2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire: Post All-Star Edition

by Tyler Gettmann
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire

I always love the midsummer classic and this one was definitely a show to watch. My approach is that I usually go into the game knowing that great defense is always superior to great offense; which in fact came true. The more offensive prowess came the night before in the Home Run Derby where Aaron Judge put on a show. Now the all-star game is over, trades, pickups, drops all start to heat up in both fantasy and reality rosters across the league.

When it comes to post all-star play in the majors, many trades are starting to happen in the majors that will certainly start to shack up different fantasy lineups. These moving of players should have an impact on the way you go about picking up waiver wire targets as well as drop players as well. Some of my moves this week are a little speculative, but I do have some points to back them up.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire


Nicholas Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers (39% owned in Yahoo)

I have been keeping my eye on Castellanos for a while now. He has always been a streaky hitter, but now has seemed to put something together. It has been an unfortunate year for the Tigers this year who look like sellers as the trade deadline approaches, but with the recent news of J.D. Martinez going to the Diamondbacks it will ensure Castellanos has a legitimate spot in the Tigers lineup for the rest of the year.

In the past two weeks, Castellanos has been racking. He has been seeing himself hit predominantly in the two spot and producing while there. During this time, he is hitting .308 with an OBP of .378. He scored nine runs, hit four home runs and hit 11 men in. It’s fun to see him come full circle as a hitter. He should be owned in most mixed leagues at this point.

As many real major league teams are looking for corner help, you as a fantasy owner could be searching around for a quality third baseman down the stretch. As his overall numbers are not that good, Castellanos has come on strong to start the second half and looks primed to continue his streak

FAAB Bid: 8-12%

Jabari Blash, OF, San Diego Padres (2% owned in Yahoo)

At this point in the season, you should know I like to talk about players that are less talked about. I live on the East Coast and am normally guilty of having some East Coast bias when it comes to baseball, but there are still players producing on the West Coast that need to be given some love as well. One of these players is Jabari Blash.

Now that it is summer, I find myself flipping through games late that are on the West Coast. Jabari Blash has big features when he comes to the plate, but sometimes has his problems with having to develop a better eye. Since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso, this US Virgin star seems to have changed a few things to get enhanced plate discipline. Entering Wednesday, he has a five game hitting streak.

On Sunday, Blash welcomed Madison Bumgarner back from his long stint on the DL with a two run blast to deep center. There is obviously a reason why Blash is owned in very few leagues, but with some outfielders not producing at this point in the season, it is time to give some others a shot. I see him as a nice stash add, but keep in mind he is up because of the injury to Hunter Renfroe.

FAAB Bid: <1%


Kyle Freeland, SP, Colorado Rockies (30% owned in Yahoo)

Great news for all Freeland owners or soon to be owners; Freeland will return to the rotation on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Due to the calf injury to Tyler Chatwood, Freeland is going to be able to start again. The Rockies were initially trying to take a look at Freeland’s workload as it was increasing for a young pitcher.

Before July 9th Freeland was not doing so hot, but since then had a start and long relief session in which both were done decently. He has not given up a run since July 4th. Freeland is not a flashy guy and isn’t going to wow you with his stuff, but he is a reasonable 5th starter or lower on a mixed team league.

On his last full start, on July 9th against the White Sox, he did not allow a run and went 8.1 innings. His WHIP was 0.48 in this start and he deserves to be back in the Rockies rotation as well as yours.

FAAB Bid: 1-2% 

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals (35% owned in Yahoo)

According to Yahoo, Rosenthal will be next in line for the Cardinals to try to get the closing gig. “Oh” what a mess (no pun intended), but Seung-Hwan Oh has been horrible in relief for the Cardinals. Oh’s last ten days he has one blown save, two losses and only two saves. This doesn’t sit very well for Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny. He made a decision just the other day to hand the ball off to Rosenthal for a try. Rosenthal deserves it.

I say this as being a speculative add, but still one to make going forward when dealing with the Cardinals back end of the bullpen. Rosenthal is a former closer so he does have experience in high pressure situations. In 2014 and 2015, Rosenthal had over 40 saves in both seasons. He lost his job in 2016 when his ERA spiked to 4.46 overall.

From July 7th to July 16th, he appeared in five baseball games. During this time, he did not get up a run and had a 0 WHIP. Rosenthal accumulated ten strikeouts and had one hold. I believe this is the right move in both fantasy and reality.

FAAB Bid: 2-4%

Tyler Clippard, RP, Chicago White Sox (20% owned in Yahoo)

As soon as he was traded to the White Sox, I thought they would choose Clippard as their new closer. The back end of the White Sox bullpen is very thin without Robertson and Kahnle. Clippard is experienced, much like Rosenthal, in the closer role, but has not had success in the past two months.

In 2012, Clippard had 32 saves for the Washington Nationals. Right now, he has a career high of a 4.95 ERA. That being said, Rick Rentaria, manager of the White Sox, said he will be the first at getting the closer job. I actually like this pick up more than the Rosenthal one. 

FAAB Bid: 6-10%

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