Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Mlb_apr_26_373f

Dexter Fowler is having a really good season, and a lot of people have yet to take notice. (Photo by dbking via CC BY 2.0)

Welcome back to the Waiver Wire Watch. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it’s time to bear down for the stretch of the fantasy baseball season. Here are some more under-the-radar players that are worth taking a look at.

Format for waiver wire watch:

  • 50-75% Owned- Player qualifies for 10-team league
  • 25-49% Owned- Player qualifies for 12-team league
  • Less than 25% Owned- Player qualifies for 14-team league

Again, these percentages are found on Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball.

10-team league hitter to watch

Dexter Fowler, OF, COL

Dexter Fowler is having a really good season, and a lot of people have yet to take notice. He has a solid AVG of .295, and he has an extremely impressive OBP (.381) and SLG (.511). The .381 OBP also puts him among the top 10 outfielders in that category.

Fowler also leads the majors with 10 triples on the season. Throw in the fact that he can hit a few homers and steal a few bases as well, and you have a pretty dynamic player that is still available in a lot of fantasy leagues.

10-team league pitcher to watch

Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PIT

Wandy Rodriguez has been one of the more consistent left-handed pitchers for a number of years now, though he has yet to gain the attention he deserves. A recent trade of Rodriguez from Houston to Pittsburgh could be beneficial for fantasy owners, as he has better odds of getting wins.

He has pitched more than 190 innings in each of the past three seasons, while posting an ERA of well under 4.00 during that time. Rodriguez is on pace to meet those numbers again with the potential of a few more wins now that he is out of Houston.

12-team league hitter to watch

Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN

As proven by his numbers in July, former AL MVP Justin Morneau still has something left in the tank. Morneau is batting .317 for the month with 3 HR and 12 RBI. His .364 OBP and 13 runs scored in July are by far bests for Morneau for a month this season as well. He also still hits right-handed pitching well, with an AVG of .311 against righties. He may not be the dangerous power hitter that he once was, but he has proven that he is still capable of producing.

12-team league pitcher to watch

Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD

Chad Billingsley is putting up an impressive July for the Dodgers. His overall numbers for the season aren’t bad either. So far in July, he has an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.03. Overall on the season, Billingsley has a respectable ERA of 3.89 and has 106 Ks in 118 IP.

He is pretty much having another typical Chad Billingsley-type season. He won’t contend for the Cy Young Award, but you can expect him to log quality innings and strikeout a decent amount of batters along the way.

14-team league hitter to watch

Ryan Ludwick, OF, CIN

I am extremely surprised more fantasy teams have not taken a flyer on Ryan Ludwick. In just 78 games this season, Ludwick has belted 17 HR and has a .527 SLG to go along with that. These are the numbers for a guy that is owned in only 10% of all fantasy leagues. Ludwick has always been able to hit the long ball, and playing at hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark only helps his case. He is almost a free source of power in most fantasy leagues, so why not take a chance on him?

14-team league pitcher to watch

Lucas Harrell, SP, HOU

Lucas Harrell has virtually come out of nowhere to produce a string of impressive starts for the Astros and make himself a viable fantasy option. In his last 4 starts, Harrell has allowed a total of 5 ER. Also, since June 22 Harrell has allowed more than two runs in a game only twice. In July, his ERA for the month is 3.03, and he has 30 Ks in 29.2 IP. Thus, Harrell is showing he has the ability to strike out batters. With the consistency he has put together recently, he’s definitely someone to put on your watch list.

**All statistics used are as of Monday, July, 30, 2012.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Seahawks tie Super Bowl at half with gutsy call

Did Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after touchdown run?

Sherman has torn ligaments, Thomas dislocated shoulder

Goodell turns gown interview with NBC before Super Bowl

Insider information suspected on National Anthem betting

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Giants co-owner Ann Mara dies at age 85

Pats-Seahawks tickets most expensive in S.B. history

Report: Seahawks offer Lynch a huge contract

Super Bowl matchup of low round QBs a rarity

Reporter who broke Deflategate story receiving death threats

Sherman not expecting baby on Super Bowl Sunday

WATCH: Richard Sherman taunts Derrelle Revis

Fashion police: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show

Overtime rules: what happens if Patriots, Seahawks are tied

Seahawks get away with roughing the kicker on punt?

Marshawn Lynch rocks gold cleats during pregame

Earl Thomas did not like ‘Legion of Boom’ nickname at first

WATCH: Kevin Love booed by fans in return to Minnesota

WATCH: Gregg Popovich gets nailed in head with a shot

Tom Brady sounds fired up for Super Bowl

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Richard Sherman taunts Derrelle Revis

Fashion police: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show

Seahawks make Lynch a huge offer?

Super Bowl matchup of low-round QBs a rarity

Kevin Love booed in Minnesota return

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.