We have reached the final week of the fantasy baseball season and the final waiver-wire recommendation article as well. It’s been a long grind since March, and I hope many of you will be rewarded by winning a fantasy baseball championship.

During the next couple of weeks we will be in recap mode, but one last time, let’s spotlight a few players who can give fantasy owners a push as we head to the finish line.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Detroit Tigers Reliever Michael Fulmer — I’m not sure how many more save chances we will get throughout the final week, but when a closer is widely available this late in the season we need to attack it. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in September while collecting three saves. If you’re hoping to pick up a couple points in the saves category, this is your prime target.

Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Joe Ryan — The rookie was recommended earlier this month after his near-perfect game Sept. 8. The right-hander followed up that performance with two more strong starts, including an 11-strikeout game Sept. 22. The Twins aren’t allowing Ryan to pitch deep into games, but if we can get five strong innings, it’s worth it. Ryan is still widely available and can be used in the final week if you need help with a few pitching categories.

Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder/Outfielder Gavin Lux — If you’re hoping to add a hitter in the midst of a hot streak while also having positional flexibility then Lux is your guy. The 23-year-old is batting .444 with one home run, nine RBIs, 10 runs scored and one stolen base in September. I wish Lux was hitting higher in the lineup, but the Dodgers are loaded so he still finds himself near the bottom. If we can squeeze out another strong week, fantasy owners will be happy.

Phil Backert

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