Waiver Wire Wisdom (9/7)

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This week’s waiver wire article, courtesy of Fred Zinkie:

Could your fantasy team use more power? What about steals? Runs, RBIs or wins?

Regardless of your holes, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check the following 10 men — all sitting in waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help you win.

Ryan Schimpf, 2B/3B: Schimpf is a great option for owners who are comfortable with their team’s batting average and need to boost their home run standing. Using an outstanding mix of power and patience, the 28-year-old has compiled 17 homers in just 208 at-bats since joining the Padres on June 14.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada, second baseman: Having recorded a .407 on-base percentage with 15 homers and 45 swipes in the Minors this season, Moncada has the skills to be a major fantasy difference-maker if handed a regular role at the hot corner. Plenty of roto-league teams could make a notable move in the standings during September by adding a speedster who also has the potential to post a solid batting mark. Moncada could also score a handful of runs as part of the highest-scoring lineup in baseball.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Ender Inciarte, outfielder: Since July 30, Inciarte has hit .393 with 32 runs scored across 164 plate appearances. The speedy sparkplug could be part of a surprisingly productive lineup down the stretch, as Atlanta ranks fifth in baseball with 176 runs scored since Aug. 1.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Randal Grichuk, outfielder: One of the most powerful outfielders in the National League, Grichuk should surpass the 25-homer mark despite a pair of demotions to the Minors this season. Having slugged eight homers across 67 at-bats since being recalled on Aug. 19, the 25-year-old is a fine lineup addition for owners who are searching for outfield power.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Byron Buxton, outfielder: With a lifetime .262 on-base percentage across 379 plate appearances, Buxton has tested the patience of many fantasy owners. Still one of the most talented youngsters in baseball, the 22-year-old has hit .455 with three homers, nine RBIs and eight runs across 23 plate appearances since being recalled on Sept. 1. Even owners with strong outfield depth may wish to add this potential impact player to their bench.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Robbie Ray, starter: With an 11.0 K/9 rate in ’16, Ray is the perfect waiver-wire target for owners who are focused on making late-season gains in the strikeouts category. The left-hander has recently become a multi-category contributor (3.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP since the All-Star break) by combining his swing-and-miss stuff with improved control (two or fewer walks in 13 of his past 15 starts).

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova, SP/RP: The owner of a 4.90 ERA when he joined Pittsburgh at the Trade Deadline, Nova has posted a 2.89 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a 28-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio with the Pirates. Working with Bucs’ pitching guru Ray Searage may allow the right-hander to replicate the success that J.A. Happ experienced (1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) as a member of the Pirates down the stretch in ’15.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Chad Kuhl, starter: Possibly overshadowed by touted teammates Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, Kuhl is a strong option for owners who are chasing late-season stability in their rotation. Allowing more than three earned runs in just one of his 10 big league starts, the right-hander owns a solid 3.38 ERA since the All-Star break. With the Pirates desperately trying to stay in the Wildcard race, Kuhl should take his regular turn down the stretch.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Jose De Leon, starter: De Leon struck out nine batters in his big league debut on Sept. 4 after posting a 2.61 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and an 11.6 K/9 rate across 16 starts in Triple-A this season. One of the most talented young pitchers in baseball, the right-hander would warrant attention in every league if not for an uncertain upcoming schedule due to the expected return of Clayton Kershaw and possible returns of Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson. Still, the possibility that De Leon will receive additional opportunities down the stretch makes him worth a roster spot in most formats.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Seth Lugo, SP/RP: Like De Leon, Lugo deserves a roster spot in many leagues despite having an uncertain immediate future due to the injury status of multiple rotation mainstays. With a 2.19 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP across four starts since joining the rotation on Aug. 19, the right-hander has given Mets management reason to keep him in the rotation when Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are ready to return.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB

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