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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 22

Mike Esposito
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The fantasy baseball playoffs are in full swing for some leagues at this point in the year, which means there's very little margin for error. In order to move on to the next round, you'll likely need to completely optimize your fantasy team's production from here on out.

Luckily, there are several players available on the waiver wire that could give you exactly what you need to advance to the next round of the fantasy playoffs. With that in mind, here are five waiver wire players worth adding for Week 22, who are all currently available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

All stats referenced below are as of Monday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m. EST.

1. Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants

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Evan Longoria hasn't lived up to expectations during his short tenure in the Bay Area, but he may have found some semblance of his All-Star form as we head into September. The 33-year-old talent has been a top-50 fantasy hitter over the last two weeks, batting .366 with three homers, 12 RBI and a 1.060 OPS across his last 41 at-bats. Longoria is available in 77 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he should provide his owners with good corner infield depth going forward.

2. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

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Kolten Wong has been been streaky throughout 2019, but now that he's in the middle of a hot streak, fantasy owners should look to take advantage. The 28-year-old middle infielder has been on fire over the past two weeks, batting .405 with seven runs scored, 10 RBI, three steals and a robust 1.164 OPS across his last 37 at-bats. Wong is available in 68 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he should provide his owners with a solid source of steals going throughout the playoffs.

3. Corey Dickerson, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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Corey Dickerson has taken his game to another level after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he's been especially hot in recent weeks. The 30-year-old outfielder has been absolutely raking at the dish, batting .354 with two homers and 15 RBI across his last 48 at-bats. Dickerson is still available in 61 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he should provide his fantasy owners with a solid run-producing outfielder going forward.

4. Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Cincinnati Reds

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Finding quality pitching no easy task at this point of the season and if you're hurting for a pitcher on good form, Anthony DeSclafani is a must-add. The 29-year-old righty has been a tough hit in his last three starts, sporting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, while holding batters to a .190 batting average against (18.0 innings pitched). DeSclafani is available in 62 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but he has seen his ownership spike by nine percent in recent days. Fantasy owners would be wise to add him to their rosters sooner rather than later.

5. Mychal Givens, RP, Baltimore Orioles

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Mychal Givens has seen an up-and-down 2019, but it seems like he's putting things together as we head into September. The 29-year-old righty hasn't conceded a run in his last six appearances, recording a 0.50 WHIP, eight strikeouts and two saves during that span (6.0 innings pitched). Givens is available 64 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and if you're really desperate for saves, he's might even be worth adding for the rest of the season.

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