2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire.

Most Fantasy Baseball leagues are winding down and about to hit the playoffs. Unfortunately, the provided names might not be well known to some Fantasy managers, and a handful of players are rostered in less than ten percent of Fantasy Baseball leagues.

Find out who these players are and why you should add them in your quest for the Fantasy Championship in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Joey Bart, C, San Francisco Giants

Joey Bart is a post-hype prospect who was a monster in the minors and was supposed to take over for Buster Posey behind the plate for the San Francisco Giants for the next decade. Unfortunately, Bart has struggled in multiple MLB stints. He has bounced between the Giants and Triple-A this season but has lately seemed to find his groove. Bart slashes .323/.354/.532 with four homers and eight RBI across his last 19 games. Ride the hot bat if you need help at the catcher position.

Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Speaking of prospects, Corbin Carroll is one of the most hyped prospects currently. Fantasy managers should get ahead of the curve and stash Corbin, hitting .311/.425/.613 with 22 home runs, 58 RBI, and 30 stolen bases across three minor league teams. But, of course, it's a matter of when not if we see Carroll patrolling the outfield for the Diamondbacks.

Pitchers

Alexis Diaz, RP, Cincinnati Reds

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Diaz came out of nowhere to find his way on the Cincinnati Reds roster. The 25-year-old fireballer owns a 4-1 record with a 1.74 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. He has 64 strikeouts in just 47.2 innings. Diaz has taken over the closer duties for the Reds, earning five saves this season. The opportunities will be scarce with the Reds, but with those numbers, there is no reason he is not rostered in more than 40 percent of Fantasy leagues.

Going Deep

Oscar Gonzalez, OF, Cleveland Guardians

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The rookie outfielder played surprisingly well earlier this season, hitting .285/.315/.343 before hitting the injured list with an abdominal strain. Oscar Gonzalez returned at the start of the month and has been producing even better since his return. Gonzalez is hitting .348/.368/.515 with nine doubles, one dinger, and seven RBI across 66 at-bats. He owns a 44.9 percent hard-hit rate and .382 BABIP. Gonzalez is a better-than-average mixed league option in deeper formats and should be rostered accordingly.

Brandon Hughes, RP, Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs' incumbent closer Rowan Wick has been widely inconsistent this season. As a result, the Cubs have recently turned to southpaw Brandon Hughes to close games. Hughes is 2-for-2 in save opportunities. It is unclear if this change will continue, but to obtain cheap saves, grabbing a reliever with a 15/2 K/BB ratio across 11.2 innings is at worst platooning for save opportunities; it seems worth the gamble to increase your chances of assisting in the saves category.

Francisco Mejia, C, Tampa Bay Rays

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Mejia returned from the injured list, and while he continues to platoon with Christian Betancourt, he is a valuable Fantasy commodity. Mejia is slashing .342/.405/.447 with a .852 OPS across his past ten games. The caveat with Mejia is that the switch hitter hits a lot better against southpaws, hitting .390/.400/.559 this season. Likewise, although he produces more power against righties, he only hits .223 against right-handers. Nevertheless, Mejia would be an ideal catcher option for Fantasy managers who play in leagues that permit daily lineup changes and take advantage of lefty matchups to boost your batting average category.

Lars Nootbaar, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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Nootbaar struggled coming out of the gate this season but has taken advantage of more playing time in the Cardinals' daily lineup, especially after the All-Star break. The lefty is slashing .297/.450/.541 with three homers and 13 RBI in 74 at-bats. Nootbaar has earned his spot in the everyday Cardinals lineup and a place in deeper outfielder leagues.

Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

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Shocked to see Alber Pujols included as a Week 19 suggestion. Well, you shouldn't be. The future Hall-of-Famer has been on fire lately. Pujols is hitting .442/.500/.977 with a 1.477 OPS. He has also clubbed seven home runs and knocked in 17 runs. It's hard to believe Fantasy managers couldn't find a spot in their lineup for this type of production. Of course, it's probably a short-term solution but at this time of year, isn't that all we are looking for?


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