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8 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire & FAAB Pickups (Week 10)

We have made it through another week of action and have some stats to give us an idea of some player’s production. At this point of the season, it is all about playing the hot hand and great matchups in the coming weeks. The season is still young, so there will be a few players to track due to injuries, increased playing time, streaming starting pitchers, and some new closers.

Each week, I will highlight a few players to target in your weekly fantasy baseball waiver wire FAAB process, but know there are many others available and, more importantly, others that may be better fitting for your teams. If you have any questions, please ask me on Twitter (@bdentrek).

Remember that we’ll be using Yahoo for player percentages, and we’ll keep our fantasy baseball waiver wire suggestion to players rostered in no more than 60% of leagues. Here is my fantasy baseball waiver wire advice and FAAB suggestions for Week 10.

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire & FAAB Picks: Week 10

Note: We use Yahoo for player percentages and recommend players rostered in no more than 60% of leagues.

Hitters

Luis Matos (OF – SF)

Rostered: 54%
Suggested Bid: 28%

Matos was called up on May 12 and has been solid through his first 11 games. He is hitting .304 with two home runs and 18 RBI. The RBI total is wild and was largely from last weekend, but something else stands out in a big way. The 22-year-old Matos is only striking out 4.3% of the time. Matos is doing so well at the plate that he’s moved to leadoff over the last three games for the Giants. Matos is a priority add this week.

Max Kepler (OF – MIN)

Rostered: 47%
Suggested Bid: 16%

Every week I look at the players rostered under 60% on Yahoo and I always laugh at some names. Kepler is one of those names. All he has done since returning from the IL is hit. In May, Kepler is hitting .344 with three home runs, 12 runs scored and nine RBI. He’s still showcasing his OBP skills with a 10% walk rate and he’s doing this damage hitting cleanup nearly every game for the Twins. Kepler may sit versus an occasional LHP, but more often than not, Kepler will be locked into the Twins lineup and the Twins face six RHP in seven games next week.

Alec Burleson (1B,OF – STL)

Rostered: 29%
Suggested Bid: 11%

Burleson has been quite the surprise this season. Most thought Burleson would be a temporary fill-in till the Cardinals got healthy, well, they haven’t and Burleson has been locked into the five-hole playing DH and LF. Burleson enters Saturday riding an eight-game hitting streak, hitting .424 with two home runs and two stolen bases. Burleson has provided nice power and speed, and with the Cardinals lineup heating up, he’s also helping with run production. Stop sleeping on Burleson in 12-team and deeper leagues.

Pitchers

MacKenzie Gore (SP – WAS)

Rostered: 48%
Suggested Bid: 36%

Gore has been outstanding this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in his ten starts this year with a 3.04 ERA and 3.35 SIERA. Gore had walk issues in the past, but he has lowered that to 7.6% to go with a 27.6% strikeout rate, which is suitable for a 20% K-BB. Gore is forcing a 12.5% SwStr to go with a 31.8% O-swing. Gore has looked outstanding and is a weekly starter in most formats.

Reese Olson (SP – DET)

Rostered: 41%
Suggested Bid: 16%

Olson has been excellent this season, allowing two earned runs or less in seven of nine starts. Olson has a 2.16 ERA and 3.87 SIERA as he’s navigated opposing offenses. He only has a 13.3% K-BB as Olson does not strike out many, but a 54% groundball rate will help with strikeouts lacking. Olson has been solid for the Tigers and should be solid on more fantasy rosters.

Alec Marsh (SP – KC)

Rostered: 26%
Suggested Bid: 6%

Marsh has been great over his last five starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in each start and struck out five or more in four. Marsh has seen his K-BB rise to 15.9% over the last five starts with a nice 12.2% SwStr. Marsh is forcing a 33.3% O-swing to help limit the damage. Most are still streaming Marsh, and that’s fine, but he also deserves more respect. With such a brutal pitching landscape, Marsh often makes for a weekly start.

Closers

Trevor Megill (RP – MIL)

Rostered: 55%
Suggested Bid: 22%

Megill continues to be the Brewers’ closer despite being so lowly rostered. He has seven saves over his last nine appearances and an ERA of 2.00. He has 12 strikeouts over nine innings and zero walks. Megill is a great closer with nasty stuff and should be rostered in all formats.

Jeff Hoffman (RP – PHI)

Rostered: 24%
Suggested Bid: 6%

Hoffman picked up another save this past week, giving him two in his last four appearances. It’s not always predictable when Hoffman will get a chance, but he is the 1B to Jose Alvarado‘s 1A. Hoffman has a 1.19 ERA on the season, striking out 32.6% with a 24.7% K-BB. Hoffman has two wins, four saves, and seven holds on the season, as he’s one of the better relievers in the game.

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