Three Players Available On Waivers Who Have Lost Their Luster
Major League Baseball is in the third month of the 2017 schedule, just a few weeks away from the mid-season all-star break. Most fantasy leagues are approaching the halfway mark, a point in your season where it can be now, or next year. You may be a team owner who has experienced injuries and underachievers crippling your team's production.
Now is the time to search the waiver list for available players who can turn your season around. However, a mistake at this point can mean the end of any playoff hopes. Here are some recent players mentioned as potential pickups and why you might want to look elsewhere for help with your MLB lineup.
Stuck Behind Another Phillies Prospect?
Back at the start of the month, players like Rhys Hoskins, Ben Gamel and Ryan Schimph were touted as low-ownership, high-appeal waiver options. Don't be too quick with the trigger on these three bats.
Hoskins is behind Tommy Joseph in Philadelphia, a high-ranking prospect himself. Joseph seems to have righted the ship, hits in six straight, after a sluggish start, so Hoskins seems stuck at the minor league level, at least temporarily.
No Room For This Mariner?
Gamel tore the cover off the ball in Seattle for about a month, but has since returned to producing a statistical line more reflective of his minor league numbers. On the horizon is the return of rookie of the year candidate Mitch Haniger, on a rehab assignment right now Tacoma.
Haniger is going to reenter the lineup immediately, plus he is only a couple of dozen fantasy points behind Gamel's production with half as many trips to the plate. Because of the injury, Haniger's ownership slipped to around 60% in many leagues.
If he has managed to float under the radar during his DL stay, grab him. Even if Haniger is already taken, avoid Gamel because both Jarrod Dyson and Danny Valencia will absorb playing time from Gamel going forward. In all likelihood, he will either spend a lot more time on the pine in split duty, or head back to AAA in Tacoma.
Lots Of Dingers, But Too Many Whiffs?
Ryan Schimph is a total enigma for owners. He has managed to get his name on the leader board in home runs, but his batting average is below the Mendoza line; far below the Mendoza line. Fact is, he is in the middle of another 0-10 swoon that got him shipped back down to AAA. If you need middle infield help, stay with the Padres and Jose Pirela.
He followed up a 0-4 debut with an impressive stretch of 9 hits in his last four games. Pirela is a unique utility player, so his options on a fantasy roster will grow as the Padres stick him at different positions.
Don't be surprised if he sticks with the big club, because Schimph's strikeout prone swing mechanics have dogged him during his entire career. There doesn't appear to be a quick fix, and Dave Kingman he's not.
You have to keep an eye on waivers to be a successful fantasy baseball owner, but sometimes it's as much about not making a wrong move as just making one for the sake of a player change.
A month ago, these three hitters were touted as grab em waiver options, but recent trends indicate you may want to look elsewhere for help. Keep up with player stats and pending moves every day at FantasyAlarm to gain an edge over your competition.