07 Jun Fantasy Baseball: Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme
Things are starting to get interesting, aren’t they?
Here are your waiver wire targets for Week 10.
Danielson Lamet, San Diego Padres:
As of publish, Danielson Lamet’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona hasn’t concluded. So his ownership could skew wildly either way depending on the results.
No matter the result (barring injury), Lamet should be a waiver wire target in every format; especially if you’re light on strikeouts. This kid is a machine! In 10 IP leading up to tonight, he struck out 16 Cubs and Mets and walked just three. To me, this isn’t a fluke. He’s a 6′-4″ righty with an average fastball velocity of 95.6 MPH who can get it up to 98.1 MPH if he needs a little something extra. He’s also got a nasty slider, a devastating changeup and a 2-seamed fastball.
He’s currently 22.7% owned on ESPN with an ownership increase of 19.0% in the last week. If he has a bad outing tonight, those who picked him up might jump ship. If they do, scoop him up immediately. Lamet has the potential to put up monster strikeout numbers in one of the most forgiving home ballparks for pitchers.
His next start will come against the Kansas City Royals at home on Sunday. He’s a must-start in that one and could be that “diamond in the rough” going forward.
Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates:
Marte ruined a ton of rosters when he was pinched for an 80-game PED suspension in April. Those who took him in the first few rounds of drafts were disappointed to say the least.
Another 2017 disappointment wreaking havoc on fantasy rosters this season is the 10-Day DL. With so many teams
using the new DL rule to their advantage, it’s left a ton of fantasy teams scrambling to the point where stashing non-active players has been difficult in most formats. Leaving an uber-talented (but suspended) Starling Marte available on many waiver wires.
If you’re an owner of a contending team and have the roster flexibility to stash Marte, do it now. He’s 35.7% owned and past the half-way point of his suspension. He’s still the same player that went between rounds 2-4 in March, stash him on your bench if you can. He’s going to give your roster that punch you’re going to need down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Matt Adams, Atlanta Braves:
Matt Adams has done nothing but RAKE since coming over to the Braves from St. Louis. He’s hit all six of his 2017 home runs in 13 games with the Tomahawk on his chest.
Adams has always had this kind of power, he hit 17 home runs over 108 games in 2013. He showed a power stroke in the minors and was more a victim of injury-plagued seasons and irregular playing time. For the time being, he’s healthy and getting regular at-bats. His current home ballpark doesn’t hurt either, Sun Life Park has been Yankee Stadium-like for LH power hitters with that short porch in right field.
We all know why Adams is here in the first place, and that’s to fill-in for the injured Freddie Freeman. Early reports indicated that Freeman won’t be back until around the end of July. Pick-up Adams now, and you get a power-hitting 1B until at least the All-Star break. He’s an easy source of power and just 10.7% owned on ESPN.