September 11, 2022, 6:48 pm
We have less than a month left in the baseball season (and even less for most fantasy players) and if your teams are anything like mine, there are likely upgrades to be made in your lineup. Maybe you have players such as Yordan Alvarez or Juan Soto providing little value, or you just need to move on from some fringe guys who have reached their expiration date.
In either case, there are some really strong adds out there on the waiver wire, and today we’ll talk about a few of them. A common theme with these players is that they are all on hot streaks and have been moved to the top of their respective batting orders. Another common thread with these guys is that they are not sure things the rest of the way. There’s a chance they may not hold up this value for the rest of the season but with such little time remaining, they’re worth grabbing while they are producing at this level.
Elvis Andrus (31% Yahoo, 19% ESPN)
Andrus has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball since the White Sox picked him up to fill in for the injured Tim Anderson. In 21 games with his new team, he’s hit .303 with five home runs and two stolen bases. He’s also played his way to the top of the batting order.
The Sox lineup is getting hot at the right time, as they rank 3rd in wRC+ (121) over the past month, and Andrus has been a big reason why. Considering Anderson is likely done for the regular season, Elvis will have regular playing time at the top of that lineup while he’s swinging the bat the way he is.
He will likely cool down a touch, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding him up at this time of year. He doesn’t have to maintain this pace for very long to make an add worthwhile. Ride the wave until it hits the shore.
Lane Thomas (14% Yahoo, 8% ESPN)
Thomas has been a great addition for teams that added him up over the past few weeks, but as the roster numbers show, there is still time to grab him. Since August 1st, he’s has hit .297 with six home runs and four steals. He’s also in the midst of a nice hit-streak, which he extended to nine games earlier today against the Phillies.
He’s far from a household name, but Thomas should be able to hold at least decent value for the next few weeks. The Nationals leadoff spot should be his, and if he continues to show a willingness to steal bases while contributing the odd long ball. Thomas will be a very strong addition to your teams, specifically in five outfielder and 15 team leagues.
TJ Friedl (19% Yahoo, 10% ESPN)
Friedl went deep on the 19th of August, and he hasn’t looked back since, hitting five more since then to go with a .344 batting average. He’s struck out only 11% of the time since then and has posted a 200 wRC+. Another relative unknown who has been a godsend for fantasy managers as of late.
The Reds have four games in their hitter-friendly ballpark coming up this week against the lowly Pirates pitching staff, and it’s the time of year where you might add him up for that series if you are in the finals or semis of your H2H matchups. Four games and roughly 15 ABs in Great American Small Park against that staff should result in at least one home run and likely a few extra base hits (he also has two doubles and three triples since that August 19th game).
Friedl is probably the safest bet of the guys mentioned in this piece based on his home park and recent play. As you can see from the ownership numbers, he’s essentially available everywhere.