Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Report: Pick Up Raimel Tapia Immediately (Week 10)
Justin Edmonds/Getty Images. Pictured: Raimel Tapia.
This is about the time during the MLB season when some players begin to be perceived as fantasy busts.
Memorial Day is the first checkpoint to gauge how competitive your team is — and whether or not it’s time to trade, hold, or flat-out drop players.
Hopefully, your top picks all hit. But if not, check out this week’s crop of players to consider picking up via the waiver wire.
Pick Them Up
Raimel Tapia — OF, Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 52%, ESPN: 77%
Tapia had two three-game stretches in the mid and end of May in which he did not record hits. He responded with six in six games as of June 2 with four RBIs.
I will say this until I am blue in the face — he is Coors-proof and needs to be rostered in every league.
Pavin Smith — 1B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Yahoo: 46%, ESPN: 57%
Thirteen-game hitting streaks are a good way to get recognized. The run production has come in bunches, which is better than not at all considering Smith’s lack of home runs.
The good thing is he’s consistently getting extra-base hits, so his .460 slugging and .804 OPS are not completely out of hand.
Injuries helped Smith get in the lineup, but with the returns of notable players, he is still getting plate appearances.
Carson Kelly — C, Arizona Diamondbacks
Yahoo: 72%, ESPN: 71%
This is a reminder that the catcher position is a cesspool, and when one is hitting .280 with a 29:25 K/BB, he needs to be added. The 26-year old has figured out how to lead a pitching staff and contribute on offense.
Amed Rosario — OF/SS, Cleveland Indians
Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 18%
I give Rosario a lot of credit for trying to figure out a new position on a new team while trying to produce on offense.
The former Met is on the right track and has upped his walk rate almost 4% since 2019 and is striking out under 20% of the time. He has seen an increase in sliders in 2021 and has improved against them.
His -2.9 Pitching Value against sliders is the second-best of his career (2020 excluded), and he has a chance to have his first positive season against them.
If Rosario manages to do so, his offensive numbers will rise.
Brad Miller — 1B/2B/3B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 16%
Miller is locked into the Phillies lineup and is not going anywhere any time soon. His position flexibility makes him even more appealing.
Worth A Look
Hunter Renfroe — OF, Boston Red Sox
Yahoo: 24%, ESPN: 31%
I like Renfroe hitting lower in a good lineup because he is not expected to be one of “the guys.” He faltered in Tampa for that reason and is now surrounded by other talented hitters.
His .255 average is the best of his career, and his .298 BABIP is not bad considering his home park. Renfroe also finds himself in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak.
Evan Longoria — 3B, San Francisco Giants
Yahoo: 42%, ESPN: 45%
I’m not a fan of his career-high .318 BABIP, but I do like attaching players on good offenses to my fantasy teams. Longoria is on pace for nearly 30 home runs and 90 RBIs, so if his season settles on 20-plus homers and 75-plus RBIs, it will be a success.
That plays in fantasy, especially at the CI position.
Manuel Margot — OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Yahoo: 29%, ESPN: 50%
It was a rough week for one of my top targets a week ago.
Margot went 1-for-13 but managed to collect two RBIs and one walk against the Yankees. He has an easier matchup against the Rangers this weekend.
C.J. Cron — 1B, Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 45%, ESPN: 52%
Fantasy baseball players salivated at the possibility of Cron’s power in Colorado, and it has come to fruition.
He has collected 14 of his 18 RBIs at Coors Field and is hitting nearly 30 points higher at home. Cron also has a 131 Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) at home compared to 102 on the road.
Josh Fuentes — 1B/3B, Colorado Rockies
Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 15%
It’s been an odd few weeks for Fuentes, who is 0-for-15 in road at-bats but 6-for-13 at home. Prior to that unique stretch, he had seven multi-hit games over a 10-game span. It’s safe to say Fuentes is streaky.
Garrett Cooper — 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 29%
He has thrived in his career with a higher BABIP and is producing at a more realistic slugging percentage and OPS than in 2019, his best season. Cooper is an acceptable injury replacement.
I Am Skeptical
Josh Harrison — 2B/3B, Washington Nationals
Yahoo: 16%, ESPN: 40%
It’s a shame the shine has worn off Harrison’s resurgence.
The longtime Pirate has one multi-hit game (seven total hits) and no home runs or RBIs since May 22.
Corey Dickerson — OF, Miami Marlins
Yahoo: 8%, ESPN: 19%
Dickerson’s average is strong, but he offers little beyond it.
He has played the same amount of games as 2020 but has 30 fewer at-bats. Dickerson’s slugging percentage and OPS has dropped 165 points since 2019, and his BABIP is at its highest since 2015.
Joc Pederson — OF, Chicago Cubs
Yahoo: 30%, ESPN: 50%
Pederson’s hot streak since returning from the IL has gotten him to a .236 average and career lows in slugging and OPS despite his highest BABIP in six full seasons.
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