The fantasy baseball season continues to dwindle as there are only three full weeks left. Fantasy owners fighting for a championship should be looking for specific categories at this point in order to help them cross the finish line. We should try to focus on that with our waiver-wire targets during the next couple of weeks.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Joe Ryan — The 25-year-old took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians Sept. 8 and has now put together back-to-back strong outings. In two starts, Ryan has allowed three earned runs while striking out nine. Ryan figures to continue getting starts through the rest of the season and is a nice addition for pitcher-needy teams.

Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Jo Adell — The 22-year-old has not seen the success at the major-league level that made him one of the best prospects in baseball. However, the month of September has been good for the outfielder. He is batting .391 with three home runs, eight RBIs and a stolen base this month. I wish the Angels had Adell slotted higher in the lineup, but he has hit fifth so there is a chance to drive in runs. We have recommended Adell before and it hasn’t worked out, but the talent is there and he’s finally showing some of that in the big leagues.

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Austin Hays — Another young outfielder who is red hot is Hays. The 26-year-old is riding a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .300 in the month of September. Hays has a lot of tools, but injuries have limited how often he has been able to display his talents. Hays is hitting in the middle of an Orioles lineup and is getting plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. My only hesitation with Hays is we may have missed the hot streak. If you’re hoping to catch on for a few more games, the outfielder could be a nice target.

Toronto Blue Jays Catcher Alejandro Kirk — If you need a boost in the catcher department, Kirk is a target. The catcher has hit three home runs in the month of September for one of the hottest teams in baseball. It should be noted that he is also hitless in his last eight at bats. However, it’s hard to find offensive-minded catchers this late in the season and Kirk is on a team that scores a lot of runs.

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