2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire: What’s Happening?

by Dennis Sosic
2019 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire

Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire.

The MLB pennant races are heating up, and Fantasy geeks like me are starting to prep for their Fantasy Football drafts. However, Fantasy baseball owners can not forget about their Fantasy baseball teams.

With NFL Preseason games underway, there will be Fantasy managers that have given up or are looking past their baseball rosters and lineups to focus on Fantasy Football. Well, here is where sharp Fantasy baseball owners pounce and take advantage.

Fantasy baseball owners need to continue to watch the trends, keep track of the recent call-ups and most importantly, continue to work the waiver wire. I did the work for you here with the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire: What's Happening?

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire

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Ian Happ, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

Ian Happ started his career off by finishing eighth in the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year voting. During that season, he hit .253/.328/.514 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI but struck out 129 times in 413 plate appearances. Happ was on everyone's sleepers list heading into the 2018 season. However, he busted in 2018, hitting only .233/.353/.408 with 15 homers and struck out a whopping 167 times in 462 plate appearances.

The Chicago Cubs were concerned with his immense strikeout rates and thought he needed more work. When the Cubs broke camp to start this season, Happ was not part of the roster and sent down to Triple-A Iowa. At Triple-A, the switch-hitting Happ continued to strike out a lot which led to his .242 batting average but still smacked 16 homers and stole nine bases at Triple-A Iowa.

Happ was recalled from Triple-A on July 26 and has been able to put good at-bats together. The infielder/outfielder is slashing .300/.391/.640 with three homers and a grand 164 wRC+, with a 1.041 OPS. More importantly, his strikeout rate has diminished to below league average at 21.7 percent.

The versatile Happ is helping lead the Cubs to sustain their slim lead in the National League Central. There is value in adding Ian Happ to your Fantasy roster with him qualifying at outfield, third and second. That type of multi-purpose player can do wonders for Fantasy teams vying for their playoffs.

Cameron Maybin, OF, New York Yankees

Cameron Maybin has stepped in for the New York Yankees in their outfield where they continue to be without the services of slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and centerfielder Aaron Hicks. Since returning from a calf injury July 26, Maybin has hit .308 (16-for-52) with three long balls and 10 RBI in 14 games.

Maybin has become an emotional leader for the AL-East leading Yankees and is a sparkplug for their offense. While they won't win anyone Fantasy leagues, it does provide assurances that Maybin continues to see playing time. Currently, Maybin is a rotating outfielder who hits against lefties and gives the other outfielders a spot rest.

When the Yankees get back to full strength in the outfield, Maybin will see lesser opportunities, but he still has pop in his bat and can swipe some bags for Fantasy managers. Maybin is an ideal pickup for leagues that have daily lineup changes. Keep your eyes on the news if and when Maybin starts. If so, he will help your Fantasy team and therefore an excellent addition to your Fantasy roster.


Chris Bassitt, SP, Oakland A's

Over his last six starts, Chris Bassitt is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA, and 1.06 WHIP and batters are only hitting .221 against him over that span. This latest streak has lowered his season ERA to 3.56 and now owns an 8-5 record with a 1.18 WHIP.

He has made 20 starts this season and has allowed over three earned runs on just three instances.

The Oakland A's are in the middle of the wild card race, and Bassitt has been a critical factor in keeping the A's in the race. Playing in a pitchers park, Bassitt should be owned in AL-only leagues. He should also be added in mixed leagues to help Fantasy managers in their race to win their title.

Joe Ross, SP/RP, Washington Nationals

The longest scoreless streak by a Washington Nationals pitcher this season doesn't belong to Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg or Patrick Corbin. It belongs to right-hander Joe Ross. Ross has not allowed a run in his last 16.2 innings.

In those 16.2 innings, he pitched as a starter this season; Ross has a 1.62 ERA, a .203 opponents BAA, a .580 opponents OPS allowed, and a 3.94 FIP. These numbers are not out of the blue; Ross displays his potential during the 2016 season. He threw 105 innings and posted a 3.43 ERA and 3.49 FIP.

Ross was dreadful in 17 appearances out of the Nationals' bullpen this season. He registered an 11.05 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, and 12/9 K/BB ratio across 14.2 innings. He was demoted to Triple-A Fresno, where he had a 4.28 ERA in eight starts. Ross came back to the big leagues with Max Scherzer being able to make only one start since July 6, and Jeremy Hellickson still recovering from a right shoulder strain.

Joe Ross looks to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery in 2017. His latest success should be encouraging for the Nationals and Fantasy owners. His current pedigree should be enough for Fantasy managers to give him an opportunity for the stretch run.

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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