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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire: Don’t Be A Stranger


At this point in the season, trade deadlines are fast approaching in real and fantasy life. Even though most talent is obviously found on current teams, don’t be a stranger to the waiver wire at this time of the game. There is still plenty of talent out there that you can take advantage of down the stretch.

Most leagues have a little over a month of regular season action, if you have playoffs, and much can change during that time. If you haven’t paid attention to your waiver wire lately, here are some players that are hot who could be the change you are looking for. Keep in touch with your waiver wire on a regular basis.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire


Cory Spangenberg, 2B/3B/OF, San Diego Padres (15% owned in Yahoo)

After starting the season in Triple-A, Spangenberg has really come on for the Padres. I normally talk about how difficult it is to sometimes play for the Padres, but then again many players who play there have nothing to lose. They play loosey goosey, which in return can result in some respectable numbers. Spangenberg is one of those players right now.

My love for multiple positional types of players grows with Cory Spangenberg. (Side Note: I enjoy saying this guy’s name too.)  In the past two weeks, he has a nice average of .349 with an OBP of .417. During this time, he scored nine runs, had three home runs, and ten RBI.

Don’t sleep on Spangenberg. He possesses a lot of swing and miss stuff at the plate (26% K rate in 2017) but should be owned in all NL-only leagues and most mixed leagues at this point. It looks like he wants to stay in the big leagues at this point and could make an impact on your fantasy team down the stretch.

FAAB Bid: 2-4% 

Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (26% owned in Yahoo) 

Again, I am talking about a player on a team that is not lighting up the world right now. Williams is though. In two of my main fantasy leagues that I am in, Williams has been picked up by Phillies fans. I see they are keeping an eye on how well he is doing too.

Entering Wednesday night, Williams has only played 22 games in the majors. I know it is not a great feat, but the Phillies are engulfed with how well he is playing that he is mostly hitting in the three spot. During his first start as a major leaguer, he already accumulated 18 RBI and four home runs.

Entering the 2017 season, Williams was the 13th prospect in the Phillies organization. He has incredible talent with great hand-eye coordination and prodigious bat control.  Many people are comparing him to a younger version of Corey Dickerson, you know the guy that went to the All-star game for the Rays. Now you can be the judge on if he should stay on your waiver or go.

FAAB Bid: 8%


Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland Indians (13% owned in Yahoo) 

Josh Tomlin is always an interesting player to me. When I look at his overall numbers, he always has spurts of being great and spurts of being horrible. His spurt of being good is right now, grab him while you can. Tomlin has not lost since June 25th and since July 6th he has gone at least six innings in all these starts.

In the past two weeks, Tomlin had some sweet matchups against the Giants and Reds. During the two starts, he had a combined ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 0.83. Tomlin won both games and recorded two quality starts. One of his knocks is that he does not strike out people, but keep your expectations overall not too high. He will look to continue his hot spurt against the White Sox on Sunday.

FAAB Bid: 6%

Alex Claudio, RP, Texas Rangers (36% owned in Yahoo)

To be honest, I was a little hesitant with the addition of Claudio. Many things I was looking at or reading stated that Claudio was not your typical closer. He doesn’t strikeout a lot of guys and Matt Bush was still waiting in the wings. This was back in mid-June. Now it’s the end of July and my opinions have totally changed.

In the last 14 days, Claudio has been unstoppable. He has three saves and a win while only striking out two batters, which I have already warned you about his low strikeout rate. He did not give up any runs in 6.1 innings of pitching. It seems to me that he has a strangle hold on the closer gig in Texas for the time being.

Not only has he been great lately, but overall Claudio has been the best reliever in Texas. In 52 innings pitched, he has an ERA of 2.42 and a WHIP of 1.02 while collecting four saves thus far. Despite not having the typical closer weapons, I would say I have full confidence that he is not looking to lose the job.

FAAB Bid: 8%

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