Week 20 of season-long fantasy baseball is upon us, and if you find yourself in the thick of a heavily contested playoff race right now, making a few key waiver wire pickups could be the difference between gaining an edge on your competition and a disappointing loss.
There are at least a few quality players available on the waiver wire right now that could give your fantasy team the production necessary to finish this coming week with a vital win. With that in mind, here are five fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups you should consider for Week 20.
1. Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager has had a bit of a rough season in 2019, but he's really turned things around over the past couple of weeks. The 31-year-old infielder is batting an impressive .350 with five homers, 12 RBI and a 1.184 OPS across his last 40 at-bats. Seager is still available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues but has seen his ownership spike by 10 percent over the past couple of days. Fantasy owners in need of corner infield help should add him sooner rather than later.
2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins
Marwin Gonzalez' first year with the Twins has had its ups and downs, but right now, fantasy owners should consider him a must-add heading into Week 20. Minnesota's super-utility man has been excellent over the past two weeks, batting .391 with two homers, eight RBI and five multi-hit games across his last 46 at-bats. Still available in 66 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Gonzalez should provide his owners with a high-average bat that can be started anywhere on fantasy rosters.
3. Starlin Castro, 2B/3B, Miami Marlins
Starlin Castro has had a disappointing season in 2019. Although, it looks like he may have turned things around, at least for the short-term, anyway. The four-time All-Star has seen a pretty big spike in production over the past couple of weeks, batting .352 with three homers and 14 RBI across his last 54 at-bats. Castro is still available in 77 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should provide his fantasy owners a steady bat and good RBI potential for the time being.
4. Cal Quantrill, SP/RP, San Diego Padres
Cal Quantrill has probably been fantasy baseball's best-kept secret and fantasy owners are finally starting to take notice. The rookie righty has been exceptional since the beginning of July, boasting a 4-1 record with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP across his last 38 2/3 innings (six starts, one relief appearance). Quantrill is available in just 56 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues thanks to 19 percent spike in ownership in recent days, so pitcher-needy fantasy owners should add the 24-year-old righty before he gets snatched up.
5. Joe Jiménez, RP, Detroit Tigers
Joe Jiménez got the first crack at the Tigers' closer role after the Shane Greene trade and from the look of things, he's not going to relinquish ninth-inning duties any time soon. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over his last five appearances (4 1/3 innings), going a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities during that span as well. Jiménez is still available in 73 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should be an immediate add for any save-needy fantasy owner out there.
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