Fantasy Baseball Outfield Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 12 (2022)

We’ve got another week of MLB action and it’s time to make more waiver wire moves. With injuries mounting and players slumping, it’s time to change our squads. I would like to emphasize that it is not yet time to panic about your regular players. Don’t drop early picks that just fall out of the gate. If they’re still struggling a few weeks from now, we can look at the underlying metrics to see if a drop is at play.

As the season begins, we’re interested in players getting off to a great start and, more importantly, sustained improvements over last season. With the early injuries we are also looking for players who may get more playing time. Some of the lower roster players or some not mentioned here are on the solid side of Platoons so make sure you don’t add them if they are on a negative schedule. Finally, the names in the article are listed in percentage order, not so much in my preference to add them to your list. This article will discuss Fantasy baseball waiving cable pickups for the outfield in week 12, June 27th to July 3rd.

In the first few weeks, the tiered percentages can change quickly. So quickly check your leagues for availability. If you want to chat about outfielders, prospects, or dynasty leagues, message me directly on Twitter at @bdentrek. Key Points – This list focuses on players who are in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

Editor’s note: Our incredible writing team received a total of five writing awards and 13 nominations from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, the industry’s front runners! Congratulations to all award winners and nominees including Best MLB Series, NFL Series, NBA Writer, PGA Writer and Player Notes Writer of the Year. Follow their analysis, rankings and advice all year round and win big with RotoBaller!
Continue reading!

29% applied

Kirilloff was recalled eight games ago and it’s been a slow journey but some positive signs. He’s scored safely in five of eight games while typically scoring in the middle of the Twins lineup. Kiriloff has four doubles since his return with eight RBI. Kirilloff is helping with ongoing production and power will come as he has over 60% quota since his recall. Kirilloff spent some time in the minors following his recent injury and wrecked baseball. Kirilloff will be hitting home runs for the Twins when the time comes, so jump in now and add him in all 12-man leagues and lower.

24% applied

I’ve messaged Thomas a few times and I’m still shocked at how low he ranks in the Yahoo leagues. As of June 8, Thomas has struck in 13 of 15 games with a .321 batting average. He’s on a home run with four stolen bases. Thomas hasn’t produced much power over the past few weeks but does have an .808 OPS and 130 wRC+ while scoring 11 runs. Thomas is now batting .264 with six homers and four stolen bases in the season, following the power and speed he showed in the minors. Thomas should be listed in many more leagues, so I recommend fixing that where it’s available.

21% set

I mentioned Arcia in my lower-league NFBC waiver article this week, but I wanted to mention him here as he has a lot of fantasy appeal. Arcia took the daily second base role when Albies went to the IL 10 games ago and has scored safely in eight games. Arcia hits .343 at this stretch with two home runs, a .200 ISO, .927 OPS and a 154 wRC+. He only hits 15.4% of the time with a hit rate of 44% and was a key part of the Braves’ red-hot offensive line. Best of all, Arcia gets second base eligibility to go with his eligibility for the field. Arcia will be very valuable over the next few months, so add it where you need MI or OF depth.

8% Listed

Gonzalez is another outfielder that surprises me at his low rate. Since getting the call from the Bigs last May, Gonzalez has hit .311s with two home runs. He has a .155 ISO with an .811 OPS and 132 wRC+. Batting in the middle of the Guardians’ lineup, Gonzalez has scored 12 runs while driving in 13. His 45.7% hard hit rate and decent plate discipline back up the solid hit tool he’s presented so far. As long as Gonzalez plays every day and scores in the middle of the Guardians batting order, he deserves to be featured in many more leagues.

3% Listed

Adding Senzel is purely speculation at this point as his advantage is definitely in play. Since June 1, he’s only hit a .250 without a home run, but he’s stolen five bases and hit 11 runs. He batted at the top of the Reds’ batting order until recently, when he slipped into the back half of the lineup. He only knocks out 18.5% of the time with a .310 BABIP, so more production could come. It’s also nice that he plays his home games at the Great American Small Park. If you play in lower leagues then Senzel is worth a look for his current speed and potential power to flaunt.

Deeper League Waiver Wire

You can read my NFBC article on the minor league wire waiver that comes out every Saturday and covers options for waiving the minor league wire at various positions.

Download our free News & Alerts Mobile App

Do you like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24×7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects and more. Everything is free!

More waiver wire pickups and streamers

Leave a Comment