Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 23


The season is galloping towards the finish. It is vital that fantasy managers target the categories they need. This week the primary focus for outfield additions will be to maximize venues. Some might cause a little tingle of concern when you read their name. Don't be afraid. Do what you're comfortable doing with your roster. No Fear, Just Fantasy.

Whether you're streaming a hot bat or need to replace a guy long-term, there are plenty of different options. The issue is that you are not alone and others in your league might have intent on doing the same thing. Just make sure you make a decision and grab someone. You'll lose valuable counting stats if you leave a roster spot empty, even if only a day. In this article, I’ll discuss waiver wire targets for the outfield in week 23. This week we cover guys that primarily have advantageous environments and playing time.

Even in the first few weeks, ownership can change quickly. Be quick to check your leagues for their availability. Key points - this list will focus on players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. When you want to chat it up regarding outfielders, prospects, or dynasty leagues, message me directly on Twitter @EllisCan2.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!

 

Outfield (OF) Waiver Wire Options

Shallow Leagues (50-30% Owned)

Willie Calhoun (OF, TEX) — 39% owned

It’s never pleasant to benefit from someone else’s pain and suffering, but that is exactly what is going on here. Joey Gallo exited with a wrist injury and Willie Calhoun jumped in to replace him, quite well at that.  In the last month, he’s hit 10 long balls with 18RBI and a .295 batting average. Calhoun’s low walk rate (5.4%) will keep him from excelling in OBP leagues (.330), but his high average, as well as power, makes him a must-add in all standard leagues. Calhoun gets seven games this week, albeit all on the road. The good news is the road trip takes him to Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards, which are both beneficial to left-handed hitters. Add him and enjoy him for the rest of the season.

Corey Dickerson (OF, PHI) — 33% owned

Dickerson has been the belle of the ball the last two weeks. He's mustered two taters with 14RBI, and a .313 batting average. Don't be alarmed by a week-long road trip, Dickerson gets to travel to the Great American Ball Park to face the Reds before heading to the big apple to test the Mets pitching staff. Dickerson is giddy to face five right-handers on the seven-game week as he's enjoyed an eight-homer, 38RBI, and .323AVG performance against them thus far.

 

Deeper Leagues (30-10% Owned)

Oscar Mercado (OF, CLE) — 29% owned

I know it is tough to get past one long ball, three SB, and .231 batting average over the last two weeks. However, keep in mind Mercado has 10 homers and 12 stolen bases with a .271 average in 336 at-bats. The power/speed combination isn't easy to find and it's just sitting on the waiver wire. How about if I told you the Indians were hosting the White Sox for four games, would that tickle your fancy?

Anthony Santander (OF, BAL) — 16% owned

Santander is welcoming you with open arms right now. With back-to-back homer-games on Friday and Saturday, he might look even more inviting to the masses. Santander has five homers with 12RBI and a .306AVG the last two weeks. Get in on the switch-hitter before the crowd and you'll enjoy the benefits of a seven-game schedule this week. Not only that, Santander gets to return home to Camden Yards for four of those where he's hitting .329 this season. Although the Orioles don't provide as much thump as other lineups, Santander still benefits from hitting at the top of it.

Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) — 12% owned

Kiermaier returned Saturday following a four-day exodus due to a rib cage contusion. Assuming he's actually fully healthy and ready to give 100%, he's positioned to have a very good week. The excitement that would cause you to take a risk on nearly all Rays hitters is their guests this week, the O's and Blue Jays. If you're looking for another power/speed guy to stream, here's your man.

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) — 11% owned

Normally, we’d be excited when Belt gets to escape Oracle Park, but he gets only a partial vote of confidence this week. It’s great that he has a .294 average with one homer over the last week. That's solid confidence to take on the road this week for seven games.  His momentum combined with a career .271AVG in Busch Stadium makes for a very good start to the week. The second half of the week is where things get a little shaky. Belt’s batting average in Dodger Stadium is a paltry .218. The one thing that will save him is the fact that he faces off against seven right-handers this week. Belt’s batting average is nearly .050 points better against righties.

Kyle Tucker (OF, HOU) — 13% owned

Nope, Tucker has yet to be brought up, but if you have the space to speculate, you could do a lot worse. If he does come up and the Astros surprise us all by playing him regularly, you'll wish you had a piece of the action.

