Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Final-Week Pickups Who Will Secure League Title
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It's nearing the end of the season and you can smell a championship in the air.
Most of the time, championships are won by making the right move during the final games. Here are a few players that can help you claim your league title.
Norichika Aoki, OF, Milwaukee Brewers ... Owned in Yahoo!: 48 percent ... ESPN: 93 percent
Aoki has been on fire over the last two weeks, hitting .396 with eight runs scored, two home runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases. He's a perfect, complete hitter that will help you in all of the offensive categories. I recently picked him up to help out in steals and runs, but he made a difference in every stat.
Wilin Rosario, C, Colorado Rockies ... Owned in Yahoo!: 47 percent ... ESPN: 47 percent
Rosario is putting up big power numbers at a premium position: his 26 home runs are tied for the most amongst major league backstops. On top of that, he's amidst a hot streak right now. Over the last two weeks, Rosario is hitting .380 with 12 runs, three homers and nine RBI. If you need help in the catcher slot for the final stretch, Rosario will fill in nicely.
Chris Nelson, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies ... Owned in Yahoo!: 29 percent ... ESPN: 51 percent
Nelson's current hot streak can help you secure your league title. The man is absolutely on fire. He has had multi-hit performances in nine of his last 13 games and is hitting .444 with 10 runs, two home runs and nine RBI over the last 14 days. The Rox have four home games remaining and Nelson is hitting .338 at Coors Field. He's a good pickup at the beginning of the week.
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Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs ... Owned in Yahoo!: 55 percent ... ESPN: 89 percent
The Cubs are finishing out their season on the road, but that shouldn't affect Rizzo. On the year, he hit .293 with seven home runs away from Wrigley Field. He'll start the week at Colorado and face pitchers Jorge De La Rosa, Drew Pomeranz and Jhoulys Chacin—all of whom don't have an ERA under 4.70 this season. The Cubs will then travel to Arizona to face the D-backs, a team Rizzo has hit .364 against this season.
Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angles ... Owned in Yahoo!: 56 percent ... ESPN: 94 percent
If you need stolen base help and an upgrade at shortstop, Aybar is your man. He's been on a mission in the second half, hitting .335 with 35 runs, five home runs, 19 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Only Jimmy Rollins has been a better shortstop over the past two weeks. It might be time to drop J.J. Hardy (77 percent owned) and replace him with Aybar.
Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves ... Owned in Yahoo!: 54 percent ... ESPN: 81 percent
Kris Medlen has been getting all the attention down in Atlanta, but Minor has been right behind him. In the last month, Minor has picked up four wins with 32 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA in 36.1 innings. Minor is in line for one more start in the regular season.
Marco Estrada, SP/RP, Milwaukee Brewers ... Owned in Yahoo!: 35 percent ... ESPN: 27 percent
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Estrada has tossed 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings and will have a double start this week. He pitches today against the Nationals, but he'll have a favorable matchup at the end of the week at home against the Astros. He's been hot lately, posting a 1.47 ERA over the last month.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, Miami Marlins ... Owned in Yahoo!: 43 percent ... ESPN: 45 percent
Nolasco continues to put up solid outing after solid outing. In four September starts, Nolasco is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA. He is slated to start on Saturday at home against the Phillies, who he's 2-0 against with a 3.86 ERA so far this season.
Kyle Kendrick, SP, Philadelphia Phillies ... Owned in Yahoo!: 39 percent .... ESPN: 40 percent
In deep formats, Kendrick can be a valuable pitcher. He's been very good over the last month, putting up three wins with 27 strikeouts and a 3.06 ERA in 32.1 innings. His next start will be on Wednesday at home against the Nationals, a team in which he is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA this year.
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles ... Owned in Yahoo!: 29 percent ... ESPN: 22 percent
After dealing with elbow issues at the beginning of the month, Tillman has pitched back-to-back quality starts in his return to the rotation. Tillman has been great this season, going 8-2 with 57 strikeouts and a 3.08 ERA. He'll pitch again this weekend at home against the Red Sox, a team he limited to just one run over six innings in his last start.
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