Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 02: Jose Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros makes his Major League debut, throwing in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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There are a number of intriguing waiver wire pickups heading into Week 16 of the fantasy baseball season, from a potential breakout starting pitcher to a possible future closer, as well as some hot bats.

In most fantasy leagues, there are only seven to eight weeks left in the regular season, so it will be vital to scoop up the best remaining free agents from the waiver wire to make that playoff push. Here are five options that are all widely available in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

5. Tyler Naquin, OF, Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 16: Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run off Blaine Hardy #36 of the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on July 16, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
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After a promising rookie season in 2016, Tyler Naquin has struggled to maintain regular at-bats with the Cleveland Indians, a team desperate for outfield production. While he remained quiet early in the season, Naquin has really hit a groove in July, posting a .415/.457/.780 line in 41 at-bats. He surely won't maintain this pace, but Naquin is now hitting .288 with nine HR on the season, and he's only owned in three percent of Yahoo! leagues.

4. Anthony Swarzak, RP, Atlanta Braves

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 08: Anthony Swarzak #38 of the Atlanta Braves delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins  at Marlins Park on June 8, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves' bullpen has been better than given credit for this season, as the main issue has been at closer. While current ninth-inning option Luke Jackson has compiled 17 saves, he has also blown seven of them. The Braves have stuck with him through the struggles, but if the issue persists, Anthony Swarzak could be the next man up, barring a trade. Swarzak (12 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues) has been lights out since joining the Braves from the Seattle Mariners, with a 0.44 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.

3. Mark Canha, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 5: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics protests to an umpire after an at-bat during the fourth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 5, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Mark Canha is curiously owned in just three percent of Yahoo! leagues, despite the fact that he is now up to 16 homers in just 192 at-bats this season. Splitting time between outfield and first base for the Oakland Athletics, Canha has also been batting cleanup recently, which should place him in prime position to rack up RBIs. Chances are he's still available in your league, but if he keeps hitting like this, he won't be for long.

2. Ryan Yarbrough, SP/RP, Tampa Bay Rays

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 18:   Ryan Yarbrough #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Another player with a suspiciously low ownership (22 percent) is Ryan Yarbrough of the Tampa Bay Rays. While he normally functions as the long reliever after an opener, the role allowed Yarbrough to win 16 games last season and he's won eight so far in 2019. He also provides strong ratios, as he currently has a 3.93 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Yarbrough isn't going to get you a ton of Ks, but he is essentially a starting pitcher on a solid Rays team.

1. Jose Urquidy, SP, Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 20: Jose Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on July 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Those looking to take a flier on a player with major upside going forward may want to consider Jose Urquidy of the Houston Astros. After struggling in his first two starts of the season, Urquidy was utterly dominant against the Rangers on July 20, posting seven innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and zero walks. The performance has earned him another turn in the rotation, and for an Astros team with so many question marks behind Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, Urquidy could be up for good. He is owned in just one percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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