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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire: Time to Dig Deep

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This week in the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire, I am going off of what percentage guys are owned in Yahoo leagues. The reason I say dig deep is that I usually will try and pick players that are 40% or less owned, but not this week. I cut it in half and went 20% or lower ownership to review.

Normally talking about guys that should be owned in only deeper leagues when they are owned in by less than 20% of teams, I promote all of these guys this week to be owned in all leagues because of their recent success. Some are even the best players on their current teams. All can make an instant impact on struggling fantasy teams everywhere.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, Kansas City Royals (19% owned in Yahoo)

Entering Wednesday night, Merrifield has a nice smooth fifteen game hitting streak. During this time period, he raised his average up 80 points, collected 21 hits and only struck out four times. This model of consistency is the main reason why I wanted to speak about Merrifield this week.


Merrifield played college ball at the University of South Carolina where he excelled in the College World Series. This type of youth and charisma has conceited with his early major league success. He has been the Royals best batter but is still hitting on the lower end of the batting order. I feel that it is time to move him up. What are the Royals waiting for?

Merrifield is a five-tool player in fantasy. In the past two weeks, he is hitting .425 with eight runs, three home runs, five RBI and four stolen bases. So instead of me asking what are the Royals waiting for, I should be asking what are you waiting for?

FAAB Bid: xx%

Jed Lowrie, 2B, Oakland Athletics (20% owned in Yahoo)

Lowrie has always reminded me of your prototypical professional hitter. He is not going to flash you with crazy numbers. He probably won’t make you win a fantasy championship single handily, but what he will give you is his trained at-bats that can add up to striking all the key categories in your hitting stats.

The injury bug has really taken a toll on Lowrie these past few years. So knock on wood, he stays healthy and has different results the rest of the year. He has played in over thirty fewer games than last year and already has more home runs and runs. Currently, he has a .298, which I think his high for him. I can see him around .280 when the season is over.

Lowrie has been a doubles machine. He is on pace to hit over fifty doubles, which would be a career high. This is certainly a feat that can help in other categories. More doubles equal more RBI when runners are on base. Lowrie is a professional owner that needs to have more attention brought on him.

FAAB Bid: xx%

Lucas Duda, 1B, New York Mets (15% owned in Yahoo)

Yoenis Cespedes who? No, I know that Mets fans are missing their everyday left fielder, but Duda is trying his best to keep up with the productivity that is missing in their lineup. Duda just adds to the power that most first baseman supply.

Now as a staple in the middle of the Mets lineup, Duda is quietly having a nice season. These past fourteen days have been pretty special though. He is hitting .317 with seven runs, four home runs and 11 RBI. A guy not known for his average, so hitting over .300 in the past two weeks is very impressive for Duda.

Kevin Long, the Mets Hitting Coach, has been showing the video tape of Mike Trout to Duda in order for him to get a better swing. “What he does, he can’t stand to get jammed, so he tends to make contact too far out in front, which makes him very susceptible to off-speed stuff,” Long said this before Duda hit a solo homerun on Saturday. “We were watching some Mike Trout video and watching how deep he lets the ball travel. Sometimes a visual of another player can help. It did in this case.” If you want to be the best, why not watch the best.

FAAB Bid: xx%

Pitching

Jaime Garcia, SP, Atlanta Braves (17% owned in Yahoo)

Garcia seems to be having a resurgence in the beginning of the 2017 season. Every start that he has he seems to be lowering his numbers. Coming into Wednesday night’s start against the Angels, he now has a season-low 3.58 ERA to go along with a 1.27 WHIP. This is just the start of it though.

In his past two starts, the wily vet has pitched over 14 innings giving up three runs (one earned), 11 walks, two hits and 13 strikeouts. A guy that is not going to light up the radar gun, but will keep his ball club and you in fantasy matchups.

FAAB Bid: xx%


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