Fantasy Baseball: Top MLB Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10 of 2021
We’re about 60 games away from the MLB regular season and starting to hit the “scorching summer days,” which is the pivotal time for fantasy baseball competitions throughout the season. It’s a lighter week on the schedule across the league with nine teams scheduled for five games and just three scheduled for a full seven-game roster. These three teams bringing more volume are the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins, so target those teams if you need pickups that are likely to bring you value.
If your fantastic baseball team of the season needs help with the waiver thread, you can start your search for upgrades with my top two hitters and two top pitchers to target on the waiver leads highlighted below- below. There are also specialty options if you’re looking to give your team a boost in a specific category at the bottom of the post. Throughout the week, I’m available for scheduling advice and Twitter waiver at @ZT_Sports, where I will send streaming start launch options as well as pickup alerts. As always, remember to take your team’s specific needs and league rules into account when making fundraisers.
1B / 2B Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers (v SEA, v CWS)
The Tigers swept the Yankees May 28-30 and then hit the road, where their shots dropped them against the Brewers and White Sox. But the line continued to produce, however, offering several fantastic solid options, led by a scorching Schoop and including a few other options making their appearance in the specialist section below. Over the season, he has a wOBA of .323 and ISO of .172, and he’s warmed up in his 10 games leading up to the weekend, rising to 17 for 37 (.459) with six circuits, an unreal .541 ISO and a wOBA .625.
Schoop struggled after two big years with the Orioles, but remained a solid source of power, especially from a shallow attacking position like second base. He’s improved his hard-hit rate from 33.3% last year to 39.4% so far this season, and he’s generally hitting the heart of the order for the Tigers, setting him up for 12 RBIs and eight points scored in his previous 10 games. . It should be a good game in the coming week and as long as it stays so hot.
2B / OF Odúbel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies (v. ATL, vs. NYY)
The Phillies have given Herrera their leadership spot in the last five games and it looks like the resurgent 29-year-old will be able to stay in that spot for a while. Herrera has played 35 games after serving an 85-game suspension for violating MLB domestic violence policies in 2019 and missing the entire 2020 season.
Herrera could be in a privileged position going forward as the Phillies roster starts to look a bit healthier with Bryce Harper’s return on Saturday. Herrera delivers a fascinating blend of speed and power when at his best. He has an ISO of .167 and a wOBA of .335 in his 35 games this season with four homers and three stolen goals. He has a hard hit rate of 44.9%, which is an improvement of more than 10 percentage points from his previous career high. If Herrera continues to tear the ball apart and get back on base, he should make a nice addition, providing a good advantage in the power and speed categories.
SP Robbie Ray, Toronto Blue Jays (at CWS, BOS)
Due to the lighter schedule, there aren’t as many two-start SPs this week. Ray is in line for two starts, however, and is a great pickup if you can get him since the southpaw continues to bring strikeouts backwards. He has limited the homers that have plagued him the past two seasons and allowed just 24 points for a 3.57 ERA with a 4.72 PIF. Ray gave up a few long balls again, but he survived thanks to a 90.9% LOB rate (the league average is around 70%).
While some regression is certainly possible, his strikeout potential (63 in 48 innings over his last eight starts) and the volume of innings he generally delivers is definitely worth adding if he’s available. .
SP Adbert Alzolay, Chicago Cubs (at SD, vs. STL)
If the clashes against the Sox and the other Sox are a bit too risky for you to feel comfortable riding with Robbie Ray, check out Alzolay, who gets a pair of clashes with the Padres and Cardinals. Alzolay just beat the Padres allowing just three hits and one run while striking out seven strikes in five innings in his most recent start.
Overall, Alzolay is 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA and has 58 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings this season. His PIF of 3.92 shows that little luck was involved in his strong start, and he continues to build on what he has achieved in 21 1/3 innings throughout the shortened 2020 season, at the during which he posted an ERA of 2.95. He hasn’t gone particularly far in games, so his innings and strikeouts aren’t as reliable as Ray’s, but Alzolay still makes a good pickup to consider.
Specialty pickups to consider
AVG / hits Pickup: OF Avisaíl García, Milwaukee Brewers
Counting stats: 1B / OF Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles
Pickup marked OBP / Runs: SS José Devers, Miami Marlins
SB Pickup: OF Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians
HR Pickup: OF Hunter Renfroe, Boston Red Sox
Pickup Back: OF AJ Pollock, Los Angeles Dodgers
C Pickup: C Ryan Jeffers, Minnesota Twins
Two-Starter Streamer: SP Tony Gonsolin, Los Angeles Dodgers
Start Believing: SP Austin Gomber, Colorado Rockies
Backup Pickup: RP Paul Fry, Baltimore Orioles
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