Top 4 Waiver Thread Additions for Week 12

Baseball season is in full swing. The New York Yankees continue to sail, with start and comeback wins seemingly happening every other day. Quietly, the Boston Red Sox have won 28 of their last 37 to close that gap. Both lists are full of fantastic baseball cleats this year. There are so many players who have exceptional years, but injuries have once again marred this fantasy baseball season. It is for this reason that in-season management for fantasy baseball owners is essential.

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There are only 10 weeks left in the regular season for Fantasy Baseball. We have just passed half of the fantastic season. So it’s time to focus on the potential impact players left on the waiver wire. Here are our four waiver announcements for Week 12 of the fantasy baseball season.

Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Top 4 Waiver Sons Added

1. Jorge Alfaro – San Diego Padres C, OF

We previously put Jorge Alfaro on this list a few weeks ago. But his percentage on the roster hasn’t increased significantly enough. So, I’m back beating the drum this week. The Padres wide receiver currently ranks 12th among backstops in 12-team mixed leagues. But he did it by earning 100 fewer beats than the rest of the roster.

Austin Nola was the starting receiver in San Diego this year, but struggled a lot. It took manager Bob Melvin a while to make the switch, but since doing so, Alfaro has done nothing to make his boss look good. This season, Alfaro is hitting .287 with six home runs and 21 RBIs on just 136 at-bats. But over the past month it has been even better, shrinking 0.338. If you’re one of the fantasy baseball owners who scatters catchers and just plays a Gary Sanchez or Sean Murphy at position, that’s a no-brainer.

There’s also the added bonus of the Padres’ receiver qualifying in the outfield. Not because you would play it there, but Melvin does. Since being given the starting catcher job, on what would normally be his day off, he’s still playing and hitting consistently in the middle of the order.

He also became a fan favorite in San Diego.

2. Nico Hoerner – Chicago Cubs 2B, SS

Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner is available in nearly 90% of fantasy baseball leagues on Yahoo. But with his skills and quality of play at the moment, that number has to be higher.

Gone are the days when second baseman and especially shortstops were a barren wasteland for fantasy baseball managers. Thus, most teams are not desperate at the middle positions in the field. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities yet. Hoerner has seen the ball very well lately. Over the past two weeks, it’s hit .313 with a solid .358 on-base percentage. He also has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats, with one homer, four runs and four RBIs.

He doesn’t possess much power, but the 25-year-old has already shown that averages are legit. Hoerner hit .302 last year with an OBP of .382. His .291 this year is no mirage. For those with injuries in the middle of the infield, he’s a good interim option.

3. Jon Gray – Texas Rangers SP

Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray entered 2022 with plenty of upside. Above all, he was finally moving away from Coors Field for half of his games. It exploded in his faces and those of fantasy baseball managers early on to the tune of a 5.56 ERA through May. But in June, it quietly posted excellent numbers.

Gray has allowed a total of nine runs in five starts so far this month. He’s 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and batters hit a measly .193 on him. He’s always been a solid pitcher at bat and it showed again with 68 Ks in 64 2/3 innings. Next up for the veteran right-hander is a date with the Kansas City Royals. It’s definitely worth picking up this week and see how long you can ride it.

4. Alex Kirilloff – Minnesota Twins 1B, OF

The last player on the list this week could be someone you go up to a championship. Minnesota Twins’ Alex Kirilloff is a former top prospect in all of baseball. He showed he had all the tools to make a big impact on fantasy baseball managers. Last season was marred by injury and he injured his wrist again earlier this year.

But since his return, Kirilloff had been crushing him at Triple-A, hitting .359 with 10 home runs in just 35 games. He’s struggled to find the same consistency since being called up to the Twins. But he still reaches fifth or sixth in an above-average formation, providing opportunities to score points. Kirilloff has nine RBIs in his first eight games since joining Minnesota. It’s only a matter of time before the talented first baseman starts producing in other areas and could be a catalyst for any team over time.

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