There are only two more waiver wire-weeks that can really make an impact and there are only a few more weeks remaining overall, so the strategy is pretty simple — I’m holding off the opponents right behind me in a couple of categories or I’m trying to gain ground in a couple of categories. To expect to make a huge leap at this point is unrealistic.
However, if you’re only up five saves or a few percentage points in batting average, it’s more than reasonable to attack the waiver wire and acquire players to ensure your competition doesn’t do the same.
Cleveland Guardians Outfielder Oscar Gonzalez
Riding hot streaks is what we need to do in the final few weeks and Gonzalez fits that perfectly. The outfielder is batting .353 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored in the month of September. The 24-year-old has collected six hits in his last three games as well. Gonzalez has nine home runs in 71 games played, so he has some power potential as well. We’ll ride the hot streak and see if it can help give us a boost down the stretch.
Cincinnati Reds Reliever Alexis Diaz
Finding a closer this late in the season is hard to come do, which makes Diaz a prime fantasy target. The right-hander picked up his seventh save on Sept. 15 and is pitching to a 1.93 ERA. Unfortunately, the Reds aren’t very good so opportunities will be scarce, but at least we know the Reds will turn to Diaz when they’re looking for big outs in the ninth.
Texas Rangers Outfielder Bubba Thompson
If you need speed to hold off the competition or to make a late push in the standings, Thompson is a fine target. The outfielder has 15 steals in only 37 games played, which is impressive. This is a player who had 49 steals prior to his promotion, so the speed is legit. The outfielder is also batting .302 in September, so the hope here is he’ll get more opportunities to steal bases in the final few weeks, which could be the difference in one or two points in the standings.