Fantasy Baseball

2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Trade Deadline Edition


Credit: Josh Head

Credit: Josh Head

As the real trade deadline comes to a close, many deals are going to be made in the majors that can have an affect on some teams now and for some teams, their future.

As fantasy owners, we need that instant gratification and we want it now. The players I will be talking about this week could have that instant affect that teams already in the drivers seat are looking for in the big leagues.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets

Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN: 19.7% ownership)

Kolten Wong was supposed to be the everyday second baseman for the Cardinals. Unfortunately, because of his horrible start to the season, Gyorko has been starting on a regular basis over him. Wong still gets in the lineup periodically, but Gyorko has more versatility to play different positions; which allows him to stay in the lineup for consistency.

What has really been impressive in Gyorko’s recent tare is his ability to hit the long ball. He completely terrorized his old team, the Padres, this past weekend by hitting four homeruns against them last week. In the last seven days, he has hit seven homeruns. The power is there for this man.

Gyorko adds as a nice filler in various positions. I even know in some leagues he has first base eligibility. I consider him a starter right now in all mixed leagues, but if not he is a great daily player especially for those Monday and Thursday games that many teams don’t play

David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies (ESPN: 22.2% ownership)

At this point in the season, many call-ups are being done around the league that should make an immediate impact in the majors. Well, you heard it here; Dahl is not going to be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque just to ride the bench. He is a mainstay in the Rockies lineup as they purchased his contract this past Monday.

He is currently batting sixth in the Rockies lineup and gets a sweet setup of hitting in Coors Field for the rest of the second half of the season. Between Double and Triple-A this season he batted .314 with 18 homeruns, 61 RBIs and 17 steals in 92 games. He can be an instant impact in any fantasy lineup especially coming down the stretch.

Carlos Estevez, RP, Colorado Rockies (ESPN: 25.7% ownership)

A new teammate of Dahl’s is next on my list. Carlos Estevez has quietly become a lower end closer in the league. Obviously, pitching in a hitters ballpark picking a pitcher for the Rockies can be tough, but these past two weeks have looked very good for Estevez.

In the last 15 days, Estevez has pitched four innings. He only gave up one earned run during this time and had five strikeouts with three walks. All this added up to four saves for him and the Rockies.

The rookie is now 9-for-10 in save situations and it does not look like anyone is going to take the job from him. Even though his ERA is still pretty high at 3.96, since he took over the closing role in mid-June he has only allowed two earned runs in nine July appearances.

Tyler Skaggs, SP, Los Angeles Angels (ESPN: 14.0% ownership)

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels recalled Skaggs. This has been a long time coming, especially because he has not pitched in the big leagues since 2014. During this time, he has been in Triple-A Salt Lake strengthening his arm since having Tommy John surgery.

During his work at Salt Lake, he pitched outstanding. He pitched a total of 32.1 innings this season and had 45 strikeouts to go with a 1.67 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Obviously, a recall was certainly in the near future for Skaggs.

Skaggs had the tough task of facing the World Series Champion Royals in his first recall back to the big leagues. He pitched superbly. He went seven innings giving up three hits, one walk, no runs and five strikeouts. What a way to come back, Tyler!

May your waiver wire pickups lead you to fantasy glory!


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