Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire.
A quick review of my Week 11 Recommendations, and we see that Orlando Arcia. who took over for the injured Ozzie Albies, and Matt Carpenter have cooled off considerably. In contrast, Alex Kirilloff continues to rake, and good to see the young hitter healthy and producing for the Twins and fantasy managers. Johnny Cueto had a mediocre start against the Baltimore Orioles while Seranthony Dominguez was dominant in his two appearances and earned two saves.
Let's get it done in Week 12 as we look at eight players that are recommended for fantasy managers.
Which three hot hitters should fantasy managers grab immediately? Who is the closing option that is still available in a majority of leagues? Which versatile infielder is leading his team in home runs is still available? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Waiver Wire
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Jorge Alfaro, C, San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro has got increasingly better as the season rolls on. Alfaro started the season hitting .229 in April and we saw that jump to .279 in May with modest hitting production. However, Alfaro has heated up with the weather in June, hitting .306/.348/.597 with a .945 OPS. Among his 19 hits this month, Alfaro has smacked four homers and six doubles while knocking in 11 runs. The catcher position is a black hole for fantasy managers but adding Alfaro will allow you to see the light for your fantasy lineups.
Garrett Cooper, 1B/Miami Marlins
Garrett Cooper has been on fire during the month of June to the tune of .363/.395/.500 slash line. Cooper has also produced a .895 OPS, smacking two homers and knocking in 16 runs across 86 plate appearances. Cooper is another hitter whose batting average has increased each month from hitting .259 in April then jumping to hitting .289 in May, and now his June explosion. Cooper is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now and should not be available on any waiver wire.
Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox
The roster percentage increased since his inclusion as a deep option for fantasy managers last week. Duran flourished with the chance to play every day, hitting .385 with five runs scored, three RBI, and four stolen bases while hitting leadoff for the Red Sox. Duran should be rostered in more leagues with his ability to be a catalyst on the Red Sox offense. It's highly doubtful I will be discussing Duran next week.
Roansy Contreras, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
The rookie right-hander has produced mixed results in his first taste of the big leagues. Contreras is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. The rookie is getting hit hard by evidence of his allowing 47.2 percent hard-hit rate but he is averaging a strikeout per inning. A deeper dive into his stats displays that he has and will experience plenty of bumps and bruises like most rookies. His highs will look tremendous but his lows will kill your week. Contreras is a trendy option and he is worth a speculative add in deeper formats but temper your expectations.
David Peterson, SP, New York Mets
New York Mets lefthander has been a pleasant surprise for their starting rotation as they wait for Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer to return. In his last five starts, the southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP to go with a 27/9 K/BB ratio. The Mets are somehow in first place in the NL East with the injuries to their essential components. One player they can thank is Peterson, a stabling force in the middle of the rotation. Fantasy managers should add Peterson now to stream in favorable matchups.
Tanner Scott, RP, Miami Marlins
Hard-throwing southpaw Tanner Scott has emerged as the permanent closer option for the Miami Marlins. Scott has converted on 6-of-7 save opportunities and has been electric during June. Scott is 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, along with a 20/5 K/BB ratio across 10.2 innings. Scott produced six saves in June and his 36.6 percent strikeout rate is among the league's best. His save opportunities will not be plentiful while closing for a less than .500 ballclub. However, Scott has earned the possibilities and will also produce strikeout numbers for fantasy managers.
Isaac Paredes, 2B/3B. Tampa Bay Rays
Isaac Paredes was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the Austin Meadows deal. At the time, the deal did not make sense, but the Rays are undoubtedly glad they pulled off the deal with the injuries the Rays' defense suffered up the middle. Injuries to Brandon Lowe and Wander Franco left the Rays scrambling to fill the hole, but Paredes has stepped up as a critical component of the Rays' offense.
Paredes currently leads the team in home runs and is slashing .255/.315/.612 with a .912 OPS. The versatile infielder has a good plate discipline with a 14.4 percent strikeout rate and a 6.7 percent walk rate. However, he still displays power numbers by evidence of his above-average 40.7 percent hard-hit rate.
Paredes is eligible to fill in across the infield and is a valuable chess piece for fantasy managers while producing in the power categories.
Josh Winckowski, SP, Boston Red Sox
The rookie right-hander is coming off his third consecutive win after posting a win this past weekend against the Cleveland Guardians. Winckowski surrendered two runs and allowed six hits while striking out four across 5.1 innings to earn the victory. During his three consecutive win streak, he posted a 2.12 ERA with a 9/3 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. His underlying numbers will not overwhelm you, but the Red Sox right-hander is worth a speculative add as a deep streamer option.
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