With the MLB All-Star break causing a three-day halt for the fantasy baseball season, now is as good an opportunity as ever to catch other owners off guard and make some savvy pickups for the post-break stretch run.
There are a number of hot hitters available in a majority of leagues, along with one recent pitcher call-up who may be now be in the bigs for good that are all viable fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups as we head into the MLB All-Star break.
1. Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam Frazier has been a steady hitter during his MLB career, and this year he is being rewarded with an everyday role with the Pirates. His batting average is up to .282, thanks to a scorching start to July, as he's hitting .600 with one strikeout in 25 at-bats. Frazier, who is owned in 14 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, has also been moved to the leadoff spot, which should help his already strong run production (47 runs in 81 games). For a fantasy team in need of batting average and runs scored, Frazier is a perfect fit with position flexibility.
2. Alex Dickerson, OF, San Francisco Giants
The San Fransisco Giants' offense is not one we ideally target in fantasy baseball, but the way Alex Dickerson is hitting, it's easy to make an exception. The former San Diego Padres prospect, Dickerson (no relation to Corey) is off to a great start in San Francisco, posting a .356/.431/.800 batting line through his first 45 at-bats. While those numbers likely aren't sustainable, Dickerson's hot bat has him hitting cleanup for the Giants. At just 4 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues, Dickerson is a good speculative pickup for those in deeper leagues trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
3. J.P. Crawford, 3B/SS, Seattle Mariners
A post-hype sleeper, J.P. Crawford is starting to figure things out at the plate in his third year in the bigs. Up until 2019, the former first-round pick of the Phillies had only accumulated 187 at-bats with Philadelphia, but he's now found an everyday role for the Mariners after being dealt in the Jean Segura trade last December. Crawford hit .338 in June, and is now manning the two-hole for Seattle. With his combination of speed and pop, he can serve as a useful option at middle or corner infield and is available in 83 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
4. Dylan Cease, SP, Chicago White Sox
Dylan Cease made his Major League debut against the Detroit Tigers on July 3, and while the line wasn't spectacular (three runs in five innings, including four walks), he pitched well enough to get the win and racked up six strikeouts in the process. His stuff is as impressive as any other top pitching prospect in the game, and the plan seems to be for him to stick in the rotation for good (even though the White Sox will continue to monitor his innings). For those owners who are desperate for starting pitching, Cease offers upside thanks to his strikeout potential. He's a great target in dynasty leagues as well and is currently owned in 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
5. Danny Jansen, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Danny Jansen was a buzzy late-round pick at catcher in 2019 fantasy baseball drafts, but was likely dropped by several of his owners following a horrific start to the season. He had four homers and a batting average south of the Mendoza Line entering July. So far this month, however, Jansen has been arguably the hottest hitting catcher in the Majors, with seven extra-base hits (four homers) and a .348 batting average. As a result, his ownership has climbed back up to 44 percent in Yahoo! leagues, so those looking to mix things up at the position may want to give the once-hyped Blue Jays top prospect a second chance.
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