Waiver Wire Wisdom (9/21)

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Another dose of waiver wire advice, 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.

Brandon Drury, 2B/3B/OF: Hitting .404 with five homers across 47 at-bats since Sept. 9, the reigning co-NL Player of the Week is among the hottest hitters in baseball. As part of a lineup that ranks fourth in the Majors with an overall .774 OPS since Aug. 1, Drury could be involved in plenty of run scoring during the final days of the season.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Jose Peraza, Andrelton Simmons

Jose Peraza, 2B/SS/OF: With strong plate skills (.320 batting average) and fleet feet (16 steals), the 22-year-old is the perfect replacement for injured speedster Billy Hamilton in both the Reds’ and fantasy lineups. Peraza may be a lineup regular for the rest of the season, as Hamilton has not made significant progress in his quest to return from the disabled list by the end of the campaign.

Consider in: 10-team mixed leagues

Joey Wendle, second baseman: With Jed Lowrie out for the rest of the season, Wendle has been assigned the second base job in Oakland down the stretch. Hitting .302 with a pair of steals across 69 plate appearances and getting regular work out of the leadoff spot, Wendle could be a valuable late-season contributor in deep-mixed formats.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Scooter Gennett, second baseman: Gennett owns notable lifetime splits, with a .781 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .491 mark vs. lefties. The second baseman — who is hitting .400 since Sept. 11 — could thrive when the Brewers face a string of right-handed starters in the coming days.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Ryon Healy, third baseman: After posting an impressive .326/.382/.558 slash line in the Minors this season, Healy has hit .307 with 11 homers across 225 at-bats since joining the A’s on July 15. Hitting .413 since Sept. 10, the 24-year-old is a terrific target for those who are looking for a red-hot hitter.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Domingo Santana, outfielder: With Keon Broxton out for the season and Kirk Nieuwenhuis dealing with a lower abdominal strain, Santana should receive regular playing time in the coming days. The powerful outfielder (17 homers across 379 career at-bats) could rip his share of late-season round-trippers when the Brewers finish their campaign with a steady stream of contests at hitter-friendly venues.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Robert Gsellman

Robert Gsellman, starter: Gsellman has quickly become a key part of a surging Mets squad by posting a 2.86 ERA across four September starts. The right-hander could continue to help New York’s postseason pursuit when he wraps up the regular season with a pair of scheduled outings against a Phillies lineup that ranks 29th in baseball with a .691 OPS against righties.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Joe Musgrove, starter: Musgrove has had an inconsistent debut campaign, but his 51-to-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio shows that he has a solid skill set. The rookie could finish his season on a high note when he makes his final two scheduled starts against a top-heavy Angels lineup that ranks 27th in baseball with an overall .692 OPS since Aug. 1.

Consider in: 12-team mixed leagues

Ricky Nolasco, starter: Owners who look past Nolasco’s full-season 4.78 ERA will notice that he has produced a 2.25 mark across his past four starts. The right-hander could be a valuable source of stretch-run strikeouts when he makes his final two scheduled outings against an Astros lineup that ranks third in the Majors with 1,369 whiffs.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

Martin Perez, starter: Having produced a 4.14 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP this season, Perez is sitting on waivers in most mixed leagues despite having two favorable matchups to finish off his schedule. The left-hander will first work at pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum against an A’s lineup that ranks 25th in baseball with a .692 OPS against lefties before facing a Rays lineup that ranks fourth in the Majors with 1,367 strikeouts. The Rays also rank 24th in baseball with a .659 OPS against lefties since trading away right-handed hitters Brandon Guyer and Steve Pearce at the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline.

Consider in: 15-team mixed leagues

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

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