Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Why you should suddenly care about the Nationals

The MLB trade deadline rocked the fantasy world, changing the value of so many players for the rest of the season. Today’s edition of wire waiver tips is full of those who have seen their value increase at the deadline. And I managed to sneak in a few more players involved due to favorable upcoming schedules. One note before we begin: While MLB fans tend to focus on acquisitions by teams that filled up at the deadline, wise fantasy managers know that the best values ​​in early August tend to be players on the losing end who now have an enhanced role due to the departure of certain teammates .

Voit has undeniable power, as he led the Majors in long balls during the shortened 2020 season. He had some success with the Padres (13 HR), but could do better now that he’s the regular hitter on a losing team that will likely face a lot of mediocre players in the late games below. At the very least, those in need of power numbers should give Voit a spot on the bench.

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Segura returned from the 60-day IL just in time for the weekend series against a Nats staff that ranks last in the Majors with a 5.17 ERA. The 32-year-old has the balanced skill set (6 HR, 8 SB, .272 AVG in 169 AB) needed to contribute in multiple ways down the stretch, and almost everyone from Philadelphia is set up for shortstop success at the deadline.

Wong swings a hot bat in the second half (.429 AVG) and has quick feet (11 SB in 2022). He should score plenty of runs this weekend when the Brewers take on a Reds team that ranks 29th in ERA and traded away their top two pitchers at the deadline.

Kolten Wong has been overlooked in fantasy leagues for anyone who needs a speed boost. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Tommy Pham (OF, Boston Red Sox, 48%)

Pham has the blend of power and speed coveted by fantasy managers, although he hasn’t shown his best form in recent weeks with the Reds. Still, there’s plenty of potential when combining the 34-year-old’s skill set with a premium lineup spot on a Red Sox team that includes some of baseball’s top players. At the very least, Pham is worth a short-term addition until we see how his new role shakes out.

Victor Robles (OF, Washington Nationals, 4%)

One of four Nats in this article, Robles gets another chance to work as the team’s leadoff hitter. There are legitimate questions about whether he has the skills to play a prominent role, but the Nats have nothing to lose by giving him an extended look down the stretch. And his speed is undeniable, as Robles is one of 13 players to pick up at least six sacks since July 1.

Yadiel Hernandez (OF, Washington Nationals, 5%)

I promise you my account has not been overtaken by a Nats fan! Hernandez is another interesting option in Washington’s revamped lineup, as he should now have a full role in the absence Juan Soto. Since the start of 2021, the 34-year-old has hit .274 with 17 homers and five steals in 537 at-bats, showing he can be a replacement in 12-team leagues.

Braxton Garrett (SP, Miami Marlins, 39%)

Garrett has been one of the best pitchers in baseball lately, accumulating 37 innings over his last four starts. And the strikeouts weren’t the left-hander’s only contribution, as he posted a 3.03 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in six outings since the start of July. Overall, Garrett looks like a long-term contributor in all formats.

Spencer Watkins (SP, Baltimore Orioles, 11%)

Since being recalled on June 25, Watkins has posted a 1.85 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in six starts. And his resume doesn’t stop there, as he’s pitched at least six innings in three of those contests while enjoying his success without unsustainable hitting luck (.282 BABIP). I’m not ready to fully back Watkins yet, but I’d be happy to start him in any league for his Sunday home start against the Pirates.

Chris Flexen, Marco Gonzales (SP, Seattle Mariners)

I’ll combine the two Seattle carry options this weekend, as both players are in the 25-30% range for roster rate and will start against an Angels team that ranks 29th in baseball in OPS since July 1st. Flexen (3.73 ERA) can pitch on Saturday and Gonzales (3.95 ERA) ready to help on Sunday.

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Justin Steele, Drew Smyly, Adrian Sampson (SP, Chicago Cubs)

These three Cubs pitchers are the NL version of Flexen and Gonzalez – weekend streamers who will face the worst lineup (Marlins) in baseball since July 1st. All three make up less than 15 percent of the lineup, making them strong deep-options in the league. I’ll rank them in this order: Sampson (Sunday), Steele (Friday), Smyly (Saturday).

Felix Bautista (RP, Baltimore Orioles, 49%)

The O’s are in a great position to produce a new fantasy closer down the stretch, as they are good enough to have a winning record so far, but they dealt their ninth inning shortstop (Jorge Lopez) at the deadline. Bautista has been their best reliever this year (1.81 ERA, 0.87 WHIP) and has a bright future in the organization. He could run the closer’s board and end up having the ninth inning all to himself.

Kyle Finnegan (RP, Washington Nationals, 32%)

Finnegan was in this column a week ago, and now he’s much more valuable after staying in Washington until the trade deadline. Compared to Bautista, Finnegan has been less efficient this year (3.38 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 1.10 WHIP), but he has the advantage of already being confirmed as the closer by his manager. For this reason, it is a safe route for managers who need immediate savings.

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