Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds: Week 12
Injuries have rocked the fantasy baseball landscape this season, as pointed out by Spotrac, who tell us that over 13,000 days and over $275 million have been lost due to various and sundry bumps and bruises. Ouch.
If your fantasy baseball team somehow escaped the injury bug, good for you, but if some or all of your squad has been in and out of the trainer's room, here are four players who sit unowned in greater than 50% of ESPN.com leagues. Get 'em while you can.
Jacob Faria - Tampa Bay Rays (SP)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 44.6%
Over three starts, Faria's pitched 19 2/3 innings, recording a 1.50 FIP and 3.16 SIERA. And that's just the start of his goodness. He's whiffed 29.0% of hitters and he's walked only 5.3% of batters faced, all while racking up his healthy groundball rate of 42.0%. If Faria's can keep up his current 12.4% swinging-strike rate, he could be up to stay for good.
Seth Lugo - New York Mets (SP)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 27.3%
The New York Mets were potentially in a bit of a bind, and were even considering the unconventional six-man starting rotation, as Seth Lugo and Steven Matz were set to return an already crowded group.
Lugo may be a bit of an unknown to folks, as he suffered a partial UCL tear and opted to go the rehab route versus Tommy John surgery, delaying his time at the major league level in 2017.
During his rehab and his first few starts, Lugo showcased a curveball that is absolutely nasty. While his strikeout rate in his 2016 cup of coffee was only 17.3%, his 9.2% swinging-strike rate was a harbinger of things to come.
So far in 2017, we've seen much bigger numbers from Lugo, including a strikeout rate of 28.9% in Double-A, and an improved major league rate over his first 13 2/3 innings pitched of 19.0%.
Lugo's only allowed a hard contact rate of 23.8% and if he can stay healthy, could be a huge asset to fantasy pitching staffs down the stretch.
Trey Mancini - Baltimore Orioles (1B)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 34.6%
Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini has been playing quite a bit against right-handed pitching, typically slotted into the designated hitter position. He burst onto the scene in 2017 by tying a major league record with his seventh homer in his first 12 career games.
Mancini's power binge from the start of this season has slowed quite a bit -- he has 12 bombs over 199 plate appearances -- but if he qualified, his .266 ISO would rank 21st in the league..
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Mancini is that unlike his predecessor (Davis), who can hurt your batting average a bit, Mancini's hitting .310 so far this year, and in his seven minor-league stops Mancini hit above .300 in five of them. That healthy average is no joke.
If you need some help at the first base position, or are looking for a little bit of a power boost, consider Mancini, who's a nice well-rounded fantasy asset.
Matt Davidson - Chicago White Sox (3B)
ESPN Percentage Owned: 11.8%
Davidson is a feast or famine type of hitter, as he strikes out in bunches (39.3%), and his contact rate so far this season is only 64.3%. The league average, as a point of reference, is 77.5%.
But when he does make contact, it's chock full of fantasy goodness. Over 196 plate appearances, Davidson's bopped 15 homers, and June may be his best month of the campaign.
Over 54 plate appearances this month, he's had five jacks, and posted a .924 OPS, a .373 ISO, and a .379 wOBA, all while striking out 42.6% of the time.
He's not heavily owned, but Davidson is certainly worth a longer look if you're looking for help at the third base slot.