Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 Waiver Wire

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With the all-star break this week the week 14 waiver wire may feel a little bit of a pointless effort, but I found it quite the contrary. In fact, the break gave me a chance to really take a look at who was smoking hot heading into the all-star break and determine whether they are capable of continuing that. Naturally, I have had to clutch at straws in a certain position but the third base pool, which felt bare just a couple of weeks ago, now has a couple of intriguing options in it as well as a potential superstar down the road.

Wellington Castillo, C, ARI: Castillo continued his improved batting over the pre-all-star weekend going 7/22 over the two series against Texas and the Mets. If Castillo can get keep improving on that average he has posted so far this year then he quickly becomes a useable catcher in most leagues, even if they are just one catcher leagues.

Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX: ANOTHER two-homer game this week from Moreland just as it looked like he had completely cooled off from his hot end to June. Moreland crunched James Shields long twice to make it 16 homers on the season and to put him on pace to potentially crack the 30 mark, whilst batting in the .280-.290 region. Interestingly, 14 of Moreland’s 16 homers have come off right handed pitching, making him an intriguing player especially for daily leagues where you can work the match-ups. However, Moreland is an everyday player for Texas and he is producing making him a ownable commodity in pretty much every league right now.

CJ Cron, 1B, LAA: Cron continued his hot streak since returning from the minors over the weekend in Seattle going 8/15 with two homers, two runs and two RBI. That gives him four homers, 12 RBI and seven runs at a 0.459 average since his recall to the majors. Cron is going to be the guy who sits in NL parks but avoiding that he is creeping into must own territory with this power surge backed by a high average.

Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX: Odor is just continuing to show that he is a different player from the one that got demoted earlier in the year and is now batting an impressive 0.340 with six runs, six RBI, one homer and one steal over the last 15 days. Odor is stll young so slumps will come, but he appears to be more comfortable this time around and hopefully he can take this change in attitude/approach into the second half of the season and become a top 10 second baseman.

Matt Duffy, 2B/3B, SF: Duffy had a superb weekend leading into the all-star break, going 7/15 with two runs and four RBI. Okay, so that series was against the awful Phillies, but that doesn’t take away that Duffy has been a valuable fantasy asset this year. Right now he is on pace for 15 homers with 70 runs and 80 RBI at an average just under .300. When you take into account he didn’t start the season then those numbers have room to go even higher potentially. Ending the season as a top 10 second baseman is looking more and more likely every week.

Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF, MIN: Rosario has had an interesting little hot streak heading into the all-star break that has all of a sudden helped him creep onto the fantasy radar. In the 15 days leading up to the break he was hitting 0.333 with nine runs, four RBI and two steals. Batting high in the Twins order seems to be providing Rosario a lot of fantasy value, and if that continues then he could soon be creeping into the middle infield discussion.

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN: Plouffe has responded to the arrival of Miguel Sano to the big leagues by actually going and performing even better. In the last two weeks of action he has 12 runs, one homer, six RBI and two steals whilst batting just over .300. Plouffe is now up to the 11th ranked third baseman, according to ESPN and is a must own in all leagues at this stage.

Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN: Sano has announced his arrival with a flurry of quality that has left him the third best third baseman in the last week of action. Currently his major league fantasy stats line reads: 0.378, four runs, two homers and eight RBI, after just 11 games. Whilst he obviously isn’t going to keep tearing it up at that pace as a rookie, I do expect him to be a very good option at third base going forward, making him someone I would target in every league.

Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET: Castellanos has responded to the loss of Miggy by upping his game to a point where he is a top seven third baseman in the last couple of weeks. That is a big improvement from the guy who is ranked 30th at third base on the year. In that period he has hit over .300 with two homers, seven runs scored and 10 RBI whilst batting 6th behind a still very powerful middle of the line-up. He’s definitely someone who should be considered in 14 team or deeper roto leagues.

Eugenio Suarez, SS, CIN: Suarez is really starting to open some eyes in the fantasy world with his play at the worst position in the game. Suarez is batting .311 on the season with four homers, 14 RBI, 6 runs and three steals. He may only have had the job a short time but he is making the most of it. And unless you have a top five SS, then you should probably be considering the Cincinnati man.

Brad Miller, SS, SEA: Miller has been in a good grove lately and has cashed in with two homers and three steals whilst batting over .300 in the last 15 days. His season stat line doesn’t look immediately impressive because he is batting just 0.247, but he is on pace to be a 15/15 guy, and that could even potentially turn into 20/20. Whether he becomes 12 team worthy depends on whether he can keep this improved average up.

Melky Cabrera, OF, CWS: Melky really struggled to start the season but he is just starting to kick into gear with three homers in the last 15 days. That only takes his season total to four and when you add in his measly sub .270 average you can understand why people have lost patience with him. However, the signs of line in the last couple of weeks leading into the all-star break could lead to a second half performance that will reward the owners who did hold on.

Gerrardo Parra, OF, MIL: Parra has been one of the best five players in baseball in the last 15 days leading into the all-star break. In that time he has four homers, one steal, 12 runs and 9 RBI whilst batting over 400. On the season he had nine homers and six steals whilst batting 0.309 with an impressive 41 runs scored. The worry is still how he will split time with Khris Davis after the all-star break but if he has a full time job then he becomes an absolute must own.

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