Fantasy Baseball 2021: Pickups and MLB Waiver-Wire Adds for Week 10
Jonathan Schoop has had one of the most productive bats in Major League Baseball over the past week.
The Detroit Tigers infielder reeled off five multi-hit performances in the past seven games and is still widely available in Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues.
Schoop is nowhere close to the spotlight because of Detroit's position in the American League Central, but he can be a valuable asset in fantasy rosters in the coming weeks if he continues to reach base.
Justin Upton is a much more recognizable name, but he is rostered in fewer leagues than the Detroit infielder.
Upton has been hitting for power in recent weeks, and he will continue to carry value in the Los Angeles Angels lineup with Mike Trout on the 10-day injured list.
Cincinnati Reds closer Lucas Sims carries a similar roster percentage as Schoop and Upton. If you scoop him off the waiver wire now, he could pay major dividends in the relief department before everyone runs to add him.
Jonathan Schoop, 1B/2B, Detroit
Schoop has been the fantasy baseball star of the past seven days.
He had three games in a row with two hits to finish off May, and two of those performances came in the unlikely sweep of the New York Yankees.
Schoop started June with three hits against the Milwaukee Brewers, and then he posted four base knocks on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.
In addition to all the hits, Schoop scored seven runs, hit five home runs and knocked in 10 teammates, including a season high five Friday.
At some point, Schoop will cool off, but until he reaches that point, he is worth a look off the waiver wire. He comes with the added bonus of being eligible at first base and second base in Yahoo leagues.
Schoop is rostered in only 27 percent of Yahoo leagues, per Fantasy Pros, so he should be available if you look to add him as early as Sunday.
Justin Upton, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Upton is one of the best power bats available at his limited roster percentage.
The 33-year-old is only rostered in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues, per Fantasy Pros, so he could be a strong add for power and on-base percentage.
Upton hit long balls Thursday and Friday, and he reached base safely in eight of his last 10 games entering Saturday night.
He is more valuable to the Angels with Trout out injured because he provides some lineup security around Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon.
In some games, Upton led off in front of Ohtani. In others, he sat fifth behind Ohtani, Rendon and Jared Walsh.
If you land Upton off the waiver wire, he should be a solid start in any matchup. He has better splits across the board against left-handed pitchers and has more home runs and RBI versus right-handed arms.
Lucas Sims, RP, Cincinnati
Sims recorded a save in four of his past five trips to the mound.
The trust in Sims in the final inning suggests he will be the Reds' closer moving forward and thus worth a waiver-wire pickup.
The 27-year-old reliever rebounded well from a rough April in which he conceded six earned runs in 9.1 innings. He allowed six more earned runs in May, but they came in bunches in three of his appearances.
Since May 1, Sims has held opponents without a run in nine appearances, and he is working on a five-game scoreless streak.
In his past three save opportunities, Sims struck out multiple batters. He has 33 strikeouts in 22 innings and has held opponents to a .176 batting average.
If Sims extends his consistency on the mound into the next week or two, he should be targeted more by fantasy baseball players. For now, Sims is worth a look as a low-risk, high-reward player at a position where hurlers do not stay widely available for long.