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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire.

The number seven is often synonymous with luck. Seven is a prime number and there is a mystique surrounding the number. There are plenty of individuals who believe the number seven is lucky. However, don’t count me in that group. Everyone has a right to believe and follow what they want and what is in their heart. Please don’t tell me that seven provides you with any more luck than any other number(s).

Luck is for losers. I feel that we make our own luck. Rely on yourself and your ability to be successful through your own efforts. The Roman philosopher Seneca said it best, “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity”.

Let’s prepare to win your Fantasy championship by making your own luck. Check out the seven players I advise that Fantasy managers pickup in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Avisail Garcia, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

With Christian Yelich (back) on the injured list,  Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Avisail Garcia continues to carry a hot stick. In his last 15 games, Garcia is slashing .378/.451/.556 with two homers and 10 RBI. He has been the hottest Brewers hitter over the previous two weeks and is tied with Travis Shaw with the team-lead in home runs with five.

Garcia has been pegged in third hole or cleanup in the Brewers lineup, creating more opportunities to produce counting stats.

Garcia is a Fantasy relevant outfielder who is owned in less than forty percent of Fantasy leagues. With Garcia now getting consistent at-bats, it’s hard to believe that Fantasy managers have five outfielders that will produce more in your Fantasy lineups.

Robbie Grossman, OF, Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers searched for a hitter to get on base and create havoc on the basepaths this past offseason. Former Oakland A’s outfielder Robbie Grossman has proven to be an ideal fit for the Tigers outfield and their regular leadoff hitter.

The switch-hitting outfielder is only slashing .233/.377/.383 with three homers and 16 RBI while scoring 15 runs in 35 games. However, he has also produced seven steals in as many attempts and 26 free passes, contributing to his solid .377 OBP and a .761 OPS.

I projected Grossman to be one of the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Super Sleepers, and I continue to believe that he is more than a viable option for Fantasy managers. His deceiving stats may turn away Fantasy managers. However, point-leagues players realize his worth. His ability to get on-base results in Fantasy goodness in the form of steals and scoring runs.

Grossman puts a dent into your batting average, but the positive regression is on the horizon. His xBA is .260 while also producing a .377 xwOBA. He will start creating more offense which will lead to even more Fantasy value for Grossman. Grab him in all deeper Fantasy formats before he breaks out.

Nick Senzel, 2B/OF, Cincinnati Reds

Nick Senzel just increased his Fantasy value by gaining second base eligibility. His versatility to play dual positions, including outfield, is a considerable lineup advantage for Fantasy managers.

He is slashing .308/.373/.404 with one homer and 6 RBI, along with producing a 5/6 K/BB rate in his last 15 games. Senzel has produced those stats while taking over as the Reds’ leadoff hitter.

Senzel is blossoming into the star that he was projected to be after being the second overall selection by the Cincinnati Reds in 2016. He is tied with Eugenio Suarez for the team-lead in walks (12). However, he also leads the Reds in a dubious category. He has been caught stealing five times already on the season.

Senzel has been heating up at the plate, and his second base eligibility makes him an attractive Fantasy option. Senzel should be owned in more than 35 percent of Fantasy leagues. Be one of the Fantasy managers that increases the ownership.

Pitchers

Adbert Alzolay, SP, Chicago Cubs



Adbert Alzolay had ten MLB appearances coming into this season. However, the talented pitching prospect needed to be more consistent to stay at the big league level. Alzolay has accomplished that feat by allowing three or fewer runs in each of his past five starts, with at least six strikeouts in each of his last four outings.

He has looked sharp and looks better with each start. The rookie has the arsenal with an elite four-seam fastball and slider that looks to be a fixture in the Cubs rotation for years to come. His 1-3 record with a 4.50 won’t entice Fantasy managers, but maybe his 0.88 WHIP along with a .184 BA should. He also owns a 10.13 K/9 and an impressive 1.97 BB/9.

Alzolay screams potential, and the continuous improvement displays the upside on the right-hander. He has secured a spot in the Cubs rotation and should be added in all Fantasy leagues. The only possible concern might be that the Cubs manage his innings closely. However, pick up Alzolay now and reap the rewards, especially next week when he hits the rubber twice in a two-week start.

Tyler Anderson, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates took a low-risk chance on southpaw starting pitcher Tyler Anderson this offseason. The acquisition has looked like an incredible steal for the Pirates. Through his first 41.1 innings this season, Anderson owns a 3.05 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He is the team’s only starter to go at least five innings and surrender three earned runs or less in each of his starts.

Opposing hitters only have an 88.5 mph exit velo and 37.4 hard-hit rate off of the former first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2011. He has allowed just three homers this season while producing a 3.13 FIP.

Anderson should be a very valuable trade piece for the Pirates this summer. Pitching for a contender would boost his Fantasy value above the solid streaming option that Anderson possesses now, making the waiver claim for Anderson now.

Stefan Crichton, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Please join me on the closer carousel, where 47 different pitchers have earned at least one save up to this point of the season. Seemingly every MLB team has multiple pitchers collecting a save, so please explain why Fantasy managers pay up for saves?

The next reliever to take a ride is Arizona Diamondbacks reliever, Stefan Crichton. Crichton took over the closer role last season for Arizona after Archie Bradley was traded. Crichton converted five out of the seven save opportunities while owning a 2.42 ERA in 26 games.

However, this past offseason, Arizona acquired veteran reliever Joakim Soria to compete for the closer role. Soria started the season ineffective then subsequently was placed on the injured list with a strained left calf. Initially, the Diamondbacks utilized the dreaded closer by committee, but the team decided to move forward with Crichton for save opportunities.

His pitching arsenal and stats don’t scream shutdown closer. He currently owns a 3.97 ERA and a 1.676 WHIP and has converted all four of his save opportunities this season. Nevertheless, Crichton has been a little unlucky with notable differences in his ERA vs. xERA being 3.97  vs. 2.69 and his .283 BA vs. .221 xBA.

Crichton, who has not allowed a home run this season, seems to be the favorite for saving opportunities as we advance. He is a must add for Fantasy managers desperate for saves. More than just a speculative add, Crichton should be one of the most added pitchers this week.

Tony Gonsolin, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Fantasy managers are always looking for an edge. A way to be ahead of the curve. One way Fantasy managers can get a leg up on their competition is to project the next possible hot waiver commodity. A player who they can anticipate will garner an upcoming opportunity.

A perfect example of this is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin. Gonsolin has yet to pitch this season after starting the 2021 season on the injured list due to a shoulder issue. He is beginning to throw bullpen sessions this week and looks to be the prospective starter after a sudden need in the Dodgers rotation. Dustin May is done for the season after forced to undergo Tommy John‘s surgery with a formidable elbow injury.

The Dodgers have been hit hard with pitcher injuries this season. The injuries have created an opening for the fifth spot in their rotation. They have the ideal internal option in the right-hander Gonsolin. Gonsolin was Baseball America’s  2020 Rookie of the Year after producing a 2.31 ERA and 0.84 WHIP while allowing a .193 BA in his nine appearances (eight starts) with the World Series champions.



The caveat is health, and if he continues his upward projection, Gonsolin will take over the spot in the Dodgers rotation. He will pitch on a winning team and produce elite ratios, as evidenced by his 46/7 K/BB ratio. He is worth a speculative add and worth a roster spot in deeper formats or deeper rosters so that you may stash the talented righty.


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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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