Why you should suddenly care about the Nationals

The MLB trade deadline has rocked the fantasy world, altering the value of the rest of the season for so many players. Today’s edition of Waiver Tips is full of those who saw their value rise by the deadline. And I managed to sneak in a few other players who are included due to favorable upcoming schedules. A note before we begin: While MLB fans are primarily focused on acquisitions by contending teams that loaded up by the deadline, savvy fantasy managers know that the best early August values ​​are usually players from losing teams who now have an increased role due to the departure of certain teammates.

Voit has undeniable power, having led the Majors in the long balls during the shortened 2020 season. He had some success with the Padres (13 HR) but could fare better now that he’s the regular cleanup hitter on a losing team that will likely face a lot of mediocre relievers late in the game. At the very least, those in need of power numbers should give Voit a bench spot.

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Segura returned from 60-Day IL just in time for a weekend streak against a Nats pitching staff that ranks last in the Majors with a 5.17 ERA. The 32-year-old has a balanced skill set (6 HR, 8 SB, .272 AVG in 169 AB) that is needed to contribute in many ways down the stretch, and just about anyone in Philadelphia’s lineup is set up for short-term success.

Wong swings a hot bat in the second half (.429 AVG) and has fleet feet (11 SB in 2022). He should score plenty of points this weekend when the Brewers take on a Reds team that ranks 29th in the ERA and trade their top two pitchers at the deadline.

Kolten Wong is underdog in the Fantasy Leagues for anyone who needs a speed boost. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Tommy Pham (OF, Boston Red Sox, 48%)

Pham has the power-speed mix that fantasy managers covet, although he hasn’t shown his best form in his final weeks with the Reds. Still, there’s a lot of potential in combining the 34-year-old’s skills with a prime spot on a Red Sox team that includes some of baseball’s best hitters. At the very least, Pham deserves a short-term addition until we see how his new role pans out.

Victor Robles (OF, Washington Nationals, 4%)

One of four Nats in this article, Robles has another opportunity to work as the team’s first hitter. There are legitimate questions about whether he has the plate skills to hold a starring role, but the Nats have nothing to lose by giving him an extended look at the stretch. And his speed is undeniable, as Robles is one of 13 players to steal at least six sacks since July 1.

Yadiel Hernandez (OF, Washington Nationals, 5%)

I promise you my count hasn’t been overrun by a Nats fan! Hernandez is yet another attractive option in a revamped Washington lineup as he is now expected to have a full-time role in the absence of John Soto. Since the start of 2021, the 34-year-old has hit .274 with 17 homers and five interceptions in 537 at-bats, showing he can be a substitute-level asset in 12-team leagues.

Braxton Garrett (SP, Miami Marlins, 39%)

Garrett has been one of the best batting pitchers in baseball lately, racking up 37 flushes over his last four starts. And punching hasn’t been the southpaw’s only contributions, as he’s posted a 3.03 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in six outings since the start of July. Overall, Garrett looks like a long-term contributor across all formats.

Spenser Watkins (PS, Baltimore Orioles, 11%)

Since his recall on June 25, Watkins has recorded a 1.85 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over six starts. And his resume doesn’t end there, as he’s pitched at least six innings in three of those contests, all while enjoying his unsustainable batting chance success (.282 BABIP). I’m not ready to fully endorse Watkins just yet, but I’d be happy to pitch him in any league for his Sunday home start against the Pirates.

Chris Flexen, Marco Gonzales (SP, Seattle Mariners)

I’ll be combining two Seattle streaming options for this weekend, as both players are in the 25-30% range for roster rate and will be making starts against an Angels team that ranks 29th in baseball in the league. ‘OPS since July 1st. Flexen (3.73 ERA) can be played on Saturday, with Gonzales (3.95 ERA) ready to help on Sunday.

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Justin Steele, Drew Smyly, Adrian Sampson (SP, Chicago Cubs)

These three Cubs pitchers are the NL version of Flexen and Gonzales — weekend streamers who are ready to take on the (Marlins) roster that has been baseball’s worst since July 1. All three are listed at under 15%, making them strong from deep. league choice. I will rank them in this order: Sampson (Sunday), Steele (Friday), Smyly (Saturday).

Felix Bautista (PR, Baltimore Orioles, 49%)

The O’s are in a perfect position to produce a new fantasy closer to the end, as they’re good enough to have a winning record so far, but have dealt their ninth-inning man (Jorge Lopez) at the deadline. . Bautista has been their top reliever this year (1.81 ERA, .87 WHIP) and has a bright future in the organization. He could lead a tighter committee and possibly have Round 9 all to himself.

Kyle Finnegan (RP, Washington Nationals, 32%)

Finnegan was in that column a week ago, and he’s now much more valuable after staying with Washington until the trade deadline. Comparing him to Bautista, Finnegan has been less effective this year (3.38 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 1.10 WHIP) but has the advantage of already being confirmed as the closer by his manager. For this reason, it is the safe route for managers who need savings right now.

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