2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire.

The Memorial Day Weekend is typically used as a barometer for fantasy managers on their players. Fantasy managers analyze the current production and how it will project for the rest of the season.

Here is a list of nine players that fantasy managers should not allow to get past them. After showing respect and honoring the men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, fantasy managers should scour the available players to see if they can pick up any of the following nine players.

Who are the next hot young pitchers to add? Which veteran starter should fantasy managers add for Week 8? Which two hitters rostered in less than ten percent of leagues should be added? Find out the answers to those questions and more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Josh Rojas suffered an oblique injury to start the 2022 season, but he has established himself again in the middle of the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup. Rojas is currently hitting .295/.375/.459 with a .834 OPS. He has slugged three homers with ten RBI and even swiped three bases. He is posting career numbers in K% (19.1) and BB% (13.2), and with his valuable position flexibility, Rojas should be widely rostered in more fantasy leagues.

Darin Ruf, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants

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Darin Ruf is not a sexy option, especially when looking at his overall season stats of .225/.354/.320. However, Ruf had a rough start this season (Sorry, I couldn't resist), hitting .177 in April. He started to pick it up in May by slashing .279/.425/.456 with three homers and 14 RBI, along with a .340 BABIP. Ruf is making hard contact with a 48.1 percent hard-hit rate,  .412 xSLG, and 90.2 exit velocity. I believe Ruf will be a valuable addition to fantasy rosters that employ five outfielders or in NL-only leagues.

Gio Urshela, 3B. Minnesota Twins

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In the fantasy black hole that is otherwise known as the third base position, there is quietly a sneaky option in Minnesota Twins Gio Urshela. The former top prospect provides modest stats, but his underlying numbers should encourage. Urshela is hitting .259/.321/.364 with four homers and 20 RBI. In addition, he is showing patience at the plate with a career-low 13.3 percent strikeout rate and 9.5 BB/9. He also owns a .273 xBA and a .441 xSLG, which will hopefully ease some of the pain and be a valuable fill-in if you lose Josh Donaldson, Max Muncy, or Anthony Rendon.


Aaron Ashby, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby steps into the starting rotation with the team still reeling from the loss of Freddy Peralta (shoulder) for an extended period. Ashby heads into Week 8 with two starts and will try to maintain the momentum he established in his four starts this season. The southpaw is 0-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.55 WHIP and registering 8.4 K/9. Ashby is yielding a .197/.352/.296 slash along with a .235 BABIP in his four starts. However, Ashby has a red flag, which is his control issues. He allows 5.3 walks per nine innings which he will have to manage. Still, he is recommended for any fantasy manager looking for pitching help in the streamer variety.

Roansy Contreras, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Roansy Contreras is one of the top pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. The right-hander was utilized out of the bullpen to start the season, but he was optioned to Triple-A to get Contreras more work. In his five starts at Triple-A, Contreras registered a 2.66 ERA and 28.9 percent strikeout rate in 20.1 innings pitched. The 22-year-old was recalled after his success and, more importantly, the failure of the Pirates rotation, which routinely ranks among the league's worst. Since his return, Contreras has acquitted himself nicely. He has gone five innings in both of his starts and gave up two earned runs in each game. He owns an 11/4 K/BB ratio with his 1.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Contreras should be added immediately in all leagues.

Brady Singer, SP, Kansas City Royals

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Brady Singer is quietly having an excellent start to the 2022 season. One of the few bright spots for the Kansas City Royals, Singer is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He also possesses an impressive 26/4 K/BB ratio across 25.1 innings. However, the most significant component of his great start is his control. His 4.0 walk rate is a career-low, along with his yielding .223/.263/.592. Singer is an excellent streamer option for fantasy managers and should be rostered more in fantasy leagues.

Jeffrey Springs, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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This past offseason, the southpaw was acquired from the Boston Red Sox and was forced into the Rays rotation due to a slew of injuries. Springs has been a tremendous surprise in his five starts for the Rays. He is 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 0.87 WHIP while producing 8.6 K/9 across 23 innings. The left-hander induces weak contact with an 85.6 percent exit velocity and 34.1 percent hard-hit rate. Springs owns a 1.62 ERA and averages a strikeout per inning across 33 total pitched innings. Springs is no worse than a streamer option in deeper fantasy formats.

Going Deep

Harold Ramirez, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Harold Ramirez continues to hit himself in the Tampa Bay Rays lineup. Ramirez has a .284/..331/.385 with two homers and 13 RBI. In addition, he makes a good amount of impact contact, which leads to a solid batting average and minuscule  13 strikeouts in 117 plate appearances. Ramirez ranks among the league-best with a .354 xBA and a 51.5 percent hard-hit rate. His impressive power and contact numbers should lead to more at-bats and fantasy managers buying into Harold Ramirez.

Edwin Rios, 1B/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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The overall depth of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be tested again with infielder Max Muncy on the injured list after knocking his elbow into the wall chasing a foul ball. His elbow issues stem from partially tearing his UCL in his elbow last season, and Muncy has chosen to play through it and bypass surgery. Muncy was splitting time between second and third base, and now the Dodgers will be forced to shuffle their lineup. The shuffle should result in getting Edwin Rios more at-bats. Rios has slugged six homers, the second-best on the team, with only 76 at-bats on the season. Rios produces .263/.300/.513 with 16 RBI and would start on most MLB teams. Fantasy managers should begin to pick up Rios and get the infielder in their lineups with the increased playing time and production at the plate.

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