The final weeks of the season are here, so we will be highlighting players who are on a hot streak. There’s no guarantee they keep this up, but if we can somehow hop on the bandwagon for a few games it could help in the long run.
Baltimore Orioles Outfielder DJ Stewart — It seems like every week we are recommending someone on the Orioles as a waiver-wire pickup. This week it’s Stewart. The former first-round draft pick was so bad to start the season, failing to collect a hit prior to being demoted. However, due to outfielder Anthony Santander landing on the injured list, Stewart was given a second chance. The 26-year-old has exploded for five home runs in the last four games and has raised his average from .000 to .267. We know he can’t keep up this pace, but if we can get another couple of home runs that would be huge. I really like him in on-base percentage leagues, as he finds a way to get on base even when he struggles. Stewart currently has an OBP of .488, which is elite.
Atlanta Braves Outfielder Adam Duval — The slugging outfielder is right at the 50 percent ownership threshold so depending on league size he may be gone. It’s been a special run for Duval, as he has not one but two three-homer games in September. For the season, Duval is batting .271 with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs. Like Stewart, we can hope that there are a couple more solid games.
Detroit Tigers Jamie Candelario — Another hitter who is on fire and finally being noticed by fantasy owners is Candelario. During his last five games, the infielder has 12 hits, which includes 10 RBIs. The batting average is down up to .333 and the RBI total has climbed to 28. Candelario is eligible at both first base and third base, which gives fantasy owners a little more roster flexibility.
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I just wanted to throw out San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Ryan Mountcastle again. They both were recommended previously but are both under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues and continue to play well. Gausman struck out nine in his last start and Mountcastle continues to hit. He has collected 12 hits during his last six games.
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