Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 Waiver Wire

No more NBA, no more NFL, this is where the fantasy baseball grind really starts to take its toll. Luckily for you the Week 12 Waiver Wire is here to help. Now is the time to start taking advantage of those owners who are more concerned with getting to the beach than managing their imaginary ball clubs. Like usual below are some names who I feel are worth adding and likely available in the majority of standard leagues. Remember, these are players who can help you not just this week, but also moving forward.

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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Matt Adams |1B,OF| Atlanta Braves
(29% owned)

  • Nobody is going to confuse skinny Matt Adams for Freddie Freeman, but even so it’s hard not to be impressed with his performance since joining the Braves. Adams has been the catalyst for Atlanta’s recent offensive resurgence, hitting .368 with 7 homers over the past two weeks. He’s always mashed right handed pitching, that was never the concern. Rather, it was injuries and inconsistent playing time (he’s only played more than 120 games once in the previous five seasons) that kept Adams from ever putting together a breakthrough season during his time in St. Louis. Neither is a concern at the moment however, and SunTrust Park has been more hitter-friendly than anyone could have expected to this point. Even with how deep 1B is right now, Adams is a must own in all formats 12 teams or deeper.

Andrelton Simmons |SS| Los Angeles Angels
(36% owned)

  • Always known more for his glove than his bat, Simmons is quietly putting together one of the best seasons of his career at the plate. After hitting only four homers in each of the past two seasons, he’s already up to seven in just 263 at bats this year. There was a 17 homer campaign back in 2013 so a return to double-digit power is certainly plausible. Perhaps even more importantly for his fantasy value however is the fact that Simmons is running more than ever before. He’s already matched his career high in steals with 10 and four of those have come in the last two weeks. Assuming this pace continues we’re looking at a 15 homer 20 steal season, which would almost certainly make Simmons a top 12 shortstop.

Trey Mancini |1B,OF| Baltimore Orioles
(21% owned)

  • Perhaps Chris Davis owners need to look no further than his direct replacement in Baltimore. Especially when you consider that Mancini was actually largely outproducing Crush even prior to the injury. His 11 homers across 175 at bats so far would put him roughly on a 30 dinger pace for the season and we know there should be plenty of RBI opportunities in this lineup. With reports that Davis won’t return until after the All-Star break, Mancini has an everyday role for the immediate future and makes for an ideal CI or OF option in roto leagues.

Mike Zunino |C| Seattle Mariners
(21% owned)

  • It’s pretty clear what type of hitter Zunino is by this point. The .201 career average and .268 OBP tell you all you need to know about his approach at the plate. That said, catchers aren’t meant to help your batting average or runs scored. Given how bad the position has been as a whole this season, anyone capable of providing 20-homer power instantly becomes relevant. Zunino is on a tear now, batting over .400 with a three homers in the past week so go ahead and try to squeeze out some more value before he inevitably turns back into a pumpkin.

Eric Young Jr. |OF| Los Angeles Angels
(5% owned)

  • After the Mike Trout injury I quickly proclaimed how the Angels now had one of the worst offensive lineups I’ve ever seen. Three weeks later and I’m recommending two of their players in the same wire column. As we all know though, fantasy value often comes from the most unexpected places. EY Jr. has three homers and six steals in 18 games since being called up from AAA and while the power the is a clear fluke, this is a player who led the majors with 46 steals back in 2013. It appears the Angels are content to have him be their regular left fielder until Trout returns and given how scarce speed has become that is enough to make him a major factor in roto leagues.

Jordan Montgomery |SP| New York Yankees
(38% owned)

  • Montgomery was picked up long ago in the majority of my leagues so I was stunned to see he was still over 60% available on Yahoo. There’s always going to be ups and downs with a rookie pitcher, but Montgomery has been steadily improving throughout the season. He’s got a 2.89 ERA and 1.07 WHIP so far in June and his BAA and K/BB ratio have both improved each month. Being a lefty helps neutralize some of the disadvantages that come with pitching in Yankee stadium and his strikeout rate helps compensate for a lower innings volume. He’s a top 50 starter for me moving forward.

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