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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire.

This is a great time to be a sports fan. MLB is almost 50 games into the season and we are starting to see who is legit and who is well not good. NBA Playoffs are tipping off with their first-round action where the drama and excitement never ends.

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Fantasy managers analyze their daily lineups and know where they need to upgrade to avoid drama. Find out in my latest 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire who to pick up to help upgrade your rosters.  Can’t figure out who to drop to add these upgrades? Check out who to drop in the weekly Drop List.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Willie Calhoun, DH/OF, Texas Rangers

I recommended Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun in my Week 5 Waiver Wire, however, Calhoun is still owned in less than 20 percent of Fantasy leagues. Calhoun is sitting at .270/.325/.450 along with .775 OPS and five homers. One of the drawbacks to owning Calhoun was that he was DH-only, but he just picked up his outfield eligibility in most leagues.

Calhoun had an injury-filled 2020 season but looked to be on the verge of making Fantasy noise in 2019. He slugged .524 while smacking 21 homers in just 83 games even with inconsistent playing time.

The left-hand-hitting Calhoun is in the Rangers’ everyday lineup with his defensive improvement in the outfield. The former top prospect looks to be a fixture now in the Rangers lineup. Fantasy managers need to add Calhoun in deeper leagues, where his elite hit tool will assist in the batting power counting stats.

William Contreras, C, Atlanta Braves

William Contreras made his MLB debut last season and went 4-for-10 at the plate in four games. His short stay showed Atlanta Braves fans why he is considered the Braves catcher of the future. Unfortunately, with all of the injuries to the Braves catchers, the future is now.

With Travis d’Arnaud out for at least the next couple of months after tearing a ligament in his thumb, Contreras has been receiving plenty of playing time behind the dish for the Braves.

Contreras, a career .279 minor league hitter, is slashing .255/.364/.574 with a .938 OPS. He also smashed four homers and has 13 RBI in 47 at-bats. With multiple catchers on the injured list or just plain underperforming, Contreras should be owned in more than 25 percent of leagues as an intriguing Fantasy option in a very shallow position.

Josh Fuentes 1B/3B, Colorado Rockies

Josh Fuentes is coming off a fantastic week, winning the National League Player of the Week. Fuentes batted .500, scored six runs, hit two homers, and slugged .909. His 13 RBI across five games led MLB during the week and were the most by a Colorado Rockies player since Ian Desmond in 2019.

Fuentes has been on fire in the month of May, slashing .358/.393/.623 with an outstanding 1.015 OPS. Nine of his 19 hits went for extra bases including two home runs and six doubles while also knocking in 14 runs.

Overall, Fuentes is hitting .262 with four homers and 24 RBI which is interesting especially after a sluggish start. His early struggles saw Fuentes hit only .195/.192/.286 in April. Fuentes is worth a speculative add in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues where he can be used in the CI spot in your lineups.

Pitchers

Kris Bubic. SP, Kansas City Royals

 

Kris Bubic made his MLB last season, owning a  respectable 4.32 ERA and an 8.8 SO/9 across his ten starts. The southpaw didn’t earn a spot in the Royals’ rotation to open the season. However, with Danny Duffy (elbow) placed on the injured list, and rookie southpaw Daniel Lynch struggling, Bubic was brought up to step in the Royals’ rotation.

Bubic has pitched 23.2 innings this season, owning a 1.52 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while hitters are only .185 against the 23-year-old left-hander. He went five innings in his latest start and allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. He survived a messy first inning in which he allowed two runs to mow down 13 of the last 15 Detroit Tigers hitters he faced.

Bubic displayed enough that he should remain in the rotation. Fantasy managers looking to stream their starters should keep tabs on Bubic and start the lefty in advantageous matchups.

Michael Fulmer, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers

 

Michael Fulmer was once a highly-coveted starting pitching prospect.  Fulmer was the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year when he owned an 11-7 record with a 3.06 ERA. His demise came quickly and his slow recovery from Tommy John surgery has resulted in Fulmer removed as a candidate for the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation.

Fulmer has found new life in a late-inning role for the Tigers bullpen. The former All-Star has responded by converting four out of five save opportunities this month while producing a 3.38 ERA and striking out ten in 10.2 innings this month.

He looks to be the new closer in Detroit or at minimum sharing duties with the left-hander Gregory Soto. If you are fishing for saves on the waiver wire, Fulmer is definitely an attractive option. The negative is that the Tigers are not good which leads to limited save opportunities. Nevertheless, Fulmer should be rostered in all Fantasy leagues where holds and save chances are at a premium.

Casey Mize, SP, Detroit Tigers

 

Shockingly enough, yes another Detroit Tigers pitcher. Casey Mize is a pitcher who is trending up and was just featured in our Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down.

Mize was outstanding on Sunday, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up only two runs and striking out six Royals batters. He continues to be fantastic so far this month, going 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in his four starts. He has gone at least six innings in each of those starts while owning a .141 BA. Overall, Mize is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in his eight starts this season.

There is speculation that his workload will be monitored closely.  However, Mize should continue to speculate the right-hander as a streaming option in deep leagues and AL-only leagues.

Garrett Richards, SP, Boston Red Sox

Another Week 5 Waiver Wire recommendation, Garrett Richards has done nothing to dissuade me from advising him again this week. Richards has won in each of his last three starts while going at least six innings in each of those outings. He has also struck out 14 batters in 19.2 innings in those starts.

After a miserable first two starts, Richards now owns a 4-2 record with a 3.72 ERA and 3.88 FIP along with 43 strikeouts in 48.1 innings this season.



Richards has been one of the key ingredients to the Boston Red Sox being on top of the American League East with a 29-18 record. He can also help Fantasy managers be a factor in their starting rotation as a streamer option in all Fantasy formats.


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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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