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Waiver Wired: Glasnow or Never

Thursday, September 27, 2018


We’ve reached the end of the road for Waiver Wired in 2018. Thanks so much for reading, whether you’ve been on board all along or just found this column recently. If you are reading this right now, it probably means you still have a chance at winning your league. Well done. I hope this column has proven useful along the way.

In keeping with the past couple of years, this final week is mostly about prioritizing categories and starting pitcher streamers. It’s very difficult to be one-size-fits-all at this time of the year, so the usual format with this column just doesn’t apply. Some of you might be in a head-to-head format where every start matters while others are just trying to accrue as many innings as possible. Favorable matchups can sometimes just be a bonus in those sort of situations. Either way, I have a six-pack of names to consider below.

Be sure to click on through to the second page for the annual Waiver Wired Awards. It’s mostly just for fun, but I highlight the notable names who have helped many fantasy owners to championships this year.

While this is goodbye for now, I’m not actually going anywhere. You can expect plenty of coverage from me during the postseason as well as with our Team Roundups, which will begin next week. And there’s always the usual nonsense on Twitter (@djshort), as well.

MIXED LEAGUES

(All players below are available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Power: David Dahl, Luke Voit, Daniel Palka, Hunter Renfroe, C.J. Cron, Randal Grichuk, Ryan O’Hearn, Avisail Garcia, Victor Robles, Peter O’Brien, Rowdy Tellez, Yan Gomes, Christin Stewart, Francisco Mejia

Speed: Amed Rosario, Cedric Mullins, Greg Allen, Ramon Laureano, Rajai Davis, Matt Duffy, Alex Gordon, Gerardo Parra, Roman Quinn, Jackie Bradley, Myles Straw

Multi-position eligible players: Jeff McNeil, Joey Wendle, Adam Frazier, Willians Astudillo, Brandon Lowe, Jay Bruce, Renato Nunez, Wilmer Difo, Jason Kipnis, Johan Camargo, Trey Mancini, Niko Goodrum, Ketel Marte, Charlie Culberson, Jedd Gyorko

Saves: Hansel Robles, Jim Johnson, Zach Britton, Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley, Nate Jones, Taylor Rogers, Trevor May, Wily Peralta, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, Mychal Givens, Jesse Chavez, Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson

(Arodys Vizcaino was recently moved back into the closer role for the Braves and is still available in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Suitable Streamers:

Thomas Pannone SP/RP, Blue Jays (Yahoo: Rostered in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues) - at Rays on Friday

I’m sticking to Friday and Saturday options here, mostly because the final day of the season is so wildly unpredictable. As I wrote last week, stay alert and flexible in these final days. We’ll start with Pannone, who has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts. He’s worked at least six innings in all of them. The most recent one was against the Rays, so we’ll give him a shot here with the rematch. Pannone is a soft-tossing lefty who has been a bit homer-prone so far, but he’s getting a decent number of whiffs on all of his pitches and was known for his good control in the minors.

Tyler Glasnow SP/RP, Rays (Yahoo: Rostered in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues - vs. Blue Jays on Friday

The other side of Friday’s matchup, Glasnow obviously offers more in the way of upside than Pannone. While Glasnow took the loss against the Blue Jays last Saturday, he allowed three runs over six innings while striking out six and walking a pair. He’s now gone at least six innings with three earned runs or fewer allowed in four of his last five starts. He hasn’t walked more than two batters in any of those starts, which is encouraging given his well-documented control issues. Glasnow is certainly capable of disaster — we saw it in a start against the Blue Jays earlier this month — but he’s been more good than bad since coming over to the Rays in the Chris Archer deal. He’s worth the gamble if you need whiffs.

Zach Davies SP, Brewers (Yahoo: Rostered in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues) - vs. Tigers on Friday

I’m going to pick on the Tigers here, but for good reason. While they’ve been a little better this month, this offense just isn’t scaring anyone. That’s why I’m rolling with Davies, who has a 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 15/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over four starts since returning from a lengthy stint on the disabled list with a shoulder issue. He only lasted four innings in his most recent outing, but he’s yet to allow more than two runs in a start since returning. There’s a good chance he can keep that streak going against the Tigers.

Wade Miley SP, Brewers (Yahoo: Rostered in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues - vs. Tigers on Saturday

Yep, we’re targeting the Tigers again. Miley only threw four innings in his most recent turn against the Pirates, but he still hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 15 starts this season. The 31-year-old has proven to be a valuable rotation cog with a 2.32 ERA, but fantasy owners have been reluctant to trust him with a 48/26 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings. I totally get that, which is why he hasn’t been mentioned in Waiver Wired until now this season, but hopefully he can keep the magic going for one more start in a favorable matchup.

Eric Lauer SP, Padres (Yahoo: Rostered in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues) - vs. Diamondbacks on Friday

Lauer is finishing his rookie season on a high note. After missing about a month with a left forearm strain, the 23-year-old southpaw has posted a 1.42 ERA and 19/8 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over his last four starts. He beat the Dodgers for the third time in his most recent outing. The Padres have seemingly been watching Lauer’s workload, so he hasn’t thrown more than five innings or 95 pitches during this four-start stretch, but he hasn’t allowed more than two runs either. Now he gets a start back at home against a team who has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Kyle Gibson SP, Twins (Yahoo: Rostered in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues) - vs. White Sox on Saturday

Gibson might already be gone in most competitive formats, but then again maybe he’s been dropped in some leagues as his performance has dipped during the second half. Still, he’s been good in three out of his four starts this month and the White Sox have been the most whifftastic team in the majors this season. Their strikeout percentage has only increased as the season has moved along. Gibson is an easy start with this matchup.


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D.J. Short is a Rotoworld senior baseball writer and hosts the Rotoworld Baseball Podcast. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.
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