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Unless you own one of the league's top closers or an elite speedster or two, finding a consistent source of saves or steals. in fantasy baseball can be tough. However, there continue to be players available in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues that could be a cheap source in those two categories.
Here are three waiver wire options for saves or steals for Week 5 of fantasy baseball.
Saves: Sergio Romo, RP, Miami Marlins
Sergio Romo got off to a rough start to the 2019 season, allowing runs in three of his first seven appearances, but he's really turned things around lately. The veteran reliever has been dominant in his last three appearances, recording three saves while not allowing a single baserunner.
Save opportunities could be few and far between for Romo, considering the state of the Marlins, but he's the full-time closer in Miami and should capitalize on almost every opportunity he's given, as long as he keeps pitching like he has recently. If you're in the market for saves you could do a lot worse than Romo.
Steals: Tyler Wade, 2B, New York Yankees
The Yankees have had trouble staying healthy this season, but those injuries have opened up the door for one of the best under-the-radar steals pickups you can make this week – second baseman Tyler Wade.
Wade has been an absolute monster on the basepaths over the last week or so, recording four stolen bases with a .417 OBP across his last 19 plate appearances. As long as the 24-year-old continues to get on base, the steals should keep adding up.
Saves: Ty Buttrey, RP, Los Angeles Angels
Ty Buttrey has yet to record a save this season, but he's arguably been the best pitcher in the Angels' bullpen. Now that Cody Allen is on the injured list, Buttrey could see some save opportunities and he has the stuff to potentially run away with the closer's role.
Considering manager Brad Ausmus said he will take a closer-by-committee approach with Allen out, Buttrey is a speculative add, at best. Hansel Robles is another option for the Angels. However, the 26-year-old does own a 1.38 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 13 innings of work and as long as he keeps pitching well, it's only a matter of time before he sees some ninth-inning opportunities.
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