Mon Sep 16 12:03am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Two weeks to go, meaning two waiver wires are left. Is there anyone that can help you get that point or two needed to win your league?
The schedule makers took some of the biggest scoring teams and gave them only five games this coming week, making playing decisions that much tougher. And to add to that, some teams have clinched playoff spots, so managers may want to give some key players a rest.
Five games: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers.
And to add to the decision making process, Tampa Bay will lose their DH with two games against the Dodgers. The other team losing their DH will be Seattle playing three in Pittsburgh. San Francisco gains a DH for three games in Boston, which gives Buster Posey a break from behind the plate. And Philadelphia gains a hitter for their three games in Cleveland.
Colorado plays three at home against the Mets. The three on the road are against the Dodgers. Look far a couple dingers from the Mets in the thin air. Maybe rookie Pete Alonzo adds to his rookie total in pursuit of Aaron Judge's rookie record of 52.
The teams playing seven games are St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota.
From this group, St. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee are fighting for the NL Central, so their star players will be in the lineup. In St. Louis, it appears Tommy Edman is the third baseman, relegating Matt Carpenter to a bench role. Edman could be a guy on your waiver wire and worthy of a pick up.
On the pitching side, you should be looking for guys that will get at least three starts over the next two weeks to maximize win chances and strikeouts. This basically means pitchers that will pitch in the first three days of the coming week. Some you might find on your waiver wire are Mike Leake, John Means, Nathan Eovaldi, Reynaldo Lopez, Zack Plesac, Glenn Sparkman, Tony Gonsolin, Sandy Alcantara, Martin Perez, Derek Rodriquez and Adam Wainwright.
No sure things with any of them, but they should get the ball. Perhaps the sneaky pick of the group in Tony Gonsolin. He gets a Wednesday start at Tampa, and should get two starts next week. The Dodgers will be setting up their rotation for the playoffs, and he won’t be one of them, so getting two starts should help them setup everyone else.
Have a great week. There is only one to go after this week!
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.