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Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups (July 29-August 4)

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The fantasy baseball regular season is nearing its final month. At this point in the season, getting some players at the waiver wire could be the difference between a win and a loss. Here are some waiver wire players that can benefit teams in week 17:

Clint Frazier, OF/DH, New York Yankees

Clint Frazier has been with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for over a month now. However, he could be on the move at the trade deadline in week 17. Frazier is slashing .283/.330/.513 with the Yankees this season, but still finds himself in the minors due to a talented roster. It could be a good idea to keep Clint on the bench this week and see if he gets traded to a team. The 24-year-old is owned in less than 10 percent of ESPN leagues.

Eric Sogard, SS/2B/DH, Toronto Blue Jays

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Eric Sogard is having a career year in Toronto. His 10 home runs are seven more than he’s ever had in a single season, and there’s still about a month left in the regular season. The middle-infielder has his OBP over .350 as well, showing a balance of power and the ability to reach base. Sogard should get some great opportunities this week as he is facing the Royals and Orioles. Eric Sogard has an own percentage of a little over 20.

Oscar Mercado, OF, Cleveland Indians

Oscar Mercado is another outfielder that can really contribute on fantasy baseball rosters. He’s been showing some power the past few weeks with four homers since July 15. All six of his games this week are at home, which is typically a plus for players. The young 24-year-old has a lot of potential and is worth a look for fantasy baseball owners. Mercado is being added rapidly, as he’s up to a 34 own percentage already.

Travis d’Arnaud, C/1B, Tampa Bay Rays

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A catcher that starts hitting well should always turn heads in fantasy baseball. Travis d’Arnaud had a three-home run night against the Yankees on July 15, driving in all five of the team’s runs. He’s since hit two more homers, bringing his season total to 11. The 30-year-old can certainly fill the void of injured catchers Gary Sanchez or Yadier Molina. He may not be a long-term catcher, but d’Arnaud can help teams in week 17. His own percentage is about 15 in ESPN leagues.

Anthony Santander, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Yes, a Baltimore Oriole made the list. Anthony Santander has been raking as of late, slashing .299/.345/.513 through his first 154 at-bats of the season. The 24-year-old can continue his hot streak in week 17 with four games against the Blue Jays’ struggling pitching staff. With a plethora of injuries at this point in the year, Santander can fill in a spot nicely. Even without an injured team, he has been playing well enough to earn a spot on many rosters. The Orioles outfielder has an own percentage of under 10.

Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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Miguel Sano is known for being a “strikeout or homer” kind of guy. Though he does strikeout quite a bit, Sano puts the ball out of the yard quite a bit. His slugging percentage is over .550, and he has 17 home runs on the year. The number is a little flawed since he has only played in a little over half of the Twins’ games this season. The 26-year-old third basemen can be a liable third baseman as his power can make up for his lack of hits. He has an own percentage of about 30 in ESPN leagues.

Kevin Newman, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Kevin Newman has been on this list numerous times. That’s because he gets so many hits. He’s batting well over .300 on the season. Newman’s six homers isn’t a standout stat, but his consistency at the plate could be worth a spot on rosters. The Pirates infielder will be taking on the Reds and the Mets this week. The Mets may lose some starters at the deadline which can throw the rotation off, giving Newman some good opportunities at the plate. He is owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues.


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