A smart waiver wire pickup this late in the season can be the difference between a playoff spot and the consolation bracket.
So, let’s take a look at some hitters, owned in 50% or less of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, who have been on fire recently.
Warning: This list is very outfield-heavy. Outfielders have been having a great couple of weeks.
- Peter Bourjos, OF, Los Angeles Angels (30% owned) – Bourjos has been doing it all at the plate for the Angels lately. He’s hitting .420 with four homers, eight RBI, 12 runs scored and two stolen bases in the past two weeks. With production like that, there’s no reason he should only be owned in 30% of leagues. Please, if you have a spot for a hot outfielder, add Bourjos and don’t look back.
- Casper Wells, OF, Seattle Mariners (23%) – Wells has been hitting a whopping .355 the past 14 days. He’s hit five home runs and has driven in nine runs. The future appears to be bright for the Mariners, with Wells, Carp and Dustin Ackley leading the way. This team has a ton of future fantasy potential.
- Seth Smith, OF, Colorado Rockies (28%) – Smith has been hitting the cover off the ball lately. In the past two weeks, he’s hit five home runs and has driven in eight runs. He’s batting .313 and has added two steals as well. Ride him while he’s hot and receiving plenty of playing time.
- Mike Carp, 1B/OF, Seattle Mariners (45%) – Carp has been on a tear the last two weeks. He just had his 20-game hitting streak snapped on Monday night. But, during that stretch, he hit .354 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He’s shown a lot of potential for the future, and should be a fixture in Seattle for quite some time. Get him while you still can.
- Jose Constanza, OF, Atlanta Braves (29%) – Constanza has been keeping the Braves on the path to the playoffs with his play the past two weeks. He’s been hitting .317 with a home run, four RBI, 11 runs scored and five stolen bases. He’s doing a little bit of everything and will be a valuable role player down the stretch and in the playoffs. Keep an eye on his playing time though. If he starts playing less, he’s not worth a spot on your team.