Fantasy Baseball: Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Week six of the MLB season is in the books so let’s take a look at some Week 7 Waiver Wire options that can help you both this week and going forward. Below are four hitters and two pitchers who I feel are worth adding and likely available in the majority of standard leagues.

Note: The ownership percentages below are from Yahoo and for the purpose of this exercise I’m only including players who are available in at least 60% of leagues.

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Jayson Werth |OF| Washington Nationals
(34% owned)

  • While 38 year-old outfielders don’t generally make for valuable fantasy assets, there are always exceptions to the rule. Since Adam Eaton went down with a season-ending knee injury Werth has taken over the #2 spot in Washington’s lineup and the team hasn’t missed a beat. Runs are always an underrated fantasy stat and that’s an area Werth should excel in given his on-base skills and the fact that he has Harper, Zimmerman and Murphy batting behind him. The power should also be there as he’s been a 20 homer guy for the majority of his career and despite his age Werth is actually running more often than usual so far this year.

Logan Morrison |1B| Tampa Bay Rays
(17% owned)

  • Once a highly touted prospect in the Marlins organization, Morrison has largely fallen off the fantasy radar over the past few seasons. Yet while he’s never going to be the player we once expected, that doesn’t mean he should be forgotten altogether. Morrison is currently tied for fourth in the AL with 10 homers and should remain a decent power option moving forward. The average likely won’t get above .260 and he’s still going to sit some against lefties, but if you play with daily transactions or have an available bench spot there’s definitely value to be gained here.

Danny Valencia |1B,3B,OF| Seattle Mariners
(16% owned)

  • Valencia got off to a miserable start and even began to lose playing time at one point so I can understand the low ownership tag. That said, he’s certainly turned things around hitting .326 with 3 homers and 10 RBI over the last two weeks. Back in an everyday role and slotted fifth in the lineup there’s no reason to think Valencia’s productivity won’t last. He’s also eligible at three different positions which is a huge advantage when you consider how aggressively teams are using the new 10-day DL this year.

Ben Gamel |OF| Seattle Mariners
(12% owned)

  • Sticking with the Mariners, it appears owners who lost Mitch Haniger may not have to stray far to find a capable replacement. Now Gamel doesn’t have the same category juice as his injured teammate, but he’s still a solid option in deeper and only formats. He’s scored 14 runs in just 15 games since taking over as the regular left fielder and while that’s obviously an unsustainable pace, hitting ahead of Cano, Cruz and Seager can have that effect. Gamel also stole 19 bases in 116 games at AAA in 2016 so there’s certainly a chance he starts running more moving forward. The minor league track record shows a player who’s always hit for average so there’s a floor here even with the expected regression.

Nate Karns |SP,RP| Kansas City Royals
(21% owned)

  • If you happened to follow the weekly streamers column I wrote last season you’re well aware of my long and complicated relationship with Nate Karns. He’s rarely as good as I want him to be but always too appealing to give up on for good. To be honest I’m not sure anything has changed with him but when a pitcher puts up double digit strikeouts in consecutive starts you make the add first and ask questions later. Remember sometimes the significance of the sample is just as important as the size. Don’t expect long or efficient outings, but on a matchup basis Karns is among the highest upside options you will find widely available on the waiver wire.

Zack Godley |SP,RP| Arizona Diamondbacks
(3% owned)

  • Godley’s line looks great after two starts and he gets the Mets at home and Padres on the road this week. It’s more of a short-term add, but it’s certainly plausible there’s some value here beyond just the upcoming two-step. While the career numbers don’t look great, much of that has come shuffling between the bullpen and rotation so it’s harder to evaluate. And even if Godley becomes a drop in two weeks capitalizing on his upcoming matchups is still a smart play.

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