With three full weeks remaining until the end of the MLB season, fantasy owners need to be extremely calculated with the additions they make off the waiver wire and target categories they believe will give us a boost in the standings.
Los Angeles Angels First Baseman C.J. Cron -- He has quietly had a strong second half of the season, batting .310 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs . Cron hasn't slowed down in September, as he has already has 11 RBIs this month. Fantasy owners can ride the hot wave, as there isn't anyone on the waiver wire who will provide the ability to hit home runs and drive in runs while also hitting for a nice batting average. Cron is currently less than-20-percent owned in Yahoo! Sports Leagues.
Los Angeles Angels Starting Pitcher Garrett Richards -- I debated adding Richards to this list, but there aren't a lot of options regarding pitching on the waiver wire. Richards is a good pitcher, but he has battled injuries the past two seasons. The right-hander is back, and in his first start from injury, he was limited to 52 pitches. The velocity was there, however, and he was able to record three strikeouts in his limited appearance. Richards should be allowed to throw more pitches in his next start, and his ability to rack up strikeouts makes him an intriguing option during the final couple weeks.
Oakland Athletics First Baseman/Outfielder Matt Olson -- The 23-year-old is the perfect waiver-wire target if you need power. Olson has hit 11 home runs during the past two months, including four in September. Despite a high strikeout rate, Olson won't hurt fantasy owners too badly in the batting average category. I like that Olson is eligible at first base and in the outfield, as the added flexibility is crucial down the stretch.
Texas Rangers Outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. -- Fantasy owners who lost Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton this week to a broken thumb are probably in need of steals to replace that production. Enter DeShields. Even if you aren't a Hamilton owner, DeShields is a perfect player to target if you want a boost in steals. He has 28 steals on the season, and it appears he will continue to get consistent playing time during the next couple weeks due to injury. DeShields won't help in the power department, but his ability to steal and hit for a strong average makes him a nice target for down the stretch.