2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire: The Lucky Ones

by Dennis Sosic
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire.

There are a lot of things that I can't tolerate currently. The fact that someone still feels the need to stick a microphone anywhere near LaVar Ball. Who cares what he has to say! Speaking of not listening to nonsense, why do people still listen to Colin Cowherd? He continues to spit out nonsense and people buy it.

Something that I won't buy is that there is something such as an unlucky number. Fantasy Baseball is heading into Week 13, and I know individuals fear the number 13. I don't understand it and never will. My belief is that you make your own "luck".

Put your Fantasy roster into a position to be lucky and take a look at the six players that Fantasy owners should add immediately on your roster in my latest, the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire: The Lucky Ones.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians

Jason Kipnis was one of the key players in the Cleveland Indians run to the 2016 World Series. It was the best season of his career, hitting .275/.343/.469 with 23 homers and 82 RBI along with 15 stolen bases. Furthermore, he had a fantastic postseason with a 1.053 OPS in the ALDS and hit .290 with a pair of homers in the Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Kipnis has been nothing remotely close to that type of production since that Series. He hit only .232 in 2017 and .230 in 2018 and regarded as a player who was an overpaid stiff which the Indians tried to unload, but no team was willing to take the remainder of the contract that ends after the 2019 season.

When June began, the Indians were 29-29, looking up at the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central division and trailing by ten games. As we close out June, Cleveland is on a torrid streak, going 15-6 in June and are now 43-35 on the season. Coincidentally, Kipnis has been a massive catalyst to the Indians turnaround.

The key to his improvement being Kipnis told Zack Meisel of The Athletic that he had made a swing adjustment to help fix a mechanical flaw he believes was holding him back. His hot streak started on June 16 with his average jumping from .213 to .248 with six multi-hit games. He led the majors in RBI since that date and tied for second in hits. Kipnis has four homers this month after entering June with only two home runs.

What does all this mean for Fantasy owners? Owners should ride the Kipnis wave. Kipnis can help owners in multiple stat categories and is worth the pickup in all roto formats as the Indians and Kipnis continue their sizzling streaks.

Chris Taylor, 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Chris Taylor is the super utility guy for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A player who can play any position on the diamond except for pitcher and catcher. The Dodgers now need Taylor to fill in for an extended period at shortstop with Corey Seager going down with a mild grade two hamstring strain. There is no definitive timetable for his return.

Taylor started the season in the opposite direction that the Dodgers began the season. Taylor posted a dismal .197/.265/.295 slash line in April. Luckily, Chris Taylor started to heat up to the tune of .311/.364/.574 line in May. His roller-coaster season went downhill to begin the month of June, producing a .246/.329/.492 slash line.

Regardless of how he has played up to this point of the 2019 season, Taylor is now looked to be the primary shortstop for the National League West division first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Taylor is hitting .400 with two homers since he took over for shortstop with a .516 OBP and slugging .760.

His 2019 overall stats will not stand out for Fantasy owners. He is only hitting .245/.314/.448 with eight homers and 45 RBI. In the what have you done for me lately Fantasy world, Chris Taylor should be owned in more than 35% of Fantasy leagues.


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Carlos Martinez, SP/RP, St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals received the devastating news that their closer Jordan Hicks will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Hicks was having an excellent season with a 3.14 ERA, 14 saves and 31 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

The converter starter Carlos Martinez will become the Cardinals' closer. Since returning from an injury, Martinez owns a 3.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 14 strikeouts and five walks over 15 innings (13 games) this season.

He had a very successful run as the closer last September, recording a 1.47 ERA and going  5-for-5 in saves.

This is a no-brainer. Pick up Carlos Martinez ASAP!

Trevor Richards, SP, Miami Marlins

Fantasy owners should not forget about Miami Marlins starter Trevor Richards. Yes, I realize his record is 3-7, but the win-loss stat is very deceiving to show the actual value of a starting pitcher. Richards sports a 3.54 ERA, 1.250 WHIP and has recorded 77 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched this season.

Richards plays for a weak team and will continually fall victim to poor run support. However, Fantasy owners should look at his peripheral stats that will exhibit that his record should easily be better and that he is having a fine season with the Marlins.

Richards started slowly this season but righted the ship in May. He ended May with a 2.86 ERA. He is also coming off an outstanding start against the St. Louis Cardinals, where he struck out eight in 5.2 innings of work.

The bottom line is that Trevor Richards should be owned in more than a third of Fantasy leagues, especially if the leagues do not use the win category. Richards is a legitimate streamer option and will help your Fantasy lineup across the board.

Deep Dive

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians were desperate for hitting as they head into the summer months. They believed that they found that right down Interstate 71 in Columbus where power first-base prospect Bobby Bradley was tearing up Triple-A pitching. In 32 games with the Columbus Clippers this season, his first full-time year at Triple-A, the left-handed hitting Bradley was batting .292 with 17 doubles, 24 home runs, and 55 RBI. He was leading the International League in home runs and slugging percentage (.638), was second in RBI and fourth in OPS (.997).

Bradley led his minor league in home runs and RBI in each of his first three years in Cleveland’s minor league system. Over the last two years in the minors, he averaged one home run every 14.5 at-bats. However, he also has one strikeout every three at-bats.

The 23-year-old slugger made his major league debut, belting an RBI double in his first major league at-bat. Bradley will likely play in the designated hitter role for the Indians and sub in occasionally at first base for Carlos Santana. The Indians will love to continue to give Bradley at-bats. Until he stops hitting, Bradley is a good pickup for Fantasy owners looking for anything from their CI spots.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

In what could only be described as a service time manipulation, Keston Huira was sent back to Triple-A San Antonio earlier this month. Huira put up some splendid numbers in his three-week stint after being called up when Travis Shaw was placed on the injured list. Huira slashed a .281/.333/.531 line with five homers in 69 plate appearances, however, he did have 23 strikeouts and only three walks. He proved more than capable of playing at the highest level.

Before Travis Shaw was placed on the IL, he was horrible. He managed only a .163/.266/..281 slash in 154 plate appearances. Shaw has gone from back-to-back seasons of 30-plus home runs to one of the worst hitters in baseball. Nothing has changed for Shaw since he was activated. He is hitting .167/.275/.294 and is still getting at-bats!

Meanwhile, Hiura is tearing it up since being sent back down to Triple-A San Antonio. He is now hitting .323/.404/.677 over 54 minor-league games this season.

Hiura will be back once we get past the Super 2. Don't wait for his promotion to pick up Hiura! Pick him up now and stash him. Keston Hiura will smash in the second half this season. Smart Fantasy owners should take advantage of his less than 10 percent ownership now!

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.

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1 comment

Doug June 27, 2019 - 3:23 am

I know the super-2 date is fuzzy every year, but we’re certainly beyond it by now aren’t we? It couldn’t be any later than June 23rd or so, right?


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