Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads, Step-Dads, GrandDads, and single mothers! This is YOUR day, I truly hoped you enjoyed it!
Now that you have spent time with the father figure in your life, it’s time to take a look at your Fantasy rosters so you can do your dad proud and win a Fantasy championship.
I came up with two hitters and two pitchers that should help your cause. Find out who to add and why in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire
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J.P.Crawford, SS, Seattle
One of the hottest hitters in MLB calls T-Mobile Park home. Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford has been blistering hot this month. Crawford is slashing .364/.414/.584 with a .998 OPS. He has slugged three homers with 13 RBI and has scored 13 runs in 19 games this month.
Since his move to the leadoff spot for the Mariners, the shortstop is slashing .337/.385/.535 along with a .920 OPS. Crawford has also scored 14 runs and 11 of his 29 hits while batting leadoff have gone for extra bases. In addition, his BABIP dramatically jumps from .281 when he was hitting ninth to an outstanding .394 when he hits leadoff.
With Crawford now hitting leadoff regularly, he is a must-start in your lineups and should be picked up in all leagues.
Alex Kiriloff, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins
Plenty of Fantasy managers are always in win-now mode. Players who slump or in this case, a talented prospect who slumps and was frequently injured this season, Fantasy managers automatically give up on the player. I would advise against that with Minnesota Twins’ Alex Kiriloff.
His current overall stats don’t scream hot prospect with Kiriloff hitting .263/.303/.444 with five homers and 21 RBI. However, a deeper dive into his underlying stats displays that Fantasy managers should have not been so shrewd with Kiriloff.
His expected stats tell another story. The .315 xBA would rank him in the top ten. A huge jump in slugging percentage from .444 to .599 xSLG and the .321 wOBA increase to .397 xbOBA provides security that his lack of production and potential will be short-lived. Additionally, the batting average should not concern anyone. His 48.0 Hard Hit Rate, 92.2 exit velocity, and .180 ISO are all above league averages.
Chris Flexen, SP, Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners faithful has to be encouraged with the latest start from right-hander Chris Flexen. Flexen went a career-high eight innings, allowing four hits, and zero walks while striking out a career-high eight batters. This outing marks the four consecutive starts that Flexen pitched at least six innings.
This impressive outing brings his record to a 6-3 record with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP. When you combine those disappointing stats with his even more underwhelming 15.9 SO%, Fantasy managers are probably wondering why I am recommending the Mariners right-hander.
His dramatic splits between his home and away starts are alarming. Pitching at T-Mobile Park, Flexen is 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 41.2 innings of work. On the road, he is somehow 2-1 with a brutal 7.27 ERA and 1.69 WHIP and coughing up five home runs across 26 innings.
Flexen is the ideal streaming option for Fantasy managers. Grab Flexen to get him in your lineups when he is at home, otherwise avoid and ignore.
Vladimir Gutierrez, SP, Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds received a boost in their rotation with the addition of the talented youngster Vladimir Gutierrez from the minors last month. Gutierrez was supposed to be a temporary filler while veteran southpaw Wade Miley was on the 10-day injured list with a left foot injury. In his MLB debut, the right-hander was impressive, allowing one run and two hits in five innings but suffered a 1-0 loss against the Chicago Cubs.
Miley was set to take back his spot in the rotation after his IL stint, but the Reds lost another starting pitcher with Jeff Hoffman to shoulder impingement, which could make a lengthy IL stay. The Reds need a fifth starter to fill a role for an extended period of time.
Gutierrez has flashed potential in his four starts for the Reds, posting a 3-1 record, 2.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP with opponents hitting .185 across 23 innings against the young right-hander.
The 25-year-old struggled in his first few seasons in the minors. However, he exhibited growth after completing his 80-game suspension from last season for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He started three games at Triple-A Louisville this season, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.65 ERA while striking out 21 batters in 17 innings.
The Reds are battling in the highly-contested National League Central, where they are three games behind Chicago Cubs in the division. The Reds are already shuffling the rotation with Sonny Gray‘s missing starts, so the emergence of Gutierrez has been a welcome addition.
Gutierrez has earned himself to remain in the Reds rotation and his talent and current production warrant a worthy streamer add to your Fantasy rosters.
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