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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire: They’re Back!

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Hank Aaron once said, “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

Many players go through this type of struggle at some points in the season, but keep moving forward and talented players will be able to turn it around.

Most guys that I talk about this week took a little time off and crawled into a shell for a little bit, but have seemed to find their grooves lately. Sometimes with fantasy, it is not always about consistency, but it is time to play the players that are playing the best at that time.


2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Delino DeShields, OF, Texas Rangers (35% owned in Yahoo)

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Entering the 2018 season, I was very high on DeShields. I enjoy his speed in a category that has low representation. This is usually a category I throw away because of it only representing one of a possible ten one can win in a head to head match. DeShields is showing more than just speed nowadays.

Usually, when DeShields gets on, all he was good for was usually getting a steal. Coming into Wednesday night the Rangers have a four game winning streak going and DeShields is scoring runs too. In the last two weeks, he has scored ten runs to go along with four RBI, five stolen bases and has an OBP of .489. Lately, he was in danger of his playing time being shortened, but with this latest uptick, he should be back on everyone’s radar.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (8% owned in Yahoo)

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It seems like an eternity ago since Grichuk was having a couple powerful seasons with the Cardinals. Well, he is back. On June 7th, Grichuck was hitting .146. He was probably a guy that was not on your radar at all. He is now hitting .200. At this point in the season, it is hard to raise your average this high.

Even though .200 is not that good, it does not give justice at to what Grichuk is doing at this point in the season. In the last 14 days, he is hitting .366 with an OBP of .435. He scored nine runs, has four home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base. He will never usually hit for average, but now that he is filling in all the other categories, Grichuk’s availability is astronomical in Yahoo leagues.

Pitching

Marco Estrada, SP, Toronto Blue Jays (18% owned in Yahoo)

Here is a guy that was probably not drafted or drafted late in most fantasy drafts entering the 2018 season. During the 2015 and 2016 season, Estrada was a nice middle of the road solid pitcher that you were getting good innings out of. From 2017 to just a few weeks ago, it was hard to even trust Estrada on your roster.

Believe me, I would trust Estrada now. In his last three starts, he has gone at least six innings, had three quality starts and had a WHIP of 1.00 or less. During this streak, he was pitching against Max Scherzer in one start and the New York Yankees in another. Ever since his debacle against the Red Sox on May 29th, Estrada has lowered his overall ERA from 5.68 to 4.66. He will look to keep things rolling against the Angels this Friday night.

Zach Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies  (21% owned in Yahoo)

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Eflin is a 24-year-old pitcher for the Phillies who has only eight starts this season but is showing tremendous control with his command. He has only walked 11 batters and struck out 46 in all of his starts. He is still young enough to get beat around here or there on some starts but can be serviceable if the right matchup comes up.

Eflin will look to continue his control against the Nationals on Friday night.

Deep Dives

These are players who are better suited to be owned in 14-plus team leagues or deeper roster leagues.

Gerardo Parra, OF, Colorado Rockies (7% owned in Yahoo)

Parra seems to always be a guy that makes his way back onto my waiver wire list some way or another. It is just something about that Rocky Mountain air that makes batters become better hitters. Currently, he is hitting in the middle of the Rockies lineup. The only thing that fantasy owners of him can gripe about is his lack of homers right now. In the last week, he is hitting .389 with four runs and eight RBI.


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