Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 1/25/15

In this week’s edition of the Weekly Waiver Wire, we have a World Series champion, a 2x Comeback Player of the Year, Two 1x former All-Stars, another former 3x All-Star, a player from my hometown, and a 2x Silver Slugger. Week 18 MLB Waiver Wire players to add: Joe Smith (RP,LAA,33% owned): Joe Smith has been superb in July. His scoreless innings streak is now up to 16.2. During the streak, he has only given up 4 hits and one walk. He’s got a 1.99 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. According to ESPN’s Player Rater, Smith has had a better month than Clayton Kershaw. Let that sink in. Jake Peavy (SP,SF,48% owned): Call me crazy. I have had some bad selections, and I have had some good selections. I think that the switch in ballparks will help Peavy gain his confidence back and I think he will be a pretty good pitcher over the next few weeks. The move to the NL can’t hurt either. I think his ERA is going to drop and he is going to give up fewer home runs. Some people are born with an ability to play sports, some are born to sing, some are born to act. And every now and then, someone comes along who can give great fantasy baseball advice. Deeper-league add, I promise you won’t be too disappointed. (*Marcus Stroman, the focus of last week’s article, is still available in 28% of leagues. He is a must-own if available.) Week 18 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) Francisco Liriano (SP,PIT,37% owned): Francisco Liriano has been great as of late. His last 3 starts have been terrific. 11 hits allowed, 2 earned runs, 6 walks, and 23 strikeouts. He has been a beast, he’s got the hot hand, if he keeps this up it might be too difficult to pass him up. Connor Gillaspie (3B,CWS,26% owned): Gillaspie is another guy who can definitely hit for average. He is hitting .323 with 41 runs scored and 38 ribbies. He is not a good source of power, however, that is not the reason why you would want him in the first place. Another under-the-radar, deep-league find who will boost your team’s average whenever he is on the field. Wade Miley (SP,ARI,19% owned): Look, I am not going to lie, I wanted to put Miley in my article last week. There just wasn’t enough space. The numbers don’t lie. Miley has posted a 2.45 ERA through July and pitched a gem against Cincinnati just a few days ago. His strikeout numbers are inconsistent. He shutout the Reds the other day and only stuck out one batter. Yet, in early July he struck out 10 batters when facing the Pirates. He is not consistent with his amount of earned runs either. Prior to the game against Cincinnati, he surrendered 5 runs against the Phillies. If he puts together a string of consistent starts, then and only then would I endorse an addition. Week 18 MLB Waiver Wire players to drop: Dan Haren (SP,LAD,69% owned): It’s just been an awful month for Dan Haren. Haren has piled up 4 straight losses. Earlier in the month, he got rocked by the Rockies. He then followed up that performance with 2 straight outings of only 4 innings pitched, finally followed by another mediocre game where he pitched 5 innings of baseball giving up 5 earned runs. Haren’s 4.49 ERA is horrible as is his 1.31 WHIP. There are so many better options available on the waiver wire. Dallas Keuchel is still available in 70% of leagues. Fun fact, per @MLBStatoftheDay, Keuchel is the first Astros leftie to compile at least four complete games in a season since Randy Johnson had four back in 98′. Marcus Stroman is still available in a fourth of leagues, Yordano Ventura is available in 40% of leagues, etc. Drop Haren. Chris Young (SP,SEA,32% owned): I don’t get it. Why is Young still owned in over a quarter of all leagues? He’s nothing special. Just like the case with Haren, there are a plethora of better options on the waiver wire. Jake Odorizzi (35% ownership), Marcus Stroman (Available in 28% of leagues), Mike Leake (22% ownership), the list goes on, and on, and on. Drop him like a dead fish. Michael Morse (OF/1B,SF,91% owned): Morse performed well early in the season, but what he has done for you lately? I’d rather have Chris Carter from the Astros who is available in a big chunk of leagues. I also believe that Allen Craig will benefit from his move to Boston and he will outperform Morse. Craig is also available in over 40% of leagues. This one is a no-brainer for me. Week 18 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) Lonnie Chisenhall (3B,CLE,55% owned): Chisenhall is struggling mightily in July, he has been in a slump but that doesn’t mean you should drop him. Not yet at least. Jay Bruce (OF,CIN,95% owned): Oh, Jay Bruce. You’ve been awful lately. You certainly haven’t lived up to your 4th round ADP. If your league still allows you to make trades after the MLB deadline, I suggest you trade Bruce, ASAP. If not, do not drop him, instead let him ride the bench until he starts playing up to his potential. Let’s give the guy a break huh? We’re dealing with bereavement issues on top of a slump. Let’s be patient here. Have specific questions about your team? Questions/Comments about the article? Ask @RyanDorf on Twitter. The post Week 18 MLB Waiver Wire: Not Your Average Joe appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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