2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire.

There are about 50 games remaining in the MLB season. The pennant races are hot and heavy and so should Fantasy managers be by analyzing their team's roster and current standings. Find out where your weaknesses are and attack them!

Don't concern yourself with what round you drafted a player back in March. Chalk it up to a mistake, poor analysis, or injuries, but whatever you do move on. Fantasy managers need players to contribute now! The projections and potential don't mean crap while you are looking up in your league's standings.

Don't worry, I am here to help with two hitters and two pitchers who will help upgrade your team now. Find out who and why in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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One highly-touted prospect that should be getting much love from Fantasy managers is Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell. Adell, the team's first-round pick (No. 10 overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft, was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier this week. Adell was raking at Salt Lake, hitting .363 with seven homers and an outstanding 1.066 OPS in his last 25 games.

The Angels were faced with Justin Upton's struggles continuing, and the recent news of Mike Trout will be out for much longer. So the Angels felt the time was now for Adell to get another shot in the big leagues.

His first stint in the big leagues was forgetful. Adell slashed .161/.212/.266 with three homers and produced an alarming  41.7 % strikeout rate last season. He looked uncomfortable and pressing too much in his 38-game audition.

Adell possesses extreme raw power, but he also struggles with strikeouts. However, he is making better contact, hitting .343 in July, following the promising slugger hitting .288 in June.

Adell, who homered in four consecutive games last week, has made significant strides and is making contact more frequently this season at Salt Lake, batting .289/.342/.592 with 23 homers and eight stolen bases in 73 games so far this season.

In his three games with the Halos, Adell is hitting .333/.385/.500 with a .885 OPS. Fantasy managers need to be ahead of the curve and grab the young Angels outfielder now before his ownership rises. He will provide a lift in the power categories with some speed. His recent production only confirms that Jo Adell will be a difference-maker down the home stretch.

Patrick Wisdom, 1B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs are waving the white flag on the 2021 season by trading the heart and soul of their team. Gone are Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant in last week's trades. These moves have left significant holes in the Cubs' offense, but they also provided golden opportunities for other players.

Filling in for Rizzo is the 30-year-old Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom is a late bloomer who has come out of nowhere to earn more at-bats and be Fantasy relevant this season. Wisdom is slashing .272/.335/.572 with a .907 OPS. He also smacked 16 homers and drove in 32 runs while chipping in three stolen bases.

In June, Wisdom was named the National League Rookie of the Month when he slashed .260/.333/.616 with eight homers and 16 RBI in 27 games. He shows promise and possesses Fantasy value for managers looking to fill their roster spots while attacking the power categories. Additionally, his multi-position eligibility contributes to Wisdom being worth rostering down the stretch.

Pitchers

Dylan Floro, RP, Miami Marlins
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My most popular waiver wire recommendation this season has been relievers that have been placed in save opportunities. The draft adage that you should never pay for saves rings true this season by seemingly having a new reliever in this weekly recommendation weekly. In this Week 18 Waiver Wire, another reliever has stepped up to produce save opportunities for Fantasy managers.

With the trade of closer Yimi Garcia at the trade deadline, the next man up is right-hander Dylan Floro. Floro was acquired by the Marlins this past offseason after an impressive 2020 campaign with the 2o2o World Series champions Los Angeles Dodgers. He produced a 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 25 relief appearances last season.

Floro served as the Marlins' set-up man while Garcia served as the team's closer, producing 11 holds out of the bullpen. Since the promotion, he has converted both of his save chances. In his last seven appearances, Floro has a 2.16 ERA and 0.72 WHIP, along with seven strikeouts across 8.1 innings pitched.

Overall, Floro owns a 2.78 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP across 44.1 innings while striking out 8.1 hitters per nine innings. His 3.7 BB/9 is disturbing, but he induces an above-average 48.5 GB% which minimizes the damage. Saves might not be plentiful in Miami, but Floro will be a valuable addition to your pitching roster.

Cal Quantrill, P, Cleveland Indians

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Even with the Cleveland Indians losing three starting rotation members, they still have an outside chance for a playoff spot. One of the main reasons for their current success is right-hander Cal Quantrill.

Since the All-Star Break, Quantrill is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while allowing one earned run or fewer in each of those five starts. In his latest outing, he struck out a career-high ten hitters in seven scoreless innings and earned the win over the Detriot Tigers Friday night.

Quantrill is easily worthy of a speculative add. His latest performances should provide Fantasy managers with enough confidence to place the right-hander in their starting rotation. Furthermore, Cleveland will stick with Quantrill even when their starters return, confirming that Quantrill should continue to contribute for Fantasy managers.


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