Week 21 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 winning heading into the fantasy playoffs and taking 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 21.
1. Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
The No. 1 player in fantasy baseball over the last two weeks, Kyle Seager should be a no-brainer add with only 49 percent ownership in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues. He had a brutal start to the season, but has tallied eight home runs, 14 runs and 22 RBI while slashing .348/.438/.783 across 80 plate appearances in August. Seager has been especially hot recently, with six of those homers, 11 of the runs and 19 RBI coming in his last 12 games.
2. Ivan Nova, SP, Chicago White Sox
Fantasy players are taking their time coming around on Ivan Nova, who has been a solid waiver add for a while now. His 5.58 ERA from the first half of the season has been in the rear-view mirror for a long time, and he's impressed with a 3.16 ERA in July that he followed up with an absurd 1.09 ERA through 33 innings pitched in August. His low strikeout rate still leaves something to be desired, but only allowing a 25.0 percent hard-hit rate while forcing a 45.8 percent ground-ball rate in August is easy to like from a player available in 60 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
3. Seth Lugo, SP/RP, New York Mets
Seth Lugo is clearly the New York Mets' best reliever at this point, and with Edwin Diaz making an early exit on Saturday, Lugo should be in for plenty of save opportunities moving forward. The righty has a 3.14 ERA in 2019, which is backed up by a career-best 3.05 skill-interactive ERA. His 31.6 percent strikeout rate is also the highest of his career. Lugo hasn't allowed a single earned run in his last three outings, holding his opponents scoreless in five of his seven appearances in August. If you need saves, Lugo is somehow still available in 58 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
4. Kevin Pillar, OF, San Francisco Giants
Kevin Pillar's well-rounded production makes him a useful outfield asset down the stretch in fantasy. He's slashing .260/.288/.452 on the year, and he continues to show the kind of speed-power combo that made him valuable with the Toronto Blue Jays in past seasons. His 19 home runs in 2019 are already the most he's ever hit in a season, and he's also posted double-digit steals (11 in 2019) for the fifth consecutive season. His production is also trending up, with six homers, 17 runs scored and 15 RBI in 20 August games, but he's still available in 57 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues before waivers on Monday.
5. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins
Marwin Gonzalez has been batting fourth lately, which is especially valuable in the high-powered Minnesota Twins offense. He may never get back to the heights he reached in 2017, but he's still hitting the ball well, especially recently. Playing 11 games in the last two weeks, Gonzalez has racked up five extra-base hits, scoring seven runs and adding 10 RBI. His ownership is trending up, but he's still available in 54 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, making him an enticing player with a ton of position flexibility.
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