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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire: Trade Deadline is Here

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire.

The MLB Trade Deadline is one of the most exciting days in baseball. The storm of moves creates excitement and intrigue.

We saw a ton of movement this year with the new hard deadline in place. Read our 2019 MLB trade recap for the fantasy impact analysis from the trades.

Regardless of how we think these trades will play out Fantasy owners need also to continue to improve their rosters. As we move toward the dog days of summer, Fantasy owners look to fill the holes in their lineups.

Look no further as I present to you the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Anthony Santander, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Anthony Santander began the 2019 season at Triple-A, where he was hitting .259/.340/.494 with five home runs and 28 RBI. Santander was relatively unknown heading into 2019, but he is making baseball fans notice.

In 45 games this season, he is hitting .298/.340/.494 with eight homers and 31 RBI. The 24-year-old outfielder has given the Orioles fans something to cheer for in an otherwise dismal 2019 season.

He has picked it up in July, where he is slashing .320/.346/.526 with four homers and knocking in 18 runs. Santander does not have a proven track record. However, Fantasy owners should look to add Santander in five outfield leagues in which they are looking for more power in their lineup.

Josh VanMeter, 2B/3B/OF, Cincinnati Reds

Josh VanMeter has virtually come out of nowhere and could be the reason that the Cincinnati Reds give him a full-time opportunity now that Puig has been traded.

VanMeter was not listed in any of the Top 30 prospects lists within the organization while hitting 11 homers with 45 RBI last season in Triple-A. The left-hand hitting VanMeter broke out to start the season at Triple-A Louisville by hitting .348 with 14 homers and 43 RBI with a .429 on-base percentage. His hitting prowess forced the Reds to make the call and bring up the 24-year-old VanMeter.

The hot bat continued in Cincinnati where he is now hitting .311/.407/.541 with four homers and 10 RBI in 41 games. He has position eligibility as an outfielder, third, and second base, where he looks like to take his .948 OPS and take over the position.

The Reds are seven games under .500 and will look to give young players the chance to see what they can do at the big-league level. Fantasy owners should ride the young hitter at their MI to see if he can continue his torrid hitting.

Pitchers

Chase Anderson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers are battling in the highly contested National League for a playoff spot despite starting pitching that has been besieged with injuries. The Brewers have lost Brandon Woodruff, Jhoulys Chacin, and Gio Gonzalez to injuries and their pitching ranks in the bottom half in NL ERA.

One pitcher that has helped the Brewers stay in the playoff race is right-hander Chase Anderson. In his last seven starts, he has allowed two runs or fewer. Overall he is 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 85 strikeouts in 88 innings this season.

Anderson is a great back-end starter in the Brewers rotation, and he has become a Fantasy starter that will help owners as they stream him in advantageous matchups.

Asher Wojciechowski, SP, Baltimore Orioles

I know right, two Baltimore Orioles. Crazy right.

No really, Woj (I really don’t want to type his whole name again) has been great since he was called up. His ERA sits at 3.60 and he is striking out over 11 per nine.

His last two starts he has one over seven in each, allowing two runs total. Those starts were again the Red Sox and Angels. FYI they rank 1st and 9th in runs scored in the majors this year. Not too shabby.

I have no idea if he’ll keep this, my gut says no since he has never put up these kinds of numbers even in the minors and he is 30. However, I’m still willing to catch lightning in a bottle when its working.

*Editors note: Joe Bond added this player to replace Jose Urquidy since the article was originally finished before the trade deadline


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

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