Here are a list of players on a hot streak that can help your fantasy baseball team this week and possibly beyond.
This waiver wire list is going to be a little different than my previous ones. I will talk about a hitter that can contribute to each offensive stat. These players will be owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN leagues. Now, which players should you add to your fantasy baseball team this weekend?
There are a lot of players that can help in the majority of offensive stats. Finding speed, however, is a more difficult task. Unless you loaded up on runners on draft day, you’re likely behind in that category.
For reference, the five categories I will be using are hits, home runs, RBIs, steals and on-base percentage. If I used average, it would likely be the same as hits. OBP accounts for walks as well, and as we learned in Moneyball, getting on base matters.
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Here are the five batters that need to be owned to help your fantasy baseball team.
Harold Ramirez – Hits
Who? Yeah, thought so. Over the last seven days, Ramirez leads all hitters with 14 hits. He is on an eight-game hitting streak with two three-hit games and four more two-hit games in that span.
He may not help you with runs and RBIs, but the Marlins offense is to blame for that. Ramirez is doing everything he can to contribute. He’s playing both center and left field and hitting in the bottom half of the lineup.
Derek Dietrich – HRs
Before Wednesday’s game, Dietrich’s last six hits were all home runs. And when that happens, he needs to be added. The Reds offense may not be what we thought it would be with their additions but Dietrich is holding his own.
He has 17 home runs on the season, a career high. As long as he has a starting job, and likely will until Scooter Gennett returns, Dietrich needs to be owned. He’s available in 81 percent of ESPN leagues.
Renato Nunez – RBIs
I’ve mentioned Nunez a couple of times in my waiver posts. He started the season hot but had a bit of a slump to end April. However, over the last seven days, Nunez has 11 RBIs. Most of them have come from his home runs, five in the last week, but is driving in some of his teammates.
Nunez has solidified himself as the Orioles cleanup hitter, batting their 32 times this season. With Dwight Smith Jr. and Trey Mancini hitting in front of him, Nunez has plenty of chances to drive in runs. The Orioles offense isn’t as bad as their record says.
Kevin Kiermaier – Steals
As I mentioned, steals are hard to find at this point in the season. Andrew Benintendi and Mallex Smith lead with four steals over the last week. Keirmaier is next with three, a third of his season total. Though, two of those steals came in one game.
The Rays play an interesting style of baseball. Kiermaier hits towards the bottom of the Rays lineup. If he wants to get into scoring position for his teammates, taking matters into his own hands, or should I say legs, will be the way to do it.
Miguel Sano – OBP
Since returning to the Twins lineup on May 15, he’s added more power to an already powerful lineup. Though, there’s something else he’s been doing. In his last seven games, he’s walked six times. Pair that with his five hits and he has a .478 OBP.
The Twins are one of the big surprises this season and their offense is a big part of it. Getting Sano back was important, but getting this kind of production out of Sano was even more important. He can hit for power, no doubt, but if he can work the count, he’ll be a much better hitter.
All five of these hitters can help your fantasy baseball team in some way. You just have to look at your team and figure out what your needs are. These players won’t be on the waiver wire for long.