05 Jul Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme
Just drink some Gatorade and eat something greasy, you’ll be fine.
Hey, at least you have all your fingers, right? You DO have ALL your fingers, don’t you!?
Anyways, here’s some dudes to target on your waiver wire this week. These players and more are discussed on the MLB Diamond Dash podcast which can be found right here.
Manuel Margot, San Diego Padres:
Manuel Margot has been EN FUEGO since his return from the DL last week. The 22-year-old is 10 for 27 (.370), with a home run, 4 RBIs and a WHOPPING 4 SB since his activation last Thursday.
The steals are a bit of a refreshing surprise, he had just four on the season before going down with a calf injury roughly a month ago. But we’ll take it, Margot was drafted to be a sneaky speed guy with a little bit of pop back in March, and that’s exactly what he’s done over the last few days.
Margot’s DL stint, and lack of production early on has caused his ownership to plummet to 19.6 % on ESPN.com leagues after being a rather trendy “sleeper” during draft season. He should be a source for steals for those owners in-need.
Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres:
My boy, Dinelson!
The last time I recommended the addition of Lamet to your rosters, it went just as well as “7-Eleven roller food roulette” at 2 A.M.
In case you forgot, Lamet gave up 14 ER over his next two starts seemingly seconds after I hit “submit”. Coming from someone who’s dabbled in “7-Eleven roller food roulette at 2 A.M.”, the outcome felt familiar.
Since those debacles, Lamet has been the pitcher I thought he’d be. He’s struck-out 25(!) hitters, allowed just 2 walks, given up 11 hits and 5 ER in 19 IP since!
Remember, this guy has a mid-90s fastball, nasty breaking stuff and spends roughly half of his starts in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball. If you dropped him earlier, go get him back! He’s owned in just 15.1% of ESPN.com leagues.
Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox:
It’s officially that time of year, start the stashing process.
The Chicago White Sox are currently 37-46. They’re 8.5 games out of first place in the A.L. Central, and currently sit in last place. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but it’s not happening for the South-siders in 2017. As a betting man, I’d throw a decent chunk of change on this team touting a bunch of their veteran players at some point this month. Someone like, Todd Frazier perhaps?
Frazier has been a major reason why Moncada, the major piece of the haul coming the White Sox’ way in the Chris Sale trade, didn’t make the ball club out of spring training. “The Todd-Father” been locked-in at 3B all season, keeping 3B prospect Moncada at AAA Charlotte for all of 2017 thus far. Many around baseball expect Frazier to be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. It seems pretty obvious to me that if he were to be dealt, the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball would be a logical replacement at 3B for the Chi-Sox.
In 318 AAA plate apearances, Moncada has hit .281 with 11 HR, 32 RBIs and 16 SB. He’s a power-steal threat in a hitter-friendly environment that should flourish upon arrival. Given that they don’t have much else to play for, the White Sox might give him an extended look at the hot corner.
He’s the top prospect in baseball with just 20% ownership on ESPN.com. His ownership add/drop trends over the last seven days hasn’t moved, it’s at a stagnant 0% change in the last seven days. This leads me to believe that many have forgotten about him, time to beat the competition to the punch.