Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: The Finals
With the 2021 baseball season entering the final week of the regular season, it’s critical to nail the waiver and available players to beat your teammates in the fantastic playoffs.
Each week, we’ll take a look at players who are registered in less than 50% of Yahoo Leagues and who can help your teams throughout the season. Remember, if you don’t scrub the waiver thread, you’re falling behind.
Cole Irvin, SP, Oakland Athletics
Percent of List: 36%
If you’re looking for a two-step this week, Cole Irvin of Oakland Athletics maybe your man.
Irvin isn’t exactly Sandy Koufax, to be clear – he’s a good southpaw, but he’s nothing amazing. During the season, he shot 169 1/3 innings pitched, drawing 117 batters with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
He will face a Seattle Mariners team that’s in the wOBA’s Last 10 in the past 30 days with one of the 10 highest strikeout rates in that period. In his second round, Irvin will get a Houston Astros offense that can rest for the playoffs and could line up a worse-than-normal training.
I like Irvin for the volume this week.
Harrison Bader, OF, Saint-Louis Cardinals
Percentage of list: 18%
This might be a choice that makes my stomach hurt just as I write about it, but there are a few things that are obviously clear.
Above all else, Harrison Bader is clearly a man with an everyday job. Now the last week is still a little weird, and the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to an impressive 15-game winning streak (entering Sunday), should soon have the second Wild Card locked. It’s always difficult to predict playing time this past week, and the Red Birds will be no exception.
But with 14 home runs and eight interceptions, Bader is clearly a double threat weapon, and he can help you in your fantasy title fight.
Shane Baz, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Percent of List: 48%
If there’s one lesson to be learned here, it’s that you should never trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Acquisition of Shane Baz, Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow for Chris Archer (who is now back in Tampa Bay), the Rays robbed the Pittsburgh Pirates. Baz, a much-vaunted arm, is now with the Rays and is expected to make another start this week. In his major league debut, he allowed two runs and had five innings in five innings in a tough game against the Toronto Blue Jays. On Sunday, he scored nine in 5 2/3 against the Miami Marlins.
If you need a big punching arm, Baz can give you a good exit.
Nick Gordon, 2B / SS / OF, Minnesota Twins
Percent of List: 16%
Looking for a sneaky power-speed combo? Look no further than Nick Gordon of the Minnesota Twins.
Gordon has been dazzling for the Twins lately. On Thursday, he demonstrated his skills with a home run and scored four points.
In just 62 home plate appearances over the past month, Gordon has three homers and five interceptions and displays his immense talent. He could line up for a monster last week, and without the Twins, Gordon would have to have some playtime.
Games at Coors Field this week
Washington Nationals (3)