2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire.

The dog days of August are upon us. The MLB Trade Deadline has produced a swing of talent across the league.

Fantasy managers must know how those moves impact your Fantasy rosters and available players on the waiver wire.

The eight recommended players this week have upgraded their value with either newfound playing time or team change.

Find out which players to add and why in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Seth Brown, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics

His batting average will force fantasy managers to take a hit with Seth Brown in your lineups, but Brown provides power numbers that fantasy managers should not shy away from. Brown is hitting .236/.293/.459 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI, and 35 runs scored. The A's lacks talent, but Brown does stand out, including his current production.

Over his last 18 games, Brown is hitting .318/.368/.667 with a 1.034 OPS and six homers with nine RBI. All fantasy managers could use that hot bat in their fantasy lineups as we are heading to the second half of the season.

Luis Rengifo, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Angels

Rengifo is filling up the daily box scores by staying hot at the plate with consistent playing time. Rengifo is hitting .316/.350/.456 with seven extra-base hits among his 18 total hits in his last 14 games. His position versatility allows Rengifo to be a valuable fantasy commodity as a good fill-in in daily lineup leagues.

Pitchers

Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Following the surprise trade of closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins, his set-up reliever Felix Bautista has stepped into the closer role. The rookie right-hander possesses a three-pitch arsenal with a fastball that hits 99 mph and a split-finger pitch clocked at 88 mph, yields only 0.88 BA, and produces a staggering 56.4 percent whiff rate.

Bautista has a .167 opposing batting average and a .193 XBA. The right-hander produces a 12.2 K/9 and owns a 1.77 ERA and 0.90 WHIP across 45.2 innings this season. Look for Bautista to be one of the most added pitchers this week. Please ensure a roster spot for a reliever with huge strikeout potential and save opportunities as the new closer in Baltimore.

Kutter Crawford, SP, Boston Red Sox

Kutter Crawford has emerged as a solid starter for the Boston Red Sox, who continue to see their slim playoff chances slip away. Crawford has allowed three runs or less in six of his last seven starts while filling in for the Red Sox with their starting rotation hampered by injuries.

Crawford has surrendered an above-average .239.299/.380 slash and .680 OPS. He has also produced a 56/17 K/BB ratio across his 16 appearances this season. The right-hander is an effective starter who could be utilized as a deep streamer option for fantasy managers for the remainder of the season.

Jose Quintana, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Veteran southpaw Jose Quintana escaped the Pittsburgh Pirates to the St. Louis Cardinals via a trade at the MLB Trade Deadline. Quintana scored solid stats for the Pirates, producing a 3-5 record with a 3.50 ERA, 3.23 FIP, and 1.27 WHIP.

In his first start, Quintana emerged as the winner with a six-inning outing in which he allowed only one earned run with seven strikeouts. Quintana is producing an above-average slash of .242/.301/.365, and his fantasy production should take an uptick with the improved team behind him in St. Louis. Quintana is a deep streamer option in all leagues.

Going Deep

Nick Gordon, 2B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins

Nick Gordon qualifies at multiple positions, but with the ravaged Minnesota Twins outfield, Gordon has assumed an everyday role in the Twins outfield. In addition, Gordon has improved his batting average every month this season, starting at .235 and currently hitting .280 this month.

Gordon fills the stat sheet with .278/.327/.430 with a .757 OPS. He has also slugged five homers, 15 doubles, three triples, 29 runs scored, and five stolen bases. In addition, Gordon is smashing the ball with a 48.8 percent hard-hit rate and looks like a sneaky pickup for fantasy managers to add and insert your lineups at various positions.

Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, New York Mets

The New York Mets acquired lefty slugger Daniel Vogelbach at the MLB Trade Deadline to boost power production in a rotation or off the bench. Vogelbach is notoriously poor against lefties with a career .135 batting average.

Since he changed addresses, Vogelbach has made quite an impact on the Mets offense. He is hitting .324/.477/.559 with a 1.036 OPS, two homers, and six RBI across 12 games. He has a limited ceiling due to his lineup rotation but fantasy managers that allow daily lineup changes should jump on the Vogelbach train.

Ian Kennedy, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Shortly after Mark Melancon set the franchise record for most losses by a reliever with 10, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo decided to shift to a closer by committee approach. The Diamondbacks will turn to a committee of Melancon, Ian Kennedy, and Joe Mantiply.

Kennedy has been excellent lately, including July when he produced a 1.80 ERA and 0.40 WHIP. Kennedy has been effective with his save opportunities with two saves and a 2.25 ERA across four appearances with the shift. A speculative add for save opportunities is a path that fantasy managers should target on the waiver wire.


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