Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire.
Taking a look at the Waiver Wire options this week, I noticed plenty of low-risk/high-reward players that could help Fantasy managers. Four out of the six players I am recommending this week are owned in less than ten percent of leagues. It seems that some Fantasy managers are falling asleep here.
Unfortunately, there will always be Fantasy managers that give up on their team once they start looking too far up in the standings. Please don't be that Fantasy manager! Please have consideration for your fellow Fantasy managers and respect for yourself and your reputation. No one likes a quitter!
Which two catchers can help you give you the advantage at a shallow position? Looking for a starting pitcher to stream, find out which Atlanta Brave I suggest adding? Who is looking for saves? If so and who isn't, I got you covered with answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Waiver Wire
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Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians finally pull the plug on Jake Bauers' stay in Cleveland by designating Bauers for assignment. He was subsequently traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later. This opened the door for slugging first baseman Bobby Bradley to get an opportunity at first base.
Bradley was slashing .196/.266/.485 with nine homers at Triple-A. Obviously, not very impressive except for the power numbers. However, the Indians need more juice in the lineup, with Framill Reyes and Jordan Luplow on the injured list. Bradley has produced 20 or more homers from 2016 through 2019 and was on his way to another 20+ homers this season at the time of callup.
There are questions if Bradley can make consistent contact against big-league pitching. In his first MLB stint in 2019, he produced a brutal 40.8 SO% in 49 plate appearances.
Bradley has been brilliant since his callup on June 5, hitting .500/.563/1.634 with two homers and 7 RBI in 14 at-bats. Suffice it to say, Bradley will not continue at even half of this pace, but Bradley offers help in the power categories. Fantasy managers desperate for power should look to pick up the slugging first baseman but be mindful of the hit in batting average.
Eric Haase, C, Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have suffered a bevy of injuries at the catcher position this season. Veteran catcher Wilson Ramos (back) and Grayson Greiner were both placed on the injured list at the end of May, forcing veteran minor leaguer Eric Haase to share everyday playing time behind the plate with Jake Rogers.
Haase has struggled in his previous MLB stints, but you wouldn't know that with the way he has been slugging this month. He has been smashing to start the month of June to the tune of .303/.378/.879 with a 1.257 OPS. Hasse has hit six homers with nine RBI in ten games this month.
The recent return of Ramos has moved Haase in more of a platoon role behind the plate. However, the Tigers have Haase alternating starts between starting catcher and now also in the outfield. The dual eligibility makes Haase very valuable for Fantasy managers. He should be added in all 12 team leagues or larger and all two-catcher formats.
Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
It seems that Fantasy managers have been waiting for Brendan Rodgers to capitalize on that prospect pedigree for years. There was talk about him taking over at second base every preseason, but Rodgers has failed to take advantage of the opportunities.
This season didn't start well for Rodgers, who found himself rehabbing a hamstring injury he suffered in spring training. The former top prospect has now found himself taking over at shortstop with the injury to Trevor Story (elbow). Rodgers stepped into the lineup for what would seem to be an audition and immediately caught fire.
In his last seven games, Rodgers owns a .389/.478/.889 batting line with three homers and six RBI across 18 at-bats. The hot streak was a small sample size, but he deserves to be in the Rockies' everyday lineup.
The Rockies have the worst offense in MLB, so that they could use the help. Speaking of help, Trevor Story returned from the injured list. This does muddle playing time for Rodgers to an extent, but I think even Bud Black can see that Rodgers should be playing every day. Rodgers is one of those low-risk/high-reward players that Fantasy managers should be speculating on to upgrade their infield position.
Max Stassi, C, Los Angeles Angels
Max Stassi was one of the most sought-after sleepers at the catcher position coming into the 2021 season. Stassi hit .278 with seven homers and an impressive .533 slugging percentage through 31 games during the 2020 shortened season.
Stassi (thumb) just returned from an injured list stint and has caught my attention. Stassi is slashing .478/.478/1.000 with three home runs, seven RBI, and ten runs scored over his last seven games.
Every Fantasy manager knows how shallow the catcher position is. Finding a catcher like Stassi, who has been explosive since his return to the lineup, is an upgrade that should not be ignored. The fact that Stassi is owned in less than five percent of Fantasy leagues is criminal.
Tucker Davidson, SP, Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves continue their run of pitching prospects with southpaw Tucker Davidson. Davidson was exceptional in Triple-A to start the 2021 season, allowing only two earned runs in 20 innings with a 23/4 SO/K ratio.
Davidson has ping-ponged between Triple-A and the big leagues since his May 18 debut this season, where he went six innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out five.
In his three starts this season, he has produced a 1.53 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. Davidson has earned himself an extended look in the Braves rotation. There is no shortage of opportunities in the Braves rotation, with Smyly struggling with a 5.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over his last seven starts. In addition, the Braves have Mike Soroka, Touki Touissant, and Huascara Ynoa all on the injured list.
Davidson should have a permanent position in the rotation and is a streamer option for Fantasy managers.
Lucas Sims, RP, Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have their closer carousel playing out in Cincinnati. With the worst bullpen ERA (5.82) in MLB, the Reds have utilized multiple relievers in the closer role this season. One reliever who can't be blamed is Tejay Antone, who owns an impressive 1.41 ERA over 20 appearances. Antone is utilized in various roles and is a situational pitcher, including closing games. The Reds attempted to use lefty Amir Garrett but owns an insidious 9.17 ERA over 21 outings this season.
Lucas Sims got a late start this spring but is finally starting to come around and looks to at least share save opportunities with Antone. Sims was excellent last season as the setup man, posting a strong 2.45 ERA with an 11.9 K/9 in 20 games. He started this season slowly, but he has picked it up as of late.
Sims has recorded a 1.35 ERA with ten strikeouts in seven innings, along with securing five saves in his last seven games. His overall season stats won't impress, but please view his latest production. He has produced 36 strikeouts in 23.1 innings, and opposing hitters are only batting .207 against the veteran right-hander this season. Fantasy managers are always looking for saves. Look no further than Sims.
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