Welcome my Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire.
We made it Fantasy friends and foes! We made it to the All-Star break! So, how does your team look? It is now the ideal time to analyze your roster and focus on your weaknesses. Then, see what you need to climb up the standings.
Are you looking for Saves? I got you covered with two relievers who look to have taken over the closer role. Does your catcher situation concern you? I provide a catcher that is tearing it up right now. Looking for a spark in your lineup? I explain why a particular hitter should be called up shortly and why now is the perfect time to add.
Are you still looking for more answers to help your team? Find that and a whole lot more in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire
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Elias Diaz, C, Colorado Rockies
Elias Diaz has been on a tear over his last 15 games, slashing .320/.404/.660 to go with five homers and 10 RBI. But, overall, his stats are not pretty. He is hitting just .214/.288/.672 but most of those stats were due to a poor start to the season. He hit only .103/.205/.128 in April to start the season, and May wasn't much better, hitting only .146/.182/.244.
His poor start can be attributed to his share of playing time initially with Dom Nunez, but Nunez continues to struggle this season and his losing at-bats.
Diaz is a Fantasy asset in two-catcher leagues and should be added as he continues to swing the hot bat.
Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox
It is a matter of when, not if Jarren Duran finally gets the call to start playing games at Fenway Park. Duran has been tearing it up at Triple-A, slashing .273/.365/.568 with a .933 OPS to go with 15 homers, 32 RBI, and ten stolen bases.
The Red Sox had a mixed bag playing outfield this season. However, they are so desperate that they play utility player Enrique Hernandez and Danny Santana, who they pulled off the streets in spring training. Hernandez is better suited to be used all over the field, while Santana is currently on the injured list and not confident if he has a job waiting for him when he does come back.
During the All-Star break, the Red Sox should stop wasting time, call Duran up, and see what he can do. However, before that day arrives, Fantasy managers should do a preemptive strike and get Duran now. Then, when he finally does get the call, it will be too late to add him.
Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs
Nico Hoerner was off to a solid start to the 2021 season, hitting .338/.405/.432 with an impressive 14.3 strikeout percentage. However, Hoerner suffered a left hamstring strain and was placed on the injured list on May 25th. A long rehab resulted in Hoerner finally be activated on Independence Day.
Hoerner returned from the injured list and has been a standout, hitting .304/.333/.348 with a .681 OPS across six games.
Hoerner is a valuable Fantasy commodity with his ability to play multiple positions and super plate discipline. He is no worse than infield depth for Fantasy managers in daily lineups. Hoener should be added in deeper and NL-only leagues.
Heath Hembree, RP, Cincinnati Reds
Fantasy managers are familiar with a closer carousel in their lineups. With teams utilizing multiple relievers to collect saves, Fantasy managers are left scrambling for saves daily to maintain or climb the standings.
The Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen has been on a carnival ride all season. Plenty of relievers have been utilized with closing duties throughout the first half of the season. Heath Hembree is now the reliever to own in the Reds bullpen.
Overall, he owns a 2-4 record with a brutal 4.80 ERA but does own a 1.03 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The veteran right-hander is also 6-for-7 in save chances this season, and it appears to be loving the pressure of being a closer. He has posted a 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts across 6.1 innings in his last seven appearances.
Hembree is the new favorite for saves in Cincinnati and needs to be added in all Fantasy leagues.
Kwang-Hyun Kim, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Kim heads into the All-Star break on a roll, winning his last three games on his way to a 3.11 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 72.1 innings. He has pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings while striking out 14 batters in 18 innings.
Kim is not a strikeout pitcher, owning a 19.2 percent strikeout rate so far this season, but hitters only hit .238 against the southpaw. However, he pitches to contact, and his batted ball data suggests that he might have lady luck on his side.
He has filled in admirably while the Cardinals have their main starters on the injured list. The lefty gives up only a .162 BAA and zero homers in 19.1 innings of work against left-handed hitters this season. Kim would be an excellent addition to your Fantasy rotation as a streamer in left-handed-hitting dominating lineups.
Ranger Suarez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Speaking of a closer carousel, the Philadelphia Phillies have ten different relievers with at least one save opportunity! The Phillies bullpen has only 19 saves in 40 save opportunities this season to add to the misery. The culprits are even nominated for waiver consideration, such as Jose Alvarado and Brandon Kintzler. However, the bullpen is not getting the job done.
There is one reliever that is having a resurgence in the Phillies bullpen. Ranger Suarez ends the first half with a 4-2 record and a 0.77 ERA to go along with a 0.74 WHIP and .127 BAA in 21 appearances.
Suarez was the next in line to be designated the closer for the Phillies and has saved two games in his three saves opportunities. Any Fantasy manager desperate for saves should take a chance on the 23-year-old southpaw.
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