rare breed of speed and power that help you through the fantasy playoffs.

According to Yahoo, Anderson has been the 20th ranked hitter in the last fourteen days. During this time, he is hitting .404 with an OBP of .417. He hit two home runs, collected nine runs, hit six guys in and stole five bases. It’s hard to convince yourself that he is not worthy of a pickup. When you are hitting better than Mike Trout during this time period, it is saying a lot.

While the Chicago White Sox have been out of the reality playoff race, here is a player on their team that can still be helpful. Anderson’s big flaw at the plate was his plate discipline. This seems to be something he is correcting coming down the stretch.  He has too much capability and seems to be ending the year on the right foot.

FAAB Bid: 70%

Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners (37% owned in Yahoo)

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Entering Thursday, Mitch Haniger has a seven game hitting streak. It’s time to keep riding out this hot streak that he is on. Since coming off of the DL more than 2 ½ months ago, he really has done nothing. These past two weeks have been a different story.

Haniger has been primarily hitting in the second spot for the Mariners and at least been in the lineup on a regular basis. The consistency is what was not there when he first came off of the DL. In the last seven days, Haniger has raised his overall average by 24 points. It helps when you hit .500 during the time frame, collect 13 hits, hit two home runs, score seven runs and hit four RBI.

Haniger is not a flashy player, but is getting the job done. Surprisingly, the Mariners are still in the Wild Card hunt this late in the season. It’s nice having a player on your fantasy team that hits in front of both Cano and Cruz.

FAAB Bid: 90%

Pitching

Kyle Gibson, SP, Minnesota Twins (25% owned in Yahoo)

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Gibson has not lost a game since August 17th, but this was against the Indians, and who hasn’t lost to the Indians lately, you know what I am saying?  Side note: it’s been an incredible feat to win that many games in a row, especially having Andrew Miller and Jason Kipnis on the shelf during this time. Alright, back to Gibson. The Twins currently hold the second Wild Card spot in the AL and Gibson has something to do with it.

Since the Indians lose, Gibson has just rattled off five straight quality starts and four wins. In all five starts, he went at least six innings and did not give up more than two runs in any of the games. It’s actually fun to watch the Twins this year. I thought these words wouldn’t come out of my mouth for a very long time.

In the last fourteen days, Gibson has an astounding ERA of 0.95 and a WHIP of the same. During this process, he has lowered his ERA from 6.05 to 4.97. Gibson is completely on a roll right now. He will look to continue his great performances against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

FAAB Bid: 80%


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