2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire.

Happy Labor Day! Hopefully, you will get to celebrate the holiday with your family or maybe even participating in a Fantasy Football draft.

More importantly, here is to those fighting for their Fantasy Baseball Championship lives.

Before setting your weekly lineups, please read below where I provide four players to add off the waiver wire. Find out which hitter and three pitchers can make your holiday week and championship fight easier in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire

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Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox

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There was plenty of speculation that the Boston Red Sox were pursuing a first baseman at the MLB Trade Deadline. However, the Red Sox may have had their guy all along with rookie Bobby Dalbec.

Dalbec had a shaky first half of the season, slashing .219/.264/.409 with 95 strikeouts but produced ten home runs in 72 games of his rookie campaign. However, he continued to struggle through July, finishing with a .210/.234/.306 slash line with a .541 OPS and only one homer.

The Red Sox are fighting for their playoff lives, and every contribution is crucial. In August, Dalbec has stepped up his game, hitting .339/.431/.774 with a 1.205 OPS and seven homers and 21 RBI across 24 games.

Dalbec is heating up at the right time for the Red Sox and fantasy managers. Fantasy managers should use the rookie infielder in deeper leagues that utilize corner infield spots while the hot-hitting continues.


Taylor Hearn, SP, Texas Rangers

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Texas Rangers pitcher Taylor Hearn has been shuttling from the big leagues to the minors throughout this season. Finally, however, it seems that he has pitched his way into an audition for a rotation spot down the stretch.

The southpaw owns a 3-1 record in his last seven outings with a 3.31 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He went seven strong innings in his latest start, allowing seven hits, three earned runs, and four strikeouts to win over the Los Angeles Angels. Hearn has gone at least five innings in his last four starts while allowing three earned runs or less in those starts.

Overall, Hearn owns a 5-4 record with a 3.95 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, along with striking out 81 batters across 84.1 innings this season. Hean has streaming appeal in favorable matchups and has now seemed to find a groove in the Rangers' rotation.

Carlos Hernandez, SP, Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals were supposed to have a great group of young starting pitching heading to the big leagues. One name that was not named in the group initially but is now is flame-throwing right-hander Carlos Hernandez.

Hernandez was hot and cold to start this season. He had encouraging starts, but he also struggled enough to be sent back to the minors when their season started in May. However, he returned to Kansas City in mid-June and filled in admirably in different roles.

After the All-Star break, Hernandez moved into the starting rotation and has been outstanding. In his last nine outings, including eight starts, the right-hander produced a 4-1 record with a 2.94 ERA and 1.02 WHIP across 49 innings. Hitters are only batting .199, along with a .231 BABIP against Hernandez.

Hernandez is producing an above average 23.7 SO% and 21.6 swinging strike percentage. He provides quality starts for the Royals and should be utilized as a streaming option for fantasy managers.

Adrian Houser, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser was a waiver wire add recommendation last week. However, the roster needle to move too much with Houser still being owned in less than 20 percent of fantasy leagues.

In his lone start this past week, the right-hander went out and produced history against the St. Louis Cardinals. Houser threw the first complete game shut out for the Brewers since 2014.

Houser needed exactly 100 pitches in his nine innings. He allowed only three hits while striking out seven Cardinals. Houser is now 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.01 WHIP across his last six starts. Fantasy managers should add Houser immediately for their championship push.

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