Fantasy Baseball 2019: Week 8 Unlikely Waiver Adds

This waiver list will feature some players who are performing well but you would have likely never thought to add to your fantasy baseball team.

We are a quarter of the way through the 2019 fantasy baseball season. With seven weeks in the books, you should have a pretty good idea of what your team’s strengths and weaknesses are. If not, there are are few hitters available that you should add.

I’ve talked about must-add veterans, like Hunter Pence and Gio Gonzalez, in a previous post. There are a couple of more names that need to be owned but this list is a little different.

This list will feature some hitters that you may not be thinking of adding to your team. Whether it’s because of a bad reputation or injuries, these hitters should be picked up. They could benefit you in some way as we head into the summer months.

Of the five hitters, three are active and two are injured. One of the injured players is close to returning and could make a big impact once he’s back on the field.

Chris Davis, BAL

Yes, I may get a lot of hate for this pick. Davis is a perennial high-power, low-average hitter. But since breaking his hitless streak, Davis looks like a valuable hitter. He is hitting .250 with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

Though, things aren’t looking good in May. He has a .184 average this month. But two home runs and four RBIs and six walks is reasonable.

As long as you can take the hit to batting average, his power could help. The Orioles don’t have holes in every spot in the lineup.

Pablo Sandoval, SF

Another veteran makes the list. Sandoval is hitting a bit better than Davis but on a worse team. He has a .301 average with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 83 at-bats. While he may not get consistent playing time, when Sandoval does play, he’s contributing.

Over the last 15 games, Sandoval has jusrt eight starts but is hitting .324 with five homers and 10 RBIs. He’s splitting playing time at third base with Evan Longoria. Sandoval also has a couple of games at first game.

Jordan Luplow, CLE

The Indians outfield is bad, if I’m putting in nicely. They let Michael Brantley go and didn’t sign Adam Jones. The offense as a whole isn’t doing much but when Luplow plays, he’s driving in runs.

Since the beginning of May, Luplow has a .273 average, five home runs, eight RBIs, three walks and 15 strikeouts. He has two multi-home run games this month.

Luplow is splitting time with Tyler Naquin in right field but is on the better side of the platoon.

Scooter Gennett, CIN

Gennett is more of a stash-and-wait type of waiver add. He hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities. Though manager David Bell believes he’s close to starting those activities.

“Some of the other things he’s doing and his rehabilitation process makes him think he can do that, which is great. That’s probably right around the corner,” he said, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports (h/t to CBS Sports).

The Reds offense is struggling, even with the additions they made. Getting Gennett back in the lineup should help. He’s owned in 45.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Didi Gregorius, NYY

For someone who is basically a couple of weeks of way from returning, Gregorius is owned in jkust 21.6 percent of leagues. He began his extended spring training games and fielding all three balls hit his way, albeit with one error.

As long as he doesn’t experience any new elbow pain, he should be back in the Yankees lineup sometime in June. The shortstop position is strong with seven shortstops in the top-20 among hitters on the Player Rater.

Gregorius will join that group once he’s 100 percent. With the way the Yankees are playing, he will have plenty of chances to score and drive in runs.

Next: Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters to Add

This list is not the most exciting list of names. But you are not adding the players because of their name, you are adding them because of their fantasy value and skills at the plate. These players can help your fantasy baseball team down the line.

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