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Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Watch: July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017
Due to all the injuries in fantasy baseball this season, it's even more critical to hit the waiver wire and target the players who can attempt to fill the void of the players we have lost. 

These players may only be a short-term fix, but if they can give a boost while we wait for our studs to return it's worth it. 

Waiver-Wire Targets

San Diego Padres Reliever Brad Hand -- As of now, Hand is being asked to handle the ninth inning for the Padres after closer Brandon Maurer was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. But will Hand remain with the Padres after the trade deadline? If he does not, there's a chance he could be used in a different capacity. However, as of now, Hand is a closer, which gives him a lot of fantasy appeal. The left-hander has 69 strikeouts in 53 innings, so he will help in the other pitching categories as well. 

Cleveland Indians Outfielder Bradley Zimmer -- The 24-year-old has been in the majors for almost half a season, but he is still readily available on the waiver wire. Zimmer is batting .281 with seven home runs, 35 RBIs, 28 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. Those are solid numbers for a player who will only continue to improve during the remainder of the season. Zimmer's stolen base ability is what makes his fantasy value attractive and why fantasy owners need to target the young outfielder. 

Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Nick Williams -- The 23-year-old has made an immediate impact in just 22 games for the Phillies, batting .309 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. Williams is batting in the middle of the order as well, so he will have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. 

Baltimore Orioles Starting Pitcher Kevin Gausman -- I just can't quit the right-hander, as I have been high on him for the last few seasons, and, unfortunately, he has let me down more times than not. However, the 26-year-old has allowed one earned run or less in four of his last six starts. What's frustrating is Gausman allowing five and eight earned runs in those other starts, as his inconsistencies are what's holding him back from truly turning his season around. Along with those dominating four starts, the strikeout rate is starting to improve, as he has struck out at least seven hitters in six of his last eight starts. If Gausman can just avoid the starts in which he allows five runs, he can give fantasy owners the boost they thought they would be receiving in March.