A new week of MLB fantasy baseball is upon us, and we wanted to highlight a few players you should target if you’re looking to bolster your roster.
Between young studs, waiver-wire gems, and a couple of quality two-start pitchers, there is help if your team is struggling.
Monday’s games are starting soon, so let’s not waste time diving into the good stuff.
Waiver Wire Targets
If you need infield help, specifically at SS, your top target this week should be Elly De La Cruz, the newest member of the Cincinnati Reds. De La Cruz is one of the top prospects in baseball, and the Reds just called him up from Triple-A.
Despite hitting .364 with a home run and four RBIs in his first week of MLB action, De La Cruz is still only owned in around 55% of 12-team leagues.
De La Cruz crushed minor-league hitting with a slash line of .297/.398/.633 with 38 runs, 12 home runs, 36 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 38 games.
He is a speedster who displayed that quickness last week, going from first to home in 11.48 seconds and third to home in just 3.17. He’s confident in his speed and has already made some electric plays on the basepaths.
Elly De La Cruz is 3-for-3 on steal attempts as a Major Leaguer. His sprint speeds:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 11, 2023
Beware that De La Cruz doesn’t come without risk. He is striking out nearly 50% of the time. In the long term, his strikeout rate could cause severe slumps and see the young star lose playing time.
Pitchers to Stream This Week
The entirety of the starting pitcher landscape has been messy all season. With injuries becoming more common, underperforming stars, and breakout youngsters, it’s getting harder to pinpoint the right pickups.
With so much going on, you may need a rental pitcher for the week. I wanted to highlight a starter who can fill in for a spot start or two.
Milwaukee Brewers starter Julio Teheran is my top target this week for those in need of a streaming option in the short term.
Julio Teheran’s four starts this season:
5 IP, 1 ER
6 IP, 0 ER
6.1 IP, 2 ER
7 IP, 1 ER
He made just one MLB appearance in the last two seasons pic.twitter.com/lQq12PcEFo
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 10, 2023
Teheran got off to a late start to 2023 and only has four appearances this season, but he’s done the most with his short time on the bump. Teheran is a perfect streaming option for this week, with a 1.48 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 24 innings.
He can be rostered in most leagues during the short term as long as he’s hot. However, I’d have a backup plan ready as Teheran is known to be a bit of a powder keg and could implode at any moment.
Two Start Pitchers for Week 11
My favorite two-start pitcher for the upcoming week is the Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider. The young righty is in a spot I like after getting absolutely crushed by the New York Mets on Thursday. Strider surrendered eight earned runs off two long balls during a dreary four innings of work.
Avg MLB pitcher: 6’3″
Shane McClanahan: 6’1″
Spencer Strider: 6’0″
Avg MLB pitcher extension: 6.4 ft
McClanahan’s extension: 7.0 ft
Strider’s extension: 7.0 ft
— David Adler (@_dadler) June 3, 2023
But Strider is a stud, and every ace gets blown up at some point during the season. I’m not concerned and expect Strider to bounce back this week with not one but two solid matchups.
On Tuesday, Strider will take the field against the Detroit Tigers on the road before facing the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Don’t let that Mets game fool you. Strider is a no-doubt start this week.
If you want to add a two-start pitcher from the waiver wire this week, consider Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. If you need to chase wins, this may be a risky bet, as Greinke has just one win in 13 starts. But, with 6.75 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.12 WHIP, he still excels at keeping runners off base.
Zack Greinke, Filthy 87mph Changeup. 😷 pic.twitter.com/sFfMPKTB0V
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2023
If you are scraping the bottom of the barrel, other less-exciting waiver options include Matthew Libertore and Chase Anderson.