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Deep League Waiver Wire Targets for Week 7

The challenge and fun of playing in deep leagues is the need to persevere through injuries and extended slumps of key roster players. The only way to effectively fill those lineup holes on a consistent basis is through smart waiver wire decisions. That’s why we make a concerted effort every week to provide guidance on deep league waiver wire targets to help those competing in 15-team mixed, 12-team AL- or NL-only, or even deeper leagues.

Deep League Waiver Wire Targets for Week 7

15-Team Mixed League Targets

1. Bryse Wilson, SP, Brewers

With the unfortunate news of Wade Miley’s need for elbow surgery, a spot in the Brewers rotation opened up for Bryse Wilson. Wilson was finally able to transition from his reliever role into a big-league starter and so far he’s made the most of the opportunity. While his first out was a bit shaky, with two earned runs in 4.1 innings, he has since thrown twelve innings of one-run ball in his following two starts. More impressive is the strike-out per inning rate. Wilson should add some much-needed stability to fantasy team rotations in deep leagues moving forward.

2. Abraham Toro, 2B/3B, Athletics

Already traded multiple times in his young career, it seems Abraham Toro has finally found a home in Oakland. Now batting atop the surprisingly effective Athletics lineup, he is producing at a strong clip as of late. Not only does his .287 batting average offer an important category boost but he’s also showing a bit of power with eleven extra-base hits already this season. Toro is proving a viable middle infield addition for deep mixed league fantasy rosters.

3. Jon Singleton, 1B, Astros

An epic redemption story may be unfolding early this season with the hitting surge of Jon Singleton. A decade ago Jon Singleton dominated the prospect spotlight with David Ortiz comparisons. His spring training performance led to an unprecedented long-term deal for a minor leaguer worth up to $35M. However, it’s seemingly taken almost 10 years for the Astros to start to be rewarded for their belief in Singleton. So far this season he has hit three home runs with eight RBI in just his first 63 at-bats, all while sporting a .351 OBP. Most importantly, most of those counting stats have come in the last two weeks, where he has reignited the Astros offense. Singleton’s worth a flyer in mixed leagues to see if he has finally made lasting changes to his plate approach.

AL-Only League Targets

1. Andy Ibanez, 2B/OF, Tigers

It’s starting to seem like the Tigers have a new bench player emerge on a weekly basis. Last week it was Wenceel Perez who had a multi-homer outing and this week it’s Andy Ibanez. While his .364 batting average is likely unsustainable, his ability to get on base should keep him in the lineup for the foreseeable future. With additional plate appearances, it could be mean more breakout opportunities.

2. Cooper Criswell, SP, Red Sox

Similar to Bryse Wilson above, Cooper Criswell has recently transitioned from the bullpen to a starting role and is turning heads in the process. Criswell isn’t the flashiest of pitchers but he’s showing his effectiveness so far with only four walks and a 1.74 ERA across 20.2 innings this season. In his most recent outing at the Twins, he carved up the heart of the order with a strong mix of pitches, resulting in five strikeouts in four innings of work. Take a flyer on Criswell in your AL-only league to see if his effectiveness can be maintained in upcoming starts.

NL-Only League Targets

1. Edmund Sosa, SS, Phillies

First man up after Trea Turner’s unfortunate injury news was Edmund Sosa, who earned favor with the Phillies fanbase last year with key contributions down the stretch. While Sosa has proven to be a league-average hitter at his best, he adds sneaky fantasy value with decent power for a deep-league middle infielder. In his half-season of at-bats last year Sosa hit 10 home runs and contributed 30 RBI. So far this season he only has one home run but a double and triple in recent games show promise of more extra base hits to come in his strong-side platoon role.

2. Mike Ford, 1B, Reds

Another benefactor of an injury is Mike Ford, who got the call-up to the Reds after Christian Encarnacion-Strand went to the IL. Mike Ford raised eyebrows in his stint with the Mariners last season by producing 16 home runs in just over 200 at-bats. While the .228 batting average last year was concerning, he made up for it with a decent on-base percentage of .322. The potential for decent power numbers makes Ford a sneaky speculative add in most NL-only leagues this week.

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