2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire.

We are headed to an important date in MLB. The MLB trade deadline is on Friday, July 30 and we will see plenty of movement this season. In fact, we have already seen two impactful trades both involving the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired some much-needed pop in their lineup with veteran slugger Nelson Cruz. In a separate deal, the Rays dealt veteran southpaw Rich Hill to the pitching needy New York Mets.

What team will win the Trade Deadline? Stay tuned to the Fantasy Six Pack team as we provide Fantasy news and analysis. Fantasy managers should be reviewing their league-mates rosters for possible players to acquire to fill holes on your roster. If you can't find a suitor, there is always my Waiver Wire recommendations to help boost your quest for the Fantasy championship.

Which former top prospect should Fantasy managers trust now? Which player can help fill lineup holes for your short-term needs? What young pitchers have promising outlooks for the rest of this season? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire

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Jace Peterson, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Every team needs a player to do the dirty work. Tasks that will not place the player in the spotlight or on the front stage on MLB highlight shows. However, it will be appreciated by his manager and, more importantly, his teammates. The Milwaukee Brewers Jace Peterson is that type of player.

Peterson has made starts at both corner positions, second base, and both corner outfield spots. With the Brewers battling multiple injuries for much of this season, his ability to play multiple positions is valuable.

He has frequently shuttled between the minors and the big league club this season and provides excellent plate patience. However, Peterson has turned it up recently with his increase in at-bats. In his last 30 games, Peterson is slashing .312/.439/.481 with two homers, 13 RBI while scoring 16 runs, and even chipped in six stolen bases.

Peterson will not be a league winner for Fantasy managers. However, he provides an excellent depth piece and suitable fill-in at the end of your bench while injuries mount across baseball. In addition, he gets on base frequently with some pop in his bat. As a result, Peterson will help Fantasy managers in deeper formats and NL-only leagues.

Daulton Varsho, C/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Many Fantasy analysts have included Daulton Varsho as a sleeper heading into the last two seasons. He has exhibited double-digit home run power and, more importantly, steal potential from the catcher position. Getting steals from a weak catcher position is a cheat code for Fantasy managers. However, Varsho has yet to live up to the hype over the last two seasons.

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded backup catcher Stephen Vogt to the Atlanta Braves last week. The team also has starter Carson Kelly still not recovered from his wrist injury, which has opened the door for Varsho for more playing time.

Varsho is finally looking like he is heading in the right direction. In his last seven games, Varsho is slashing .429/.520/.952 and has homered in three consecutive games. He also impacts the game with his speed with two stolen bases while playing catcher and centerfield for the Diamondbacks.

His overall numbers look brutal, hitting .200/.306/.668, but his latest surge is promising enough to place faith in the former top prospect. With 60+ games still left in the season, Varsho can still make a Fantasy impact in a position of need for most Fantasy managers competing for their playoffs.


Tanner Houck, SP, Boston Red Sox

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Tanner Houck impressed the Boston faithful with his finish of the 2020 season. Houck went 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA, 0.882 WHIP, and 11.1 K/9 across 17 innings. One of the top pitching prospects in Boston's system, Houck was one of the few positives to come out of last year's forgettable season.

Unfortunately, that success didn't carry over to this season, with Houck posting a 0-2 record with a 4.35 ERA. His struggles stem from his need to work on another pitch to add his fastball, now hitting 94.8, which is up from his 92.9 from last season. In addition, he added a splitter to his pitching arsenal, but that resulted in some mechanical issues that ultimately led to his flexor strain.

Houck returned to Triple-A in June, posting a 3.38 ERA and striking out 16 hitters across 10.2 innings of work. With his return to the Red Sox earlier this month, Houck showed what he could do as a multi-inning role out of the bullpen and as a starter. As a reliever, Houck has not given up a run in his four innings of work. He has struck out five batters, and he is allowing a .154 BAA.  He didn't allow a run in 4.2 innings of work against the New York Yankees in his latest start. Houck finished his start by allowing only two hits while striking out eight batters.

Houck has plenty of Fantasy appeal while being used as the hybrid role for the Red Sox. He keeps batters guessing, posting a 31.1  SO% across 18 innings of work. Overall, he owns a 2.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP and has earned more opportunities to start games for the Red Sox. He carries massive upside, especially in the strikeout category. He should be added in all formats, and dynasty owners should already have the 25-year-old on their rosters.

Tylor Megill, SP, New York Mets

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With numerous injuries to the New York Mets starting rotation, rookie right-hander Tylor Megill has stepped up and exceeded expectations so far this season. Through his first six MLB starts, Megill has a 2.10 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 33 strikeouts across 30 innings of work.

He made just three starts at Triple-A Syracuse, where he produced a 3.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP and struck out 17 batters over 14 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old  right-hander earned the call to the majors to help bail out the Mets' rotation.

In his 30 innings of work this season, the 6'7" hurler produces many swings and misses displayed in his 27.0% strikeout rate and 23.2 whiff rate. However, he can reach up to 97-98 mph on his fastball, and hitters are not squaring him up this season. Overall, Megill ranks in the top two percent in league with a 2.6 Barrel percentage, .227 xWOBA, and .258 xwOBAcon!

He has allowed a .207 BAA and produced a 3.36 FIP. Megill should be owned in more than 23 percent of Fantasy leagues regardless of format.

Touki Toussaint, P, Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves continue to lose pitchers, with the recent victim being young right-hander Ian Anderson. Anderson was placed on the ten-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Taking his spot in the Braves rotation will be Touki Toussaint, who will make his season debut after landing on the injured list at the end of spring training due to a shoulder strain.

Toussaint made six rehab starts before the promotion. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while registering a 12.9 K/9 and 5.9 BB/9 across three minor league teams. He had an encouraging final start at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he struck out seven while allowing three hits and two earned over six innings.

Toussaint faced the San Diego Padres in his first start and earned the win by going 6.2 innings while giving up only one run. He also struck five batters and walked two on his way to throwing 79 pitches, 48 for strikes.

His career track record does not scream starter material. In 95 big league innings, Toussaint owns a 5.67 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and struggles to pitch strikes with a 13.9 percent walk rate. Fantasy managers may want to utilize a wait-and-see approach with Toussaint considering his career struggles. However, although it was only one start, he did look quite impressive, and maybe he turns his career around with his latest return to the big leagues. I would rather have this occur on my roster to take a flyer on the Braves right-hander. If he fails, he is a throw-away. However, fantasy managers have an excellent streaming option to use for the remainder of the season if he succeeds.

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