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MLB Waiver Wire and Streaming Thread 2021 Week 12


This thread is for offering suggested waiver wire pickups and streaming options for week 12 of the 2021 MLB season.


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Comments that fall into one of these categories or are otherwise not on topic for this thread will be removed.


Some discussion of waiver suggestions is allowed, but this is not the place for an extended debate on the merits of any particular player. Take these in-depth discussions over to the outlook threads for the individual player(s) in question.

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Not a great one, but...if you need OF depth and missed out on guys like Fraley and Duggar while they were out there...

Akil Baddoo seems intriguing right now...

 He's been in a groove lately, hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two steals over his last 14 games since June 1. More importantly, he's drawn seven walks and only struck out six times during that span.

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Abraham Almonte has settled in as the everday LF for ATL, and has consistently been in the clean-up spot v RH. Hitting well and has 8 games this week.

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22 minutes ago, nlm said:

Not a great one, but...if you need OF depth and missed out on guys like Fraley and Duggar while they were out there...

Akil Baddoo seems intriguing right now...

 He's been in a groove lately, hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two steals over his last 14 games since June 1. More importantly, he's drawn seven walks and only struck out six times during that span.

There are a number of interesting OF depth options, and Baddoo I mentioned on his thread a few weeks ago is showing real OBP skills, and adding steals to his arsenal. I also like LaMonte Wade Jr., maybe more than Duggar, because he's hitting leadoff for that Giants team. Abraham Almonte is another deep league guy getting decent PT who is better suited to OBP leagues, as he walks more than he strikes out and is hitting in good RBI spots, even cleanup a few times last week. 

I'm not as convinced about Daz Cameron of the Tigers outside of AL only, same goes for Shed Long Jr. (though he has 2b eligibility which makes him interesting) but they are hitting lately. I also would have recommend Kevin Pillar, but after this week his PT is going to get limited with Conforto and Nimmo going on rehab assignment. Check the wire for Nimmo in those deep OBP leagues, he's must own if healthy.

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I like LaMonte Wade Jr. too, even touted him last week I think. I just don't know how long his playing time will last, and if he's going to continue leading off... Duggar has been a good thing for me recently, and while I owned LaMonte before him, I don't know if I want to swap the two again. I really do like LaMonte due to the fact he's hitting leadoff for that team though.

 

Also think Daz Cameron is AL-only territory or very, very deep league 5OF.

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An interesting deep-league dive.... 2B/OF Tony Kemp.

I know, he's not very sexy. 

But last 14 days (and I realize some of this was buoyed by his fluke home runs, but he was already doing what I came here to tout him for) he's ranked 87th in my league. (OBP, R, HR, SB, RBI)...  He has 11 runs, 6 RBI (most coming over the last week), a .395 OBP, and he has been stealing (or borrowing?... they're both getting time, but Kemp seems to have a leg-up right now) playing time from Lowrie lately. He is a solid source of runs and modest RBI production in that lineup, and he gets on base. If you want to really take the HR into account and assume it's been a big boost to his value, go last 7 days, and he's ranked all the way up at 41.... They were flukey long balls (one was just his second career HR off of a lefty), but he has still been getting on base (season clip of .392) and if the playing time continues, he'll keep scoring runs for this A's team.  He has as many HR as Lowrie on the season as well I believe. I see no reason he can't continue to get the majority of the playing time right now. He generally bats 8 or 9, but has been as high as 2 and even the leadoff spot (scored 3 runs) one game in the last 9 or so.

Again, nothing sexy, but with injuries piling up everywhere, and the fact that a lot of us are in deeper leagues, he could be a viable option if you have a MI spot you need to fill out right now (with flexibility to spot-start him in the OF). He's not a game-changer, but he's certainly been helping me out when I literally have been running out a new guy in that spot every week. It's gotten dry.

 

Profar is another MI tout I had because I thought he could see some time in the lineup... but it looks like Tatis is going to be back right away. And Profar had shifted to a bench role since the return of Grisham. I guess he's someone to monitor for the sheer fact he can cover MI as well...but he has been ice cold with and without playing time lately. Just a guy to have on your radar because he has a speed/power profile that could pop back out at some point...maybe...

 

I don't know, but personally I've just found MI to be a big hole this year, outside of some waiver gems like Crawford and Wendell... 

