Waiver Wire Wisdom (9/14)

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Time for another waiver wire article, courtesy of Fred Zinkie:

Could your fantasy team use more power? What about steals? Runs, RBIs, saves 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.

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B: By hitting .375 with nine RBIs across 24 at-bats this month, the third baseman has reclaimed his starting job from touted prospect Yoan Moncada (.211 batting average). Shaw could use his regular role in a lineup that leads the Majors with 805 runs scored to help mixed-league owners with RBIs and runs down the stretch.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Jose Peraza, 2B/SS/OF: With strong plate skills (.320 batting average) and fleet feet (15 steals), the 22-year-old is the perfect replacement for injured speedster Billy Hamilton in both the Reds’ and fantasy lineups. Even when Hamilton returns later this month, Peraza could continue to use his versatile fielding skills to find regular work at a variety of positions.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Jung Ho Kang

Jung Ho Kang, 3B/SS: Kang was dropped in many mixed leagues when he hit .182 with zero homers during July. But the 29-year-old has found his top form by hitting .483 with four homers and 10 RBIs across 29 at-bats since returning from a brief disabled-list stint on Sept. 5. He should be the top target for those who are in search of late-season power numbers.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Yulieski Gurriel, third baseman: Hitting .328, the 32-year-old is delivering on the lofty projections that were made when he signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Astros in July. Gurriel’s small sample of Major League success should combine with his remarkable long-term production in the Cuban National Series to earn him a spot in mixed-league lineups.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Dansby Swanson, shortstop: By hitting .303, the 22-year-old is changing the minds of fantasy owners who doubted his big league readiness when he made the jump from Double-A on Aug. 17. Swanson could help deep-mixed-league teams as part of a suddenly productive Braves lineup that ranks fourth in the Majors with 208 runs scored since Aug. 1.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Terrance Gore, outfielder: With six steals across zero plate appearances since being recalled on Sept. 2, Gore is clearly on the Royals’ roster for the sole purpose of picking up swipes as a pinch runner. Owners who are in a tight steals race and can afford to put a one-category speedster into their lineup can likely get a couple steals from the 25-year-old each week.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Albert Suarez, SP/RP: Available in virtually all mixed leagues, Suarez has produced a 3.12 ERA when working at his pitcher-friendly home park this season. The right-hander will pitch at home in two of his final three starts, with one outing coming against a Rockies lineup that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a .703 OPS on the road. His other start is scheduled against a Padres lineup that ranks last in baseball with a .675 OPS vs. righties.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Jose De Leon

Jose De Leon, starter: De Leon struck out 12 batters across his initial two big league starts 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 was bypassed in the rotation last week but will likely hold a regular starting spot on the contending Dodgers until they lock up a postseason berth.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Ubaldo Jimenez, SP/RP: With a 5.98 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP this season, Jimenez is not a waiver-wire option for the faint of heart. But the wildly inconsistent right-hander seems to have found his form by posting a 2.83 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP across his past four starts. Owners who need to take chances with their September rotation could hope that Jimenez stays hot when he faces a strikeout-prone Rays lineup in his next scheduled start.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Andrew Bailey, reliever: Due to second-half trades (Joe Smith, Fernando Salas) and injuries (Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian), Halos manager Mike Scioscia has been left with few reliable options in his September bullpen. The skipper has opted for the 32-year-old Bailey over younger ninth-inning options, and Bailey has responded by compiling three saves in as many chances since Sept. 4. Owners who are desperate for stretch-run saves should give the right-hander a lineup spot despite his track record of inconsistency and injuries since the outset of 2012.

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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