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Note: Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire bids are based on a $100 budget for the season. Adjust the percentages accordingly for what you have remaining in your FAB budget.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Top Pickups
Elehuris Montero, 1B/3B, Colorado Rockies (12% rostered in CBSSports.com leagues)
Montero was the No. 6 prospect in the Rockies’ system prior to the season and is now playing regularly with Kris Bryant (foot) on the injured list. As savvy fantasy players know, the formula of top prospect plus Coors Field equals immediate pickup.
Since his promotion on Aug. 2, Montero has hit safely in all eight games while notching multiple hits five times. He also has four doubles, a homer, four RBIs, and five runs during that stretch.
Montero sizzled to the tune of a .310/ .392/.541 line at Triple-A this season with 15 home runs, 54 RBIs, and 44 runs scored in 65 games. Accordingly, you have to add Montero for the numbers he’s put up so far this season along with the obvious home park hitting advantage.
Elehuris Montero Suggested Free Agent Budget Bid: 17% of your available budget.
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Vaughn Grissom, 2B, Atlanta Braves (31%)
Grissom may only be a shorter-term add, but Atlanta’s top prospect has arrived with the promise to be a quality fantasy contributor while he plugs a hole in the Braves’ infield. He made an instant splash in his MLB debut on Wednesday with a home run and a stolen base against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Ozzie Albies (foot) is still out and Orlando Arcia (hamstring) is now on the IL, giving Grissom an opportunity. The 21-year-old can hit for average and provide good speed with some decent pop, but he’s only played 22 games above High-A ball.
In 74 games at the High-A level this season, Grissom had a line of .312/.404/.487 with 11 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He then earned a promotion to Double-A, where he hit .363/.408/.517 with three homers and seven steals in 22 games.
The Braves were aggressive with Grissom, but you have to pick him up because of his potential to contribute to your team in the short term. He may not play much after Albies makes his expected return in September, but take the shot to see what Grissom can deliver until then.
Vaughn Grissom Suggested FAB Bid: 12% of your available budget.
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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Stashes
Shea Langeliers, C, Oakland A’s (9%)
This week, A’s general manager David Forst indicated that the team’s top prospect will likely be called up before the end of the season. Fantasy players who participate in rotisserie-style formats with two starting catchers should immediately add and stash Langeliers.
He was the MVP of the 2022 MLB Futures Game, so many fantasy leaguers already have him on their radar. This season at Triple-A, Langeliers has a .284/.367/.515 line with 19 homers and 55 RBIs in 89 games. He’s even chipped in five steals as a nice bonus.
Langeliers is also a well-regarded defensive catcher, and the A’s want to see if they can groom him to possibly take over for Sean Murphy in 2023. Those who may need a second catcher for the final push in September must make the move to pick up Langeliers now.
Shea Langeliers Suggested FAB Bid: 9% of your available budget.
Kerry Carpenter, OF, Detroit Tigers (10%)
Carpenter did not begin the season as a top-20 prospect in the Tigers’ system, but he has earned a promotion and a longer look at the MLB level. He will get an opportunity to nail down a regular spot in Detroit’s lineup, as he’s already been getting starts in the designated hitter slot.
The power promise is obvious, as Carpenter hit 30 home runs in 97 games at two minor league levels this season with a .313/.380/.645 slash line. Pick him up and see how he fares early on. If the initial returns are good, insert him into your lineup.
Kerry Carpenter Suggested FAB Bid: 10% of your available budget.
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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Lower Bids or Watch List
- Jake McCarthy, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (11%): McCarthy is being largely overlooked as a good source of steals. Since July 23, McCarthy is hitting .315 with five stolen bases and seven runs scored in 17 games. His Sprint Speed of 30.0 ranks eighth in MLB.
- Aledmys Diaz, 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF, Houston Astros (25%): We have mentioned Diaz in this space before, but he remains widely available. You obviously can’t beat him for positional versatility, and he is playing frequently in left field for Houston. Dating back to July 5, Diaz has a .313/.370/.626 line with seven homers, 17 RBIs, and 18 runs scored in 27 games.
- Tyler Naquin, OF, New York Mets (21%): In his first 10 games with the Mets, Naquin has hit .367 with three home runs and seven RBIs. He might play frequently enough on a contending team to be a respectable fantasy contributor the rest of the way if you need some OF help.
- Paul DeJong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (21%): Since he returned from the minors on July 30, DeJong is slashing .333/.439/.849 with 13 RBIs, eight runs scored, and four homers in 10 games. Those who have rostered DeJong before will await the inevitable drop-off, especially in batting average, but you can still get needed power from a middle infielder who has a .209 ISO this season.
- Luis Rengifo, 2B/SS/3B/OF, Los Angeles Angels (20%): Rengifo is another good addition for positional versatility, and he has been a decent contributor in the power and speed departments. In 283 at-bats, Rengifo has seven home runs and five steals. If you need a lineup plugger at almost any infield or outfield spot, Rengifo won’t hurt your output.
- Nick Gordon, 2B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins (17%): Gordon is now playing often in Minnesota’s outfield, and he can contribute with occasional homers and some steals. Dating back to July 27, Gordon is hitting .405/.455/.649 with seven RBIs, seven runs scored, and two steals in 12 games. He has five homers and five steals in 242 at-bats this year along with a promising .490 xSLG, which is 64 points better than his actual SLG.
- JJ Bleday, OF, Miami Marlins (10%): Bleday has five hits, a homer, and three runs scored in his last three games. He had 20 homers in 85 games at Triple-A this season. Bleday won’t hit for average, but he does have some power potential.
- Rowan Wick, RP, Chicago Cubs (23%): Wick is settling in as the Cubs’ new closer. He has notched saves in each of his past two appearances and has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 outings.
- Kris Bubic, SP, Kansas City Royals (16%): Bubic has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last eight starts and has notched six strikeouts in three consecutive outings. He’s faced some tough lineups during that stretch, so he’s at least worth adding as a possible streamer.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Names From Last Week
- Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, New York Mets (21%): Another recent Mets acquisition like Naquin, Vogelbach has taken well to operating in the strong side of a DH platoon. In 15 games with the Mets so far, Vogelbach is slashing .341/.473/.568 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He will cool off and we’ll see the batting average drop, but he does have proven power and is now in a lineup where he should have a healthy amount of RBI opportunities.
- Seth Brown, 1B/OF, Oakland A’s (43%): Brown recently homered five times in seven games and is up to 17 for the season. He has a .223 ISO and his .267 xBA is 29 points higher than his actual average. His .346 xwOBA is 21 points higher than his actual wOBA as well.