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5 Mid-Week Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12

Mike Esposito
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There are always quality players that can improve your fantasy baseball team on the waiver wire. With hot and cold streaks coming and going throughout the MLB season, there are pickups that can give your team the boost it needs to come out with a win in Week 12.

With that in mind, here are five fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups that could be difference makers this week.

1. Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays

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The first two weeks of Cavan Biggio's Major League career didn't go as many expected, but it looks like he's finally adjusted to big-league pitching. The 24-year-old top prospect has been on a tear over the last week, batting .348 with four homers, seven RBI and a 1.421 OPS across 25 at-bats. Biggio, who is available in 72 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, should provide fantasy owners with much-coveted power hitting from a middle infielder, making him a quality add in 12-team and dynasty leagues.

2. Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox

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Jackie Bradley Jr.'s recent hot streak makes it look like his bat might be catching up with his glove. The 29-year-old outfielder has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, batting .304 with two homers, six RBI and two stolen bases across his last 23 at-bats. Bradley, who remains available in 73 percent of Yahoo Fantasy Baseball leagues, should be a solid source of steals, even if his bat cools off.

3. Merrill Kelly, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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The fact that Merrill Kelly is owned in just 37 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues is simply astounding when you take into consideration just how good he's been in June. The 30-year-old righty has been dominant this month, sporting a 3-1 record with a 2.22 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in four June starts. Kelly will make the second of his two starts this week on Sunday at home against the San Fransisco Giants and should provide an immediate impact, if you beat the rest of the league to the waiver wire for him.

4. Roenis Elías, RP, Seattle Mariners

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Roenis Elías has been victim of the Mariners' closer-by-committee approach for much of the 2019 season, but it looks like he's officially the relief pitcher to own in Seattle's bullpen. The journeyman reliever, who is available in 78 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, has been called upon for the team's last two save opportunities, going 2-for-2 in those save chances. The volatile nature of Seattle's closer situation makes Elías a good add in the short term, especially with saves always being at a premium.

5. Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins

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Garrett Cooper has been one of the few bright spots for the Miami Marlins this season. The 28-year-old is enjoying a fine year with a team-best .860 OPS, but he's really kicked it into high-gear of late. In his last 25 at-bats, Cooper is batting an even .400 with five RBI and four runs scored. Cooper is available in 70 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and is the perfect add for owners in need of a consistent bat with position flexibility.


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