It can be a tough task each week to find players rostered in less than 20% of NFBC Online Champions. The constant churn of the bottom of your roster never stops here, and there are always some names that could help you on the waiver wire, even if for a brief moment in part of one week. That, along with a dash of luck and hitting on your top draft picks (read: not Christian Yelich or Luis Castillo this year), is the recipe for winning titles.
Let's take a look at some players who could help you out this week:
Niko Goodrum (rostered in 10% of Online Champions): Goodrum is rehabbing at AAA right now and is scheduled to return on September 1st. The batting average is a bit of a drag at .224, but he has some pop, with six home runs, and most importantly, has stolen 12 bases. Yes, he is coming off a groin injury, which gives you pause, but he stole a base last night in a game while adding two hits. He has eligibility at 2B, SS, and thus MI as well. Could be a valuable piece for you.
Edward Olivares (rostered in 9% of Online Champions): This might be wishful thinking on my part, but why would the Royals not give him a chance at this point in the season? In limited at-bats, Olivares has five home runs and two steals while hitting a respectable .242. Given an opportunity, he could help you as a depth option. But they need to give him a chance to start, and I am scratching my head trying to determine why they will not give it to him.
Andrew Velazquez (rostered in 2% of Online Champions): A true feel-good story in the Bronx, Velazquez doesn't display any power to speak of, but runs at a high clip. In 50 at-bats, he has three steals and nine runs. Stats you can use there, and it's not a fluke, as he stole four bases in 63 at-bats in 2020. An intriguing option for those eyeballing speeds.
Reynaldo Lopez (rostered in 15% of Online Champions): I know I have brought him up before, but he is getting an expanded role in the White Sox bullpen. Relieving a battered Dallas Keuchel on Friday night, Lopez was perfect against the Cubs for five innings while tallying seven strikeouts as well. He is used in a multiple inning role now, but do not be surprised if Lopez gets a start or two down the stretch here should the Sox decide to rest starters or remove the ineffective Keuchel from his rotation slot.
Pete Fairbanks (rostered in 11% of Online Champions): Fairbanks was activated off the IL Friday night and I anticipate he will get save opportunities down the stretch for the amazing Tampa Bay Rays. Yes, they have been using Andrew Kittredge as their closer, but Fairbanks is a high octane arm with three wins and five saves, both things we will all be looking for in this last month. A modest bid could net you some valuable stats here.
Adam Ottavino (rostered in 8% of Online Champions): Staying with relievers here, Matt Barnes looks to be out as closer in Boston with an ERA over seven since the All-Star break. While guys like Hansel Robles, Garrett Whitlock, and maybe even Garrett Richards could get opps, Ottavino appears to be the most trusted option in Boston right now. Snatch him up and hope the Red Sox get hot again, leading to save chances for the veteran Ottavino. He already has eight vulture saves this season.