Week 11 Fantasy Baseball Pickups for the Weekend

Mike Esposito
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Now 10 weeks into the fantasy baseball season, most team owners know what they have on their respective rosters. However, that doesn't mean fantasy owners shouldn't constantly be looking to make waiver wire pickups in order to improve their team each and every week.

With that in mind, here are five Week 11 fantasy baseball pickups for the weekend.

1. Todd Frazier, 3B, New York Mets

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Todd Frazier has been on an absolute tear over the past two weeks. The 33-year-old veteran owns a .318 batting average and a 1.082 OPS with four homers and 11 RBI in his last 44 at-bats. Frazier is surprisingly available in 95 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but as long as he's batting in the meat of the Mets' order, he could surely help fantasy owners in need of some power at the hot corner.

2. David Bote, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs

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David Bote has been a solid middle-infield bat this season, tallying eight homers and 32 RBI in 57 games for the Cubs. But he's really turned it on of late, batting .333 with four homers and 13 RBI across his last 36 at-bats. Bote is available in 89 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and has highly-coveted position flexibility (2B/3B), making him worth a pickup in deeper, 12-team leagues.

3. Mallex Smith, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Mallex Smith finally looks like he did in his 2018 breakout campaign and should be a must-add for fantasy owners in need of steals. The Mariners' speedster is batting .305 with 10 RBI and a whopping eight steals over his last 59 at-bats. Oh, and he hasn't been caught stealing since April 15, going 10 for his last 10 in stolen base attempts. Smith is available 51 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so check your waiver wire with the coin-flip chance that he's available.

4. Pablo Lopez, SP, Miami Marlins

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Pablo Lopez has been one of the best fantasy pitchers in baseball over the past two weeks. The 23-year-old righty owns a 1-0 record with a 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 19 strikeouts over his last three starts (18 innings pitched). Lopez is still available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and should be a priority streaming option with a scheduled start at home against the Pirates on Saturday.

5. Framber Valdez, SP/RP, Houston Astros

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Framber Valdez was recently moved into Houston's rotation and was up to the challenge in his first start, scattering five hits and allowing one earned run while tallying seven strikeouts in seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Backed by an excellent Astros' offense, Valdez has some great win potential moving forward and should maintain his value in fantasy league's that use holds as a scoring metric, if and when he goes back to the bullpen. Owned in 33 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Valdez can help pitching-needy teams in a plethora of ways, specifically for his scheduled Saturday start at home against the Blue Jays.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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