Taking a closer look at the waiver wire for week 13 of the 2017 MLB season to help you win your season long fantasy baseball leagues.
We at Fantasy Cruncher play fantasy sports of all shapes and sizes, and season long MLB is no exception. From time to time, we’ll pause on DFS and reflect on the season long side of things. That’s exactly what this column is all about.
Let’s take a look at some of the top players to consider picking up for your season long fantasy baseball teams this week.
Week 13 Waiver Wire Targets
Last week I spoke about a few names like Derek Fisher (back in the minors now that Josh Reddick is healthy), Aaron Hicks, Jeff Hoffman, Tom Murphy and Mallex Smith that were all key must-adds/must-owns. Homer Bailey was also mentioned a guy to get ahead and pick up, and he’s starting over the weekend as well. All with the exception of Fisher (until he has everyday MLB at bats) are quality players to own, and will continue to produce when they are playing for their respective clubs.
Let’s have a look at who is making noise on the wire for week 13 of the MLB season. It’s not a crazy busy week, but I will touch on a few names that jump off the page for me.
Jacob Faria, Matt Adams, Mike Zunino, Matt Davidson and Zack Godley are all doing very well for their teams and should be owned. I’ve touched on all of them in this column or in some form of our DFS coverage (whether it’s myself, Zach or Brad from our team). Faria has great upside the rest of the way for the Rays, while Adams and Zunino are both raking (though Zunino will certainly drop off in time). Davidson, with regular ABs, is hitting very well – and Godley continues to rack up the productive innings with very strong whiff and chase skills – as well as an excellent ground ball rate.
A few other names that I think are worth a look in season-long leagues this week:
Mike Montgomery – Now that he is in the rotation for the Cubs, we should definitely take him seriously in the short term (while Kyle Hendricks recovers). He’s been throwing well, with a 61% ground ball rate so far this season in his 51 IP in both as a starter and out of the pen (3 starts total). He does have solid stuff, but has a fairly average K/9 of 6.8 – but as a ground ball SP on a very good team – there is plenty of potential for a handful of wins as long as he’s starting. In leagues that are deep (14+ teams), he makes for a nice guy to own at the back end of your rotation.
Francis Martes – He’s looked pretty good in his first 2 starts at the MLB level, and he also happens to throw for one of the league’s best clubs. He is sporting a 8.2 K/9 and 11.2% whiff rate so far this year, and while the 4.77 SIERA doesn’t jump off the page, he has the talent and pedigree to improve on that as time goes on. He isn’t a must-add in all formats, but like Montgomery, makes for an attractive own in deeper formats and keeper leagues as well. He could (and likely will be) shuttled back to the minors once Dallas Keuchel is back, though.
Nick Pivetta – I’ve mentioned him a few times this year across various articles, but it’s worth a quick shout out once again. He’s had his ups and downs for the Phillies, but they are committed to giving him turns in the rotation and the K/9 skills are certainly panning out for us in fantasy (9.8 K/9 YTD). He has 42.1 major league innings under his belt, and while he continues to give up plenty of hard contact (36.8% to date) and be a fly ball pitcher (37.9% fly ball rate), the raw stuff (velocity in particular) makes him someone you can spot start against the right teams. You can speculate on him in deeper leagues thanks to the NL factor, too. It’s also interesting to note that he’s a sneaky 2-start pitcher next week.
Sean Newcomb – It’s worth a quick note that he’s a 2-start hurler for the week, and happens to face both the Padres and Athletics in excellent pitcher’s parks. Don’t sleep on the young lefty. For more on him – be sure to check out this post where I went into more detail.
Eduardo Escobar – The multi position-eligible Twin makes for one of the only offensive pickups that I would advise this week. He is getting regular playing time and can fill a number of roster spots across just about every league (whether it’s ESPN, Yahoo! or CBS). He’s showing nice contact skills and has even seen better power numbers of late (.188 ISO in his 167 PA this year). He doesn’t strike out a lot (sub-18%) and has upped his hard contact rate to over 35% in 2017. Lots to like in deeper leagues, particularly since MI can be tricky to fill at times.
Best of luck, folks!