With the end of the 2021 baseball season, nailing the waiver thread and available players are key to beating your teammates in any season’s leagues.
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.
Chris Stratton, RP, Pirates of Pittsburgh
Percent of List: 22%
Let’s take a ride on the nearest carousel, okay?
With David Bednar absent, Chris Stratton has racked up four saves and one win in his last five appearances, leaving no doubt who the Pittsburgh Pirates would be the late-game reliever. And these aren’t empty backups either. Over the past month, spanning 14 2/3 innings, Stratton has whipped up 23 batters with a WHIP of 0.82.
Stratton is well worth an addition if you are looking for backups.
Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Percent of List: 38%
Honestly, it’s a little hard for me to figure out that Austin Hays is only listed in 38% of the leagues.
While he’s had a somewhat rough 2021 season overall, Hays’ numbers throughout the season – thanks to a recent scorching streak on the plate – look pretty darn respectable. Crushing seven circuits in the past two weeks can do it for you. He now has up to 67 points, 21 long balls and 65 RBIs – with 3 interceptions for good measure.
Hays must be caught.
Nestor Cortes, SP, New York Yankees
Percent of List: 49%
It seems a little strange that you can buy this good starter so late in the season, but Nestor Cortes certainly deserves some attention.
Cortes must be on our radar after a scintillating 11 strikeout performance over 6 1/3 innings pitched last time. The New York Yankees are 8-3 in their last 11 starts. Since joining the rotation in early July, Cortes has recorded a solid 2.60 ERA on 79 2/3 innings pitched, including 87 punchouts.
He gets a dismal Texas Rangers offense next time, so take a look at the pitcher.
Lane Thomas, OF, Washington Nationals
Percent of List: 29%
In the final two weeks of the season we should really be prioritizing volume in all of our leagues, and new lead hitter Lane Thomas is just a dude we can’t ignore anymore.
Sitting at the top of the Washington Nationals roster, Thomas has accumulated 13 points, 13 RBIs and three long balls in the past two weeks. Former prospect of the St. Louis Cardinals the organization also posted a stellar OBP of 0.391 during this period.
If you need a strong multi-category contributor, Thomas is worth adding for running.
Games at Coors Field this week
Los Angeles Dodgers (3), San Francisco Giants (3)
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