2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire.

Here's hoping you followed last week's advice and added pitchers Felix Bautista, Jose Quintana, and Ian Kennedy. Each pitcher performed well enough to earn you wins or category advantages.

Discover the six players you should add for Week 18 that will help you win this week in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Aledmys Diaz, 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF, Houston Astros

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Every MLB team needs a versatile player to play multiple positions, and the Houston Astros have an excellent one in Aledmys Diaz. Diaz has played every position but catcher for the Astros this season. Unfortunately, Diaz struggled in the first half of this season. He hit only .233/..292/.367 with six homers and 21 RBI across 57 games. Luckily, Diaz has picked it up after the All-Star Break. He is hitting .324/.356/.588 with a .944 OPS across 13 games. His versatility and hot stick make Diaz an immediate add for post-season glory.

Paul DeJong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

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After producing a brutal .130/.209/.208 slash along with one homer and seven RBI across 24 games, Paul DeJong was sent down to the minors to get his swing back. It took an extended stay, but it looks like DeJong did just that and has been on fire since his return. Since his promotion, the Cardinals shortstop is hitting .318/.404/.705 with a 1.108 OPS and smacked four homers with 13 RBI across 13 games. Safe to say that DeJong is back, and there is to help the Cardinals for their playoff push. DeJong will also assist fantasy managers in the power categories from the MI spot. Which fantasy manager cant use help in the power categories?

Pitchers

Domingo German, SP, New York Yankees

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After his shaky 2022 debut, Domingo German has been reasonably effective in his next four starts. German has not given up more than two earned runs across those four starts. In addition, the right-hander has gone five innings or more in his last three starts, which signifies he is on his way to getting stronger as he continues to build endurance from his shoulder issues. As we get closer to your playoffs, the encouraging results should lead fantasy managers to trust German as a streamer option.

Drew Smyly, SP, Chicago Cubs

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The veteran left-hander Drew Smyly has surprisingly looked very effective in his last two starts. After struggling over his nine starts in June and July, Smyly has started off August with a bang. The southpaw has not given up an earned run across 11.2 innings and produced a 13/3 K/BB ratio, resulting in two wins. Smyly should be considered a speculative dart throw option and a starter to insert in your lineups against weaker hitting lineups.

Going Deep

Joey Meneses, 1B, Washington Nationals

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The 30-year-old rookie journeyman Joey Meneses was called up after the Juan Soto trade shakeup to the Washington Nationals. Meneses has stepped up and exploded on the scene, hitting .387/.441/.871 with a 1.312 OPS, five homers, and seven RBI across nine games. In addition, he has produced a 46.2 percent hard-hit rate, and picking up his hot bat is how to use the waiver wire to your advantage in fantasy baseball.

Jose Suarez, SP, Los Angeles Angels

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Jose Suarez was not pitching for the majority of this season. However, Suarez has turned the corner across his last three starts. The southpaw has not given up a run in 17.1 innings, which covers his previous three outings. He has surrendered only ten hits in those three starts. Suarez has also struck out 16 batters in these starts. His 4-4 overall record with a 4.04 ERA and 1.38 WHIP doesn't look enticing, but the recency bias of his latest outings should propel Suarez in roster percentage. Fantasy managers should speculate Suarez as a deep-streamer option.


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