Week 16 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for the Weekend

Mike Esposito
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Finding impact talent on the waiver wire at this point in the season is hard to come by. However, if you look hard enough, there are still plenty of helpful options available that can provide your fantasy baseball team the kind of high-level production you need to finish Week 16 with a win.

With that in mind, here are five fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups that could be difference makers for the remainder of the week.

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels

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Albert Pujols has been in a steady decline over the past couple of seasons, but he's recently rediscovered his All-Star stroke from the look of things. The future Hall of Famer has been excellent since second half began, batting .440 with two homers, 13 RBI and a robust 1.244 OPS across his last 25 at-bats. Pujols isn't the fantasy machine he once was, but he's definitely worth an add for anyone in need of power at first base. Pujols is available in 90 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

2. Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets

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The New York Mets have had a rough start to the second half. However, despite their woes, Amed Rosario has been one of the club's lone bright spots since the break. The 23-year-old shortstop has dazzled at the dish over the past two weeks, batting .412 with two homers, nine runs scored and a fantastic 1.194 OPS over his last 34 at-bats. Rosario has been pretty streaky this season, but fantasy owners in need of a solid middle infield bat should definitely add him to their lineups. At least in the short term, anyway. Rosario is available in 54 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

3. Enrique Hernandez, 1B/2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Enrique Hernandez has been a serviceable bat for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, but he's really turned things up a notch since the start of the second half. The Dodgers' jack-of-all-trades has been excellent since end of the All-Star break, batting .406 with two homers, nine RBI and 1.156 OPS in his last 32 at-bats. Available in 66 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Hernandez should be a must-add for anyone in need of a well-rounded bat thanks to his incredible positional versatility.

4. Brad Keller, SP, Kansas City Royals

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Brad Keller has been a somewhat reliable streaming option for most of the 2019 fantasy baseball season, but he's really rounded into form since the break. The 23-year-old righty has been lights-out in his two starts in the second half, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.88 ERA and 14 strikeouts across 14 1/3 innings pitched. Keller has a tough matchup against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night, but he could be valuable for the rest of the season if he maintains this pace. Keller is available in 76 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

5. Sam Dyson, RP, San Francisco Giants

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If Will Smith is moved at the MLB Trade Deadline, Sam Dyson could be in line for save opportunities. The 31-year-old righty is in the middle of another fine season in 2019, posting a 2.47 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and two saves on the year. Dyson might be a speculative add at the moment, but adding the reliever could pay dividends if Smith is moved.

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