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4 minutes ago, nlm said:

Profar is another MI tout I had because I thought he could see some time in the lineup... but it looks like Tatis is going to be back right away. And Profar had shifted to a bench role since the return of Grisham

Same as when you touted Fletcher, I disagree for the same reason, Profar just does not hit the ball hard at all. This is Victor Robles territory with less PT, there's no more power in his game thus far and I think Kim is more likely to benefit from a Tatis Jr. injury than he would. Yes, MI is a hole, but these guys have some downside. Fletcher did have a decent week of BA but didn't produce much else. I suspect some combination of a Shed Long Jr. type, or a more steady Ronald Torreyes/Wilmer Flores type may be available to owners in those leagues, and I'd go with one of those guys rather than Profar. 

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30 minutes ago, Richard Kimble said:

Same as when you touted Fletcher, I disagree for the same reason, Profar just does not hit the ball hard at all. This is Victor Robles territory with less PT, there's no more power in his game thus far and I think Kim is more likely to benefit from a Tatis Jr. injury than he would. Yes, MI is a hole, but these guys have some downside. Fletcher did have a decent week of BA but didn't produce much else. I suspect some combination of a Shed Long Jr. type, or a more steady Ronald Torreyes/Wilmer Flores type may be available to owners in those leagues, and I'd go with one of those guys rather than Profar. 

 

Fletcher had some runs, too, but I would tend to agree. Without power and having modest speed, he isn't going to do much in the 9 hole... My Profar tout came with precaution. I keep waiting for him to start hitting the ball harder, and he isn't... the 9 SB are a mirage. Like I said, I thought he could get hot for a second if he had some playing time, but it doesn't even look like he's going to be playing much anyway.

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As for Fletcher, that tout came prior to his little run actually. At the time, it wasn't a great one. But he's actually playing solid baseball right now. Average all the way up to .280. I'm not the biggest Fletcher fan, but for his versatility, he's worth the last spot on your roster in a deep league--especially if you have 5 OF. It's just nice to have someone who can go 2/4 on any given night that can slot in almost anywhere. FWIW, Fletcher started the year as the leadoff hitter for the Halos. Do I think he gets back up there? Probably not. But if he did, he would instantly gain a lot more value than he currently has.

Without much power to speak of, I agree he's really not a great play...but for the last roster spot on your team, I'd still take Fletcher over a lot of guys.

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32 minutes ago, Richard Kimble said:

Same as when you touted Fletcher, I disagree for the same reason, Profar just does not hit the ball hard at all. This is Victor Robles territory with less PT, there's no more power in his game thus far and I think Kim is more likely to benefit from a Tatis Jr. injury than he would. Yes, MI is a hole, but these guys have some downside. Fletcher did have a decent week of BA but didn't produce much else. I suspect some combination of a Shed Long Jr. type, or a more steady Ronald Torreyes/Wilmer Flores type may be available to owners in those leagues, and I'd go with one of those guys rather than Profar. 

 

Will Wilmer Flores see enough playing time, though? Bats been good lately. I like him if he's out there, but I guess I go into the WW post assuming most guys like that have been sucked up already. Flores just hit 2 bombs yesterday... at least one savvy GM in most leagues would see that and pick him up if they had the space. I just kind of wrote him off, but he's actually a guy I would tout if I knew he was going to receive playing time. I've always had a soft-spot for Flores.

I'm not big on Kim, but at this point, I think he'd be the biggest benefactor from a Tatis injury as well. Again, a guy I assume has been scooped up. I guess my mentality goes with my league sometimes, but middle infield truly has been one of the scarcer positions this season (after you start a 2B and SS on your roster, that is).

 

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OF Harold Ramirez has 3 HR over his last two games. That brings him to 6 total on the year, to go with a .273/.314/.492 triple slash (with an .802 ops). He's swiped 2 bags as well. Playing time shouldn't be an issue, but consistency continues to be. Still, he's worth mentioning with his recent performances.

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4 hours ago, nlm said:

OF Harold Ramirez has 3 HR over his last two games. That brings him to 6 total on the year, to go with a .273/.314/.492 triple slash (with an .802 ops). He's swiped 2 bags as well. Playing time shouldn't be an issue, but consistency continues to be. Still, he's worth mentioning with his recent performances.

