The Game Day’s Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Blog is a continually updated rundown of the latest free agent recommendations and related news that requires analysis. So check back regularly for all the latest fantasy baseball players to add and put on your free-agency watch list.
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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.
With no time to wait on and stash players anymore, we adjust our approach to provide a quick-hitting, compact list of possible pickups. At this point of the season in any format, you know who the core players are that can drive the push to a championship. The suggested bids for top targets are more aggressive now, though, because you obviously have to spend much of what is left to land those top free agents.
Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Top Pickups
Bubba Thompson, OF, Texas Rangers (21% rostered in CBSSports.com leagues)
We urge you one last time to consider Bubba Thompson for a serious injection of speed at the end of the season. Over the past week, he has five stolen bases while hitting .286. Thompson has 15 steals in 37 games this season, and he has ranked among MLB’s Sprint Speed leaders since his arrival.
Bubba Thompson Suggested Free Agent Budget Bid: 75% of your available budget.
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Oscar Gonzalez, OF, Cleveland Guardians (50%)
Oscar Gonzalez was a career .280 hitter in seven minor league seasons and hit 31 homers in 121 minor league games in 2021. He has been delivering the same type of production at the MLB level over the past month, batting .286 with six homers and 16 RBIs. Gonzalez is a solid add for quality offensive contributions at the end of the fantasy season.
Oscar Gonzalez Suggested FAB Bid: 70% of your available budget.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Chicago White Sox (42%)
Previously known more for his speed, Elvis Andrus is a pleasant source of recent power production. Over the past month, he has hit .308 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.
Elvis Andrus Suggested FAB Bid: 60% of your available budget.
Aristides Aquino, OF, Cincinnati Reds (6%)
When he is going well, Aristides Aquino can definitely hit for power, as he popped 19 homers in 56 games in 2019. After struggling mightily since then, Aquino has finally started to recapture his better form, hitting .311 with five home runs and 10 RBIs over the past 15 days. He could provide a power boost during your final push.
Aristides Aquino Suggested FAB Bid: 55% of your available budget.
Dylan Floro, RP, Miami Marlins (12%)
Floro has saves in each of his last two appearances and seems to be taking over as Miami’s closer late in the year. Add him for some saves if you need a plug-in option for that category.
Dylan Floro Suggested FAB Bid: 40% of your available budget.