In many leagues this week may be the last free agent period before the playoffs, making waiver wire pickups more important than ever. Below are my week 21 fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups for 10-14 man leagues:
Large League: 10-14 Man League
C John Jaso, SEA – Jaso is batting a career-high .285 this season and his 8 homers will give fantasy owners’ some extra pop from the backstop.
1B Chris Davis, BAL – Davis is showing his opposite field power, as the 26-year old has crushed 2 homers in his last four games.
2B D. J. LeMahieu, COL – LeMahieu has been red-hot from the plate lately and the 24-year old has no immediate competition for the starting job.
3B Eric Chavez, NYY – With Alex Rodriquez on the shelf for a couple more weeks, Chavez is getting most of the reps at third. Chavez has hit four homers in his 14 games this month and the veteran will stay in the lineup with this kind of production.
SS Rueben Tejada, NYM – Tejada has solidified himself as the team’s shortstop, as the 22-year is batting a very respectable .310 on the year.
OF Angel Pagan, SF – Pagan has been the spark for the Giants’ offense since Melky Cabrera’s suspension, as Pagan has amazingly racked up 11 hits in his last five games.
OF Vernon Wells, LAA – Wells was on the DL since July 28 with thumb injury, and has played limitedly since. However, the veteran still has amazing power and if he can stay healthy; could be a source of a half dozen home runs during the fantasy playoffs this year.
SP Brett Anderson, OAK – Anderson is coming back from Tommy John Surgery much sooner than expected, as the 24-year old is already scheduled to pitch after having the operation 13 months ago. Anderson will replace rookie Dan Straily in the rotation, as the kid was optioned back to the minors with the latest injury update. Anderson was a promising pitcher when healthy, so if he can get back to form; he could be a low-end starter again in deeper leagues.
SP Jeremy Guthrie, KC – Guthrie has really dialed it up over the last month, as he has not allowed an earned run in over three starts. The veteran has gone at least 7 innings in each outing, and is a great experienced arm to grab off the waiver wire heading into the playoffs.
RP Joel Peralta, TB – Peralta may not be the closer in Tampa, but he has only allowed one earned run in his last 20 appearances. At this point in the year there are not many closers left on the waiter wire, if any, so it is never a bad idea to grab a solid middle-releiver.