By the end of the weekend, every team will have exceeded their total amount of games played from the 2020 season. I bring this up to put in perspective how short of a season last year was and the drastic decisions fantasy owners made this past March based on such a small sample size.

We’re still another few weeks away before hitting the halfway mark in the season, so there’s plenty of time for fantasy owners to make their move in the standings.

Waiver Wire Targets:

New York Yankees Infielder/Outfielder Miguel Andujar — The 26-year-old is hitting .333 in the month of June to go along with four home runs. The hot streak has raised Andujar’s batting average from .242 to .271. The infielder/outfielder is playing on a consistent basis as well, which we like to see. Andujar is an interesting case. He was a strong fantasy performer in 2018, when he hit .297 with 27 home runs and looked like the next big slugger for the Yankees. Andujar has only totaled six home runs since that season but is at least showing signs of life the last few weeks. Andujar strikes out a lot and doesn’t walk so this hot streak could disappear quickly, but fantasy owners should take advantage now.

Cincinnati Reds Infielder Jonathan India — We love targeting leadoff hitters in fantasy baseball, making India a nice target. The infielder has totaled seven runs this month while hitting .346 with an on-base percentage of .485. The Reds have firepower hitting behind India in Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos, so if the infielder can continue to get on base, the opportunities for runs will be there.

Detroit Tigers Catcher Eric Haase — If you’re trying to capitalize on a weak catcher position, Haase could be a fine target. The catcher has hit six home runs in the month of June while batting .385. I’m never going to say this streak will continue, but at least there’s some power potential from a catcher. Haase is also outfield eligible, so he does add some position flexibility.

Atlanta Braves Starting Pitcher Tucker Davidson — The left-hander has not allowed any runs in back-to-back starts, putting him on the fantasy radar. Davidson has a 1.53 ERA through three starts, with all his appearances coming against the National League East. The strikeouts haven’t been there, as he hasn’t had more than five in a start. Davidson is scheduled to face the Boston Red Sox next, which does give me some hesitancy, but if fantasy owners need a back-end starter, the lefty should help.

Phil Backert

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