Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered.
Gio Urshela, 3B, New York Yankees
Along with Mike Tauchman below, Urshela should be one of the top pickups this week for fantasy owners. The entire Yankees' lineup continues to just mash homers. The 27-year-old third baseman is hitting .366/.395/.817 with nine home runs since the All-Star break. With the Yankees constantly dealing with injuries, Urshela not only finds himself playing every day, but hitting in the middle of the lineup.
Mike Tauchman, OF, New York Yankees
Much like the aforementioned Urshela, Tauchman has taken the "next man up" mentality and run with it. Since the start of July, Tauchman is hitting .425/.477/.838 with eight home runs in 24 games. After having zero home runs in 52 games with the Colorado Rockies during his career, Tauchman is another must add this week in fantasy baseball.
Aaron Sanchez, SP, Houston Astros
While Sanchez won't turn everything around after being traded to the Astros from Toronto, his first start with Houston was hope for fantasy owners (or maybe a fluke). Tossing six no-hit innings is a terrific first impression, and one way to remain in the rotation. However, Sanchez's stats tell us that this won't be a reoccurring theme, but he earned himself another start. He'll face the Baltimore Orioles this weekend, which will be a tasty matchup for fantasy owners. If things go well again, and he remains in the rotation, Sanchez could see another start against the Oakland Athletics later in the week. As of right now, he's a matchup play for owners.
Brandon Workman, RP, Boston Red Sox
Five months into the season, and the Red Sox may finally have their every day closer. Workman, 30, has collected four saves, one blown save and three holds since July 1. During that same period, he has a 2.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. Relievers Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes haven't flourished in the ninth inning role, so Workman appears to be the favorite moving forward.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Originally a "loser" in the trade dealine, Dickerson could see a huge increase in playing time, as Jay Bruce lands on the injured list once again. After hitting .315/.373/.551 for the cross-state rival Pirates, Dickerson is hitting .381/.381/.762 with 7 RBI in 6 games. He should find himself playing most days, as long as he's healthy.
Cal Quantrill, SP, San Diego Padres
The 24-year-old righty turned in his best outing of the season last week, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball, while striking out five batters. Since July 1, he has a 1.62 ERA and a 3-1 record. His next start will come against the Tampa Bay Rays at home. On the season, he has a 3.21 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched. He's worth an add in almost every league.