2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

Welcome my Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire.

I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th celebrations with friends and families. Now it is time to get back to business to winning Fantasy matchups. After a week off for a well-deserved vacation, I am back to provide Fantasy managers with three hitters and three pitchers who will assist get back to the business of winning.

Has a former top prospect finally figured it out? Did a future Hall-of-Famer do enough to get back into your Fantasy lineups? Who is the next rookie pitching prospect to add?

Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies

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Brendan Rodgers is finally getting an opportunity to play, and he is taking full advantage of his opportunity. He is slashing .283/.345/.360 with two homers and six RBI in his last fifteen games. Overall, the former top prospect is hitting .267/.346/.442 with five homers, 19 RBI, and ten runs.

Rodgers is above league average with a 42.0 hard-hit rate, 90.6 EV, and .297 BABIP and was also recommended in my Week 11 Waiver Wire and as a solid option as a MI for Fantasy managers. Since that article published on June 14, Rodgers is slashing .279/.333/.459 with a .342 wOBA and .319 BABIP. Six of his 17 hits went for extra bases, including two home runs, and he has knocked in eight runs across 17 games.

His ownership didn't dramatically increase since my latest recommendation. Fantasy managers are missing a Fantasy chess piece that can be utilized as a middle infield option. Fantasy managers can capitalize on Rodgers finally finding his way to Fantasy relevance.

Gavin Sheets, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Gavin Sheets got the call with Jake Lamb going on the injured list, and with Yermin Mercedes being sent back to the minors, a clear path to playing time opened up for Sheets. Sheets was hitting .292/.352/.472 with seven home runs through 41 games in Triple-A this season. He is naturally a first baseman but has made his way to play outfield in three games this season.

Sheets is slashing .318/.360/.682 with a 1.042 OPS and two homers and eight RBI through his first six big-league games. The hot start to his major league career makes an intriguing name to monitor for Fantasy managers.

The 25-year-old Sheets has dual position eligibility and brings a power skill set that should have Fantasy managers looking to add the left-handed hitting slugger while the hot streak continues.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds

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Joey Votto got off to a rough start to the 2021 season, hitting .226/.305/.425 before being placed on the injured list on May 5 with a fractured thumb. However, the former MVP has seemed to found his stroke since he returned off the injured list on June 8th.

Votto is hitting .295/.374/.534 with six homers and 15 RBI since his return, including hitting .400/.444/.880 with three homers and five RBI over his past seven games.

His power has also returned with a 49.0 hard-hit rate and 92.7 EV, both career-highs. Fantasy managers tend to ignore Votto due to the belief that his skills are diminishing. However, a deep dive displays that a resurgence is happening in Cincinnati. A return to your Fantasy rosters should also be in the cards with Votto as your CI in deeper league formats.

Pitchers

Joe Ross, SP, Washington Nationals

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Joe Ross has been on multiple sleepers lists every season to start the season. However,  he has also not pitched up to those expectations. Subsequently, Ross has been on several busts at the end of seasons and disappointed the Washington Nationals and Fantasy managers.

The right-hander sat out the shortened 2020 season. He did not pitch well at the onset of this season, including a brutal May. The right-hander went 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in May, and Ross was being dropped in droves across the Fantasy landscape.

However, Ross has been on a hot streak lately. He has racked 40 strikeouts across 33 innings pitched with a season-high 11 strikeouts in his latest outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Independence Day.

Ross has posted quality starts in five of his last seven outings. He has a 3-4 record with a 2.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched during that time. His hot streak coincides with the increase of use in his sinker and slider.

Ross is currently owned in less than 35% of Yahoo leagues, and that number will surely increase as his rise continues. Fantasy managers should look to be part of the increase of that number and add Ross in all Fantasy formats.

Drew Smyly, SP, Atlanta Braves

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A look at Drew Smyly's overall numbers of 4.42 ERA, 5.13 FIP, and 1.28 WHIP, and it isn't easy to be impressed. However, Smyly has now won four consecutive starts while allowing only three total runs over those outings.

His numbers have steadily improved as the weather has heated up, as we see for a majority of veteran pitchers:

  • April: 0-2 record with an 8.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP
  • May: 2-1 record with a 4.42 ERA and 1.11 WHIP
  • June: 3-0 record with a 2.84 ERA and 1.34 WHIP
  • July: 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and 0.88 WHIP

His stronger outings have coincided with the Atlanta Braves desperate for pitching with multiple pitchers unavailable to injury-related issues. The 32-year-old southpaw has a solid track record and owns a 4.16 career ERA.

Smyly has been rumored to be traded at the Trade Deadline to teams looking for rotation depth. The veteran lefty has been pitching at an above replacement level this season with .06 WAR. Fantasy managers seeking rotation depth as we head into the dog days of summer could utilize Smyly as a decent streaming option in plus matchups.

Zach Thompson, SP, Miami Marlins

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Zach Thompson has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise brutal season for the Miami Marlins. But, unfortunately, the 27-year-old rookie was not that impressive in the minors, owning a career 27-29 record with a 4.11 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across seven minor league seasons.

However, Thompson has been better in the majors and has produced a 2-2 record with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 31 hitters in 24 innings. Thompson started on Independence Day and took a no-decision versus the Braves, allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts across six innings.

Thompson owns a .185 BAA, and both his SO-BB % and SwStr% are above league average. If Thompson is not on your watch list already, he should be. He owns Fantasy appeal as a streamer option in all Fantasy formats.


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