Now that the MLB All-Star break has come and gone, fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups are now again paramount as we head into an extended Week 15. Coming out of the break, Week 15 typically runs from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 21, and pickups can make or break your second-half playoff aspirations.
With that in mind, here are five players you should consider picking up off the waiver wire for Week 15 of the 21019 fantasy baseball season.
1. Danny Jansen, C, Toronto Blue Jays
His season-long .211 batting average may not reflect it, but Danny Jansen has been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball lately. The Toronto Blue Jays' rookie backstop came into the break batting an even .400 with six homers, 11 RBI and a robust 1.415 OPS over his last 40 at-bats. Available in 52 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Jansen should give anyone who adds him high-end fantasy production as a catcher, one of the weakest position groups in fantasy baseball – at least for the short term, anyway.
2. Freddy Galvis, 2B/SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Freddy Galvis has had a streaky season, but his bat was really heating up prior to the All-Star break. The second Toronto Blue Jay on this list was batting .306 with three homers, six RBI, a stolen base and a .949 OPS across his last 46 at-bats. Galvis is available 59 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should give anyone that snags him off waivers a well-rounded bat to start at either middle infield position moving forward.
3. Renato Núñez, 1B/3B, Baltimore Orioles
High-end power is pretty hard to find on the waiver wire at this point in the fantasy baseball season, but a red-hot Renato Núñez could give you the solid pop that fantasy owners are often searching for. The 25-year-old Orioles slugger was mashing in the two weeks leading up to the All-Star break, batting a respectable .290 with four homers, 10 RBI and a 1.179 OPS over his last 31 at-bats. Núñez has had a streaky season, but riding the hot hand could pay short-term dividends for anyone in need of a power bat. Plus, he's owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
4. Michael Pineda, SP, Minnesota Twins
Michael Pineda has seemingly been the weak link in the Minnesota Twins' rotation this season. But his last few starts have easily vaulted the right-hander into fantasy relevance. The 30-year-old has been excellent since the middle of June, recording a 2-1 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 31 strikeouts over his last five starts. Pineda is available in 67 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and, with two projected starts during Week 15, could have an immediate impact for pitcher-needy fantasy owners.
5. Fernando Rodney, RP, Washington Nationals
It wasn't a pretty start to the 2019 season for Fernando Rodney, but the ageless wonder has been solid since being acquired by the Washington Nationals. The 42-year-old reliever has recorded a 3.38 ERA while notching two holds and two saves in his six appearances (5 1/3 innings pitched) out of the Nats' bullpen so far this season. Save opportunities may be a rarity for Rodney, with Sean Doolittle still locked in as Washington's closer, but he makes for an excellent insurance policy if Doolittle gets traded. And, if not, Rodney should still have plenty of value in leagues that count holds as a scoring metric.
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