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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Second Half Awaits

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire

Fellow Fantasy Baseball fans, we made it!  We are halfway through the season. You are still in it otherwise you probably wouldn’t read this, so kudos to you and your Fantasy team!

So what did you think of the first-half? Who will win MVP-Yelich or Bellinger? Are the Yankees and Dodgers destined to meet in the World Series again?


The Second Half Awaits, so I will stop wasting time and get to what you are waiting for, the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Second Half Awaits.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He finished the final week of play before the All-Star Break by winning the National League Player of the Week. 

Frazier destroyed Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers pitching to the tune of hitting .600 with two walks, a home run, seven doubles, and seven RBI. He led off the week with a 5-for-5 hitting show against the Cubs. He also tied an MLB record with four doubles in the game. Frazier has recorded multiple hits in five of the seven games during that week.

Ironically, there was the discussion of curtailing playing time for Frazier, who owned a .254/.311/.361 slash line and a 76 wRC+ before the en fuego week. With this hot streak, Frazier is now hitting .287/.341/.416 and a 98 wRC+ with 89 hits, four homers, 26 RBI, and 49 runs scored.

Frazier is now rotating hitting leadoff with Week 14 Waiver Wire candidate shortstop Kevin Newman based upon pitching matchups. The increase in at-bats will provide opportunities for Fantasy owners to ride the hot bat and get in your lineup in the MI slot or five outfielders leagues.

Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Christian Walker is a blast from the past from the Week 2 Waiver Wire, and I recommended Walker on FantasyPros. H e has been very inconsistent this season. After his torrid start in April, Walker has cooled off, but he is back at again. He is hitting for power and occasional hot streaks.

If you can live with the cold streaks and your roster is seeking power stats, Walker is your man.  He slashed .263/.333/.503 with 17 homers and 45 RBI with a .836 OPS in the first half. Also, he has even chipped in five stolen bases.

While those stats are not All-Star worthy, they should be notable for Fantasy owners seeking power numbers from their CI slot.

Pitchers

Andrew Cashner, SP, Baltimore Orioles

The 32-year-old Andrew Cashner is a hot commodity as we head closer to the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline. Cashner has a 9-3 record and a 3.83 ERA and plays for the Baltimore Orioles, who own the worst record in baseball at the All-Star Break at 27-62.

He doesn’t have a massive contract. Cashner is making less than $10 million in the final year of his contract which prorates to less than $4 million the rest of the season. His value will never be higher, and he is an appealing option for a playoff contender.

Since June 1, Cashner has made five starts and owns a 3-1 record with a 1.41 ERA, 18 strikeouts and zero home runs allowed. He has gone at least six full innings in each of those starts. He lowered his ERA to 3.83 on the season with a 66:29 K: BB overall.

Ideally, Fantasy owners should also obtain Andrew Cashner now with the anticipation that he will be pitching for a better ballclub. This will raise his fantasy value and make him a hot pickup off the Waiver Wire. Beat everyone to the punch and pick up Cashner now.

Alex Young, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks southpaw Alex Young was an improbable candidate to make his MLB debut this season. However, with the injury to Luke Weaver (forearm) and inconsistencies in the rotation, the Diamondbacks was looking for someone to take the ball and step up.

Through two starts in the big leagues, Young has stepped up. He has given up just three hits, and one earned run across 13.1 innings. In his last outing, he threw six innings of no-hit ball and allowed only one baserunner. Inexplicably, he was pulled from the game after just 71 pitches, 45 for strikes.

Before getting the call to the majors, Young compiled a 5.79 ERA ad 39 strikeouts in 32.2 innings in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He was a low-tier prospect that did everything to get another opportunity to pitch again for Arizona this season. Understandably, there will be hesitancy in trusting Young in your Fantasy rotation. However, he has looked like a big-league pitcher worthy of a look-see as a streamer option.

Deep Dive

Dinelson Lamet, SP, San Diego Padres

Dinelson Lamet was impressive in his return from Tommy John surgery, which wiped out his 2018 season. Typically, it takes an entire season to recover and return to full significant league speed.

Lamet went five innings and struck out seven while giving up three hits and three earned runs. He looked dominant at some intervals and showed flashed of his 2017 Lamet when he struck out 139 hitters in 114.1 innings.

The Padres went 45-45 in the first half, just two games back of a wild-card spot. The Padres could be in a position to be buyers at the Trade Deadline. Lamet could be a key piece in the Padres quest to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.



Lamet was a considerable sleeper heading into the 2018 season, but unfortunately, the TJ surgery halted his ascension to a stud starting pitcher. Fantasy owners will need to be concerned with his usage. However, the upside of Lamet returning to top form is something that all Fantasy owners should want to have on their Fantasy rosters.


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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