Week 15 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire options

By Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

If you had to choose, would you rather want Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman or Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman on your Fantasy Baseball roster? That's a topic discussed in this week's Waiver Wire column.

But since it's topical, I figured this might be a good time to go around the horn and look at some of the most added options off waivers that I wouldn't mind having on my roster.

Catcher: Travis d'Arnaud, Mets (owned 46 percent)
He has a .286/.333/.524/.857 slash line, with two home runs, four doubles and eight RBI in 11 games since returning from the minors. He came into the season as a fringe starting Fantasy option, and he might finally be ready for a breakout run in the second half.

First Base: Lucas Duda, Mets (53 percent)
Duda was featured in this week's column as a recommended add. He's been a different hitter since the Mets fired their hitting coach in late May, and he appears on his way to finally living up to expectations.

Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (35 percent)
Wong quieted some concerns I had about him not being 100 percent recovered from his shoulder injury when he homered in his first game back Sunday. He's not a great home run hitter, but he hit for contact in the minors and showed good gap power.

Shortstop: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals (78 percent)
I'll go with Peralta over Andrelton Simmons because he's at least hitting for power, despite a poor batting average. If you are in deeper leagues, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer (owned 26 percent) is turning into a nice contributor since he changed his approach at the plate.

Third Base: David Freese, Angels (20 percent)
I don't know if I have much faith in Freese sustaining what he's done recently -- .345/.552/.949, 2 HRs, 6 2Bs, 12 RBI in last 17 games -- but I have no problem in chasing the hot streak.

Outfield: Steve Pearce, Orioles (76 percent); Kole Calhoun, Angels (84 percent)
I've been touting Calhoun forever, so it's good to see his ownership percentage getting closer to 90. But I feel these two players have the best chance of being more than just short-term outfield options.

Starting Pitcher: Clay Buchholz, Red Sox (63 percent)
Buchholz might not have had the greatest start Monday against the White Sox, but he finished with seven strikeouts and is averaging 14.3 Fantasy points over three starts since coming off the DL. I think Buchholz could be in for a big second half.

Relief Pitcher: Joe Smith, Angels (62 percent); Santiago Casilla, Giants (38 percent); Jake McGee, Rays (43 percent)

If you are in need of saves right now, all three of these players can help. I would prioritize the list as Casilla, McGee and Smith. I still feel Smith could keep the Angels' closer job the rest of the season, but Jason Grilli has been awfully good since joining the Los Angeles roster, so the doubt of Smith losing the job is still there.

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