Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 20
As the 2021 baseball season is in full swing, nailing the wire of waiver and available players is essential to beat your teammates in season-long leagues.
Each week, we’ll take a look at which players 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.
Sam Hilliard, OF, Colorado Rockies
Percentage of list: 5%
Has the time finally come for Sam Hilliard to explode?
Well with the Colorado Rockies out of things, Hilliard has basically become an everyday player. And the results? He could finally explode as some had expected. Over the past two weeks, he’s recorded an OBP of .378, including four home runs and one steal.
He certainly needs to cut down on puffs – his 36.3% strikeout rate is way too high – but the dude has some serious pop with an isolated power mark (ISO) of .303 on the season. If you need help on the pitch, watch Hilliard.
Carlos Hernandez, SP, Kansas City Royals
Percentage of list: 3%
Kansas City Royals 24-year-old right-hander Carlos Hernandez, is pretty much available in all leagues. So who is this guy?
Well, the young flamethrower regularly hits 100 MPH, and facing the tough Chicago White Sox offensive in his last two starts, Hernandez has limited them to one run in 11 innings, including 10 strikeouts.
You might not notice Hernandez thanks to a 4.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over the season, but the young right-hander gets two seaworthy starts this week (NYY, STL) and should definitely be entered.
Rafael Ortega, OF, Chicago Cubs
Percentage of list: 40%
The numbers on Rafael Ortega are staggering, and with that low roster percentage he once again makes our list as someone to think about for the outfield.
After blowing up three home runs in a single match against Erick Fedde, the power-speed combo of the Chicago Cubs the outfielder may finally be ready to shine. This season, Ortega has recorded six homers and five interceptions, and with the Atlanta Braves organization in 2019, Ortega recorded 21 home runs and 14 interceptions. He is also often at the top of Cub training most days.
If you need help in the outfield, consider Ortega.
Elias Diaz, C, Colorado Rockies
Percent of List: 13%
The wide receiver spot, especially in two-receiver leagues, is notoriously difficult to find viable options. So far, in 214 batting appearances, Elias Diaz has allayed all worries if you are looking for help there.
With 13 long balls under his belt, Diaz presents a mega pop to the position. Although he’s a bit of a drag in the batting average department (.226), he has plenty of opportunities to beat baseball.
If you need help here, consider Diaz.
Notable pitchers with two starts to consider this week
Alec Mills (CHC) – against MIL, at MIA
Triston McKenzie (CLE) – vs. OAK, at DET
Carlos Hernandez (KC) – vs. NYY, vs. STL
Games at Coors Field this week