 

Super Deep Leagues (< 10% Owned)

Dexter Fowler (OF, STL) — 9% owned

Aside from the homer on Saturday, Fowler has had a rough of things the last couple of weeks. One homer and 12RBI by itself is enjoyable, the .195 batting average sours everything though. Despite that, Fowler is getting steady at-bats atop a Cardinals lineup that has the potential to tally runs quickly. Remember, every counting stat matters. That's why a seven-game slate is more attractive now than earlier in the season. Battling against the Giants at home and then traveling to Pittsburgh doesn't sound like much of a battle at all.

Sam Hilliard (OF, COL) — 5% owned

Hilliard is the young man that will get tons of fanfare this week thanks to two homers and a .333 average in 12 at-bats. If you need upside the rest of the year, he's a solid option. However, be very cautious of the schedule this week and his team concept. The Rockies only have a six-game slate this week that includes a personal viewing of Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Joey Lucchesi. The other question to ask yourself is whether you trust the Rockies. Yes, Raimel Tapia and David Dahl are both injured but somehow the Rockies find a way to crew up rookie fantasy goodness. Be careful, you might get caught drooling over his 109R, 35HR, 101RBI, 22SB, .262AVG at Triple-A.

 


Check out RotoBaller's entire fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups and sleepers list, updated daily!




More Recent Articles

 

Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

An injury-laden Week 14 decided many matchups, with several big names going down in a Red Wedding-esque affair. Not only was Josh Jacobs was a late inactive, but Jared Cook, Devante Parker, Albert Wilson all left with concussions, Mike Evans pulled up with a hamstring injury, Calvin Ridley and Ryan Griffin hurt their ankles, Derrius... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 14 Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Jared Cook has been ruled out of the game after... Read More


Week 14 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 14... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More


Updated Week 14 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 14 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 14 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 14. Adam Thielen (hamstring) has officially been ruled out. Le'Veon Bell... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Q&A for Week 14

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 14

Welcome to our Week 14 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Monday Night Fantasy Football Starts/Sits - Week 14

Finally, we had a good fantasy matchup last week. And now, as punishment, we get this. The Eagles against the Giants is a good rivalry game. But for fantasy? Not so much. Even key players Saquon Barkley and Carson Wentz have been severely disappointing in 2019. The game is not going to be something to... Read More


Wide Receiver Matchups To Target In Week 14

In Week 13, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill were the high-end options that had great matchups. Adams had a huge two-touchdown game while Hill only came up with 55 scoreless yards, falling victim to game flow as the Chiefs led from start to finish, scoring a defensive touchdown in the process. Several of the wide receivers... Read More


Week 14 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Week 14-16 Playoff Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

The playoffs are here, and that means we're going to do things a little differently. I want to take a look at the playoffs as a whole (and in this case we are considering Weeks 14-16) and determine which DSTs you can ride all the way through and which ones you should stream this week.... Read More


Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 14

Welcome to Week 14, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football playoffs. These player selections are based on my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More


NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 14) - Targets and Avoids

If there were a dozen people left in a survivor pool this past week, odds are those pools are down to just several. The upsets began Thursday when the Bills beat the Cowboys, and continued Sunday when the Dolphins and Redskins won as 10-point underdogs. If you're somehow still alive in your pool with just... Read More


Week 14 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that the playoffs are beginning in most leagues and the final march for a championship has begun, streaming becomes a  necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions could easily be the difference in winning a championship.... Read More


Fantasy Football Playoff RB Handcuffs: Add Them Now!

The fantasy football postseason has begun, so it’s time to re-evaluate your depth, especially at running back. With only three weeks left on most fantasy scoreboards and each matchup possibly being your last, there is no more time for stashing players for potential contributions later. You also cannot waste roster space on guys who will... Read More


Fleaflicker's Most Added and Dropped: Week 14

Week 13 just served to remind us all that anything can happen in the National Football League and that you can't ever look past the New York Jets when you're trying to lose. The Cincinnati Bengals learned that lesson on Sunday, beating the Jets handily in a game that wasn't even as close as the... Read More