Another day and another injury to a top fantasy player. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. left the game on May 13 due to an ankle injury. He’s considered day-to-day. That’s positive news, but we know these injuries could linger.

COVID-19 is still impacting the world and the fantasy baseball community is no different. San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for COVID-19, as did New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

The grind continues.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Seattle Mariners Starting Pitcher Yusei Kikuchi — The Mariners will be a popular team off the waiver wire this week with Kikuchi being a nice target. The left-hander has settled down after allowing five earned runs in back-to-back starts back in April. Kikuchi hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last three starts and has struck out at least seven in each. The lefty is scheduled to face the weak-hitting Detroit Tigers in his next start, which gives fantasy owners a starting pitching option if they need a boost.

Seattle Mariners Starting Pitcher Logan Gilbert — The right-hander made his major-league debut May 13 with mixed results. Gilbert struck out five in four innings but allowed four runs, including two home runs. Gilbert has proven to be an elite strikeout performer in the minors and displayed that capability in his debut. It’s always a risk relying on rookies, but Gilbert should at least give a boost in the strikeout department for fantasy owners.

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Jarred Kelenic — The third and final fantasy target on the Mariners. Kelenic made his major-league debut May 13 as well and went hitless as the leadoff hitter. Kelenic was a popular waiver-wire target prior to being promoted, so he is most likely already rostered as fantasy owners were waiting for this day to arrive. However, all leagues are different, so I wanted to make sure he’s mentioned. The outfielder finished 2019 with 23 home runs and 20 stolen bases, so he possesses the ability to make an impact in all five categories. If leagues wait until players are promoted to make them available, Kelenic is the No. 1 priority.

Chicago White Sox First Baseman/Outfielder Andrew Vaughn — The cautious tale of rookies belongs to Vaughn. One of the top prospects in baseball has had a slow start to the season, but appears to be adjusting. Since May 7, Vaughn has collected six hits including his first career home run. Vaughn displayed power in his limited minor-league career, and the hope is that it’s finally translating to the big leagues.

Detroit Tigers Infielder/Outfielder Niko Goodrum — If you’re looking to ride a hot streak along with position flexibility then Goodrum is a nice target. Goodrum is eligible all over the infield and outfield and has collected 13 hits since May 1. We never know how long these hot streaks will last, but the ability to move Goodrum all over is a bonus when dealing with injuries and postponements.

Phil Backert

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