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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire.

There are only about 20 games left in the 2021 season. What a ride! There is only one more thing to do and that is to win your fantasy championship!

Hopefully, my waiver wire suggestions have made a contribution to your progress to win that championship.

I came up with two hitters and three pitchers that you should add to get you to the finish line. Find out who these five players are and why you need to pick them up in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Alejandro Kirk, C, Toronto Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk was one of my sleeper targets coming into the season. In a short sample size last season, Kirk slashed .375/.400/.583 across nine games. Kirk strengthened his sleeper potential by making the roster coming out of spring training with the Blue Jays wanting his bat in the daily lineup.

He started hitting .225/.326/.475 with three home runs and eight RBI over his first 46 plate appearances. Then, unfortunately, Kirk suffered a severe left hip flexor injury that forced the team to place Kirk on the 60-day injured list.

Kirk returned but is not guaranteed playing time with the Blue Jays incorporating a timeshare at catcher in Toronto with Reese McGuire and Danny Jansen. As a result, his fantasy potential might be capped, but his upside makes him the positive side of the platoon, thanks to his elite bat.

In his last seven games, Kirk is hitting .320/.433/.720 with a 1.153 OPS and three homers and six RBI. Kirk is an intriguing option for fantasy managers with daily lineup changes. Kirk should be relevant and a catcher that fantasy managers can get in their daily lineups for two-catcher formats.

Lane Thomas, OF, Washington Nationals
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Lane Thomas struggled earlier this season while he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thomas was acquired for Jon Lester from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline. The change of scenery has done wonders for the fantasy production for Thomas.

Over his last ten games, Thomas is slashing .325/.404/.600 with a 1.004 and three homers, seven RBI, and 10 RBI. Thomas has also strived to take over as the everyday leadoff hitter for Washington. In 18 games as the team’s leadoff hitter, Thomas is hitting .315/.407/.534 with a .941 OPS and three homers, and 11 RBI.

Thomas is worth a roster spot and speculative start while he is hitting a hot bat. He provides a great source of runs, so ride his hot bat in your playoff quest.

Pitchers

A.J. Alexy, SP, Texas Rangers

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A.J.Alexy has been very impressive in his first two major league starts. In his first career start, Alexy went five innings and allowed only one hit while striking out four against the Colorado Rockies. He followed that start by repeating his one-hit allowed and no runs performance but this time going six innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

Alexy also produced splendid minor league numbers this season across two levels. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 1.015 WHIP while striking batters at 10.5 K/9.

His future looks bright as a starter in the Rangers rotation and a speculative add for fantasy managers as we complete the season.

Joe Ryan, SP, Minnesota Twins

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It looks like the Minnesota Twins received a solid piece of their rotation in the upcoming seasons in exchange for Nelson Cruz. Right-hander Joe Ryan has been a bright spot in a dismal 2021 season in the Twins’ first two starts in the big leagues.

In his second career start, Ryan took a perfect game into the seventh inning and ultimately only gave up one hit across seven innings of work against Cleveland. He has allowed only one walk, and opposing batters are hitting only .100 against the young right-hander across his two starts.

His upside is worth a speculative add as a streaming option in deeper leagues.

Antonio Senzatela, SP, Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list in mid-July, and since then, he has posted six consecutive quality starts. He also owns a 2-1 record with a 3.09 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP across 43.2 innings.

Ironically, Senzatela pitches better at Coors Field with a 3-3 record and 3.89 ERA along with a 1.18 WHIP. Opposing batters are hitting .269 against the right-hander in Colorado. In contrast, his road numbers look rough with a 1-6 record and 4.40 ERA to go with a 1.41 WHIP. Opposing hitters are hitting .289 away from Colorado.

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Senzatela is not a strikeout pitcher with only a 16 SO%, and he owns an excellent 5.0 percent walk rate. Senzatela does not produce gaudy fantasy numbers, but he is a speculative streaming option in a favorable matchup at Coors Field.


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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