A reliable source of saves or steals can prove a tough find on the waiver wire, especially at this point in the fantasy baseball season. However, if you look hard enough, there are still some players available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues that can give you the kind of production you may need in those two categories.
Here are three fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for saves and steals that could help you finish Week 15 in the win column.
Steals: Niko Goodrum, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, Detroit Tigers
Niko Goodrum has been incredibly streaky at the plate this season, but when he's in the middle of a hot streak, he can do some serious damage for your fantasy team, especially on the base paths.
Detroit's super-utility man has been warming up in recent weeks, batting .297 with three stolen bases in his last 37 at-bats. With positional flexibility at almost anywhere but catcher and just 18 percent ownership in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Goodrum should provide his owners with high potential for steals from anywhere in their lineups.
Saves: Daniel Hudson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Blue Jays' closer Ken Giles has been unavailable recently due inflammation in his pitching elbow, which has opened up save opportunities for setup man Daniel Hudson. However, Giles is expected to be make his return this week after being out since July 4, which makes Hudson more of future play than one that will bring you saves immediately this week. Either way, the 32-year-old righty has pitched adequately when called upon to slam the door, going 2-for-4 in save opportunities so far this year.
Hudson will likely return to his setup role once Giles returns, but it may not be that way for long. Giles has been subject to several trade rumors throughout the year and could be moved by the July 31 deadline, putting Hudson next in line to assume closer duties for the rest of the season.
Steals: Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
This isn't the first time that Brett Gardner has appeared in one of these installments, and judging by his recent body of work, it's easy to see why. The 35-year-old outfielder has been on a tear at the plate and on the base paths, boasting a 1.094 OPS, five RBI and two steals across his last 36 at-bats.
Gardner has quietly put together a good fantasy year, and as long as he continues to get on-base at a decent clip, he should provide his fantasy owners with underrated power and good steals potential going forward (8-for-10 in stolen bases attempts in 2019).
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