Taking a closer look at the waiver wire for week 14 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 14 Waiver Wire Targets
Last week I spoke about a few names like Sean Newcomb, Mike Montgomery, Francis Martes, Nick Pivetta and Eduardo Escobar. Only Newcomb has really been a must-add in terms of continued production since that time, but Pivetta has also continued to be a spot-start of note considering his live arm and K ceiling (though he’s a better DFS play in GPPs than season long for 2017).
Let’s have a look at who is making noise on the wire for week 14 of the MLB season.
Michael Taylor – Taylor has enjoyed a very nice month of June, and is starting to see his ownership skyrocket in season-long formats. He’s hit 7 HR, stolen 6 bags, scored 20 runs and batted in 18 runs in 103 PA. The .330 ISO is crazy (and not sustainable), but as long as he continues to put up numbers, he’ll get time in the Nats OF. He’s owned in a high % of leagues already, but plays nearly everyday right now and should be owned in medium and deep leagues, without question. He’s the better talent between him and Brian Goodwin, too.
Trey Mancini – With Chris Davis on the shelf, Mancini is entrenched in the heart of the order for Baltimore. He is excellent at squaring up the ball, as evident by his 42.5% hard hit rate over his last 107 plate appearances. His .290 ISO in that span is terrific, and he has a near 40% fly ball rate as well. He doesn’t do a great job taking the walk, but seeing as the consistent ABs are there right now and the power is certainly legitimate, he makes for a really nice CI/UTIL add for the time being.
Randal Grichuk – Since coming back up to the majors, he has 3 HR in 5 GP and a 62.5% hard hit rate to speak of. Now, things are easy to blow out of proportion with such a small sample size, but the power is legit and it’s quite possible he’s figured out what mired him in an extended first half slump. The HR/FB rate won’t stay above 40% for very long, but he has the ability to be a great OF4/5 option in deeper leagues the rest of the way – particularly on days or weeks when the Cardinals are facing LHPs.
Scooter Gennett – Gennett now has 9 HR over the last month, but a near 50% hard hit rate in that time as well (95 PA). He should get plenty of playing time vs RHP in particular over the next few months as the Reds rebuild, and the contact skills are pretty legitimate. I support a solid % of FAAB being spent against him this week where he’s available, and frankly, I would rather have him than Barreto the rest of the way. It’s not often that you find a 15-20 HR bat (full year number) at a MI position on the wire, and I expect you to be able to get around a .280+ average, 8-10 HR output from him the rest of the way.
Franklin Barreto – He’s played 5 games at the major league level with 1 HR, but a 43.5% K rate in the process. There is upside here, but more so for long term keeper leagues than Roto or H2H leagues where you are pushing to win in 2017. I would temper expectations about the value he can provide this year, but as long as there are ABs for him in Oakland the rest of the way, he’s viable for deep and AL-only leagues. In other formats (shallower), I would let others spend a high % of their FAAB while you go after a less “sexy” name (i.e. above 4) thanks to Barreto’s prospect status.
Best of luck, folks!