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Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Targets: May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019
If you love your prospects, which most fantasy baseball players do, this is your week. There was a huge wave of top prospects promoted recently, and we need to figure out the players that can make a fantasy impact for the long haul. 

These players are all talented, but as we know, not everyone will produce right away. I should note that a lot of these players may already be above the 50 percent threshold I usually recommend, but your league may run waivers once a week so they will be available. 

I'm going to rank the prospects with a note then have a couple of other waiver-wire options.

1. Colorado Rockies Infielder Brendan Rodgers -- The talented hitter gets the top ranking due to the benefit of playing his home games in Colorado. As of this writing, no announcement has been made if shortstop Trevor Story is landing on the injured list due to a bruised knee. There's no way they brought up Rodgers to sit so if Story doesn't get placed on the injured list, Rodgers could play second base. 

2. Milwaukee Brewers Second Baseman Keston Hiura -- Like most prospects, Hiura can hit and will now try to translate it to the big leagues. The playing time is there with Travis Shaw on the injured list.

3. Atlanta Braves Outfielder Austin Riley -- Riley is an infielder, but he's being used in the outfield due to Ender Inciarte landing on the injured list. Riley is already making an impact, as he collected four hits -- including a home run -- in his first two games. Riley can hit, but the question is the position and whether he'll stay in the big leagues once Inciarte returns. This is why he is down in the rankings.

4. Kansas City Royals Second Baseman Nicky Lopez -- Lopez brings a speed element the other prospects do not and should get a chance to play every day.

Other Targets

Houston Astros Infielder Aledmys Diaz -- Diaz is filling in for the injured Jose Altuve, and he's doing a great job in the former MVP's absence. Diaz has hit three home runs in his last five games and should provide fantasy owners with a lift in the offensive categories in the short term. Diaz is also eligible at four infield positions, which is critical.

Texas Rangers Reliever Chris Martin -- The opportunities haven't been there, but Martin is the closer for the Rangers and is just 27 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues. In a year that has been difficult to add closers off the waiver wire, Martin needs to be on your roster.