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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - Shortstop (SS)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball shortstop (SS) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other lineup resources and tools shown in the icons below.

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Lourdes Gurriel (2B/SS/OF, TOR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: Though a leg injury robbed Toronto Blue Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of a few weeks and perhaps a bit of momentum (recall that at the time of the injury, he had recorded multiple hits in 11 straight games), Gurriel has had himself a nice year as a rookie. In 62 games, the 24-year-old is hitting .292/.320/.463 with 11 home runs and 64 R+BI. Three of those homers have come in the last three games, including a...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been a regular presence in this space down the stretch. His ownership rate has risen substantially during that time, but he still comes in well below the cutoff. Since August 1, the 22-year-old has hit .302/.332/.454 with five home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 57 R+BI in 45 games. 2018 ended up being a season to forget in Queens, but the Mets have had a top-five scoring offense in the...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Braves clinched their first division title since 2005 on Saturday. Credit for that is due to many players, and Johan Camargo is one of them. Seemingly an afterthought in Atlanta’s initial plans (remember that they opened the year with Jose Bautista penciled in at third base), the 24-year-old forced his way into the lineup in short order. He’s hit .272/.352/.458 with 18 homers and 133 R+BI in 127 games. While he will not put up...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has a hit in six of the last seven games, keeping his fantasy stock at its seasonal highest. While his lack of power was a downside over the last few weeks, Polanco does have four extra base hits in five games, adding to his solid performances over the last two months. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .287/.343/.430. While that line is good, his .372/.426/.581 slash line since September 10...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has a seven game hitting and has produced a .320/.399/.491 line with seven homers, five steals, and 49 R+BI since the beginning of August. Of his 12 extra-base hits in that time period, three have come in his hitting streak. Since August 1st, Adames has walked in 11.2% plate appearances and also has a 38.7% hard hit ball rate in the same time period. Too many ground balls will not help...continue reading

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: All in all, Dansby Swanson's season could be characterized as rather pedestrian. Over the last two weeks he has failed to hit a single home-run while producing a sub-par slash of .143/.279/.229 in 35 AB, contributing to his season OPS of .705. Despite this, Swanson does have a few factors swinging in his favor to close out September. This month has been by far his best of the year as far as plate discipline is concerned, as he sports...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has shown why the Mets hold him in such high regard, posting a .277 batting average and 12 stolen bases since the All-Star break. While he has been caught stealing five times, and only has a .312 OBP, Rosario has shown that he is a good addition for speed and average. Since the beginning of September, Rosario is hitting .340 with seven extra-base hits. Rosario has scored 37 runs in the second...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals infielder Adalberto Mondesi has a hit in each of the last four games and in seven of the last eight games. Known mostly for his speed, Mondesi is hitting .286 this season, posting a .333 batting average in September. He has five stolen bases this month, 18 in the second half, and is slashing .304/.338/.486 in the second half. Touting 2B/SS eligibility, Mondesi was on fire in July and early August, cooled off as August closed,...continue reading

Yairo Munoz (OF/SS/2B/3B, STL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Anyway, if you are not familiar with St. Louis Cardinals 23-year-old utilityman Yairo Munoz, he was the key piece that came back in the trade for outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Widely regarded as bat-first, he disappointed slightly in his rookie season. Plagued by injury and ineffectiveness, Munoz has collected just eight home runs, five steals, and 28 runs on a .281/.348/.438 in 276 plate appearances. When you’re a defensive liability, that’s not going to guarantee...continue reading

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson may never live up to the hype he generated as a rookie a couple years ago, but he has been swinging the bat well lately. Over the past four weeks, the Braves’ shortstop has batted .293/.358/.573 with six homers and four stolen bases. He has also managed respectable run production despite hitting almost exclusively out of the eighth spot in the lineup. Atlanta is looking for its first division title since 2005,...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames has cooled slightly over the last week or so, but he has still produced a .321/.397/.491 line with five homers, five steals, and 33 R+BI since the beginning of August. Saturday’s two-hit showing was his 11th multi-hit game during that span. Adames posted double-digit totals in both HR and SB in each of the past two seasons in the minors, and has a decent chance to duplicate the feat at the...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: It has taken forever for people to realize that Johan Camargo is the third baseman for the Atlanta Braves and is more than a low-budget fill-in. He continues to earn not only your attention but also a place on your fantasy roster. His game all along has been about batting average. Recently, he is trying to change that narrative as well. In the last 14 days, Camargo has hit four homers with eight RBI and a...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, a former top prospect, is still just 22 years old. In just 177 MLB games, he has a line of .255/11/79/53/25. 18 of those stolen bases have come this year. Even though Rosario is still developing as a 22 year-old, he is now providing fantasy value and should be started in the right week. This is one of those weeks. If you need stolen bases with the potential for some contribution...continue reading

