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Deep League Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Targets for Week 12

With each new week, it seems a new crop of viable waiver wire targets emerges in a key position with high talent scarcity. A couple of weeks ago it was the outfield and last week it was middle infield. Now, this week, it’s with the catcher position. That’s why we’ve included two targets for only leagues, along with several other positional waiver wire targets, to help those playing in deep fantasy baseball leagues make the right player pickups.

Deep League Waiver Wire Targets for Week 11

15-Team Mixed League Targets

1. Manuel Margot, OF, Twins

Back in 2017, Manuel Margot was a consensus top 50 prospect in all of baseball for the Padres. His standout speed and fielding ability drew high praise while his power potential created much promise for fantasy managers. While those skills materialized in the majors leagues, his hit tool never fully developed which led to years of platoon roles. After starting this season as the Twins’ fourth outfielder, Margot has found his way into regular playing time and has made the most of the opportunity. Margot has been red-hot the last two weeks, batting .379 during that span. In a more projectable sample size of the last 30 games, Margot is batting .292 with a .361 OBP, making him a viable waiver target in all five outfielder leagues.

2. Alex Vesia, RP, Dodgers

Nothing is more unpredictable in baseball than relief pitching. Last year it looked like Alex Vesia was lost on the mound at times throughout the season, ending the year with a 4.35 ERA. This year, he’s performing amongst the elite relievers with a 1.20 ERA and a minuscule 0.83 WHIP. What’s most impressive is the dominant strikeout rate which is at over 16.0 K/9 in the last month. While Vesia can only help your pitching ratios at this point with just two saves, he’s seemingly worked his way into the likely replacement at closer should another injury arise for Evan Phillips.

AL-Only League Targets

1. Spencer Horwitz, 1B, Blue Jays

Like an unexpected thundercrash, Spencer Horwitz has taken the Blue Jays by storm over the last week. Batting a spectacular .389 across his first week of games, he’s quickly ascended the lineup to the role of leadoff hitter. For those that followed Horwitz in the minor leagues, this batting surge shouldn’t be too surprising. Last year he hit .337 at AAA and he was on a near identical pace early this season, before his call-up, with a .335 batting average. Despite the stellar plate approach, Horwitz offers very little in power or speed. As a result, the fantasy profile is limited to AL-only for the time being until greater contributions are made in other categories like runs and RBI.

2. Jose Trevino, C, Yankees

Ever since Gary Sanchez’s breakout seasons in 2016 and 2017, the catcher position has been an open hole in the Yankees lineup. With Jose Trevino’s recent ascension, it seems there may be new hope for some stability. After one good and one subpar season with the Yankees, it seems Trevino is now finding his stride in his third season by batting a respectable .272 with six home runs. While this isn’t a world-beater stat line, it does put him in the top 12 for catcher batting averages so far this season. The hope is that Trevino can bring the same stability to fantasy managers in AL-only leagues.

NL-Only League Targets

1. Austin Slater, OF, Giants

Yet another hitter making the most of their time in the majors as an injury fill-in is Austin Slater. With both Nick Ahmed and Marco Luciano on the IL, Slater has been able to get quite a few at-bats over the last week. In June he has a .462 batting average with three RBI in four games. His playing time will continue for at least another week or two at minimum, but there’s speculation that Luciano could remain in AAA after his rehab assignment. If so, Slater could remain in the super-utility role indefinitely for the Giants, providing key stat contributions for NL-only fantasy managers.

2. Garret Stubbs, C, Phillies

Fantasy managers who lost J.T. Realmuto this week in NL-only leagues are likely reeling. A small silver lining is the chance at a suitable replacement with the Phillies next player up in catcher Garrett Stubbs. In his career, Stubbs has proven to be average at best at the plate with a lone season batting above .250 in his five-year career. And while he’s below that pace so far this season he has found other ways to contribute with four steals already. What brings appeal to Stubbs is both his recent hot-hitting, .286 over the last seven games, as well as general placement in the powerful Phillies lineup. If he can maintain a decent batting average the counting stats should follow. Any additional steals from the catcher position would be a nice perk, too.

Got a few deep league waiver wire targets of your own? Don’t be greedy! Drop some names in the comments below.

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