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Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups (August 12-August 18)

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There are now just a few weeks left in the regular season of fantasy baseball as week 19 is upon us. These last few weeks will help decide who makes the playoffs in some leagues. At this point, teams still in the race in competitive leagues should be considering adding some guys from the waiver wire. Here are some guys who may be available for pickup in week 19 of the fantasy baseball season:

Gio Urshela, 3B, New York Yankees

A big reason that Gio Urshela got a chance this season is because the Yankees had to deal with so many injuries. Urshela has taken advantage of the opportunity so far this year. In 22 games since the mid-summer classic, Urshela has hit with a line of .380/.402/.848 with a 1.251 OPS. The 27-year-old is having a break out year, and will try and continue to produce for New York as the season progresses. He’ll get some opportunities in week 19 as the Yankees are set to play four games against the Baltimore Orioles. Roughly 32 percent of ESPN leagues own Urshela.

Aristides Aquino, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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Aristides Aquino is adjusting to the big league level nicely. He had only one at-bat in 2018. However, through seven games so far this year, he is slashing .429/.455/.905 with a 1.359 OPS. The 25-year-old already has three home runs and a double during this seven game stretch. The Reds will hope to see Aquino continue to perform well for their club. Cincinnati is scheduled to play seven games next week, which could help Aquino get some more at-bats. He has an own percentage of just over 10 in ESPN leagues.

Ian Happ, OF/3B, Chicago Cubs

Ian Happ has spent most of this season in the minors. He has been recalled recently, and has now played a total of 13 games this season at the time of writing. In those games, Happ is hitting .333/.444/.667. He has been on a roll as of late, and the Cubs can use that to their advantage. The Cubs will play the back half of week 19 against the Pirates, whom Happ currently has over a .400 OBP against. The Cub has an own percentage of under 10 in ESPN leagues.

Ryan Goins, 2B/SS/3B, Chicago White Sox

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The other side of Chicago features a player on this list as well. Ryan Goins has been playing very well as of late. The 31-year-old has slashed .309/.413/.500 through 21 games so far this season. Another reason to consider picking him up is his position eligibility. He can play three positions which means he can fill multiple different spots on a fantasy baseball roster. He’s widely available, being owned in less than one percent of ESPN leagues.

 

Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

With Corey Dickerson being traded to the Phillies, Bryan Reynolds has found himself getting more playing time. The 24-year-old has 11 home runs on the season, as well as 56 runs scored through 91 games so far this season. Bryan Reynolds proved to be big league ready quickly as he played just 13 games in Triple-A Indianapolis. Reynolds has an own percentage of about 35 in ESPN leagues.

Jon Berti, 2B/3B, Miami Marlins

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The Marlins are looking toward the future at this point of the season, and they’re giving some new guys a chance at the big league level to see what they can do. Jon Berti is one of those guys, and he’s hitting .301/.353/.462 after 30 games so far this season. He can also be used at both second and third base, giving owners more opportunities to use him. The Marlins will end week 19 in Colorado against the Rockies. Berti could use both a struggling Rockies pitching staff and hitter-friendly Colorado to his advantage. He is owned in about one percent of ESPN leagues.

Austin Nola, C/1B/2B, Seattle Mariners

Austin Nola is the brother of Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola. The 29-year-old rookie who has spent quite a while in the minors waiting for a shot in the bigs. He’s using this opportunity well so far, as he has hit .303/.354/.528 after 37 games in the MLB. Like others on the list, Austin Nola can play multiple positions which is another reason to think about adding him in fantasy baseball. The Mariners are scheduled to face the Tigers and Blue Jays this week which can give Austin Nola even more upside in week 19. About 6 1/2 percent of ESPN leagues owned Nola at the time of writing.

 

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