Todd Frazier (3B, NYM) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been consistent over the last few years. He hits a ton of homers, steals you a decent amount of bases, provides good run production, but destroys your batting average. This week, you should expect more of the same. He faces decent pitching matchups. If you can stomach a major hit to your batting average, he can produce in the other four categories. He has 16 homers and nine steals...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals infielder Adalberto Mondesi carries loads of value in his ability to steal bases. In just 52 games, he already has 18. In his MLB career, he has 32 in 124 games. He had 31 over his last two minor league seasons in 114 games. Given how scarce stolen bases are these days, he is worth starting for that asset alone so long as the matchups are not so terrible that he will never find...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS:  Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because of his speed and average. An 0-for-4 performance brought an end to a four-game multi-hit streak for Mondesi. He blasted a pair of homers and stole two bases during that time, while scoring five runs and driving in five more. He has posted a .284/.304/.463 slash since the beginning of July, with five homers and 15 stolen bases. All of...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: It is anyone's guess who is more surprised, the Braves organization or fantasy baseball managers. Johan Camargo has been a revelation this season. His performance hasn’t been one that single-handedly carries your team to a championship, but he definitely is a contributing factor. Camargo has a slash line of .278/.357/.463 with 15 HR and 64 RBI. He has accomplished this with a 37% hard-hit rate despite a 45% ground ball rate. The second half is where Camargo...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario hit .328 for Triple-A Las Vegas last season and is starting to show some promise for the 2018 season. While he is hitting just .249 on the season, he has swiped 10 bags in 15 tries so far in the second half, and he has totaled 47 R+BI. He has a .256/.291/.359 slash line in the second half, taking over the leadoff role for the Mets The former top prospect has a...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Adames was the key piece of the trade that sent David Price from Tampa to Detroit and he is starting to show why the Rays valued him so much. There are still issues with Adames, starting with his 30.7% strikeout rate for the season, but he has been much better in August. The 22-year-old posted a .318/.384/.523 slash line last month, hitting five home runs and stealing five bases. Whiffs are...continue reading

Dansby Swanson (SS, ATL) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson does not offer eligibility at multiple positions, but he has also been one of the hottest hitters in the game recently. In the last two weeks of action alone, the Braves’ shortstop has nearly doubled his home run total for the season. During this hot streak, Swanson has slashed .310/.348/.714 with five homers and 22 R+BI. While he only has a .246 batting average (and .300 OBP) this season, Swanson has a...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS/3B, TOR) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays infielder Aledmys Diaz busted on the scene in 2016 with 17 homers, 71 runs, and a .300 batting average in 404 at-bats. We have not seen that type of player since, but at times we can see small moments where that type of player still exists. His season numbers are not impressive, with a .258 batting average, but he does have 16 homers. The recent numbers are more interesting. In the last seven...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has a hit in four of the last five games, keeping his fantasy stock at its seasonal highest. While his lack of power was a downside over the last few weeks, Polanco did hit a homer this week, adding to his solid performances over the last two months. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .269/.333/.401. While his average is down a bit in August (.264), and his walk rate is...continue reading

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed has a hit in each of the last three games, seeing his fantasy stock rise once again. Ahmed has a multi-hit game in each of the last two games, scoring a run in each of the last two games, pitching in an RBI on August 22 as well. He has a .266 batting average since the beginning of August, hitting two home runs and two doubles while stealing two bases. Ahmed has...continue reading

