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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire: Eight is Enough

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire.

In my latest edition of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire, I produce eight players for Week 8 that could help your team now and throughout the season. Sometimes Fantasy owners need to replace an injured player that will be coming back shortly. I mention several players who are hot and are the perfect fill-ins. Of course, there are always pitchers!  Who doesn’t need pitchers? I came up with four pitchers that could assist your Fantasy team to continue to contend. Well, enough of this nonsense.

So who are these eight players? Let’s find out in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire:  Eight is Enough


2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

Willie Calhoun was once considered a top prospect, but his first two attempts in the majors didn’t go as planned. Calhoun made a solid case for a roster spot this Spring Training after dropping 24 pounds during this past offseason.

However, to start the season, the Texas Rangers placed Calhoun at Triple-A Nashville in what seems to be a simple service-time manipulation transaction. The 24-year-old has destroyed Triple-A pitching, smashing eight home runs with 18 runs and 22 RBI while slashing .304/.416/.557.

Calhoun got called up when Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was placed on the IL with a hamstring injury. All Calhoun has done in his five games since his promotion is hit .476/.476/.810 with two homers and knocking in seven runs and posting a 1.286 OPS.

The Rangers are trying to keep his bat in the lineup although he has a history of being a liability defensively. That leads them to place Calhoun at DH where the Rangers have several options including Hunter Pence and Shin-Shoo Choo. As long as he continues to hit, he will provide Fantasy owners with a high batting average and power. Calhoun should be owned in deeper leagues and all dynasty formats.

Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies

The production out of the second base position for the Colorado Rockies has easily been the worst in baseball this season. The departure of D.J. LeMahieu has left a massive hole at second base in Colorado. The season began with former prospect Ryan McMahon and current prospect Garrett Hampson battling for the second base job in Spring Training. With neither player taking charge, they shared second base duties so far this season. The injuries to starting first baseman Daniel Murphy and shortstop Trevor Story forced the Rockies to shuffle the infield lineup continuously.

Garrett Hampson has since been demoted back to Triple-A Albuquerque while Ryan McMahon has been relatively inconsistent at best and has played more time at first. With almost 50 games into the 2019 season, the Rockies still have a glaring hole at second base.

The Rockies reached into their minor league system and promoted elite prospect, Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers entered the current season with consensus Top 30 leaguewide prospect billing. He has not disappointed so far this season at Triple-A. He’s slashing .356/.421/.644 with nine home runs over 152 plate appearances thus far at Albuquerque. Those are impressive numbers regardless if the Pacific Coast League is a hitter-friendly league because of the altitude.

Rodgers has only one hit in his first eight MLB at-bats. However, the Rockies are in desperate need of consistent hitting from the infield position, where Rodgers can slot in at either shortstop or second base.  Fantasy owners looking to fill in their MI spot should take a look at Rodgers.

Pitchers

Chase Anderson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Chase Anderson returned to the mound after returning from the IL after rupturing a blister. Anderson only went four innings and didn’t give an earned run while walking four and striking out three. This start was not that impressive. He still has an opportunity to make his way back into the Milwaukee Brewers rotation.

The Brewers rotation requires some assistance, and fourth and fifth spots are open for grabs. In his nine appearances this season, which includes three starts, Anderson is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, an 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

The uncertainty of the rotation should cause some concern although performances issues with the starters should press Anderson back into the rotation. Currently, he should be owned in deeper leagues and is worth a stream option in shallow formats.

Griffin Canning, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Griffin Channing was a highly touted pitching prospect who rose thru Angels farm system. He struck out better than a batter per inning at three minor league stops in his first professional season in 2018. In his three starts at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, he allowed just one earned run over 16 innings for a microscopic 0.56 ERA. His K/BB ratio was 17/2.



In his four starts since his call-up on April 30, Canning owns a 2-1 record with a solid 3.80 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is 24/7.

The Angels are being somewhat careful with Canning as he is not going deep into games. He is averaging six innings in his four starts. There is a lot to like with the young hurler. Fantasy owners should take the opportunity to own him now before he continues to blossom.

CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees

C.C. Sabathia is playing in the final season of his 19-year career. He was forced to miss the first month of the season after undergoing an offseason heart procedure, while also dealing with knee troubles.

The 38-year-old southpaw has been impressive this season. In his seven starts, he is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 36.1 innings. He has held opponents to three or fewer runs in six of his seven starts.

Sabathia has Fantasy value and is a great streaming option, especially since he plays for a first-place team like the New York Yankees.

Deep Dive

Logan Forsythe, INF, Texas Rangers

The 32-year-old has appeared in 33 games this season, not bad for a player who signed a minor league deal in the offseason. He has performed at every infield position this season and is hitting .318/.420/.518 with three homers and 22 RBI.

Forsythe was coming off a disappointing 2018 season, he hit a meager .207/.270/.290 with two homers, and he had more strikeouts (43) more than hits (40) in his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he did pick it up a little when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins. He hit .258/.356/.292 in 50 games.

Logan Forsythe won’t win any championships, but he will provide you with flexibility in your lineups. He is an excellent option to have on your bench when he is hitting well. When he is in a slump, you dump him. It didn’t cost you anything.

Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees

Remember Didi Gregorius?  He is trying to work his way back from undergoing Tommy John surgery this past offseason. In 2018, he slashed .268/.335/.494 with 27 homers, 86 RBI and stole ten bases.

The first-place New York Yankees anticipate DiDi to begin playing in extended spring training games on Monday. The Yankees plan on using Gregorius at DH when he returns to avoid placing too much stress on his elbow. There is no reason to rush him back. Barring any setbacks, Gregorius will give a boost to a potentially lethal lineup after they get everyone healthy.

Didi Gregorius is the perfect stash candidate. Pick up and place him on your bench before someone else in your league beats you to it.

Jimmy Nelson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is completing his rehab from September 2017 surgery on a partially torn labrum, which caused Nelson to miss the entire 2018 season. Before the 2017 injury, Nelson was producing like an ace, posting a 12-6 record with a 3.49 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 2017. In 175.1 innings, he struck out 199 batters while allowing only 48 walks.

In his 14.1 innings in three rehab outings in the Pacific Coast League, Nelson has a 3.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 16 strikeouts. He will make one more rehab start on Thursday, and if that start goes well, he will join the Milwaukee Brewers rotation next week.

The Brewers starting rotation has started to pick it up recently. Zach Davies (1.54 ERA) and Brandon Woodruff (6-1, 3.51 ERA) are currently pitching well this season. Newcomer Gio Gonzalez has revived his career to a 2-0 record with an impressive 1.69 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in four starts since joining the Brewers.  The remainder of the rotation has issues, and Jimmy Nelson will be a welcome sight. Nelson is worth a stash in deeper leagues and someone that could pay notable dividends for Fantasy owners.


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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