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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Luis Matos headlines 5 hitters price selecting up now

Dalton Del Don reveals the top widely available hitters worth adding on the fantasy baseball waiver wire in Week 8. Luis Matos, OF, San Francisco Giants (36% rostered) Matos wasn’t in San Francisco’s immediate plans until injuries struck the Giants’ outfield, but he’s made the most of his opportunity since getting recalled a week ago.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Luis Matos headlines 5 hitters price selecting up now

Dalton Del Don

Dalton Del Don reveals the highest extensively out there hitters price including on the fantasy baseball waiver wire in Week 8.

Luis Matos, OF, San Francisco Giants (36% rostered)

Matos wasn’t in San Francisco’s instant plans till accidents struck the Giants’ outfield, however he’s made essentially the most of his alternative since getting recalled every week in the past. He recorded 11 RBI over Friday and Saturday — the identical quantity Ronald Acuña Jr. has totaled all season. He has twice as many RBI (16) in 26 at-bats during the last week than George Springer has in 159 ABs this yr.

Matos has but to stroll, however he’s additionally struck out simply as soon as over 30 plate appearances, so batting common must be a energy. He was struggling in Triple-A (66 wRC+) this yr and doesn’t possess a ton of energy/velocity upside, however he’s going to get an opportunity to hit in the midst of San Francisco’s lineup. Nonetheless, we should always mood expectations for homers and steals for the 22-year-old, particularly hampered by Oracle Park.

Matos is off to a scorching begin after getting recalled to the majors and has his roster share jumped accordingly off the massive weekend. He is nonetheless out there in additional than 60% of Yahoo leagues.

Davis Schneider, 2B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays (23%)

Schneider hit leadoff over the weekend with George Springer additionally within the lineup for the primary time this season. His 141 wRC+ could be top-25 amongst certified hitters, and Schneider entered Sunday ranked top-five in barrels per swing, simply behind Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani (possibly you’ve heard of them). Schneider is a Twenty eighth-round choose who seemingly got here out of nowhere, however he posted a 142 wRC+ in Triple-A and a 176 wRC+ after his first name as much as the majors final season. The truth is, Schneider was one of just nine MLB hitters to post a 1.000+ OPS within the second half. He can hit.

Schneider is eligible at 2B and OF, is in the top 15% of the league in xwOBA and is hitting leadoff in Toronto. He shouldn’t be out there in additional than 75% of leagues.

Lars Nootbaar, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (35%)

Nootbaar’s .218 batting common comes with a .275 anticipated BA, which is one of the biggest differences amongst all hitters this season. Nootbaar’s contact metrics are spectacular, and his max exit velocity is within the prime 8% of the league. He additionally has suffered from having the highest percentage of pitches outside the strike zone called strikes against him this yr. Abnormally poor umpiring and a lowly .236 BABIP are certain to regress, and projection techniques are bullish, with Steamer predicting a 126 wRC+ remainder of the season. Nootbaar hits second in opposition to righties, and it’s protected to disregard his deceptive batting common.

Nootbaar is offered in 65% of Yahoo leagues and must be a productive fantasy outfielder transferring ahead.

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David Fry, C/1B/OF, Cleveland Guardians (16%)

Fry would simply lead all catchers in OPS (1.005) and wRC+ (185) if he certified, and his stroll price is in the top 2% of the league. He’s develop into a fixture in Cleveland’s lineup throughout Could, when he’s hit .344/.475/.656 with almost as many walks as strikeouts. Fry has moved to the center of the Guardians’ order behind hitters with robust OBPs, so he seems to be like an underrated fantasy asset.

Fry entered Sunday ranked because the No. 12 fantasy catcher this season over simply 77 at bats (Yainer Diaz was regularly drafted as a top-five C and has supplied far much less worth over 166 ABs), but he’s out there in almost 85% of leagues regardless of a brand new full-time position within the outfield.

Tyler Freeman, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Cleveland Guardians (18%)

One other beneficiary of Steven Kwan’s damage in Cleveland, Freeman has thrived since moving to the top of the lineup. He’s quietly on tempo to go 15/25 regardless of a .221 batting common that appears certain to climb. Freeman doesn’t strike out a lot (6:5 Ok:BB ratio over 52 ABs in Could) and has strong exit velocity and velocity, so his lowly .241 BABIP looks like a fluke. The Guardians have been one of many extra aggressive base stealing groups this season, so there’s SB potential. Small pattern dimension alert, however the often pitcher-friendly Progressive Subject has been extraordinarily favorable to hitters up to now in 2024, together with rising house runs a whopping 41%.

Freeman is shining in the leadoff spot, eligible at 4 positions and extensively out there in fantasy leagues.

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