Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups: Adam Duvall, Myles Straw Highlight Top Week 24 Targets
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Pick Them Up
Adam Duvall – OF, Atlanta Braves
Yahoo: 57%, ESPN: 58%
Sure, Duvall is approaching 60% rostership and is tough to add in your league, but he needs to be pushing 80%. He is the only player with 90-plus RBI’s that is rostered in fewer than 73% of leagues.
Myles Straw – OF/SS, Cleveland Indians
Yahoo: 55%, ESPN: 41%
Straw is in the midst of another hitting streak (five games) and has not gone hitless in two straight games since July 17-18. He has been one of the most valuable fantasy outfielders since the All-Star break.
Josh Harrison – 2B/3B/OF, Oakland Athletics
Yahoo: 27%, ESPN: 46%
Harrison had a three-game multi-hit streak snapped September 2. He has scored multiple runs every week since joining the Athletics at the trade deadline.
Frank Schwindel – 1B/OF, Chicago Cubs
Yahoo: 35%, ESPN: 23%
The late-bloomer has hits in nine of his last 10 games over the past two weeks and heads into a weekend series against the Pirates with a four-game hitting streak, three of which included a home run.
Worth A Look
Akil Baddoo – OF, Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 26%
The biggest knock against Baddoo is the lack of stolen bases; he has not collected a swiped bag since July 18. That said, he has been a run-scoring machine for the Tigers and has a two-game homer streak to boot. The hot start and subsequent drop-off may have soured fantasy managers’ opinion of Baddoo, but he is worth consideration and appears to have a future with a better-than-bad Tigers team.
Jeimer Candelario – 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers
Yahoo: 27%, ESPN: 37%
Candelario pops back on the column because he is making his annual statement that he can be good in spurts. The hits have been steady, but the run production continues to be an issue. He hit his first home run in three weeks, just in time to head to Cincinnati’s hitter-friendly ballpark.
Mike Zunino – C, Tampa Bay Rays
Yahoo: 50%, ESPN: 43%
Only Salvador Perez has more homers at the catcher position than Zunino. His 27 is also five more than Will Smith’s 22, who has the third-most. His power stroke will help in category leagues. Zunino will face the Twins, Red Sox, and Tigers over the next three series.
Nicky Lopez – 2B/SS, Kansas City Royals
Yahoo: 47%, ESPN: 38%
Lopez has been a beneficiary of Sal Perez’s home run streak but has also seemed to have finally put the offense together with his defense. This past week was Lopez’s first without multiple runs scored in a week since the first week of August. As long as Lopez is hitting ahead of Perez, he has value.
J.P. Crawford – SS, Seattle Mariners
Yahoo: 11%, ESPN: 18%
Crawford reached base seven times in 13 plate appearances against the Houston Astros this past week. He is not going to drive in runs, but his .263 batting average is a career-best, and the rest of his numbers are in line with their career averages.
Eddie Rosario – OF, Atlanta Braves
Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 61%
His rostership dropped due to a lengthy injury, but he has started four consecutive games for Atlanta after pinch-hitting in his first appearance. Atlanta’s outfield is loaded, so there is no guarantee Rosario plays every day, but he is worth adding if another fantasy manager was not patient.
I Am Skeptical
Jace Peterson – 1B/2B/3B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 3%
I love Peterson’s position flexibility, but I dislike his career highs in average, on-base percentage, slugging, and BABIP. The last time he was anywhere near this productive was in 2016.