Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire.
We experienced mixed results from my Week 5 Waiver Wire recommendations. Andres Gimenez and Yadiel Hernandez continue to rake but Jose Miranda is looking lost at the plate. Rookie right-handers George Kirby and Josh Winder were excellent in their MLB debuts but didn't fare so well in their next starts. Let's look at nine players to improve our Fantasy rosters.
Which catcher should Fantasy managers add immediately? Who is the reliever from a first-place team that should be targeted? Which veteran pitchers should Fantasy managers look to add? Find out the answers to those questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire
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Danny Jansen, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Danny Jansen returns from the Injured List after missing all but the first three games of the season due to a left oblique strain. This season, Jansen hit .571 with one homer and four RBI and didn't miss a beat in his return. He hit a home run in his first game back and restores his Fantasy relevance as a valuable Fantasy asset in a catcher wasteland.
Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota Twins
After his call-up following Carlos Correa's injury, Royce Lewis was included as a Week 5 Waiver Wire recommendation. Lewis is hitting 6-for-19 with a double and a grand slam for his first MLB home run in his last five games. With Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list, Lewis has the perfect opportunity for at-bats and should capitalize on remaining a Fantasy asset even when Correa returns to the lineup. His roster percentage will gradually increase as he continues to produce. Grab Lewis now.
Alek Thomas, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Top prospect outfielder Alek Thomas was called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks to play centerfield with Daulton Varsho concentrating on catching while Carson Kelly is on the 10-day injured list. The 22-year-old is hitting .368/.400/.684 with one homer and three RBI in the first 19 big league bats. Thomas owns a .309/.386/.495 career minor league slash with 45 stolen bases across four minor league seasons. The Diamondbacks have no one else to play centerfield, so we should see Thomas roaming centerfield for the team in the foreseeable future and your Fantasy lineups.
Emilio Pagan, RP, Minnesota Twins
Emilio Pagan pairs up with Jhoan Duran to create a two-headed monster in the Minnesota Twins. Duran is the young flamethrower who is a strikeout machine. Pagan is the veteran reliever with closer experience and 20 saves with the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays. Pagan has been no slouch, producing an outstanding 1.69 ERA while saving four games for the Twins. Batters are only hitting .154 with a .174 BABIP against the veteran right-hander. However, one concern is the outrageous 20.4 BB%. Fantasy managers could live with the walks and the high WHIP (1.50) if Pagan continues to contribute saves.
Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers
Martin Perez has always been a decent depth piece in his career, but he has never thrilled any Fantasy managers. The southpaw has an excellent start to the 2022 season with a 2-2 record and 2.01 ERA and 1.02 WHIP across seven starts. Perez has won his last starts while giving up only one earned run in each start. Additionally, he produced his highest strikeout numbers in those starts with six then seven strikeout outings. His overall strikeout numbers don't jump off the page with a 19.4 percent strikeout rate, but he has yet to cough up a home run in his 40.1 innings this season. Perez continues to pitch like a starter that should be rostered in more than just 22 percent of Fantasy leagues.
Jose Quintana, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Quintana is another veteran left-hander who is off to a splendid start this season. Quintana is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 30/14 K/BB ratio across 37 innings of work. The southpaw has yet to allow a hit to a left-handed batter in 16 plate appearances. Overall, his Statcast numbers won't scream for Fantasy managers to get Quintana on their rosters, but he continues to exceed his underlying numbers. Quintana, who has never posted an ERA under 3.00 in his career, is a streamer candidate to start against a predominantly left-handed-hitting lineup.
Ben Gamel, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Ben Gamel has been one of the pleasant surprises to start this season. Gamel has been a journeyman outfielder who is with his fifth MLB team and looks like to have found a home with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-handed-hitting outfielder is hitting .298/.371/.462 with three homers and 15 RBI, and he has even chipped in two stolen bases. His strikeout rate is a measly 12.5 percent, and he owns an excellent .330 xBA. The 29-year-old outfielder should be added in all deep formats and five outfielder leagues.
Brad Miller, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Texas Rangers
His overall stats do not look pretty, but Brad Miller has lifted his game this past week. In his last seven games, Miller has produced a .333/.412/.733 with two homers, three RBI, and he swiped two bases. His positional flexibility allows Fantasy managers to tinker with their lineups, especially in leagues that allow daily lineup changes. Miller is a valuable depth piece for Fantasy managers that can help your roster while he is holding a hot bat.
Chase Silseth, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Chase Silseth was pitching for the Arizona Wildcats a year ago. He was an 11th-round draft pick by the Angels and was pushed up to Double-A. In his eight appearances, Silseth dazzled with a 1.73 ERA with a tremendous 37.4 percent strikeout rate while walking batters at only 7.1 percent across 26 innings. Silseth got the surprise call-up and was impressive with six shutout innings in his MLB debut against the Oakland A's. He allowed only one hit and finished with four strikeouts and two walks in his 81-pitch outing. The right-hander allowed only one runner to reach second base. It is not clear if this was just a spot start for Silseth, but Fantasy managers should look to add Silseth to be a great stash candidate at the minimum.
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