Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 11
As the 2022 baseball season gathers pace, nailing down the waiver wire and available players is key to beating your teammates in season-long formats.
Each week, we’ll be looking 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 scour the waiver thread, you’re falling behind.
Ross Stripling, PS, Toronto Blue Jays
List percentage: 22%
With the Toronto Blue Jays desperate for an identity as the offense struggled and starters like Yusei Kikuchi really struggled, they quickly fall behind in the AL East divisional race.
One guy who’s been sneakily damn solid is veteran right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling. After spinning five scoreless innings in his last start, the right-hander now finds himself with surprisingly strong ratios of a 3.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 37 innings pitched, including 31 outs in the stick.
With Hyun-jin Ryu also on the injured list, he could provide an intriguing boost to your fantasy rotations.
Jake Burger, 1B, Chicago White Sox
Alignment percentage: 16%
With the Chicago White Sox in a total setback and their veteran manager making some curious decisions, one player who has been playing well lately is Jake Burger.
The Missouri State product has been hot at the plate – despite not getting a full-time plate role to start the year, in just 125 at bats the slugger now has eight homers, including 22 RBIs, this year.
While he doesn’t give you much in the way of speed — he hasn’t stolen base yet this season — Burger’s other metrics are pretty decent. If you need some pop at first base or in deeper leagues, maybe the infield corner, Burger looks like a solid addition.
Jason Adam, PR, Tampa Bay Rays
List percentage: 30%
After starting the season blank in the closest role, Andrew Kittredge has been placed on injured reserve and sadly it looks like he will go under the knife and undergo surgery at Tommy John.
If this is a player you had signed up or are looking for backups like almost everyone else in fantasy baseball, look no further than Jason Adam, Kittredge’s teammate. He’s allowed just two earned runs this season and struck out 30 batters in 25 innings.
It might be a bit of a shock in the dark, but there’s a solid path to saving here for Adam.
Spencer Strider, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves
Alignment percentage: 44%
Playing catch-up in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, it looks like the Atlanta Braves have finally come to their senses and put stud reliever Spencer Strider in the starting rotation. It was time.
Strider, who mostly worked in a long relief role, was absolutely dominant in his last outing. He generated 18 swings and misses on 92 pitches, and he struck out eight in 5 2/3 scoreless baseball innings.
This season, Strider’s numbers almost read like a misprint — in 38 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out a ridiculous 57 batters, including a 2.35 ERA and 1.12 WHIP . Add it everywhere.