Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire.
The NFL is kicking off this week, but we can not forget about the MLB pennant races and the promising youngsters being called to finish the 2022 season.
This week's waiver wire brings you three hitters and two pitchers to help you finish strong.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire
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Brendan Donovan, 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Donovan is an excellent addition to a fantasy manager's lineup. His positional versatility is his leading edge, but he also possesses hitting production that will provide stability. Donovan finished the month of August hitting .339/.403/.385 with 12 runs scored. He is hitting mainly in the two-hole in front of NL MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt and provides plenty of good pitches to hit. Fantasy managers looking to add flexibility to their daily lineups should not ignore his value.
Nick Gordon, 2B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins
Nick Gordon started the season in the utility role for the Minnesota Twins. However, with injuries to their outfield, the Twins were forced to start Gordon regularly in the outfield. Gordon has paid dividends for the Twins, hitting .275/.310/.525 with 12 RBI and five runs scored across the last 13 games. His position versatility could pay off for fantasy managers as they can slot Gordon in the MI or outfield spots, yielding favorable results.
Gavin Sheets, 1B/OF, Chicago White Sox
After being impressive in Spring Training, Gavin Sheets has been stuck in a platoon in the outfield and first base. The lack of production against left-handers, .182/.250/.242 slash has made Sheets unusable against southpaws. However, his power numbers against righties have kept his bat in the lineup. Recently, Sheets has been holding a hot bat, hitting .355/.406/.597 with a 1.003 OPS across his past 22 games. The hot streak also includes seeing Sheets hit three homers with 16 RBI, seven runs scored, and a .404 BABIP. Fantasy managers will have to monitor their daily lineups with Sheets and assure the advantage against right-handers, but it will be beneficial to gain the edge.
Dean Kremer, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Right-hander Dean Kremer has been a steady arm for the Baltimore Orioles in their surprising push for the A.L. Wild Card spot. He has produced a 3.40 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in his last seven starts. In addition, he has surrendered two or fewer runs in his previous four starts. As a result, Kremer is a solid streaming option for fantasy managers for the remainder of the season.
A.J. Puk, RP, Oakland A's
The trade of closer Lou Trivino opened the door for former top prospect A.J. Puk to take over the closer duties. Since the All-Star break, the southpaw has been excellent for the A's. Puk has produced a 1-0 record with a 2.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. In addition, he has converted on four of his five save opportunities while making a 24/11 K/BB ratio.
Puk has stepped up as the reliever of choice to close out games for Oakland. Any fantasy manager in the market for saves should scoop up Puk immediately.
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