Fantasy baseball best waiver wire adds, free agent sleepers for Week 10

Week 10 of the fantasy baseball season has arrived, and there’s a ton of proven talent and high-upside players on the majority of mixed-league waiver wires. Whether you’re competing in a league with 12 teams, 10 teams, or eight, Sporting News should be your go-to spot for the best and latest fantasy baseball free agent targets.

Every Monday, we will highlight 10-12 waiver wire players – at least a handful of batters and a handful of pitchers – who are unowned in roughly half of mixed leagues.

Good luck this week, and happy waiver hunting!

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Best hitter pickups, free agent adds for Week 10

Santiago Espinal, 2B/3B, Toronto (51-percent owned in Yahoo leagues)

Over the weekend, I published my two-start pitcher and seven-game hitter streams column and mentioned Espinal should be rostered pretty much everywhere. He was on 46 percent of active Yahoo squads on Saturday, and I said “don’t be surprised if he’s up over 50 percent by Monday.” Well, he’s 51 percent rostered today, but it should be more like 81 percent. The 27-year-old infielder is sizzling at the plate, batting .378 in June with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 45 at-bats. He has five home runs and three steals on the season, two numbers that could easily be quadrupled by season’s end. He should be rostered in any league larger than eight teams and in all formats that feature 2B/SS or extra utility spots.

Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Texas (25%)

Lowe has been quietly raking since the calendar turned to June, entering Monday with a .341 average, 1.037 OPS, and four HRs in the month. He strikes out a lot and doesn’t offer much in the form of RBIs since he plays for the Rangers, but he might be worth snatching for his upcoming seven-game week.

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Gio Urshela, 3B/SS, Minnesota (42%)

Urshela has been a big part of the Twins’ strong season so far, and he’s only getting better as the weather gets warmer. The former Yankee is batting .326 with four homers, 17 RBIs, and 14 runs over the past 30 days.

Anthony Santander, OF, Baltimore (34%)

Santander has not exactly been great this season, but he’s shown some signs of life as of late. He’s batting .286 over the past two weeks with two home runs, and the Orioles now have a seven-game slate in Week 10 in which they’ll face multiple pitchers who struggle against switch-hitters like himself.

Tommy Pham, OF, Cincinnati (43%)

Look out, world: Pham looks like he’s good again. After his bizarre, fantasy football-related, Will Smith-like slap of Giants outfielder Joc Pederson last month, he’s back and apparently settled. He’s hitting .297 with two homers, seven RBIs, and a steal over his past 10 games. He’s also scored eight runs in that span, which is quite impressive for a Red. Keep that fire in you burning, Pham.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Athletics (33%)

If speed is what you’re after – but you don’t want to sacrifice average – Laureano could be a sound midseason investment. He’s batting .306 over the past two weeks and has four stolen bases over the past month. He won’t dazzle you long-term, but he will certainly contribute with steals, runs, and total bases.

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Best pitcher pickups, free agent adds for Week 10

Tanner Houck, RP, Boston (48-percent owned in Yahoo leagues)

We’ll start our pitcher adds with a SP/RP must-have. Houck has emerged as Alex Cora’s go-to ninth-inning option as of late, locking down the past two save opportunities for the Red Sox. He hasn’t surrendered a run in June (five games, seven innings), and he’s only walked one batter while striking out nine in the month. Opponents are only hitting .200 against him since the month began. Grab him before the Sox get hotter and he’s no longer available!

Alex Wood, SP, San Francisco (52%)

Wood has fallen on hard times – he’s ranked 604th in Yahoo this season – but he’s displayed plenty of encouraging signs his past couple outings. He’s not walking as many batters lately, and he’s been striking out five or six batters a game with an improving whiff-rate. Against Colorado on Wednesday, he allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings, taking a tough no-decision after the Giants won in extra-innings. He has Kansas City and Pittsburgh this week, so consider him a must-roster across all leagues sizes and formats for at least the immediate future.

Josiah Gray, SP, Washington (45%)

This is a textbook example of ‘unheralded solid starter on a bad team.’ Gray has been lights-out lately, posting a 1.13 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts over his past 16 innings, but he plays for the Nationals, who stink worse than the subway in August. If a pitcher is ranked in the top 100 but nobody knows him or watches him, is he really a stud?

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Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta (44%)

Strider has ramped up considerably since June, putting up strong (albeit fairly short) back-to-back starts. His blistering fastball has generated a ton of swinging strikes, and his called-strikes-and-whiffs has risen tremendously. Just 23, Strider has a massive ceiling. He demonstrated that on Friday against Pittsburgh, mowing down eight batters in 5.2 shutout innings. Grab this guy in all formats while you still can – he’s facing Washington on Wednesday.

Merrill Kelly, SP, Arizona (52%)

There’s a joke in here somewhere – oh yes, got it: You pick up four L’s every time you add Merrill Kelly. However, you also get a guy who goes on hot streaks like we saw earlier in the season. He could be on one now, coming off six shutout innings in Cincinnati and picking up the W. He only fanned five, but hey, it’s a quality start! Now Cincinnati comes to Arizona, where he owns a respectable 2.65 ERA on the season. Kelly’s not a big strikeout guy, but he’s a good bet to get Ws against crap squads. He’s well worth a matchup-based stream in 12-team leagues.

Alex Faedo, SP, Detroit (10%)

Like Gray, Faedo is a deep sleeper playing for a horrible team, but he tossed five innings of one-run baseball against the Pirates last Wednesday, striking out seven and allowing just three hits. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in five-plus innings in each of his first seven major league starts. According to MLB.com, just five other pitchers have ever accomplished that feat. Add him in all leagues before he gets discovered.