2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire.

One week before All-Star Weekend, Fantasy managers should take time to recharge their rosters and add players that will shine in the second half. The Fantasy baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint so let's find out which nine players can help win fantasy championships.

What should five hitters' fantasy managers add immediately? Who are the two young hurlers that Fantasy managers should believe in for the second half? Which recently promoted slugging outfielder should fantasy managers run to the waiver wire and pick up? Find out the answers to these questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Nico Hoerner, SS, Chicago Cubs

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Nico Hoerner starts off a string of hitters previously mentioned as recommended waiver add options. However, fantasy managers have been reluctant to pull the trigger, but winners win, and these hitters can help you on your fantasy rosters. Hoerner has taken over as the Chicago Cubs shortstop job to his excellent production after returning from the injured list at the end of May. He slashed .344/.392/.452 with one homer and eight RBI while scoring 13 runs in 25 games in June. Hoerner has hit safely in 8-of-10 games in July while slashing .282/.317/.436. Hoerner will fit quite nicely in your MI spot in your lineups.

Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins

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It is challenging to give up on the prospect pedigree of Alex Kirilloff. However, fantasy managers know his story. Kirilloff was a unique player in the minors but has only exhibited flashes with the Minnesota Twins and has dealt with a cumbersome wrist injury. However, the former top prospect has been on fire lately, hitting .348/.400/.609 with two homers and six RBI across his last 23 at-bats. So, while others have given up on the talented young hitters, the wise fantasy managers are adding Kirilloff immediately.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Oakland A's

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The Oakland A's outfielder Ramon Laureano returned in May after serving his 80-day PED suspension and is just now finally producing for the A's. His stats are not overwhelming, but he does provide power and steals, but Laureano will damage your batting average category. Hence, the green light for Fantasy managers to add Laureano is because he fills up the stat sheet. But, more importantly, with Oakland owning the worst record in baseball at 29-58, Ramon Laureano is the ideal trade bait for an outfield-hungry contending team that will boost his fantasy value.

Harold Ramirez, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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All Harold Ramirez does is hit. Ramirez is slashing .324/.373/.447 along with a .364 BABIP and a .820 OPS. He is not a power hitter with only four homers, but he has knocked in 32 runs and scored 28 runs. Ramirez provides viable numbers in most roto categories and will assist fantasy managers that start five outfielders or are in deeper leagues. His bat should be in daily fantasy lineups.

Nick Senzel, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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The oft-injured Nick Senzel has only exhibited flashes of the super-hyped prospect that every scout was drooling over. Senzel faced injury issues at the onset of this season, going on and off the injured list multiple times. Since his return in late May, Senzel has been producing to the tune of hitting .284/.347/.307 with a .654 OPS and five stolen bases across 24 games. The Reds centerfielder has raised his level of play in July by hitting .387/.424/.613 with a 1.037 OPS and slugging two homers while knocking in six runs. Senzel is fantasy relevant again and should be a priority for Fantasy managers this week.

Pitchers

Brayan Bello, SP, Boston Red Sox

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His MLB debut did not go as planned, but Brayan Bello still does possess upside for your Fantasy rosters. Bello was dominating in the minors to the tune of a 10-4 record with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP to go along with a 12.1 K/9 across two minor league stops. The Red Sox starting rotation is in shambles now, and they expect several pitchers to return. However, there must be some trepidation in believing in Chris Sale and Rich Hill. Therefore, Bello is an ideal stash candidate for your Fantasy rosters.

Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds

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Southpaw Nick Lodolo was a strikeout machine in the minors for the Cincinnati Reds, producing a career 13.89 K/9 across his minor league career. His strikeout process continued to start the season before he was placed on the 60-day injured list with a lower back strain. Lodolo recently returned and has pitched well in both of his recent starts. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA and has a 14/4 K/BB ratio across 9.2 innings. Lodolo carries a 2-2 record with a 4.44 ERA but a 3.43 xERA and has struck out batters at a 30.3 percent strikeout rate. The southpaw has looked like an SP worthy of a speculative add to assist fantasy managers in the strikeouts category.

Going Deep

Nolan Jones, 3B/OF, Cleveland Guardians

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The Cleveland Guardians promoted top prospect Nolan Jones to take over in right field for Oscar Gonzalez (ribs), and he has provided a much-needed spark for the Guardians' offense. Jones smacked his first big league homer 457 feet against the Kansas City Royals and has gone .500/.615/.900 with that one home run and four RBI in his ten at-bats since his promotion. He started his pro career at third base but has learned the outfield to the team's liking to insert Jones in their everyday lineup in right field. Jones is a hot fantasy commodity right now and has the prospect pedigree after slashing 311/.517/.500 at Triple-A before the call-up.

Justin Steele, SP, Chicago Cubs

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His 3-5 record with a 4.13 ERA will probably not excite many Fantasy managers, but Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele is worthy of a speculative add in a deeper league. Steele pitched well in June across his five starts, including going 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA and producing a 21/9 K/BB rate. In his lone July start, the southpaw went 7.2 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, surrendering only two hits and one earned run while striking out nine. n Week 14, Steele will take the mound against the Baltimore Orioles, who are only hitting .230 against left-handers this season. So let's finish the first half strong with Steele on your roster for at least this week.


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