Lose a stud bat to injury and need a fill-in in a pinch? Tired of that deadweight in your utility spot and looking to catch lightning in a bottle? Scott White has 10 recommendations for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They're not must-starts by any means, but they're the best you'll be able to do off the waiver wire.
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COL Colorado • #15 • Age: 31
Fringe sluggers like him typically thrive at Coors Field, and it should prove especially true with the Cubs pitching staff coming to town.
MIL Milwaukee • #24 • Age: 36
Not only are the matchups good, but he's also facing four left-handers in seven games after batting .293 with a 1.027 OPS against lefties last season.
Connor Joe LF
COL Colorado • #9 • Age: 30
Now that we've seen he'll be close to an everyday player for the Rockies, you'll want to start him whenever they're at home. The two matchups on the road are also favorable in this case.
ATL Atlanta • #15 • Age: 33
The Tigers have the third-best matchups this week, with Nathan Eovaldi representing the one tough pitcher on the slate. Robbie Grossman, for as available as he is now, was close to must-start last year.
Adam Duvall CF
ATL Atlanta • #14 • Age: 34
Speaking of close to must-start last year, Adam Duvall led the NL in RBI while hitting nearly 40 home runs. Whenever the matchups are decent, he's equipped to do damage.
TOR Toronto • #30 • Age: 24
A seven-game slate improves the chances of him getting the five starts he needs, if mostly at DH, to make a substantive impact at the catcher position.
Ian Happ LF
CHC Chi. Cubs • #8 • Age: 28
He's off to a nice start in 2022 after a strong finish to 2021 and gets to enjoy four games at Coors Field at the end of the week. His bruised knee shouldn't be an issue by then.
DET Detroit • #7 • Age: 31
I mentioned the Tigers' favorable matchups this week, yes? Seems like a good time to lean on a player who hit 22 homers with a combined 169 runs and RBI last year.
WAS Washington • #46 • Age: 29
Why not the reigning MLB doubles leader, too? The entire Tigers lineup is improved this year, which should help Jeimer Candelario's respectable bat skills play up.
Lane Thomas LF
WAS Washington • #28 • Age: 27
He's pretty good at filling up a box score when he's on, and the three lefties on tap for the Nationals should help seeing as he hit .381 against left-handers last season.