2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire.

Enjoy celebrating Independence Day with family and friends but don't forget about setting your fantasy baseball lineups. Fantasy managers should see July 4th as another mile marker on their current league status. MLB teams are evaluating their playoff chances as the Trade Deadline arrives on August 2nd, and so should fantasy managers.

I provide nine players that fantasy managers should evaluate as viable options to help improve your fantasy rosters.

Which MI stat stuffer should fantasy managers add this week? Who are the best streaming SP options available? Which slugging 1B option is rostered in less than ten percent of leagues? Find out the answers to these questions and a lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox

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Jarren Duran was highlighted in my Week 12 Waiver Wire recommendations. Duran was forced to miss Boston's first series this past week in Toronto since he was unvaccinated. However, he made up for the rest of the week against the Chicago Cubs. The top prospect slashed .357/.400/.643 with a double, a pinch-hit home run, and knocked in three runs. Duran continues to hit leadoff at the top of a potent Red Sox lineup where he is making quite an impact. He provides top stolen base potential and is gaining confidence daily. Fantasy managers should also believe in the outfielder prospect and add Duran to their rosters.

Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS, Chicago Cubs

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Nico Hoerner is quietly having quite a compelling season for the Chicago Cubs. Hoerner has taken over the shortstop job and is hitting .312/.349/.427 with four home runs, 24 RBI, 23 runs, and six stolen bases on the season. After being on a tear in June, he owns a 2.4 WAR on the season, hitting .344/.392/.452 along with a .356 BABIP across 25 games. Hoerner is stuffing the stat sheet and should be rostered in more than 34 percent of fantasy leagues regardless of format.

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Kansas City Royals

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The trade of Carlos Santana to the Seattle Mariners cleared the path for the Royals' No. 3 prospect to make his MLB debut in the Kansas City Royals. This season, Vinnie Pasquantino produced monster stats at AAA, hitting .280/.372/.576 with 18 homers, 67 RBI, and 51 runs. The lefty slugger has never posted a slugging percentage lower than .560 and owns a career .293 batting average. In addition, Pasquantino produced a higher walk rate (12.5%) than strikeout rate (12.2%) in his 69 games at Triple-A Omaha. The Royals will pencil the young slugger in the middle of their daily lineup for years to come, and so should fantasy managers looking for help in the power categories.


Dean Kremer, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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Dean Kremer has come out of nowhere to be a viable option in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation. In his five starts this season, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Kremer has not given up an earned run in his last three starts, averaging six innings per outing. However, Kremer does not provide good strikeout numbers, as evidenced by the right-hander averaging less than five strikeouts per outing. On the positive side, he possesses excellent control with an above-average 6.3 BB%. In contrast, his underlying stats do not look promising, with a .282 xBA and a 4.81 xERA. Kremer is best suited as a deep streamer option including in Week 13, where he is a two-start recommendation as he takes on the middling offenses of the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels.

Devin Smeltzer, SP, Minnesota Twins

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The Minnesota Twins were forced to scramble for starting pitchers with the numerous injuries across their starting rotation. The Twins turned to Devin Smeltzer, who has taken advantage of the opportunity and has stepped up when called upon. The southpaw is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. The left-hander only produces a 5.46 K/9 but possesses excellent control allowing only 1.93 BB/9. He is surrounding .242 BAA, and his batted ball data shows that Smeltzer is allowing above-average output. Smeltzer is another deep streaming recommendation that fantasy managers can insert in their lineups when the southpaw has plus matchups.

Tyler Wells, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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Another Baltimore Orioles starter makes the Week 13 recommendations. Tyler Wells has been the team's most effective pitcher this season. Wells is 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.00 WHIP along with a 50/17 K/BB ratio across 16 starts. His success relates to Wells limiting hard-hit contact to 36.9 percent and 19.3 percent line-drive rate. Wells has been a surprising contributor for an Orioles team sitting in the AL East basement, but that is where fantasy managers can find diamonds in the rough, including Wells as a viable option in deeper leagues.

Going Deep

Darick Hall, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

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Darick Hall is a left-handed slugger called up by the Phillies after smacking his 20th homer at Triple-A Lehigh. Hall projects as a fantasy contributor in the power categories. Since his promotion, Hall is hitting .222/.222/.722, with three of his four hits on the season being home runs. The Phillies have inserted Hall as batting cleanup playing designated hitter, which guarantees at-bats for the slugging prospect. Hall is worthy of a speculative add for any fantasy manager weak in their power categories.

Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants

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Fantasy managers have seen this movie about Evan Longoria. Longoria flashes, but overall he is not worthy of a reliable fantasy option. Longoria is included here for his ability to get on a hot streak that could help you win a week like he was hitting at the end of June. Unfortunately, the veteran third baseman has cooled off, with zero hits in his last nine at-bats. However, it would not be a horrible idea to monitor the veteran for his ability to get on a hot streak but then let him go.

Mitch White, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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It is never a bad idea to hook on the bandwagon of a championship-level team like the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mitch White is another discovery by the Dodgers, who always seem to find those contributing pitchers. White is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA and has given up three earned runs or less in four consecutive starts. The right-hander averages almost a strikeout per inning and will continue to start for the Dodgers until their starters get healthy. So add White for the short-term benefits.

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