There are only two full weeks left of the season, so the finish line is in sight. For some, we’re just holding on and hoping for the last out. For others, we know one final push can get us to where we need to go. Also, with only a couple of weeks left, we may see teams start to shut down some of their players if they are not going to make the playoffs. This is another added twist as we try to win a championship.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Nestor Cortes — The left-hander was dominant in his last outing, as he struck out 11 against the Baltimore Orioles. The 26-year-old is pitching to a 2.60 ERA and has had at least five strikeouts in six of his last seven starts. Cortes will most likely make two more starts for a Yankees team desperately trying to earn a playoff berth. Fantasy owners can hope to capture that success in the final couple of weeks.

Colorado Rockies Infielder/Outfielder Garrett Hampson and Infielder Brendan Rodgers — We have targeted available Rockies hitters all season long and we are going to do it one more time. The Rockies will begin a nine-game homestand starting next week, which is the perfect time for fantasy owners. The only downfall is two of their opponents are the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. That does knock down Hampson and Rodgers, but we can still get late-season production.

Hampson is batting .289 with three home runs in September while being eligible in the infield and outfield. Rodgers is hitting .296 this month with two home runs and is only infield-eligible. Rodgers provides more consistency even though he surprisingly hits more home runs on the road. Hampson has a speed element (he has stolen 17 bases) and has positional flexibility.

Kansas City Royals Outfielder Andrew Benintendi — The outfielder may not be available, as he has been the hottest pickup this week. Depending when waivers run, he could already be gone. The outfielder is hitting .400 in the month of September with three home runs with 19 RBIs. If he’s available, he’s a great target as we ride the coattails of a hot streak to the finish line.

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Austin Hays — I spotlighted the Orioles outfielder last week, but he’s still under 40 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues. There’s not much more I need to add other than he has hit four more home runs since the write-up and continues to produce during the final month of the season.

Miami Marlins Outfielder Jesus Sanchez — The goal with Sanchez is try to hop on and ride a power surge. The 23-year-old has hit six home runs in September with five of those coming in the last week. Sanchez hit 10 home runs in the minors prior to his promotion and has 12 in the big leagues, so the power is legit.

Minnesota Twins First Baseman Miguel Sano — If fantasy owners are fine in the batting average department but need a little more power, Sano could be a target. The slugger is hitting only .217 this season, but has hit five home runs in September. We’re targeting power here and hopefully RBIs even though he only has eight this month.

Phil Backert

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