Week 7 Waiver Wire: Deep Points Leagues

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Points leagues are a different beast compared to rotisserie leagues, as you are looking for someone who can fill the whole stat sheet, and when you can find some of those guys on the wire, they are golden.

Here are a few guys who can contribute in deep points leagues, one at each position to consider for the next week. These are your deep points leagues waiver wire pickups for Week 7. Let's get to it.

Note: All ownership percentages are courtesy of Yahoo! Fantasy Sports.

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Points League Deep Waiver Wire Adds - Week 7

C - Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians - 3% owned

Unlike most players on this list, Yan Gomes can be more than a short-term addition for your fantasy team. As hard as it may be to believe, from 2013 to 2014 Gomes hit .284/.325/.476 with 32 home runs over 223 games. Over the past two seasons he hit only .205/.240/.365 with 21 HR over 169 games. This season he is being more patient at the plate, currently holding a career-high 11.1% BB% with a career-low 16% K%. He is hitting .246/.350/.406 this season, and his BABIP is right in line with his career norms. If he can sustain his newfound patience, he will be a worthwhile add for the remainder of the season.

1B - Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays - 14% owned

Logan Morrison has been on fire over the past two weeks. During that span he has hit .263/.341/.684 with five HR and 11 RBI over 44 plate appearances. He has hit mainly sixth in the batting order, but during his hot streak he has been promoted to the clean-up spot. He currently has his highest walk rate since his rookie season at 12%, which has been a huge boost to his OBP. He is striking out just as much, but this season has been hitting the ball harder than he ever has before. If he can stay healthy, Morrison seems poised to have a career-year. Health is the big question however, so add him while he’s hot if you need some power.

2B - T.J. Rivera, New York Mets- 4% owned

It’s been a long wait for T.J. Rivera to make the majors, but he’s showing the Mets he was worth the wait. Last season in his first taste of the majors, he hit .333/.345/.476 over 113 plate appearances. This season in his first 69 plate appearances he has hit .300/.382/.467, and has been getting regular playing time while Lucas Duda has been out. He may not hit for much power, but Rivera has shown throughout his minor-league career that he can hit for a solid average consistently. Duda is nearing a return, and the Mets will need to make a decision between the two. He can still be useful even on the strong side of a platoon if it comes down to that.

3B - Yunel Escobar, Los Angeles Angels - 14% owned

Yunel Escobar is a solid addition in points leagues due to his lack of strikeouts and ability to hit for average. He has hit over .300 each of the past two seasons to go along with a 11.8% K%. This season his strikeout rate has fallen to 10.8%, but his average has dipped to .259/.310/.401. Over the past 12 games he has helped his case by hitting .296/.345/.556, and has seen a huge boon in his power with four HR and 10 RBI over that span. Escobar his five HR in 132 games last season, and already has five in 35 games this season. I doubt we will see a big jump in the power department from him, but he is more than capable of hitting over .300 again this season.

SS - Freddy Galvis, Philadelphia Phillies - 12% owned

Galvis was on this list last week, and hasn’t done anything to hurt his case since. Though he has hit only .240/.310/.320, but still maintained his excellent walk and strikeout rates over that span at 10.8% and 13.8% respectively. He notched five RBI over that span with two steals also, pushing his total in that department to three. He is making more contact and hitting the ball harder this season, evidenced by his 82% contact % and 28.4% hard contact%. Galvis seems poised to break the 20-20 barrier this season, making him an interesting shortstop add in any format. He should be much more highly owned than the 12% he sits at currently.

OF - Ben Gamel, Seattle Mariners - 10% owned

Ben Gamel has been on an absolute tear to begin the season. At a time when the Mariners offense has been stagnant, Gamel has been the exception. Over his first 13 games of the season he has hit .373/.475/.588 with two HR, 11 RBI, and 14 runs scored. He is striking out at a 25.8% clip, but his BB% is currently at 16.1%. This season his hard hit % is at 41.7%, and he has traded hitting ground balls for line drives this season. The results have been fantastic early on, though he is sporting an unsustainable .515 BABIP. Even with this number bound to drop, Gamel is worth an add while he’s scorching at the plate.

SP - Nathan Karns, Kansas City Royals - 11% owned

After some up and down starts to begin his Royals career, Nathan Karns has strung together two straight quality starts. He mowed down the Rays and White Sox over 12 1/3 innings, with two earned runs allowed and a 17:3 K:BB. On the season he holds a 4.58 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, but he has reduced his hard contact rate and increased his ground ball rate. His next start will be against the Orioles, who are top-10 in the league in strikeouts this season. He may not be someone you want to start every day, but he can be effective in the right matchups. Karns makes a nice add for a back-end fantasy option.

RP - Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles - 11% owned

Darren O’Day has been a staple in the Orioles bullpen since 2012, putting up solid strikeout numbers with a career 2.48 ERA. Last season he battled injuries and suffered a down year, with a 3.77 ERA over 31 innings. His ERA this season is at 5.02, but if you remove his terrible three-game stretch to begin the season his ERA is 2.31 over his last 11 2/3 IP. With Zach Britton out, Brad Brach is expected to lead a committee of closers until his return. O’Day is second on that list with two saves this season. If you’re in a pinch for saves, O’Day will chip in in that department while providing great ratios.

 

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