I wanted to mention this little spurt too, but as you said, the consistency is the key. I had him in my AL only lineup as was happy about it. Its a strange thing with these lightning in the bottle cases; its not uncommon that people will flock to someone like Bobby Bradley and completely overlook another guy in the same lineup with arguably the same upside. I'm starting to wonder if Jake Rogers isn't the better bet than Eric Haase in Detroit, for example. Looking for consistent opportunity is the key, and Ramirez fits into that group of guys like Phil Gosselin, Abraham Toro, Phillip Evans, etc., all have filled in for injured players admirably and offer a baseline of opportunity that can be helpful to deep league owners.

As for the discrepancy over Profar/Fletcher, you're right, we're definitely talking about guys who fill the last spot on a team, so they are easily expendable. I just think those two guys specifically are ones we've scraped the bottom of the barrel with so many times, and they still have some recognition to fantasy managers. When you realize how soft the contact those guys are getting you see its a lost cause. This thread is a good space for lost causes, as it doesn't get much attention. 

Deep 2-catcher alert-Reese McGuire was like 7 for 11 over the weekend with 5 doubles and 3 rs/rbis, and I'm also reminding those managers that Alejandro Kirk is nearing the end of his 60-day IL stint, and is worth a stash. I do want to send out an alert for Austin Nola, as I have heard nothing about him in quite awhile. If you just lost the likes of Carson Kelly, Kirk's return could help offset the loss while McGuire fills in. 

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6 hours ago, nlm said:

I like LaMonte Wade Jr. too, even touted him last week I think. I just don't know how long his playing time will last, and if he's going to continue leading off... Duggar has been a good thing for me recently, and while I owned LaMonte before him, I don't know if I want to swap the two again. I really do like LaMonte due to the fact he's hitting leadoff for that team though.

 

Also think Daz Cameron is AL-only territory or very, very deep league 5OF.

LWJ is in the minors 

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1 hour ago, Richard Kimble said:

I wanted to mention this little spurt too, but as you said, the consistency is the key. I had him in my AL only lineup as was happy about it. Its a strange thing with these lightning in the bottle cases; its not uncommon that people will flock to someone like Bobby Bradley and completely overlook another guy in the same lineup with arguably the same upside. I'm starting to wonder if Jake Rogers isn't the better bet than Eric Haase in Detroit, for example. Looking for consistent opportunity is the key, and Ramirez fits into that group of guys like Phil Gosselin, Abraham Toro, Phillip Evans, etc., all have filled in for injured players admirably and offer a baseline of opportunity that can be helpful to deep league owners.

As for the discrepancy over Profar/Fletcher, you're right, we're definitely talking about guys who fill the last spot on a team, so they are easily expendable. I just think those two guys specifically are ones we've scraped the bottom of the barrel with so many times, and they still have some recognition to fantasy managers. When you realize how soft the contact those guys are getting you see its a lost cause. This thread is a good space for lost causes, as it doesn't get much attention. 

Deep 2-catcher alert-Reese McGuire was like 7 for 11 over the weekend with 5 doubles and 3 rs/rbis, and I'm also reminding those managers that Alejandro Kirk is nearing the end of his 60-day IL stint, and is worth a stash. I do want to send out an alert for Austin Nola, as I have heard nothing about him in quite awhile. If you just lost the likes of Carson Kelly, Kirk's return could help offset the loss while McGuire fills in. 

 

Agree with you. Another example of consistency and opportunity is Paul Wisdom. Guy looked superhuman for a week & 1/2 stretch, and has (as many predicted) lost playing time. Still worth using in daily lineup leagues (IMO) just because of his power upside, but completely unreliable if you're in a weekly lineup or h2h setup. 

Jake Rogers and Haase is an interesting one. I don't know if it's a thing anymore, but I found it pretty crazy when it became debatable that Kyle Higashioka was going to outproduce Gary Sanchez this year. Sanchez was dropped in my league at one point. It's crazy how fast that can and will happen. One thing about fantasy baseball is patience... It's June, and I really don't put much stock into the standings yet. August is really about when you should start to look at them and wonder... (Well, July for trade deadline purposes, but August for outcomes). But I know I've dropped a lot of WW guys that I thought had run out of juice only to see them keep performing. That's what makes opportunity AND consistency the main keys. Some of these guys have been doing it all season long and a lot of people likely weren't patient enough to ride out a bad 3 or 4 game stretch (I apply here with a lot of players this year sadly). But the players doing it have all had opportunity... when you find a guy who has a starting job locked down, you should try to keep him I'm learning. It's kinda weird that Wade gets sent down after we both were talking him up earlier, but that's another example...

