2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire brings six top Waiver Wire pickups and adds to make. Also included this week is a top MLB prospect worth stashing on your Fantasy Baseball team, as his MLB debut will likely come sooner rather than later.

What a start to his MLB career for Paul Skenes. The first overall pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates a year ago made his MLB debut on May 10, 2024. He was one of the top Waiver Wire candidates last week after news broke that he earned the call to the big leagues. The rookie made his second MLB start on Friday, May 17, which was more impressive than the first. He pitched six shutout innings after striking out seven Cubs batters to start the game. Skenes didn't allow a single hit and allowed just one base on balls. On the season he has 18 strikeouts in just 10 innings.

The six top players include an outfielder, two middle infielders, two starting pitchers, and a utility man who plays in the outfield and infield. Below these top 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire pickups are 40 extra players for managers to consider adding to their team. This section is my personal watch list of players with roster percentages below 40%. I keep track of these players daily, and the list stays fluid with new faces each week it's published.

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Miguel Vargas, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

*Joe Bond's addition

Vargas is being recalled from Triple-A as James Outman is being optioned.

Last season Vargas played 81 games, 256 AB with not much success hitting only .195. Yes the seven home runs were nice, but we needed to see more and the Dodgers agreed so they started him in the minors.

He is cruising through the minor leagues again to the tune of eight home runs and steals in 39 games, while batting .295.

He is most definitely worth an add, especially in five-outfield leagues, in the chance he can finally figure out major league pitching. Also if you play in OBP leagues he is even more worth the add as he walks quite a bit (12.5% last season in MLB and 18.8% so far this season in the minors).

Brenton Doyle, OF, Colorado Rockies

Outfielder Brenton Doyle made the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire a few weeks back, then completely fell flat on his face, and back in the Waivers he went. Over his last eight games, however, Doyle is slashing .333/.438/.704 with two doubles, one triple, and two home runs. He scored nine runs and five RBI while stealing four bases as well.

Overall, he is slashing .281/.337/.464, with a 113 wRC+ across 169 plate appearances.

It's safe to say that we don't really know what type of player Doyle is or how good he may become. What we can say is that when he plays well, he is more than worthy of being on Fantasy Baseball rosters. At the very least, he is an above-average offensive producer. He ranks 20th in MLB for runs (28) and is tied for 14th in stolen bases (8). These are his two best categories by a wide margin, but his batting average and on-base percentage are also good.

Doyle's roster percentage is 54%, but expect it to rise 15% by this time next week.

Abraham Toro, 2B/3B, Oakland Athletics

Abraham Toro made the Best of the Rest section a week ago, and his performance was good enough to graduate to the Top Waiver Wire Players section. The newly anointed leadoff man for the Oakland Athletics is slashing .288/.339/.444 with a 130 wRC+ through 165 plate appearances. His stellar run production provides plenty of value for Fantasy managers as he sits at 22 runs and 17 runs batted in this year.

Even though the Athletics aren't great, Toro should still provide plenty of runs and Fantasy Baseball value from the top of the order.

Clarke Schmidt, SP, New York Yankees

Clarke Schmidt is in the midst of a breakout season, and it just keeps getting better for the 28-year-old right-hander. In his last start, he pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight batters. This game brought his season-long ERA down to 2.49, FIP to 3.41 and xFIP to 3.48. Schmidt's strikeout rate (27%) and base-on-balls rate (7.4%) rank in the 76th and 63rd percentile, respectively.

The post-hype breakout candidate has yet to allow more than three earned runs in his nine games, leading him to an impressive record of five wins and one loss.

The ones who drafted Schmidt or added him from the Waiver Wire early on are ecstatic with his performances. However, he is still just rostered in 59% of leagues, and that needs to change before his next outing, which is on Tuesday, May 21, against the Seattle Mariners in Yankee Stadium.

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Davis Schneider, 2B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Through 70 career MLB games, Davis Schneider is slashing .268/.389/.540 with 20 doubles, 12 home runs, 39 runs, and 35 runs batted in. He's posting a 161 wRC+ and .399 wOBA as well. It's quite the start of a career for the 25-year-old Blue Jays drafted in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

Schneider continues to show that he is a good ballplayer, and if he gets the opportunity to play an everyday role, he can be great.

Joey Ortiz, 2B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers

According to FanGraphs, Joey Ortiz came into the season ranked as the Brewers' No.4 prospect. He is living up to that hype and is playing much better than any of their other prospects.

Through 114 plate appearances this season, he is slashing .292/.395/.563 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 14 runs, and 15 runs batted in. He's sporting excellent strikeout (17.5%) and base-on-balls (14%) rates.

With a 12% roster percentage, Ortiz is available in too many leagues, which needs to change. He might not play this well all season long but at least for the short term he should be added.

Alec Marsh, SP, Kansas City Royals

Alec Marsh returned from the injured list on May 10 and looks impressive. In his first two games back, he pitched 10.1 innings, allowed just two earned runs, and struck out 14 batters. This game brings his season-long ERA down to 2.43 with a 3.39 FIP. The strikeout rate (20.7%) still has room to improve, but it's not holding him back.

Marsh is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday on the road against the Detroit Tigers. This is an extremely favorable matchup for the 26-year-old and he needs to be added for this matchup.

Marsh is ideally just a streaming option, but if he continues to post solid games, keep him on the Fantasy team.

James Wood, OF, Washington Nationals

A top-five MLB prospect and Washington's No.1 prospect, James Wood has yet to make his MLB debut, but he is the perfect prospect for Fantasy Baseball managers to stash.

Outside of speedster Jacob Young and the injured Lane Thomas, there isn't much excitement in the Nationals' outfield. At 21 years old, the 6'7", 230-pound lefty will immediately be one of the most exciting players to watch on the team.

In 38 Triple-A games, Wood has seven home runs, 12 doubles, 35 runs, 25 runs batted in, and nine stolen bases. He is posting a 16.5% base-on-balls rate with an 18.8% strikeout rate. MLB pitching is different than Triple-A pitching, but Woods' talent and size will carry onto the next level just fine.

Best of the Rest

This week, the Best of the Rest contains 40  players for the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire. The hitters are separated by position group and will have their 14-day stats next to their name and team. The pitchers, once again, are separated as starters and relievers. They also have their 14-day stats next to their name.

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