Todd Frazier (3B, NYM) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's been a difficult season for the Mets on pretty much every front, and Todd Frazier's first year in Queens has been similarly challenging. After a solid start to the year, Frazier slumped badly and found himself on the disabled list for two separate stints that wiped out most of May and July. Since returning from the most recent injury, however, the Toddfather has acquitted himself well at the plate. He's swung a hot bat over...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Adames had a rough start to his rookie season, but he has looked much better since the calendar flipped to August. In 20 contests so far this month, the 22-year-old has slashed .348/.413/.576 with four homers and four steals. Whiffs were a major issue for him early, but he now has a 20% strikeout rate with a 10.7% walk rate since August 1. He is still hitting toward the bottom of the Tampa...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because of his speed and average. The Royals’ shortstop, who just turned 23, has gone hitless in four of his last five starts, but has posted a .268/.287/.411 slash since the beginning of July, with three homers and 13 stolen bases. His BABIP (.351) since the beginning of July is scary, and he is only hitting .222 in August, but,...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Adames had a rough start to his rookie season, but he has looked much better since the calendar flipped to August. In 15 contests so far this month, the 22-year-old has slashed .354/.418/.604 with three homers and four steals. Whiffs were a major issue for him early, but he has cut his strikeout rate almost in half during this hot streak. He is still hitting toward the bottom of the Tampa lineup,...continue reading

Amed Rosario (SS, NYM) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario offers an alternative for owners who need speed if they are also looking for run production. The Mets’ second-year man is hitting just .242 on the season, but he has swiped eight bags in nine tries so far in the second half, and he has totaled 35 R+BI in those 26 games as well. The former top prospect has a .269/.315/.418 since the beginning of August, hitting six extra-base hits, and...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS/3B, BAL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham, who is already 28 years old, is having a rollercoaster season, with most of the ride going down. He is currently struggling at the plate with only seven hits in the last 43 at-bats. During that time he has run into four homers and six RBI. His struggles could be expected considering he had to face off against the aces of the Red Sox, Mets, and Indians during that time. For his own part, Beckham has adapted...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because he refuses to quit hitting. The Royals’ shortstop, who just turned 23, has gone hitless in the last two games, but has posted a .290/.304/.450 slash since the beginning of July, with three homers and 12 stolen bases. Some of that success is certainly BABIP-fueled (.382), but given how tough it is right now to find players who can...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has not hit for any power to speak of (two home runs) in his extremely limited 173 plate appearances in July and August this season, but he has quietly put together two solid months of production at the plate. Since the beginning of July, Polanco is slashing a respectable .280/.341/.408. In August (69 PA), Polanco has two dingers and produced a solid slash of .288/.304/.455. His ISO for the year sits low at...continue reading

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Ketel Marte is in an awkward spot for playing time, something that could hurt his fantasy value. Arizona’s acquisition of Eduardo Escobar could end up cutting into Marte’s playing time when Jake Lamb heals up from his recent injury. Chris Owings is also hitting well, making it even tougher for Marte. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has been, though, getting at-bats will not be...continue reading

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien has a modest overall batting line sof .262/.321/.386, but he has notched double digits in home runs (10) and stolen bases (13) for the fourth consecutive season and is pacing toward 90 runs scored. He has done this while running the best strikeout rate of his career to boot. The whiffs have gotten even more infrequent since the All-Star break (17.2%), during which time Semien has hit .294/.374/.451 with three homers, three steals,...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: After only taking 17 AB in April, Johan Camargo has yet to finish a month with an OPS south of .733 or a HR total less than three. Now, over his last 95 AB in 25 games, he has produced four dingers and a slash of .295/.330/.505. The interesting thing is that, despite his consistent offense, he has sported some inconsistent peripherals. His strikeout rate has been anywhere from 13.1% to 25.6%, and his walk rate has deviated...continue reading

Willy Adames (2B/SS, TBR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSISWilly Adames’ rookie season got off to a bumpy start, but he’s looked much better since the calendar flipped to August. In 15 contests so far this month, the 22-year-old has slashed .354/.418/.604 with three homers and four steals. Whiffs were a major issue for him early, and he’s cut his strikeout rate almost in half during this hot streak. He’s still hitting toward the bottom of the Tampa lineup, which caps his run production. However, it’s...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 15 homers this year in just 324 plate appearances, with four of them coming in August. While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did have 17 bombs...continue reading

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed has been solid over the last few weeks, but a rough week has seen his ownership dip a bit this week (down from 26%). The Diamondbacks’ infield is going to get crowded once Jake Lamb returns from the disabled list, as well, after Arizona acquired Eduardo Escobar at the trade deadline. Ahmed is now slashing .281/.333/.539 since the beginning of July, but he is only slashing .190/.261/.286 over the last...continue reading

