Top 4 Waiver Threads Added For Week 11
It’s been a crazy fantasy baseball season so far. A number of highly drafted players have underproduced so far. The people who drafted Vlad Guerrerro Jr. with likely a top-3 pick can’t be very pleased. The same can be said for fantasy baseball managers who thought Shohei Ohtani would produce like he did last season. That obviously didn’t materialize, either on the plate or on the mound. Not that it wasn’t good, just far from what it was written for.
Meanwhile, there were some absolutely incredible steals on draft day. CJ Cron has gone between rounds 12 and 16 in most mixed leagues and is among the league leaders for home runs. Likewise, Tommy Edman was expected to be a solid contributor across the board. Instead, he became a player who likely carried a number of fantasy baseball teams as a second-round pick.
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But one thing that is always constant every year is injuries. This year is no exception. Key players like Ozzie Albies, Seiya Suzuki, Mookie Betts, Walker Buehler and many more have recently fallen victim. That leaves fantasy baseball managers turning to the waiver wire for reinforcements. This is where this column comes in. Here are the top four free agents likely to be added to your waiver feed for Week 11.
Top 4 Waiver Thread Additions for Week 11 of the Fantasy Baseball Season
1. Andrew Vaughn – Chicago White Sox 1B, OF
The Chicago White Sox have been an injury revolving door this season. Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn have all spent time on the injured list. But it’s the last one, Vaughn, who didn’t stick with a lot of rosters.
He wasn’t as well-known or as touted at the start of the 2022 season. However, Vaughn hit the ball very well until he was injured in late April. Many fantasy baseball managers decided against retaining him when he went to IL, but it turned out to be reckless.
After returning in mid-May, it hit 0.298 for the rest of the month. That’s when he really turned it on. In June, the White Sox outfielder cut .370 with a .409 on-base percentage. It’s been even hotter than lately.
This Andrew Vaughn is so hot right now. pic.twitter.com/gGVzkNuABu
—Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 19, 2022
For the season, Vaughn is hitting .315 on 178 at-bats. His tally stats aren’t where you’d want them to be, 20 RBI and 29 RBI, but some of that is down to injuries elsewhere in the lineup. He consistently hits the top of the Chicago roster and as they get healthier, those should go up.
2. AJ Pollock – Chicago White Sox DE
On a related note, with so many injuries in Chicago, AJ Pollock has had regular playing time in left field. He’s definitely making the most of it, especially lately. Since June 9, Pollock has been on fire at 18 for 37 with one home run, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.
This move may not be permanent, but if a fantasy baseball manager needs immediate help in the outfield, Pollock is a good interim option. It’s available in more than two-thirds of the fantasy baseball leagues on Yahoo.
3. George Kirby – Seattle Mariners SP
Mariners prospect-turned-everyday starter George Kirby is still up for grabs in more than half of the Yahoo leagues. And this, despite his excellent start to his career. He doesn’t possess an amazing swing or miss tricks, but threw a solid 3.56 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP.
In his eight starts this year, Kirby has pitched five or six innings in all but one. Maybe the fact that he only has one win is why the sign-up percentage is so low. Nevertheless, he was very good as a rookie. His double-A balloon pedigree shows there’s still room to grow too.
Any pitcher who can hit 98 miles per hour on the gun and then throw a hook that looks like that, I want him on my team.
George Kirby, K’ing the Side. 😷 pic.twitter.com/MBIGQvNiEf
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 17, 2022
Kirby’s command has been excellent with just 1.05 BB/9 and he’s pitching in Seattle. All good things.
4. Michael Harris II – Atlanta Braves OF
Young Braves outfielder Michael Harris II has played 19 games since being called up last month. All he has done is .325 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and two steals so far. Harris II showed in the Double-A ball that he is a threat capable of power speed. These are always dear to fantasy baseball managers.
It’s very likely he’ll calm down when the major league rookies learn how to attack the young prospect. But until that happens, fantasy managers have to ride that train. It’s still available in nearly half of Yahoo’s leagues right now. Go get it and thank me later.
My honorable mention is a callback from a few weeks ago. I mentioned that fantasy baseball managers need to keep an eye out for Luke Voit. The Padres DH showed he has tremendous power when he sees the ball well. Guess what, he sees the ball very well right now. Sees has five two-hitter games since last Sunday, including four home runs. If you need cheap energy, it can be picked up in about half a league.