2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire.

With Fantasy Football drafts fast approaching, Fantasy Baseball typically will take a back seat. Here at Fantasy Six Pack, we have elite Fantasy Football coverage, but we also didn't forget about those Fantasy Baseball owners playing for their playoff lives.

Since you are reading this, it means that you are still fighting to win your Fantasy Baseball championship. First of all, congratulations. Secondly, take advantage of those Fantasy owners who gave up on the season.

Take a look at two hitters and two pitchers who you can add to your Fantasy rosters. They will provide a boost in your weekly matchups or a jolt in your categories to climb the standings.

Find out which four players to add and why in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Connor Joe, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies

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A familiar Fantasy recommendation in the past was to advise to get Colorado Rockies hitters on all of your Fantasy rosters. The hitters always had a distinct advantage playing their home games in the thin air in the bandbox known as Coors Field. So I will provide a blast from the past and recommend a Rockies hitter based on his home production.

Connor Joe was recalled to the Rockies in late July and has been on an absolute tear especially at home. In 24 games at Coors Field, the first baseman/outfielder is slashing .343/.430/.642 with a 1.072 OPS and five home runs while knocking in 17 RBI.

Joe is thriving while hitting out of the leadoff spot for the Rockies. He is a useful Fantasy asset and definitely worth a start while playing at home. Check the Rockies' schedule, when they are playing home. get Joe in your lineups. The good thing is that he has dual position eligibility at first base and outfield which provides Fantasy managers roster flexibility.

Nicky Lopez, 2B/SS, Kansas City Royals

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His contributions are mostly going unnoticed but Nicky Lopez has improved his game. Lopez has stepped up replacing the disappointing and injured Adalberto Mondesi at shortstop, leading all AL shortstops with a .985 fielding percentage.

After hitting .209 in May, Lopez slashed .333/.413/.348 in June and continued his improvement throughout this summer. In August, he is hitting .299/.346/.351 while scoring 12 runs and has swiped an amazing 10 stolen bases.

His improvements are mainly due to his decreasing his strikeouts from 21.4 SO% last season to 13.7% this season. In addition, that process has also led to a career .330 BABIP which has Lopez getting back to the small ball approach that is more suited for the middle infielder.

Lopez has Fantasy appeal in helping Fantasy managers in batting average, runs, but more importantly in the stolen bases category. What Fantasy manager is not looking to increase their stolen bases? If you need help at your MI position in your lineup, Lopez is worth adding to your lineups.

Pitchers

Tyler Anderson, SP, Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners acquired veteran left-hander Tyler Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates expecting a dependable back-of-the-rotation option as they fight for the AL Wild Card. That is exactly what Anderson has provided with the team, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.148 WHIP in his five starts with the Mariners.

He is a solid piece of the rotation and a reliable innings eater. In fact, he has reached at least five innings in every start this season and looks to be a fixture in the Mariners rotation.

Limiting free passes is key for Anderson, who owns a career-low 1.8 BB/9 this season. He is not an ace, striking out hitters at 7.2 K/9 but batters are hitting a league-average .251 against the veteran southpaw.

Anderson is simply an ideal fit as a streamer in a plus matchup in deeper formats who reward innings pitched and quality starts. He is not a league-winner but he won't be the reason you lose either.

Adrian Houser, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser returned off the COVID-19 injured list on August 22nd after testing positive on August 6. Houser had been a reliable member of the Brewers rotation this season. He has a 7-6 record with a 3.69 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and an impressive 60.4 % groundball rate which is among the tops in baseball.

His 18.0% strikeout and 11.0% walk rates are worse than average but his 86.7 exit velocity and the fact that opponents are hitting only .237 against Houser allow the right-hander still to be a serviceable rotation piece for the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Houser keeps his team in the game and provides decent rate numbers, however, he needs to build his stamina back to allow himself to pitch more innings in his outings. Combining those factors will allow Houser to be an integral piece of the stud-filled Brewers rotation and provides another steady steamer option for Fantasy managers as we head to the home stretch of the 2021 season.


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