Week 12 of the fantasy baseball is here, and keeping up with the league is crucial to a team’s success. The waiver wire plays a big role in fantasy sports. Here are some players that can be worth adding for week 12 of the fantasy baseball season:
Justin Smoak, 1B/DH, Toronto Blue Jays
Justin Smoak has been having an up and down season thus far. However, he may need to fill a void on teams struggling to find a first basemen. Players like Jose Martinez and Jesus Aguilar have not panned out in 2019, and Smoak can put up contributing numbers at the first base spot. The 32-year-old veteran is taking on the Angels and Red Sox in week 12. He puts up a line of .261/.347/.545 in his 176 career at-bats against the Red Sox.
Garrett Cooper, OF/1B, Miami Marlins
Garrett Cooper is another player that can fill the first base spot, but he is also available for outfield usage. Cooper has been as hot as they come the past few weeks, bringing his average up to near .300. He did get injured early on in the season, so the fact that he only has six home runs can be deceiving. The 28-year-old is worth picking up for week 12 of the fantasy baseball season. Cooper is owned in about 10 percent of leagues.
Avisail Garcia, OF/DH, Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are exceeding expectations in the 2019 season, and Avisail Garcia has been a big help to the team thus far. The Rays outfielder is hitting near .300 with over 30 RBIs and runs scored. Garcia is a great replacement for a lot of outfielders that are either injured or having a rough season and can certainly contribute in fantasy league. He is owned in about 40 percent of leagues and is being added rapidly.
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B/DH, Seattle Mariners
Daniel Vogelbach was up and down on the Mariners roster from 2016-2018, being sent to the majors for a few games before going back down to the minors. He is now a full-time starter for Seattle. Vogelbach is currently top 10 in his position rank. This is due to his 17 home runs and 40 RBIs. He has the power to keep hitting these long balls, and is definitely not a fluke. The power-hitting lefty is deserving of a spot in almost any league. Vogelbach is owned in under 60 percent of leagues. This number can and should increase throughout the season.
Jeff McNeil, 2B/3B/OF, New York Mets
Jeff McNeil has been battling injuries all season, and finally seems to be healthy. With Robinson Cano still injured, McNeil has an even greater chance of playing every day. The Mets’ utility player has big fantasy upside since he can be played at second base, third base, and even the outfield. He can continue to put up productive numbers and is worth a shot in fantasy league. He has an own percentage of about 55.
The Pirates are going to have some important decisions to make soon. They have Corey Dickerson coming off the IL, but they also have other outfielders who have been performing well. Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Melky Cabrera are the common names, but Bryan Reynolds has been playing well in Dickerson’s place. Reynolds and Dickerson should both be considered in fantasy league, but with the outfield depth the Pirates have, it could be risky. A smart decision can be to wait and see who the Pirates give the most at-bats to before adding any in fantasy league.
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