Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 11/20/14

In this week’s edition of the Weekly Waiver Wire, we have a speedster on the base paths, a forgotten former Phillie, a new kid on the block, a former All-Star, and a nobody turned somebody. Week 19 MLB Waiver Wire players to add: Vance Worley (SP,PIT,32% owned): Ratios are gold these days and Vance has your back in that category. He has posted a great 2.43 ERA, not to mention he hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a game in over a month. Last week we had Liriano, this week, Vance Worley. I cannot wait to see what next week brings. Tony Watson, anyone? Eh, we’ll see. For now let’s just milk this cow for all she’s worth. Everth Cabrera (SS,SD,45% owned): There is no denying Cabrera’s ability to wreak havoc on the base paths, making him a strictly H2H each category addition with help wanted in the steals category, This is not the first time I have endorsed Cabrera as an addition in my column, but then again his ownership still lies below 50% so something tells me my words are falling on deaf ears. I will continue to bring the hammer home until his ownership elevates to above 50%. He has hit well enough since his return from the DL and always a threat to run, so Cabrera is a solid add for owners looking to add speed down the stretch.  Week 19 MLB Waiver Wire Hot Players: (*These are players who are performing very well as of late. You should keep an eye on them and if they continue their great play you should take a long look at adding one or two of them) The Cubs number two prospect could make an immediate impact for fantasy owners (Photo: Bill Reibergall/The Register). Javier Baez (SS,ChC,79% owned): Much like Medica, but not universally unowned, Baez has seen his ownership skyrocket over the past week. What the heck happened? Did anyone else know he was going to be called up? I don’t understand, the Cubs are not going to make the playoffs anyway, and even if they did, can you actually tell me with a straight face that a team which hasn’t made it to the WS since 1908 is actually going to get there now? Not with this roster, no way Jose. His first hit was a homer, congrats. Call up Oscar Taveras, as I see this being a very similar case. Or not? He did have a 2 home-run game against the Rockies just the other night, but nevertheless his hype has been just as big if not less than Oscar’s. This should be fun to watch because the Cubs usually suck and are honestly a boring team to watch unless Anthony Rizzo is playing well. Tommy Medica (1B/OF,SD,25% owned): Who is this guy? He was literally unowned as of last week and now he is basically owned in 1/3 of ESPN leagues? Can one game against the Braves do that much for a player’s stock? I guess if you hit 2 homers in a game, drive in 4 runs, AND steal a base, you are worthy of an addition these days. Kind of sad, isn’t it? Either way, maybe this isn’t a fluke after all and Medica is going to explode over the course of the month. That probably will not happen. In fact, I would count on it NOT happening. But hey, this is baseball, anything can happen right? Josh Reddick (OF,OAK,67% owned): Reddick was an All-Star last year, to the dismay of many, including myself. See, I had Reddick last year, and he was great during the first quarter of the season, which is why he made the AS Game, but he was mediocre at best during the 2nd quarter of last year, leading up to the AS Break. Believe me, I would know. Reddick seems to defy logic as he just comes out of nowhere and plays well, which I don’t understand how this keeps happening with player after player. It seems as if they just wake up one day and tell themselves they are about to have their best game of the season, proceed to play well for a few weeks and then fade back into obscurity. Week 19 MLB Waiver Wire players to drop: Yangervis Solarte (OF/2B/3B,SD,63% owned): Let’s face it, Solarte stinks. No, seriously, one of the Padres players tweeted that Solarte actually smells bad a few days ago, but has since deleted the tweet. His performance on the field stinks too. Or does it? One might say, Solarte has been great thus far as a Padre. Why should we drop him? ESPN reports his ownership is actually rising! Why drop him? Well, for one, PETCO Park is one the toughest ballparks for hitters, but that hasn’t stopped the Padres, who have surprised everyone this month with their offensive display. The fact of the matter is, Solarte’s BABIP had been falling for 3 months, in June it was down to .192. I mean, don’t take it from me, or do, but there is no way that Solarte maintains this .318 average as a Padre and I believe you will see a major regression in his ownership in 2 weeks at the most. Hence making you go from the idiot who didn’t pick up Solarte to the genius who didn’t pick up Solarte. Trust me on this, he is not a good addition. Mike Minor (SP,ATL,52% owned): The big difference between Mike Minor, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jean Segura is this: Draft value. You waited longer for Minor than you did for Choo or Segura. Any pitcher with a 5.42 ERA in August is dead to me. He has given up an ERA of 5.00 over his past 4 outings. Yes, 20 earned runs in 4 outings. That’s like, less than Kershaw has given up all year. The insane thing is he somehow earned a win while giving up 6 runs, but that’s beyond the point here. Yeah, he earned a win, but he also killed your team in almost every other category, especially ERA. This is a no-brainer for me. Drop in all formats. Week 19 MLB Waiver Wire Cold Players: (*These are players who have good track records, but have not had the best start to the season. Let these guys chill on your bench until they heat up) Jean Segura (SS,MIL,68% owned): My take on Segura is this: You took him with an early pick in your draft, do you really want to drop him? What reflection would it have on YOU if you reach for a guy in the 5th round who was drafted in the 7th on average, then dropped him? It would make you look like a fool, right? Don’t look like a fool. Keep Segura, bench him, but do not drop him. Shin-Soo Choo (OF,TEX,85% owned): This guy had so many expectations coming into the season, and all he has done thus far is disappoint. But, again, just like the case with Jean Segura, you can’t drop him. You took him with confidence in the draft. Now, you might not believe that he is going to turn it around, but that doesn’t mean your other league members have to know that too, right? When it comes to Fantasy sports, having confidence in your team is a huge part of the formula for winning. If you don’t have confidence in your team, you might as well give up now. P.S., please do not give up now. Allen Craig (1B/OF,BOS,44% owned): Now, Craig made this list last week, and he will make it again this week. If he continues to underperform, he will make this list again next week. Then, and only then, will he make the drop list if he continues to struggle. I think it is way too premature to say that Craig is done for the year as a fantasy performer. While he is on the 15-DL, of course he would not be eligible to make this list next week or the week after. Prompting you to make a decision, is it worth it to keep Craig on my roster when I have doubts on whether he can perform once he is healthy? That is a good point, and a good question to ask. I’m not here to tell you what to do with your team, these are simply suggestions. All I am saying is, if Craig was on my team, I would keep him on my bench until he comes off the DL. Have specific questions about your team? Questions/Comments about the article? Ask @RyanDorf on Twitter. The post Week 19 MLB Waiver Wire: Dance for Vance appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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