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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire: Independence Day Edition

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire.

This week everyone will celebrate American Independence on July 4th. There will be fireworks, baseball, cookouts, beer, and more fireworks then more beer. Well, you get my point.

Independence Day is the largest-attended holiday of the baseball season. Great fireworks and baseball. How could you go wrong?


In this edition of the Waiver Wire, I provide five players that should help your Fantasy rosters gain freedom from mediocre baseball. Find out who these players are and a whole lot more as I present the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire:  Independence Day Edition.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

J.P. Crawford, SS/3B, Seattle Mariners

J.P. Crawford is one of the building blocks of the Seattle Mariners, and the future looks bright in Seattle. Crawford, acquired in the trade from Philadelphia last season, has taken off since he returned from ankle sprain at the end of May.

The Mariners decided to place him as the No.2 hitter in the lineup behind leadoff hitter Mallex Smith. This dynamic duo is tearing it up since the move. Crawford is slashing .354/.429/.563 with 13 RBI.

Crawford continues to prove that he is the shortstop of the future for the Mariners, He also should be a player that can you slide into you MI spot in your Fantasy lineups. Ride the hot bat until it dead ends.

Kevin Newman, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

Kevin Newman has been one of the few bright spots on a Pittsburgh Pirates team trying to hold off the Cincinnati Reds for cellar dwellers in the NL Central. The former first-round pick is hitting .327/.372/.482 with five homers and 29 RBI. Furthermore, Newman has proven that he can make adjustments, which is evident by only striking out 28 times in 199 at-bats.

He made his MLB debut last seasons and struggled in hitting .209 with little power. During this season, he has exhibited his ability to hit and the ability to utilize his speed to get on base. Newman is currently the Pirates’ shortstop and also their leadoff hitter. He can play multiple positions including second, third, and the outfield.

Newman just had his 19-game hitting streak snapped this past week. He hit a healthy .384 with ten extra-base hits during the streak. Kevin Newman is owned in less than 40 percent of leagues, but in leagues that make use of MI/CI spots, he should be owned and started while hot.

Pitchers

Liam Hendriks, RP, Oakland Athletics

Are you like a lot of MLB teams looking for help at relief pitcher? Fantasy owners are always looking for a quick Fantasy fix to their RP spot in their lineups. Grabbing the next reliever up due to an injury or just plain poor performances.

With the Oakland A’s, it is a combination of both. Closer Blake Treinen was coming off a career season in 2018. Treinen posted a minuscule 0.78 ERA across 80.1 innings last season. However, this season Treinen has regressed to a 4.08 ERA, and 1.53 WHIP with 16 saves in 18 chances. He is projected to come off the injured list this week after suffering a right shoulder strain.

Liam Hendriks took over the closer role and is having a dominant season in 2019. He owns an outstanding 1.38 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 56/17 K/BB ratio across 45.2 innings this season. Hendriks is 2-for-2 in save opportunities while Treinen was out with the injury. It would not be shocking if Hendriks continues as the closer even when Treinen returns. Until Hendriks fails, the belief is that he will remain the closer.

The quick Fantasy fix is in. Grab Liam Hendriks to help you with saves and strikeouts.

Brendan McKay, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

There has been a lot of buzz about the two-way Rays prospect Brendan McKay. The southpaw made his MLB debut last week, and he did not disappoint. In his debut, McKay took a perfect game into the sixth inning and left the game after six innings of scoreless, one-hit ball against the Texas Rangers.

Brendan McKay,  MLBPipeline‘s No. 5 LHP prospect, has performed significantly better as a pitcher than as a hitter in pro ball. McKay posted a 2.41 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 78.1 innings across three low-minors levels last season. So far this season, he picked up where he left off, with 88 strikeouts and just 15 walks with only nine earned runs allowed in 66.2 innings in Double-A and Triple-A. He is only hitting .205/.313/.331 so far in 2019, which indicates that he might not be able to handle big-league pitching.

McKay is good as advertised, and shockingly he has yet to catch the eye of Fantasy owners everywhere. He is owned in less than five percent of Yahoo leagues. That should not last long, and you should check right now if McKay is available in your leagues. It will be difficult for the Rays to remove him from the starting rotation, and Fantasy owners should believe the hype.

Deep Dive

Carson Kelly, C, Arizona Diamondbacks

Maybe I am missing something? Carson Kelly is a catcher who is owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues but yet is ranked as a top 15 catcher by CBS.

Carson Kelly was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. Coming into this season, In 2018, Kelly was ranked as MLB.com’s No. 2 catching prospect in baseball only behind Francisco Mejia.

Kelly is finally getting consistent playing time, which has resulted in a career-high in almost every offensive category. However, the season didn’t start that way for Kelly. He started the 2019 season hitting below Mendoza line and then things changed on May 4 for the young catcher. He hit his first home run in his career, a bomb that gave Kelly confidence that he can hit in the big leagues.

Since May 4th, he’s put up an outrageous .333/.430/.657 slash (171 wRC+), which spans over his last 128 trips to the plate. His confidence as a hitter as his season line has progressed to .275/.354/.527 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 167 PA. Additionally, he ranks 4th amongst NL catchers with 1.7 fWAR and with more consistent playing time, Kelly could establish himself as one of the top catchers in the National League.

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There has to be a Fantasy owner that is need of a catcher. Kelly should be owned in all Fantasy formats.


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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