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Jake Odorizzi gets Baltimore tonight... I don't know how stretched out he will be, but I assume he can go 5. Might be a nice streamer.
Brett Anderson gets ARI... again, another nice streamer. He's also coming off of a 0ER, 7IP, 9K game against Cincy. I kind of like him tonight more than Odorizzi.

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1 minute ago, nlm said:

Paul Wisdom. Guy looked superhuman for a week & 1/2 stretch

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Right about Sanchez being completely left for dead-same with Tommy Pham, I was reviewing FAAB transactions in my 16-teamer and somehow I missed him going through wires over a month back, and was won for $2. When people are dropping these types of guys for the Patrick Wisdom/Haase types, they are setting themselves up for disappointment. I would absolutely be holding both guys in the deeper leagues, moving on in shallower ones, but I just flipped Wisdom alongside Cristian Javier and Carlos Santana to get back Mark Canha/Andrew Heaney in a deeper league, and that's what people should aim to do with those guys. Just to pivot back to the deep league touts, Colin Moran did return recently for the Pirates, and should be widely available and slot back into the top half of the lineup.

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Dang, I liked the Moran tout until I realized he's rostered by a team I'm close in the standings with...

 

Luke Jackson, RP for ATL has been getting some holds recently. He also has some really nice numbers overall- 1.04 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 26 IP, 26 K

He gives up some walks, but it hasn't hurt him. His holds have all been less than one inning. He's not a lefty, so it's not a specialist thing. Whatever he's doing, it's working. He's worth checking out if you need a setup/holds guy.

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12 minutes ago, nlm said:

Wade gets sent down after we both were talking him up earlier, but that's another example

Oh bummer...I see they are getting Ruf and Alex Dickerson back, major bummer roster crunch. Tauchmann has been terrible but has no options, that's unfortunate b/c Wade was hitting well. They will eventually get Longo and Tommy La Stella back too, so you're right this shows how easily Flores and Duggar can lose out on PT. Still, it seems whoever they have plugged in there has been able to produce, so Ruf and Dickerson are worth looking at too in deep leagues

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I'll throw the name Abraham Toro out there.

He's been raking since he was called up to replace Bregman and his numbers in AAA support the success.

Also, just 1 K since his call up.

Also, the Astros play 14 games in 14 days starting with 7 games this week against Orioles and Tigers then the Orioles again and finishing with the Indians on the 4th of July.

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19 minutes ago, Richard Kimble said:

Oh bummer...I see they are getting Ruf and Alex Dickerson back, major bummer roster crunch. Tauchmann has been terrible but has no options, that's unfortunate b/c Wade was hitting well. They will eventually get Longo and Tommy La Stella back too, so you're right this shows how easily Flores and Duggar can lose out on PT. Still, it seems whoever they have plugged in there has been able to produce, so Ruf and Dickerson are worth looking at too in deep leagues

 

Yeah, I really wonder what happens to Duggar mainly. He had been playing some very solid baseball. I know Ruf will start against LHP. I actually like Dickerson too... I had a post where I broke down his and Yas' 2020 stats, and how similar Dickerson was. Dickerson produced with MIA too, it was just in limited playing time (equivalent to a 60 game season is all he has ever played, basically). I don't think he'll get regular playing time in SF... it's a frustrating situation for fantasy, but it's pretty crazy how the Giants have managed to plug and play these guys in real life. Then there's Austin Slater who I always forget about... Their team is pretty funny. Outside of Yas, I don't know if I can really trust any of their OF with so many platoons and players healthy now.

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Luke Jackson, RP for ATL has been getting some holds recently.

Love Cool Hand Luke, I had a spot in NL only to stream today and chose him over Minter. He's Kenny $&$#&@# Powers. I think he's inched ahead of Minter, but still behind Chris Martin in the hierarchy. I'll be his biggest fan if he someone steals the closer role, which is highly unlikely. Atlanta will add a proven arm before letting it come to that. However, I'll throw out the following names for future reference; these are guys who I would run to go get in deep/only leagues if I heard about a closer trade, as all are going to be pure guesswork-Tyler Kinley, Rockies; Tanner Rainey, Nats; Chasen Shreve, Pirates. These guys I'm confident would be available if/when the news breaks of a Bard/Hand/Rodriguez trade.

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15 minutes ago, Wieties said:

I'll throw the name Abraham Toro out there.

He's been raking since he was called up to replace Bregman and his numbers in AAA support the success.

