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2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire: Eight is Enough

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the final rendition of the waiver wire as I present the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire: Eight is Enough.

Less than 15 games are remaining in the 2020 MLB season. It has been a crazy 2020, but thankfully we had baseball to take our minds off the madness. Hopefully, you are still in the playoff hunt, and the final games mean something for you and your Fantasy roster. I wish that my waiver wire recommendations had a hand in getting you there.

My final edition provides four players that focus on players that are on hot streaks. The simple concept is that Fantasy managers should target all hot players to carry them to the promised land. There is no reason to wait on a veteran player to rebound and start hitting or praying that pitchers figure it out. Grab the hitters and pitchers that are producing now!

I’m rounding third and heading home. Good luck to all of the Fantasy managers in their playoffs! GO BIG or GO HOME!

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Randy Arozarena along with Jose Martinez from the St. Louis Cardinals in January with Arozarena being looked upon as outfield depth for the Rays. Arozarena appeared ready for the big leagues after slashing .358/.435/.593 at Triple-A Memphis last season. The 25-year-old outfielder has an attractive power-speed combination with 15 homers and 17 stolen bases in 343 at-bats across two levels last season.

The highly touted outfielder came out on fire in his debut this season. He is slashing .364/.462/.909 with four homers and five RBI across his first 22 at-bats.

Arozarena has been hitting third in the Rays’ everyday lineup. Hitting in the heart of the batting order, he continues to smash, and Fantasy managers need to pull the trigger on this young outfielder. With only a few weeks remaining in the season, Fantasy managers should look to add anyone who is on a hot streak. There are a very few batters that are hotter than Randy Arozarean right now. GO get him!

D.J. Stewart, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Any Fantasy managers looking for power? I found the perfect candidate to help your Fantasy roster. Meet Baltimore Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart. In his last six games, Stewart has gone 10 for 23 with six of those ten hits being home runs. The former first-round pick has driven in eight runs and scored nine while slashing .278/.469/.806 in 36 at-bats this season.

Stewart has nothing left to prove in the minors after posting a wRC+ of 137  and a 20 homer/20 stolen base season in Double-A. He followed that impressive season by producing a wRC+ of 139 last season.

The recent hot streak should have placed Stewart on every Fantasy radar, but he still owned in less than 20 percent of leagues. Stewart is hitting third or fourth in the Orioles lineup, so he will have his opportunities to produce Fantasy stats. Fantasy managers in need of power should add Stewart immediately and ride his hot power bat into the playoffs!

Pitchers

Rafael Dolis, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

Rafael Dolis came over to the Toronto Blue Jays from Japan, where he posted a 2.49 ERA with 96 saves in the last four seasons. Dolis also struck out 227 hitters in 206 innings. He was brought in to stabilize the bullpen and be a set-up pitcher for closer Ken Giles.

Closer Ken Giles was placed on the Injured List on July 27th with right elbow soreness, leaving the closer’s role to Anthony Bass. Bass performed well initially but imploded in a few appearances resulting in the members of the Blue Jays bullpen sharing closer’s duties. The latest reliever on the closer’s carousel is the 32-year-old Rafael Dolis.

Dolis has gone 17 appearances without allowing an earned run while giving up only five hits. He has also recorded three saves during that span and owns a 1.77 ERA with a 1.180 WHIP in his 20 appearances this season.

Dolis will remain the closer while Ken Giles attempts to be possibly eased back in save opportunities. Fantasy managers need to take advantage of this situation and add Dolis as every save counts in the standings, especially down the home stretch.

Deivi Garcia, SP, New York Yankees

It looks like the New York Yankees found a remedy for their starting pitching woes with the 21-year-old Deivi Garcia. Garcia made quite a statement in his first big-league start, holding the New York Mets to no earned runs with six strikeouts and no walks over six innings.

Garcia followed that impressive debut with starts that have led to a 1-1- record with a 3.06 ERA and 4.20 xFIP in his first 17.2 innings in the big leagues. He owns a 25.7K% but, more impressively, exhibiting outstanding control with walking just 2.9% of batters faced.

The fact that Garcia is available in two-thirds of leagues shows that plenty of Fantasy managers have given up on their seasons. Please don’t be that Fantasy manager! Garcia is worth adding in all formats, and his initial success should continue for the Yankees and your Fantasy rosters.


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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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