Tim Beckham (2B/SS/3B, BAL) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles infielder Tim Beckham started off the season very slow with a .206 batting average in the first half with two HR and 13 RBI. In only 89 plate appearances of the second half, Beckham already has five homers, 15 RBI, and a .303 average. It should be noted that Beckham does not hit the ball with authority, as his hard-hit rate is only 31%. He needs to improve that similar to the rate of 2017...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 14 homers this year in just 300 plate appearances, with four of them coming in his last 11 games. While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because he refuses to quit hitting. The Royals’ shortstop, who turned 23 last week, has gone hitless just twice since July 10 and posted a .305/.317/.492 line during that time, with a three homers and eight stolen bases. Some of that success is certainly BABIP-fueled (.385), but given how tough it is right now to find players who can contribute...continue reading

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Former top-100 prospect Jorge Polanco hasn't hit for any power to speak of in his extremely limited 129 AB in July and August this season, but he has quietly put together two solid months of production at the plate. In his cumulative work on the year he has a .760 OPS with a single homer and four stolen bases in six attempts. Over the last two weeks alone, encompassing 47 AB, Polanco hit his sole dinger for the...continue reading

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Ketel Marte is in an awkward spot for playing time, something that could hurt his fantasy value. Arizona’s acquisition of Eduardo Escobar could end up cutting into Marte’s playing time when Jake Lamb heals up from his recent injury. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has been, though, getting at-bats will not be a problem. The 24-year-old is hitting .298/.381/.560 since the beginning of June with nine home runs...continue reading

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed has been solid over the last few weeks, but a roster crunch may see his playing time go down. The Diamondbacks’ infield is going to get crowded once Jake Lamb returns from the disabled list after Arizona acquired Eduardo Escobar at the trade deadline. Ahmed is now slashing .299/.347/.589 since the beginning of July, tallying two triples, six doubles, and nine home runs. More surprisingly, he only has a .321...continue reading

Johan Camargo (2B/3B/SS, ATL) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: The trade deadline passed and Johan Camargo remains the Atlanta third baseman. Not only that, but he has shown uncharacteristic hitting traits as of late. Camargo is not known as a power hitter, but in the last 14 days, he has four homers and nine RBI to go with a .293 batting average. His HR total now sits at 13. With some good fortune, Camargo could reach 20 by year's end. Camargo's power is not something to...continue reading

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Nick Ahmed has been solid over the last few weeks, but a roster crunch may see his playing time go down. The Diamondbacks’ infield is going to get crowded once Jake Lamb returns from the disabled list after Arizona acquired Eduardo Escobar at the trade deadline. After hitting his 16th homer of the year, the former Gold Glove winner is up to 107 R+BI on the year, despite hitting primarily in the...continue reading

Aledmys Diaz (SS, TOR) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz certainly has not recaptured the form he showed as a rookie in 2016 (obviously if he had, his ownership rate would not be microscopic), but he has bounced back in terms of power. The Blue Jays’ shortstop has 12 homers this year in just 279 plate appearances, with four of them coming in his last 11 games. While he only hit seven home runs for the Cardinals last season, Diaz did...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals middle infielder Adalaberto Mondesi has been one of the best waiver wire pickups over the last weeks because he refuses to quit hitting. The Royals’ shortstop, who turned 23 last week, has gone hitless just twice since July 10 and posted a .340/.354/.511 line during that time, with a pair of homers and five stolen bases. Some of that success is certainly BABIP-fueled (.438), but given how tough it is right now to find players who can...continue reading

Lourdes Gurriel (2B/SS/OF, TOR) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues **UPDATE: 7/29 at 10:00 pm ET - Unfortunately Gurriel left today's game with a lower leg injury. He's being diagnosed with a knee contusion and ankle sprain, but no broken bones. It's still TBD how much time he will miss and if a DL stint will be needed. ** ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Lourdes Gurriel has been white hot of late. In fact, by the time you read this, it may already be too late – Gurriel’s...continue reading

Adalberto Mondesi (2B/SS, KC) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals utility player Adalberto Mondesi may have had his fantasy season saved by the Royals trading Mike Moustakas to the Brewers. Mondesi has been a boon to your batting average in recent days as well, and he has speed to offer on top of it. The 23-year-old has hit safely in eight straight, collecting multiple hits in five of those games. He has slashed .294/.310/.471 with three homers and seven steals...continue reading

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Ketel Marte is in an awkward spot for playing time, something that could hurt his fantasy value. Arizona’s acquisition of Eduardo Escobar could end up cutting into Marte’s playing time when Jake Lamb heals up from his recent injury. If he keeps swinging the bat like he has been, though, getting at-bats will not be a problem. The 24-year-old is hitting .288/.371/.571 since the beginning of June with...continue reading