Also, just 1 K since his call up.

Also, the Astros play 14 games in 14 days starting with 7 games this week against Orioles and Tigers then the Orioles again and finishing with the Indians on the 4th of July.

Not to mention, he had been crushing the ball over 17 games at AAA: .352/.485/.593....

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13 minutes ago, Richard Kimble said:

Love Cool Hand Luke, I had a spot in NL only to stream today and chose him over Minter. He's Kenny $&$#&@# Powers. I think he's inched ahead of Minter, but still behind Chris Martin in the hierarchy. I'll be his biggest fan if he someone steals the closer role, which is highly unlikely. Atlanta will add a proven arm before letting it come to that. However, I'll throw out the following names for future reference; these are guys who I would run to go get in deep/only leagues if I heard about a closer trade, as all are going to be pure guesswork-Tyler Kinley, Rockies; Tanner Rainey, Nats; Chasen Shreve, Pirates. These guys I'm confident would be available if/when the news breaks of a Bard/Hand/Rodriguez trade.

You think Shreve would be next in line? He only has 1 hold on the year to my knowledge, although I know he was hurt either to begin the season or for a big chunk of it. I would have guessed it would be Kyle Crick next in line.
 I don't think I'd want Kinley... I've had my time with Bard and it's not worth it. Tanner Rainey is an intriguing one, but in sv/hlds leagues he's probably gone already. Kyle Finnegan though...there's a sleeper to keep in mind when/if the Nationals trade Hand.

I really like Luke too, from the surface stats I'm reading. Why are his holds (lately, anyway) all less than an inning? Is he the type of pitcher who comes in and cleans up messes essentially?

Add to that list: Ryan Tepera, Cubs. I'm really unsure if the Cubs can sustain a winning record through the middle of July, even with where they sit right now. I know they're tied for first, but the starting pitching just isn't there and when your bread & butter is the bullpen, that won't do you any good. I mean, if they keep pulling rabbits out of hats and can acquire 2 pitchers like Kyle Gibson (which isn't happening anyway) then maybe I'll eat my words, but I'm still sadly confident that this team is going to be in teardown mode in July. Kimbrel is their biggest ticket, probably even bigger than Bryant. Tepera has to be next up... I've said before, Chaffin has been too valuable as the main setup man. Tepera has filled in on a few occasions as well. He'd be a great add...partially because I don't think the Cubs would be as terrible as teams like the Rockies and Diamondbacks, Tigers, etc. even after they tradeoff...

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8 minutes ago, nlm said:

You think Shreve would be next in line

I want it to be Bednar but I believe he is widely stashed, just as many presume Givens would take over for Bard, that's my reasoning for Shreve/Kinley as sneaky adds. Rainey has been god awful and probably dropped by anyone who looked at his numbers. I still am quite sure they want him above other options; strangely, I think it mirrors Shreve v. Bednar perfectly, but I have no faith in either team to make a good decision. As for Tepera, we've talked him up in the Middle Relievers thread often, but he continues to impress; nailed down a 2 inning hold yesterday taking over in the 6th. The Cubs are managing to get 5 decent innings and end the game by handing it over to that unstoppable bullpen. We are in lockstep here that Kimbrel needs to be traded to return a workable rotation piece. I did a much more thorough work up of the trade deadline stuff called Trade Deadline Bullpen Edition a week or so ago, which I plan to bump up whenever there is actionable trade news. It will be easier for those in the know than going to the closer thread, if you see that item on the page assume it is directly related to a trade. 👍

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You know, I actually didn't think about Kimbrel being dealt for a rotation piece. I just kind of assume the Cubs are going to deal Kimbrel and Bryant before July 31. I also think Wisdom has second-half value for this reason... It's why you can probably still find managers who will trade for him, or why he is still owned in 60% of leagues in general. I really never implored the thought of them using Kimbrel to bring back a starter...that would be interesting.

And Tepera is really good. I listened to that game on the radio. He's legit, and he's shown he's very multi-versatile. The Cubs honestly could trade Kimbrel and pull a true closer by committee thing if they really wanted to. I think their bullpen fits that type of mold completely. It's just a shame, because Kimbrel is like icing on the cake.

 

 

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Might be on someone's IL list still, but if an impatient manager dropped Danny Duffy, he returns tomorrow to face off @ NYY.... Not the best matchup to draw, but he's worth the add in 12+ team leagues if he's out on your wire. 

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