Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire.
The MLB Trade Deadline hits August 2nd, and we should see plenty of players moved by Tuesday. With more teams eligible to qualify for the playoffs, the race to Juan Soto and the other trade targets will be a wild ride.
So let's continue the craziness by looking at six players that fantasy managers should target on the waiver wire.
What slugging infielder that .353 in July is still available to add? Which rookie pitcher turned the corner in July? Which Royals starter is a must-add? Find the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire,
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire
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Jose Miranda, 1B/3B, Minnesota Twins
A frequent visitor to the Waiver Wire, Jose Miranda continues to get better, and his stock continues to rise. Miranda's struggles were well-documented at the season's onset, including his .176/.208/.324 slash line produced in May. However, he continues to elevate his game and display why he was one of the top-hitting prospects in the minors.
His June .306/.342/.514 slash line with a .856 OPS was more aligned with his minor league production. However, notwithstanding his June production, Miranda was even more impressive in his 20 games in July. The young slugger finished July hitting .353/.405/.603 with a 1.008 OPS. He also produced a .388 BABIP while slugging five homers, driving 19 runs, and reducing his strikeouts.
Miranda qualifies at either corner position, and fantasy managers should view Miranda as a must-add option in all formats.
David Peralta, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded outfielder David Peralta to the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league catching prospect. The left-handed hitting outfielder was the longest tenure Diamondback but was in the last year of his contract. Peralta was an obvious choice to be moved with the outfield logjam in Arizona.
Peralta arrives in Tampa Bay as a much-needed power source, hitting .248/.315/.457 with 12 homers and 41 RBI this season. The Rays' lineup has been decimated with injuries up and down their lineup. Peralta makes an excellent addition to their lineup as the Rays battle in the AL Wild Card Race.
The Rays are probably the most analytical team in the majors so they will take advantage of Peralta's strengths. Peralta is exceptional versus right-handers. Peralta has produced a career .296/.351/.492 slash with a .843 OPS against righties. He is hitting .268/.325/.498 with a .823 OPS and 11 of his 12 home runs against right-handers this season. In contrast, Peralta is hitting only .114/.262/.200 with a .462 OPS against southpaws.
Peralta is worth a speculative add for fantasy managers with daily lineup changes. Fantasy managers can safely play Peralta against righties but avoid left-handers. A little roster management goes a long way to making Peralta a viable fantasy asset.
Joey Wendle, 2B/3B/SS, Miami Marlins
Joey Wendle returned to the Miami Marlins at the beginning of July after missing the month of June due to a hamstring injury. Wendle had a productive July with a .277/.314/.351 with ten RBI and three stolen bases.
The Marlins have inserted Wendle hitting leadoff, and the lefty has strived at the top of the lineup. Wendle is hitting .309/.338/.382 with a .720 OPS with two stolen bases. His fantasy value is tied to his position versatility, batting average, and steals. Wendle is an excellent depth fantasy asset who can fill in at MI and CI slots in your fantasy lineups.
Reid Detmers, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Do you remember Reid Detmers? Detmers is the Los Angeles Angels pitcher who threw the first no-hitter this season. Following his no-hitter, he struggled to remain consistent, but Detmers has returned to being an imposing pitcher. In his last start, Detmers struck out 12 and surrendered one earned run on three hits versus the Texas Rangers. The start culminated in an excellent July performance from the Angels southpaw.
Detmers went 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while producing a 31/9 K/BB ratio and zero homers allowed across 24 innings in four starts. Overall, Detmers is surrendering an impressive .197/.281/.364 slash line and .214 BABIP. His latest start should have fantasy managers rushing to add Detmers, who possesses upside for the rest of the season.
Nick Lodolo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds rookie left-hander was ranked fifth in the Reds' system when he was called up in early April; Lodolo was the No.7 overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft and struggled in his first three big-league starts. He finished April with a 1-2 record with a 5.52 ERA, but he exhibited potential with his strikeout ability with 19 strikeouts across 14.2 innings.
Unfortunately, Lodolo suffered a back injury that sidelined the southpaw for over two months. However, Lodolo returned in July and has displayed his prospect pedigree. He is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with a 35/11 K/BB ratio across 23.2 innings in his five July starts. His strikeout production should stand out for fantasy managers, which should bode well for his fantasy value. However, his fantasy ceiling is capped slightly by pitching for the 40-61 Cincinnati Reds.
Brady Singer, SP, Kansas City Royals
A holdover from last week's Waiver Wire, all Brady Singer did this past week was produce his best start of the 2022 season. Singer was phenomenal in his start against the New York Yankees. He struck out ten batters and walked just one across seven innings but was forced to settle for a no-decision. The Royals right-hander had an excellent string of starts in July, allowing three earned runs or less in all five starts. He also produced a 42/11 K/BB ratio across 30.2 innings. Grab Singer in all formats and ride the hot arm.
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