Fantasy baseball playoffs are starting for at least some leagues this week. Whether an owner is in the postseason or a consolation game, getting a win this late in the year can be memorable. Keeping up with the waiver wire is important in fantasy baseball, and that includes during the playoffs. Here are some players that may be on the waiver wire worth adding this week:
Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants
The 29-year-old Mike Yastrzemski waited quite some time to make his major league debut. The rookie has been having a pretty solid year at the plate, slashing .266/.320/.529 through his first 79 big league games. Yastrzemski will be facing some pretty tough pitching in the Cardinals and Dodgers this week, so that can be something to be weary of. He hasn’t faced the Dodgers too much this season, but he does have a line of .308/.308/.769 in 13 at-bats so far against them. Yastrzemski has an own percentage of about 23 in ESPN leagues.
Kevin Newman, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Newman makes the list yet again. The Pirates infielder has been getting a bunch of base hits this season. His average is around .300 and even though he doesn’t hit for much power, he finds his way on base. Pittsburgh is at home against the Miami Marlins to start off the week, so Newman should get some opportunities to get some more base hits. He has an own percentage of about 13 in ESPN leagues.
Mark Canha, OF/1B/DH, Oakland Athletics
Mark Canha has been hitting well for the Athletics lately. As of August 29, Canha has 23 homers along with 60 runs scored. In 41 games since the All-Star break, Canha is hitting a dominating .323/.413/.594 with a 1.007 OPS. He also finds himself batting cleanup sometimes, giving him some opportunities to hit with guys on base. Another upside is that Canha can be played at multiple positions, which is certainly helpful in the fantasy baseball playoffs. Canha has an own percentage of about 26 in ESPN leagues.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS/2B/3B, Washington Nationals
Asdrubal Cabrera was released by the Rangers on August 3. He has since signed with the Nationals and is slashing .346/.426/.577 through his first 16 games with the team. Like others on the list, Cabrera can be played at multiple positions, which can go a long way in fantasy baseball. The Nationals will be facing the Mets and Braves this week. At the time of writing, Cabrera has a career line of .306/.353/.486 against active Braves pitchers. His current hot streak along with prior success against active Braves pitchers can be a great combination for Cabrera this week. About 47 percent of ESPN leagues own the 33-year-old.
Austin Nola, C/1B/2B, Seattle Mariners
Austin Nola has been on this list multiple times now due to his performance and fantasy baseball upsides. He can be played at multiple positions, and putting him at the catcher spot can be worth it. This is because he may require less off-days compared to other catchers since he can play first and second base as well. The rookie debuted in June, and is slashing .291/.355/.497 in his first 53 Major League Baseball games. Nola has an own percentage of around 13 in ESPN leagues.