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
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
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
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
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
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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