2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire.

The first thing that I think about when I hear the number is 21 is my favorite card game, blackjack. Blackjack is the first card game that I learned to play and one that I can't quit, regardless if the cards are not kind.

Here is hoping that the dealer gives you blackjack on every deal. In the meantime, I provide four players that I hope you can add to give your Fantasy rosters a better chance of winning in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants

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Evan Longoria returned to the San Francisco Giants lineup after being out since the beginning of June with a shoulder sprain. He is hoping he can provide the late-season push that the Giants need to hold on to their current lead in the NL West.

Before his injury, Longoria was slashing .280/.376/.516 with nine homers, 30 RBI, and 28 runs scored over his first 186 plate appearances of the 2021 season. His productive start was a welcome sight after a disappointing 2020 season.

Longoria came back on fire, slashing .417/.462/.667 along with a 1.128 OPS in his five games since his return. There is no reason that Fantasy managers should not have Longoria in their lineups down the stretch. Longoria can provide a significant boost to your playoff lives as we finish off the 2021 season.

Jonathan Villar, 2B/SS/3B, New York Mets

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With Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor on the injured list, Jonathan Villar has started in the last fifteen games. In those games, Villar is batting .283/.333/.509 with four homers, two steals, seven runs, and seven RBI.

Villar is trying to keep the New York Mets' slim wild-card hopes alive until both players return. However, he should also help Fantasy managers with his power/speed combo especially considering his multi-positional eligibility.

Villar remains a starting option in MI and CI spots for Fantasy managers. As a result, he should be on your Fantasy radar and, more importantly, on your winning roster.

Pitchers

Mychal Givens, RP, Cincinnati Reds

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Fantasy managers still looking to move up the standings ladder would be wise to look at veteran reliever Mychal Givens. Givens was traded to the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB trade deadline and now looks to be the primary closer for the Reds as they fight for an NL wild-card spot.

Givens was quietly having an excellent season for the Colorado Rockies and looked to stop the closer carousel in Cincinnati. The former Baltimore Orioles closer was dominant in road appearances this season. He owned an 0.55 ERA and 0.98 WHIP while holding hitters to a .132 BAA.

Overall, Givens has a 3-2 record, 2.52 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, four saves, and 44 strikeouts across 39.1 innings. Givens has recorded on all four of his save opportunities and has not allowed a run across his 9.1 innings of work while with the Reds. His experience as a closer should help him continue to handle the pressure. Fantasy manager's experience should make them realize that Givens is currently a must-own saves option.

Josiah Gray, SP, Washington Nationals

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Josiah Gray came over in the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner trade as the primary target from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gray has not been disappointed in his four first starts in a Washington Nationals uniform. Gray owns a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in those starts with an impressive 22/5 K/BB rate across 22 innings.

Gray has gone at least five innings in each start, posting two quality starts and an above-average 24.5 swinging-strike percentage. His peripherals stand out, and projects as a top of the rotation starter for the Nationals.

As Fantasy managers gear up for the playoffs, starting pitching depth is essential, and Gray is a high upside option that should pay immediate and future dividends.


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