There is nothing worse than a late-season injury to a key player. Fantasy owners fighting for a championship received a major blow this week when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich fouled a ball off of his knee. He will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
The other issue with late-season injuries are teams not placing these players on the injured list. This isn't a huge deal in redraft leagues, but in keeper and dynasty leagues, this is a big deal. You're not dropping a player like Yelich or Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez. Due to their respective teams not placing them on the injured list, you are unable to pick up a player to fill their void so it's a double blow.
New York Mets Infielder Todd Frazier -- We target players who are hot at this point in the season and hope we can ride the wave for the remainder of the season. The veteran Frazier fits that criteria, as he is batting .400 with three home runs and seven RBIs during the last seven days. Frazier is batting better than .300 in September as well, so this isn't a tiny streak. Here's to hoping the veteran can keep this hot streak up for the final couple of weeks of the season.
Miami Marlins Starting Pitcher Sandy Alcantara -- The Marlins' starter is racking up the strikeouts at a nice rate, as he has finished each of his past four starts with at least seven strikeouts. It will be difficult to find a starting pitcher with that kind of strikeout upside available on the waiver wire. Even more encouraging: the right-hander has allowed a total of eight runs in those four starts.
Colorado Rockies Reliever Jairo Diaz -- This season has been a weird one in terms of finding saves off the waiver wire with many teams using committees, but we have one that is only 20 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues. Diaz has recently taken over the ninth inning for the Rockies and has collected three saves since Sept. 6. I think we can squeeze out a couple more saves during the final couple of weeks.
Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Trent Grisham
-- The 22-year-old is going to try to fill the big shoes of Yelich which is impossible to do, but he has fantasy relevance due to the playing time that is now presented. Grisham had a monster game Sept. 9, as he collected five hits, and during the last seven days, he is batting .381 with a home run. The outfielder hit 26 home runs in the minors with 12 stolen bases, so we may get lucky for the next couple of weeks.