There are only a couple more waiver-wire articles left for the 2018 fantasy baseball season. This is depressing, as I feel like we have had a strong year identifying players to help and, even more importantly, that means the season is almost over. As always, hopefully one player can give your team a boost in the standings down the stretch.
Kansas City Royals Starting Pitcher Jorge Lopez -- The right-hander has only allowed two earned runs during his last two starts, while also striking out 12 and going 15 innings. The 25-year-old came within three outs of pitching a perfect game Sept. 8, so he is locked in. Lopez will have a couple of more starts before the end of the season, so hopefully he can continue the hot streak. There isn't another pitcher who is pitching as many innings with the strikeouts as Lopez on the waiver wire.
Chicago Cubs Closer Situation -- Pedro Strop injured his hamstring running to first base Sept. 13 and will miss a couple of weeks. Since there are only a couple of weeks left in the season, there's a strong chance he is sidelined for the remainder of the year. This injury just happened, so we have no indication of who will take over the ninth inning for the Cubs. The likely candidates are Steve Cishek or Carl Edwards Jr., as both have pitched effectively this season. Cishek has three saves for the Cubs this season and has been a closer throughout his career, so I would give him the edge if deciding between the two.
Tampa Bay Rays First Baseman Ji-Man Choi -- The goal of the waiver wire right now is to identify players on a hot streak that will hopefully continue for a couple of more weeks, and Choi fits that criteria. The 27-year-old is batting .353 with four home runs and 12 RBIs during the month of September. Those 12 RBIs rank sixth in all of baseball this month, and Choi is currently owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues. The average, power and run production is all there right now, and Choi could be a player who can give you a boost during the next couple of weeks.