Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of June 21, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell

*Stats and Roster % as of the morning of June 20

GRADUATED

  • Jorge Polanco, 2B/SS, MIN (50% to 63%)
  • Amed Rosario, SS/OF, CLE (31% to 55%)
  • Adam Wainwright, SP, STL (41% to 55%)
  • Lucas Sims, RP, CIN (45% to 52%)
  • Robbie Grossman, OF, DET (44% to 51%)
  • Daniel Bard, RP, COL (49% to 51%)

50% OR UNDER

Tarik Skubal, SP, DET (44% to 46%)

Over his past 33 IP, Skubal has 50 K, a 3.02 xFIP, and a more promising 1.36 HR/9. He has elite strikeouts and ace upside but his WHIP and career 2.30 HR/9 mean you should feel more comfortable targeting him if you are either very strong at WHIP and can risk it or punting the category. Regardless, he should be rostered in more than 46% of leagues.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Jonathan Villar, 2B/3B/SS, NYM (42% to 50%)
  • Omar Narvaez, C, MIL (46% to 49%)
  • Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/OF, ARI (45% to 48%): His profile does not stand out for any one thing but he bats leadoff everyday for the Diamondbacks.
  • Eloy Jimenez, OF, CWS (44%: new): Cleared to do baseball activities, stash him on your IL if you have the spots available.
  • Jonathan India, 2B/3B, CIN (39% to 43%)
  • AJ Pollock, OF, LAD (46% to 42%): Pollock’s whole career has been riddled with injuries; he has not played more than 113 games since 2015. He provides above average power and chips in a few steals. As long as he stays healthy, plug him in.
  • Adbert Alzolay, SP, CHC (47%: new): Alzolay will return from the IL (blister) on Monday against Cleveland.
  • James Kaprielian, SP/RP, OAK (32% to 42%)
  • Logan Gilbert, SP, SEA (25% to 40%)
  • Giovanny Gallegos, RP, STL (48% to 50%)
  • Tejay Antone, RP, CIN (46% to 43%): Antone should be activated this week. Antone has a 0.72 WHIP and 40 K in 32 IP. His 25.5% CStr% (Called Strikes) and 38.2% CSW both lead the league among pitchers with at least 30 IP. 

40% OR UNDER

CJ Cron, 1B, COL (35%: no change)

Cron has 4 HR in his last six games. While the Rockies are about to go on a road trip, Cron still deserves to be rostered more prevalently. His season BA and OPS are up to 0.271 and 0.847, respectively. Cron’s 162 averages extrapolate to 33 HR, 91 RBI, and 0.805 OPS since 2018. As discussed in previous articles, Coors Field will keep his BA up while also boosting his overall offensive numbers.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Joc Pederson, 1B/OF, CHC (28% to 38%): Pederson is more appealing in leagues in which you can make daily moves, starting him only against RHP.
  • Ty France, 1B/2B/3B, SEA (31% to 38%)
  • Max Stassi, C, LAA (16% to 37%)
  • Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, ARI (36%: new)
  • Adam Duvall, OF, MIA (35%: new)
  • Shane McClanahan, SP, TBR (33% to 39%)

30% OR UNDER

Jonathan Loaisiga, RP, NYY (25% to 29%)

Currently the 87th player according to Yahoo’s player rater in standard 5×5, Loaisiga has been a great piece for the fantasy teams who roster him. He has 7 wins, 8 holds, and 2 saves on the year. Since he goes multiple innings at times in crucial situations, he gets those chances to pick up decisions more often. He has mostly ditched his four seamer and now suppresses hard contact (Top 2% in Max EV and Barrel %, Top 1% in HardHit%) with his sinker, changeup, and curveball repertoire. His 64.0% GB rate ranks 3rd among pitchers with at least 30 IP. The changeup has a 85.7% GB rate to go along with a 18.8% SwStr%. While his strikeouts are down this year after the transition to sinkers instead of four seamers, he should contend to induce weak contact and get those wins (7) and holds (8) for you.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Brandon Belt, 1B/OF, SFG (24% to 30%)
  • Joey Votto, 1B, CIN (16% to 29%)
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL (26%: new)
  • Manuel Margot, OF, TBR (25%: new)
  • Colin Moran, 1B/2B/3B, PIT (27% to 21%)
  • Hansel Robles, RP, MIN (29% to 28%): Robles currently shares the Twins’ closer job with Taylor Rogers.
  • Greg Holland, RP, KCR (27%: new)
  • Chad Green, RP, NYY (25%: no change) 

20% OR UNDER

Willy Adames, SS, MIL (21% to 19%)

Adames’s OPS is 0.873 with the Brew Crew. He has improved in every offensive facet since coming to the Brewers, including a 24.8% K rate for the Brewers versus 35.9% with the Rays. His average since heading to Milwaukee is 0.292 compared to 0.197 with the Rays. On the year, his Brls/PA ranks 34th among qualifying batters at 7.6%. It has been widely discussed Adames had trouble hitting at Tropicana Field and he seems to be thriving at the hitter friendly Miller Park.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Brandon Nimmo, OF, NYM (20%: new): Nimmo led off today for the AAA Syracuse Mets in his first rehab game. He should return this week barring a setback.
  • William Contreras, C, ATL (18% to 16%)
  • Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, COL (16 to 15%)
  • Luis Urias, 2B/3B/SS, MIL (8% to 12%)
  • Patrick Sandoval, SP, LAA (19%: new)
  • Ross Stripling, SP/RP, TOR (11%: new)

10% OR UNDER

Harold Ramirez, OF, CLE (5% to 4%)

Ramirez has 3 HR over the past two days. He has hit the ball hard all year, however, leading the league with a 44.4% HardHit/PA (min: 100 PA). His Max EV is also in the 94th percentile, displaying top end power potential. His xwOBA (0.391) suggests he has been unlucky (0.337 wOBA). A 3.8 average launch angle and 53.6% GB rate limit his power potential though.

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Austin Hays, OF, BAL (10% to 9%)
  • Taylor Ward, OF, LAA (7%: new)
  • Yonathan Daza, OF, COL (6%: no change)
  • Willie Calhoun, OF, TEX (7% to 5%)
  • Trevor Larnach, OF, MIN (4%: no change)
  • Josh Naylor, OF, CLE (4% to 3%)
  • Abraham Toro, 3B, HOU (2%: new)

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