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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire

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Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.

We finally hit June so now we can start to separate the contenders and pretenders in MLB. This also holds true in your Fantasy leagues.

The current sample size is a representation of your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Take a look at the bottom-feeders in your league and pluck off one of their better players. Make an offer. What harm can it cause? You can buy low on players and strike gold. Fantasy managers should never hesitate or believe their team is good enough. Every team has weaknesses, yes even yours.

Speaking of weaknesses, do you have a player that you are holding out hope on? Stop the madness. Fantasy managers need productive players throughout their rosters. I came up with six players that you should pick up that will help elevate your team.

Find out who they are and why you should add them in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Amed Rosario, SS/OF, Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians traded All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets during the offseason. It was a gut punch to Indians fans as Lindor was a fan favorite and the team’s best player especially considering it resulted from cutting payroll for the Indians who were not going to resign Lindor.

In return, the Indians received two top infield prospects in Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario. Gimenez started the season as the Indians’ starting shortstop while Rosario became a super versatility player, filling in at shortstop while also patrolling the outfield. In his first 85 plate appearances, Gimenez was hitting .179/.226/.308 and was optioned to the minors. However, Rosario was not faring much better. Rosario was hitting .179/.257/.299 with two home runs but took over as the team’s everyday shortstop.

With regular at-bats, Rosario started to display while he was a former top prospect. He hit .307/.365/.443 with one homer and ten RBI, along with swiping four bases. This bounceback correlates with Rosario being bumped up to near the top of Cleveland’s lineup.

Rosario makes for a speculative pick-up due to his batting average, runs, and steals contributions. His dual-position eligibility at shortstop and outfield allows becoming an even more attractive depth piece for roster and lineup versatility.

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Boston Red Sox

During the Fantasy offseason, Hunter Renfroe was viewed as a part-time platoon player whose defense provided the most significant value to his new team, the Boston Red Sox. He struggled from the opening pitch in April, hitting only .167/.235/.250 with 18 strikeouts in 60 at-bats. However, the Red Sox stood by their new acquisition, and it is finally paying off.

Renfroe was on fire in May, slashing .319/.333/.604 with a .908 OPS and smacking six homers, and knocking in 15 runs. He continued his offensive onslaught in June, hitting safely in all six games while slashing .333/.400/.389. Renfroe is currently riding a ten-game hit streak.

Renfroe is producing career-highs with 91.5 EV and 23.2 LD% along with a 25.4 K%. His power display should be evidence enough that he should be owned in more than 40 percent of Fantasy leagues. He should be added immediately in all Fantasy formats.

Jonathan Schoop, 1B/2B, Detroit Tigers

 

After a brutal start to the season, Jonathan Schoop should be on the radar of every Fantasy manager. Schoop started the season hitting .198/.230/.284 in April. In May, he picked up in May, slashing .275/.342/.404 with three homers, 12 RBI, and ten walks in 27 games.

With the weather starting to heat up, so has Schoop. His bat has been on fire in the first four games this month. His sensational slash line .438/.500/1.313, along with a 1.813 OPS with four homers and eight RBI, provides me with an easy recommendation that the dual-eligible position (1B/2B) should be added in all leagues.

The infielder should be a priority for Fantasy managers looking for some power. Schoop has had four seasons with 20+ home runs. He is hitting the ball for more power this season with a career-high 16.1 HR/FB rate. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues should take advantage of Schoop currently being on fire and add him immediately.

Pitchers

Austin Gomber, SP, Colorado Rockies

Austin Gomber was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Nolan Arenado trade after not fulfilling his prospect pedigree in St. Louis. Gomber could not crack the Cardinals’ starting rotation while producing a 3.72 ERA and 1.413 WHIP across 104 innings in various roles.

The southpaw won the fifth starter job coming out of spring training. Gomber has registered a 4-5 record with a 4.12 ERA and 1.137 WHIP, along with striking out 66 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. It is not rare to view Rockies pitchers near the bottom of pitching leader year after year due to playing their home games at Coors Field. However, Gomber has freaky numbers for a Rockies pitcher.

Ironically, Gomber produces better at home. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his four home starts. Hitters are hitting only .149 against him while he has struck 20 batters in 20.1 innings. Additionally, he has only given up one home run at Coors Field. In contrast, he is 2-4 with a 5.44 on the road with a 1.21 WHIP. He has coughed up eight homers in 43 innings away from Denver.

Fantasy managers intuitively stay away from pitchers at Coors Field, but is Gomber the odd exception? Gomber is no Randy Johnson, but Fantasy managers should take advantage of his success. The minimal cost allows an easy dump if Gomber fails.

Kenyan Middleton, RP, Seattle Mariners

After signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners this past offseason, Kenyan Middleton came over from the Los Angeles Angels. Middleton had a rough 2020 season, finishing with a 5.40 ERA with 11 strikeouts to six walks across 12 innings. The right-hander was looked upon to be brought into high-leverage situations and share bullpen duties with Kendall Graveman and closer Rafael Montero.

The Mariners’ bullpen has been an issue all season, tied for second in baseball with ten blown saves. The most significant contributor to that ugly number is Rafael Montero, who has blown five out of his 12 save chances this season (58%). Montero’s troubles opened the door for save opportunities, and initially, Kendall Graveman and Middleton were sharing closer duties. Graveman was pitching well, going five-for-five in save options. However, he was placed on the COVID-19 injured list and hasn’t pitched since May 16.

Middleton is the next man up for save opportunities. Middleton owns a 2.60 ERA and 0.81 WHIP across 17.1 innings while converting on all four save opportunities this season. He seems fully recovered from his strained bicep that sidelined the right-hander last month. In fact, in his previous 15 appearances, Middleton has produced a 0.63 ERA and 0.70 WHIP while striking out 11 in 14.1 innings.

Middleton has the potential to pick up saves immediately and is an excellent short-term pickup for Fantasy managers.

Tarik Skubal, SP, Detroit Tigers

Tarik Skubal has emerged as a starting pitcher that Fantasy managers should pick up as the southpaw is emerging as a force with four straight starts with eight-plus strikeouts and 13+ swings and misses.

Skubal went five innings in his latest start, allowing four hits and one earned run with a career-high 11 strikeouts. His turnaround began in May, where he produced a 3.09 ERA while averaging 13.00 K/9. Batters hit only .240 against the young left-hander in May.



Owned in less than 25 percent of Fantasy leagues, that percentage will go up after his recent success. The caveat with Skubal is that he pitches for a poor Detriot Tigers team. However, his strikeout ability (11.0 K/9 this season) alone should provide enough ammunition for Fantasy managers to buy in on the Detroit Tigers SP4.


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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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