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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire: The Eleventh Hour

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire.

Are you one of those people who always wait until the last minute to do everything? For example, you are leaving for a vacation tomorrow. When do you start packing? If you are like me you wait until the night before. One of my bad habits is I normally wait until the last minute to do everything. I normally work very well under pressure, but most of the time it is self -inflicted.

The urgency of weekly upgrading your Fantasy rosters should be completed daily. Watch the boxscores. Find out who was injured and then who is their backup. Discover the next rookie phenom by staying focused on the daily MLB transactions. If you wait until The Eleventh Hour, it will be too late and the Fantasy baseball season will pass you by. Then all you have to look forward to is the Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Football Rankings. 


Which hitters and pitchers should you urgently pick up? Who are the deep dive selections for this week? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire: The Eleventh Hour

 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Garrett Cooper, OF, Miami Marlins

Garrett Cooper is starting to live up to his potential as a four-tool player. Cooper has finally received more regular season playing time this season and is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-6 and 230 lbs.

Unfortunately, injuries seem to follow Cooper. The last of which was a left-hand contusion that landed him on the injured list in May. Since his return off the IL, he has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. In the last 30 games, he is hitting .315/.398/.494 with a .892 OPS along with smacking five homers and 16 RBI.

His ability to crush a baseball provides one of the few sources of power in the Miami Marlins lineup. Each of his last five home runs traveled over 414 feet. Currently, his average home run distance of 425 is ranked seventh in all of baseball.

Garrett Cooper is a hitter to target, especially in deeper and five-outfielder leagues. He definitely should be owned in more than 20% of leagues.

Jorge Soler, OF, Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler is leading the team in homers (17) and RBI (44) and is finally healthy. Well, at least he is so far as he has played in every game this season.

The 28-year-old slugger is on pace to break the Royals single-season home run record with 38 by Mike Moustakas in 2017. However, I don’t think Soler will break that team record. It will not be a result of Soler not performing or continuing his power display this season. He is due $8 mil through next season is very appealing to other MLB teams.

Soler is on a last-place team heading nowhere. It would seem very likely that Soler will be sold to the highest bidder at the Trade Deadline; therefore, Soler will not break the team’s record.

Regardless, Soler is still under 40% owned in Yahoo leagues. Fantasy owners must have their power categories all locked up!?! His .241 batting average and near 30 percent strikeout rate will concern Fantasy owners. However, his projected 40-homer pace should put smiles on Fantasy owners who take the plunge.

Pitchers

Anibal Sanchez, SP, Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals signed Anibal Sanchez this past offseason to solidify the back end of their rotation. The initial results were not what the Nationals had in mind. In his first nine starts this season, Sanchez had an 0-6 record with a 5.10 ERA.

However, Sanchez returned from the injured list on May 29, and he has been phenomenal in his last three starts. In the 17 innings pitched in those starts, the right-hander has given up just two earned runs while striking out 15 batters.

His overall numbers do not look very impressive, but that is precisely when Fantasy owners should take advantage. Most Fantasy owners will view his numbers and avoid Sanchez. On the other hand, I advise you to pick him up and ride the hot hand. Fantasy owners could do worse as far as streaming options are concerned.


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Framber Valdez, SP, Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have a comfortable nine-game lead in the American League West, so there is no urgency to fix the revolving door at the fifth starting spot in the rotation. Both Corbin Martin and Collin McHugh have ERA’s around 6.00 and have lost their opportunity to stick in the rotation.

The next man up is southpaw Framber Valdez. In 22 total appearances (five starts), he owns a career 2.57 ERA in the majors. He started the season in a relief role and posted a 3.12 ERA, 7.27 K/9, and 10.3 SwStr%.

In his first start this season, Valdez threw seven innings of one-run ball which included zero walks against the Baltimore Orioles. Valdez is not a stranger to the rotation. He started five games last season and posted a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings. Unfortunately, he also recorded an unsavory 20-18 K/BB ratio in those games.

Valdez has tons of upside, especially pitching for a first-place team. Fantasy owners should attack the waiver wire and pick up the left-hander before other owners grab him.

Deep Dive

Jon Duplantier, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jon Duplantier is the No.2 rated prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization according to Baseball America.  In 2017, he had the second-best single-season ERA for a minor league pitcher in the last 25 years, behind future Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.

Duplantier was on the fast track to the majors, sort of. He is on his fourth stint with Arizona with three trips back to Triple-A Reno mixed in between. In his seven major league appearances, he owns a 3.27 ERA with 23 strikeouts, eight walks and 17 hits allowed in 22 innings.

Injuries to their starting rotation led to the Diamondbacks placing Duplaintier in the starting rotation. In his two starts, the right-hander owns a 1-0 record with a 3.27 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, while allowing only 17 hits over 22 innings and a 23/8 K/BB.

Diamondbacks manager Troy Lovullo praised the rookie’s presence on the mound.

“I liked what I saw,” Lovullo said. “It was that fastball attack I talked about early. He could feel the fastball presence and he stood on the mound and went right at some really good hitters and that set up his secondary stuff. There were some swings and misses on the secondary stuff that is set up by the fastball attack.”

Duplainrier even took part of MLB history when he was involved in being one of the two pitchers who made their MLB debuts in the same game, with one pitcher earning the win (Merrill Kelly) and the other earning the save (Jon Duplantier).

With how Jon Duplantier is pitching, it is hard to imagine the Diamondbacks sending him down unless it becomes an innings issue. He has shown enough upside that he is a speculative add in deeper formats and worth a streaming option.

Colin Moran, 1B/3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Moran had a promising rookie campaign for the Pirates last season. Moran hit .277 which ranked in the top 5 among rookies with 400+plate appearances. He also hit 11 homers and drove in 58 runs in 144 games last season.

However, he entered a competition with Jung-Ho Kang for the Pirates third-base job and Moran lost which relegated him to the bench. Kang suffered an oblique injury and was out for a month in which Moran received the majority of time at the hot corner.

Moran started slowly this season while adjusting to the reduced at-bats and playing around the diamond at first and second base and in the outfield. Moran has started to own a hot bat while earning regular playing time. In his last 30 games, Moran is hitting .301/.337/.538 with six homers and 19 RBI.



He has re-established himself as the Pirates starting third basemen. Since his return from his injury, Kang has moved to shortstop. This assuredly translates into Moran holding down the position for the foreseeable future. Moran is an excellent addition in deeper formats which utilize CI spots.


Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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