The fantasy baseball season is right around the midpoint, which means there’s not many weeks left to make a move in the standings. Due to cancellations because of COVID-19 outbreaks and teams deciding not to play in recent days to bring awareness to social injustice, there will be a lot of doubleheaders in the next month.

The fantasy football season is also here. In past years, this is when many league owners stop paying attention. I don’t see that happening this season since we haven’t been grinding baseball for the last six months. Let’s stay focused and finish the final few weeks strong.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Atlanta Braves Starting Pitcher Ian Anderson — The 22-year-old dazzled in his Major League debut by shutting down a powerful Yankees offense. The right-hander allowed only one hit and struck out six in six strong innings. Anderson was a consensus top-50 prospect in baseball and looked every bit of it in his first start. There will be bumps in the road — hopefully not too many with only a few starts left — but the talent is there, and fantasy baseball owners should roster the youngster.

San Francisco Giants First Baseman Brandon Belt — The 32-year-old’s best days appeared to be in the rearview mirror in recent seasons, but Belt has been rejuvenated due to the shortened season. The first baseman is batting .313 with five home runs and 14 RBIs this season. The bigger factor is he is batting .611 with two home runs during the last seven days. One of the themes we have stressed this season is riding hot streaks. I can’t guarantee Belt will keep this going for the next month, but if we can benefit for the next week, that can go a long way in the standings.

Miami Marlins Starting Pitcher Sixto Sanchez — The 22-year-old has been one of the more hyped pitching prospects the past few seasons and looked the part in his MLB debut. The righty hit 100 mph multiple times and earned a victory after throwing five innings while striking out four. Like Anderson, there will be some struggles, but the talent is too good to pass up and should be added to fantasy rosters in all formats.

Detroit Tigers Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop — The second baseman has had some big seasons in his career, especially in the power department. After bouncing around a couple of teams in recent years, it appears Schoop could find a home with the Tigers. The 28-year-old is batting second on a consistent basis and now has raised his batting average to .300. The infielder has hit seven home runs with 17 RBIs and is batting .476 during the past week.

Phil Backert

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