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FANTASY PLAYS: A closer still widely available on waivers

As we approach the final weeks of the fantasy baseball season, we must continue working on the exemption as the lists expand after September 1. Many of the prospects that will be promoted have already seen some big league action.

However, it is still important to monitor your progress and determine if you can help improve your team. There is still a lot of talent in the exemption wires of the league. We will identify players who can steal bases, and we will also introduce a closer who belongs in less than 25 percent of the fantasy leagues.


LUIS URIAS, 2B / SS, San Diego Padres (23 percent belong to the CBSSports.com leagues) – Urias will be batting near the top of the Padres' lineup as the second starting middleman for the rest of the season. Urias can hit on average, as his batting average of .306 minor leagues suggests, and could also help him in the stolen base category.

AMED ROSARIO, SS, New York Mets (45 percent) – Rosario is another player in the box who can provide a boost in batting average and stolen bases. He started slow but batting .329 with five stolen bases in his last 19 games.

ROMAN QUINN, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (6 percent) – Quinn has stolen at least 30 bases in five different minor league seasons. and he's been part of the Phillies' lineup for the last few weeks. He's hitting .369 and has a .388 OBP in 27 games for the Phillies this season.

TREVOR HILDENBERGER RP, Minnesota Twins (22 percent) – It's not often that fantasy baseball players can find a closer on the exemption wire at this stage of the season, but since August 11, Hildenberger has got a victory and has converted all five of his salvage opportunities.


MATT HARVEY, SP, Cincinnati Reds (50 percent) – Harvey has a 3.18 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in his last 23 IP. He has favorable confrontations against the Pirates and the Padres next week.

JOEY LUCCHESI, SP, San Diego Padres (53 percent) – Lucchesi's effectiveness is really better when he throws on the road (2.89 on the road vs. 3.97 at home ERA). He is a crossed-out pitcher who will face the Diamondbacks and the Reds next week.

JAKOB JUNIS, SP, Kansas City Royals (40 percent) – Junis has a 2.32 ERA in his last five starts, striking out 33 batters in 31 innings. while walking alone five. He will face the Indians and then have a winnable start against the Twins next week.


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