Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire.
As we head into the final month of the MLB season, Fantasy managers will look to continue to locate any edge possible in this crazy 2020 season. Whether its assuring yourselves that you keep notice on which players are ascending and who are descending as Jacob Dunne provides in his excellent weekly Stock Up/Stock Down report. Fantasy managers also need to be aware of which pitchers have two starts each week and who has juicy matchups. Keith Lott provides outstanding analysis and insight in his weekly Pitching Planner.
Unfortunately, Fantasy managers are well aware that there are some players that are just not cutting it. Those players show up in Josh Martel's superb weekly Drop List. Now that you know who to drop, Fantasy managers need help in finding which players to add each week.
This week's waiver wire recommendations are like the Pick Six Lottery in that I selected six players that can continue your climb on the standings or keep you as king of the mountain. Find out which six players that I recommend in the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire: Pick Six.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire
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Brandon Belt, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt started the regular season late after returning off of the injured list due to a sore right heel. His slow start continued at the plate, hitting .128 as recently as August 15.
The veteran first baseman has heated up as the San Francisco Giants have in the last ten games (7-3). Belt has gone 15-for-31 (.484) with seven extra-base hits and seven RBI in his previous ten games. It seems safe to say that Belt has placed his struggles behind him.
In a shortened season, it is incredibly essential that Fantasy managers ride the hot hand. Belt is one of the hottest hitters in the league and should be rostered in all Fantasy formats.
Ryan Mountcastle, 1B/3B/SS/OF, Baltimore Orioles
Ryan Mountcastle has reached safely in all 4⃣ games he's played. Here's the first MLB RBI for the #Orioles' No. 5 prospect.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 26, 2020
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Ryan Mountcastle was called up on August 21 and has not disappointed since his MLB debut. Mountcastle is hitting .333/.429/.417 in his 28 plate appearances.
Mountcastle has an impressive minor league resume, including winning the Orioles' Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and International MVP at Triple-A Norfolk. In 127 games last season, the right-handed-hitting outfielder slashed .312/.344/.527 with 35 doubles, 25 home runs, 81 runs, and 83 RBI.
He is known as a free-swinger with only 4.6 BB% across 2100 MILB plate appearances. His game is predicated on power and does not possess any speed and also does not have a defensive home. Mountcastle might be the ideal DH for the Orioles, but as long as he continues to hit, he will be in the everyday lineup. Mountcastle is worth consideration in deeper formats.
Stephen Piscotty, OF, Oakland Athletics
When the stakes are high
CALL STEPHEN PISCOTTY ❤️
— Mo #4MVPs (@incredible__21) August 27, 2020
Stephen Piscotty started the 2020 season with just one hit in his first 15 plate appearances. Since then, Piscotty has rebounded to hit .293 with five homers and 26 RBI, 12 runs, and two stolen bases. He has also produced three multi-hit performances and drove in seven runs in his last seven games
Piscotty is coming off an injury-impacted 2019 season and is a welcome sight back in the A's lineup. The veteran outfielder remains a reliable power threat in the middle of a powerful Oakland A's lineup.
Piscotty is worth consideration in 12-team leagues and is must-own in five outfielder lineups in category leagues.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired RHP Taijuan Walker from the M’s for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 27, 2020
The Toronto Blue Jays have made it clear that they are a win-now mode with the trade for right-hander Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners. The Blue Jays are still in the AL Wild Card mix with the extended playoff format. However, they need to upgrade their starting rotation. The Blue Jays are weak in the rotation with the Nate Pearson injury. Plus, veterans Matt Shoemaker and Tanner Roark are underwhelming with both starters approaching 5.00 ERA.
In his Blue Jays debut, Walker allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five across six scoreless innings to earn the win against the Baltimore Orioles. Overall, Walker is now 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP to go along with 29 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Walker is a rental for the Blue Jays, and as I noted in my Walker selection in the Fantasy Pros Under-the-Radar pickups, Walker's experience should help the Blue Jays in their playoff hunt. Additionally, Walker could assist Fantasy owners in favorable matchups as a streamer option and should be owned and started weekly in AL-only leagues.
Devin Williams, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
Devin Williams, K'ing the Side (2 changeups & 1 FB).
Arguably the best changeup in baseball. pic.twitter.com/OLp33RFmJA
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 25, 2020
Devin Williams has emerged as the Milwaukee Brewers' breakout player this season. Williams struggled as a starter early in his career but returned to a bullpen role after his return from Tommy John surgery in 2018. The young right-hander has made some serious noise in the Brewers bullpen.
Williams has racked up 25 strikeouts in just 11.2 innings of work almost used exclusively in the seventh and eighth innings as the set-up man for closer Josh Hader. Williams has been dominant this season by mostly using a two-pitch mix that utilizes a high-90s fastball and his still unhittable changeup that is one of the best in the league.
In his 11.2 innings, Williams has an ERA of 0.77 and an incredible 19.3 SO/9 while giving up only one earned run on the season. The key to Williams' success has been his mid-80s changeup, which he punches out hitters at an alarming 61.2 Whiff%.
With plenty of starters being question marks this season, having a reliever provide elite stats is the best potion to combat those issues on your Fantasy roster. Devin Williams should be owned and in all starting lineups in category leagues.
Michael Pineda, SP, Minnesota Twins
Michael Pineda will be full speed by the end of August.
And Rich Hill will be back ... ????.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 18, 2020
Digging deeper to find a waiver wire gem for Fantasy players resulted in me locating veteran right-hander Michael Pineda of the Minnesota Twins. Pineda will be activated from the suspended list this week and will make his 2020 season debut against the White Sox this week.
Pineda posted an 11-5 record with a 4.01 ERA and 1.16 WHIP along with a 140/28 K/BB ratio across 146 innings last season. He will step directly into a playoff chase with the Twins currently in a dogfight in the American League Central division. They now trail the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians by 1.5 games.
The Twins' rotation is on shaky ground besides Kenta Maeda, so the addition of Pineda to the rotation could not have come at a better time. The Twins are hoping that Pineda performs like he did at the end of last season. In his final 15 starts, he posted a 3.10 ERA, 3.18 FIP, and 3.87 xFIP.
Pineda is a sneaky add and is at least a streaming option as we head into the final month of the season.
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