Daniel Hudson could be more valuable after getting traded. (MLB.com)
Welcome back to another week of Fantasy baseball. We’re now in mid-August, with just a few weeks remaining for you to make your move, so work that wire!
This week, Joe Panik, just released by the Giants, has been signed by the Mets and will get a chance to man second with Robinson Cano out; Bo Bichette continues to impress, setting a new MLB record with a double in nine straight games; and Josh Harrison‘s miserable season took a turn for the worse as the Tigers released him.
And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks…
Daniel Hudson, RP, Washington Nationals (ESPN: 0.6 per cent; CBS: 4 per cent): Hudson was acquired at the deadline by the Nats, part of a solid bullpen makeover that was nothing exorbitant but consisted of some really smart additions. While he didn’t get much of a crack at saves in Toronto, moving to Washington should definitely help him rack up the holds. Hudson’s been quite consistent this season, steady other than a dominant June. He’s done a better job of keeping the ball in the yard, and is enjoying his finest ERA since becoming a reliever. Hudson’s velocity has also bounced back, matching his career best set in 2015. He makes for a nice addition in NL-only leagues that reward holds and is really excelling at standing inherited runners (see video below).
- Kevin Kiermaier has enjoyed a decent bounce back season, staying healthier. However, he had been slumping lately, going ice cold to start the month after a nice July. The good news is Kiermaier’s shaking that off now, going 5-for-9 over the last two games with two doubles and two runs. He could worth another look down the stretch.
- It’s high time we gave some Fantasy love to Mike Fiers. He tossed yet another gem Friday (seven shutout innings, three hits, eight Ks, zero walks) for his career-best ninth straight win. Since early-May when he threw a non-hitter, Fiers is 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA covering 17 starts. This is the best he’s looked since that magical half season with Milwaukee in 2014.
- Chad Pinder‘s numbers are down a smidge this year, but he’s hitting very well so far this month, going 6-for-14 with three homers and seven ribbies, having hit safely in six straight games. He’s likely to set a new career high in at-bats this season, while supplying some value in AL-only leagues.
- On Friday, Luis Severino (shoulder/lat) tossed his first bullpen session since March, and said it went “perfect.” He threw 23 pitches, and will have another session Monday, followed by a third on Wednesday. Severino will likely be able to face hitters late next week if all goes well.
- Injuries have been the only thing capable of stopping Tim Anderson‘s breakout season. He lashed another two hits Friday, giving him four straight multi-hit efforts and an eight-game hit streak overall. Anderson is 16-for-35 in August and is now up to a .350 OBP for the year, thanks mostly to his lofty BA, as he still doesn’t walk to save his life.
- Josh Hader has been scored on in two straight outings and three of the last four. In fact, other than May and June — when he was untouchable — he hasn’t recorded a monthly ERA under 3.97 this season. To give you an idea of Hader’s regression this year (mostly thanks to homers), he’s already lost five times after suffering just four losses combined over his first two seasons.
- The Yankees are on fire again, winning nine straight heading into action on Friday, and one of the biggest stories has been the play of Gio Urshela. He’s had back-to-back three hit-games (with two homers in each, giving him five jacks in the last three), as part of 13-game hitting streak. Urshela is piling up the counting cats in a major breakout campaign.
- Sam Travis is looking like he wants to stick in the bigs, homering in back-to-back games to snap a recent slump. He hit very well in limited action in July, and seems to be heating up again. Travis has already seen more action this year as he tries to establish himself as a full-time big leaguer.
- Ross Detwiler hasn’t been awful, but is still seeking his first win after eight outings for the White Sox. He’s actually made his most MLB starts this year since 2016, but with a 5.35 ERA he’s struggled to replicate the modest success he had early in his career with the Nationals.
- Back to the Yankees for a moment… they are running away with the AL East and have smoked an MLB record 19 homers over their last four games. WTF? And now, they’ll be getting Gary Sanchez (groin) back from the IL on Saturday. Man, this team is scary good.
- He doesn’t have a win to show for it, but Dillon Peters has thrown back-to-back quality starts for the Angels. With a 3.45 ERA, he’s looking much sharper than he did in either of his brief looks in the Marlin rotation. The Halos may have something here, so keep an eye on Peters.
- Mike Tauchman, another unsung Yankee hero, homered on Thursday, giving him four jacks in the last four games, and five over the last eight. His productivity has been a major boost to the team, and yet another big surprise.
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