Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Saves and Steals Pickups for Week 19
A reliable source of saves or stolen bases is seemingly always available on the fantasy baseball waiver wire. And with the fantasy playoffs fast approaching, now is as important a time as ever to find a player or two who can provide you with consistent production in those two categories.
With that in mind, here are three fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for saves or steals – available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues – that could help you close out Week 19 with a win.
Steals: Mallex Smith, OF, Seattle Mariners
Mallex Smith has come nowhere close to replicating the 2018 success he had at the plate this season, but he has managed to keep up his production on the base paths. The 26-year-old speedster has tallied an MLB-best 32 steals and he doesn't look like he's going to slow down any time soon.
Despite getting on base at just a .300 clip on the 2019 season, Smith is one pace to top the 40 bases he stole last season. Available in 51 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Smith's incredible steals potential makes him well worth the add, despite his questionable production in other standard hitting categories.
Saves: Derek Law, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Derek Law received the first crack at closer duties since Ken Giles' elbow issues have flared up again, and he's taken advantage of the opportunity he's been given. The 28-year-old righty has been borderline unhittable since the Jays started turning to him late in games. Over the last 14 days, Law hasn't given up a single run and has tallied eight Ks in 8 2/3 innings pitched while going 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Law's saves potential is at an all-time high with Giles' status up in the air. While Giles did record a save yesterday, we've seen this song and dance before. And considering Law's ownership in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues has spiked by 19 percent in recent days (25 percent owned overall), those desperate for saves and/or holds best pick him up sooner rather than later.
Steals: Kevin Newman, 2B/SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Newman hasn't been that consistent a source of stolen base production, but the Pirates have seemingly given him the green light on the base paths in recent weeks. The rookie middle infielder owns a .349 on-base percentage on the season, but he's made the most of his opportunities on the base paths by stealing four bases in five attempts since July 30.
If you're desperate for steals and need to fill an infield spot, Newman is available in 82 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
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