Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for the Playoffs This Weekend
By Dan Israeli
With the fantasy baseball playoffs upon us, those still alive in head-to-head leagues will need to pull out all the stops in order to advance to the next round.
Luckily, there are some noteworthy options still on the waiver wire – all available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues. Whether you need a jolt to your offense, a streamable starting pitcher or help in the saves department, here are some fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups to consider for the weekend.
1. Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
Rougned Odor is a player known for sporadic power surges, and he appears to be in the midst of one of those right now. The Texas second baseman is hitting .324/.405/.838 through 37 September at-bats, with five homers and four doubles. It's the hottest he's been all season by far, and this weekend he gets a home series in the hitter-friendly confines of Globe Life Park. Odor is available in 52 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
2. Nick Solak, 2B, Texas Rangers
Sticking with the Rangers, Nick Solak has quietly been on a tear since making his MLB debut in late July. The former Yankees and Rays prospect has split time between 2B, 3B and DH and is up to a .360/.473/.600 slash line in 75 at-bats, including nine extra-base hits. Solak had 27 homers in the Minor Leagues this year, which will certainly play at Globe Life Park. He's also been hitting mostly cleanup for Texas while being owned just 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
3. Cavan Biggio, 2B/RF, Toronto Blue Jays
Cavan Biggio has become the forgotten man among the Blue Jays' trio of second-generation baseball talents, and his .220 batting average is likely the reason why. It has caused his ownership to shrink all the way down to 22 percent in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but Biggio has shown some promising signs in recent weeks. He has been hitting toward the top of the Toronto lineup and also has two stolen bases this month. He's entering the weekend hot, having gone 6-for-10 with three extra-base hits in the Jays' most recent series against the Red Sox.
4. Sandy Alcantara, SP, Miami Marlins
Sandy Alcantara has pitched really well since the start of August and is coming off a complete-game shutout against the Kansas City Royals. He's pitched at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts, and draws a dream matchup Friday night against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. With any luck, Alcantara may even get you a win, as he will be opposed by Tyler Beede, who owns a 5.33 ERA on the season.
5. Anthony Bass, RP, Seattle Mariners
Finally, on the never-ending carousel that is the Mariners' closer role, the latest to take hold of the reigns is Anthony Bass. After initially closing games following Seattle's fire sale at the deadline, it appeared as if Bass was passed up for Matt Magill. However, Bass has now closed out back-to-back wins for the Mariners and looks to have reestablished his role as the team's ninth-inning man. Bass has pitched well sine the All-Star break, with a 3.18 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, to go along with 27 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. If the Mariners can create some save opportunities this weekend at home against the lowly White Sox, Bass should stand to benefit and he's available in 89 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
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