Week 14 Waiver Wire: Outfield

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Welcome back to the Outfield Waiver Wire, where we look at the best outfielders available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Consider this column your recommendations for Week 14 outfield waiver wire pickups.

We're nearing the halfway point of the season, but there are still plenty of guys who can help you floating around on the waiver wire. Not every move can be a blockbuster. Value is value, wherever you can find it. This column is designed to help you do just that.

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Week 14 Outfield (OF) Waiver Wire Targets

Josh Reddick, OF, Houston Astros (43% owned)

Reddick has never come close to equaling his excellent 2012 season, when he hit 32 home runs, scored 85 runs, knocked in another, and stole 11 bases. That’s mostly because he’s had so much trouble staying healthy. The only other time he’s logged at least 500 plate appearances was 2015, when he went 20/10. This season, he’s managed to avoid injury thus far and is hitting .308/.358/.504 with eight homers and seven steals. He’s also on pace for 100 runs, a benefit of spending most of the season hitting second in a stacked Astros lineup.

Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dogers (43%)

When Pederson landed on the disabled list on May 23, he was hitting a paltry .200/.309/.314 with two home runs, one which came on Opening Day. The time off must have done some good, as he’s hit .304/.435/.714 with six homers and 27 R+RBI in 18 games since returning. He even stole a base, though he’s just 1-for-4 on the year now. It’s probably time to give up hope of him ever running much at the MLB level, but Pederson’s got the thump back in his bat and is controlling the strike zone much more effectively of late.

Danny Valencia, 1B/3B/OF, Seattle Mariners (20%)

Valencia was putrid in April, but he’s acquitted himself well ever since the calendar flipped to May. Over the last two months, the veteran is hitting .308/.365/.466 with seven homers and 62 R+RBI in 51 games. Not flashy, but useful in deeper formats or standard leagues with large rosters, given his positional flexibility.

Lonnie Chisenhall, OF, Cleveland Indians (14%)

Like Valencia, Chisenhall has had brief periods of usefulness, but has never achieved sustained fantasy relevance. The good news is, we’re in one of those useful periods right now! It could be more than that – Chisenhall is hitting the ball harder, elevating it more, and chasing pitches out of the zone with less frequency. Even if it’s just another hot streak, the former top prospect is hitting .303/.371/.564 with 10 homers, buoyed by a scorching .373/.425/.627 in June.

Tommy Pham, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (10%)

It’s taken a while, but the Cardinals finally seem willing to run Pham out there as a everyday player. He’s certainly earned it, with a .282/.371/.469 line, nine homers, nine steals, and 60 R+RBI in 51 games. Since breaking into the majors in 2015, Pham has logged roughly a full season’s worth of plate appearances and hit .259/.347/.460 with 23 homers, 89 runs, and 13 steals. That’s a relevant mixed-league asset, by gum. Assuming he holds a starting gig down the rest of the year, he could threaten the 20/20 benchmark.

 

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