2023 Fantasy Baseball: Five Hitters to Target on the Waiver Wire (Week 23)

Zack Gelof of the Oakland Athletics

There are just three weeks left in the 2023 fantasy baseball season. For those who are either hunting for a top-three or playoff spot, or are in the playoffs right now, it’s crunch time. With little time left, here’s a look at five hitters that are worth a look as we head to the middle of September.

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Mark Canha

Since the trade that sent Mark Canha from New York to Milwaukee, the veteran outfielder been quite productive for a Brewers team looking to make it back to October. Canha hit .313 with three home runs and 20 RBI in his first 33 games as a Brewer, and he’s recorded four multi-hit games since September 2.

For those who were/are owners of the likes of Jasson Dominguez or Adolis Garcia and are in need of another outfielder, Mark Canha is an underrated option.

Zack Gelof

It’s been a tough year for the Athletics, but one real bright spot for Oakland in the second half is infielder Zack Gelof. Gelof recorded six multi-hits games over the first ten days in September, and also drove in four for the A’s,

Gelof won’t be a high RBI option for obvious reasons, but his power, ability to make contact, and speed does make him an intriguing option for those who can grab him off the waiver wire.

Enrique Hernandez

Another player who got traded near the 2023 Deadline, Enrique Hernandez, has begun to turn it on in recent weeks. Hernandez picked up seven hits over his five most recent games, which raised his average with the Dodgers to .268 over 38 games. The 32-year-old’s hit three home runs and 21 RBI since his return to LA.

While one shouldn’t expect a torrid, 2021-like pace from Hernandez, the veteran bat does have power and value for those in need of a versatile hitter for the bench.

Jordan Lawlar

The Diamondbacks called up SS Jordan Lawlar this past week, as Arizona looks to hold off the likes of Cincinnati and Miami for the last NL Wild Card spot. Lawlar picked up his first hit on September 7, but he’s gone just 1-11 in his first three games as a Major Leaguer. Despite the slow start, one can’t neglect his stellar season in the Minors that saw the 21-year-old hit .278 with 20 home runs and 36 stolen bases.

Lawlar sat on September 10, just one day after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch. However, manager Torey Lovullo indicated he’s fine and that he merely received a day off.

Chris Taylor

Dodgers INF/OF Chris Taylor is the other Dodger on our list this week. Taylor’s power numbers in the second half are down, as indicated by his .425 SLG. On the other hand, the 33-year-old’s hit over 60 points better than the first. What makes Taylor even more intriguing is his hot start to September, as he belted two home runs and drove in eight since the beginning of the month.

Taylor’s swing-and-miss troubles always make the veteran a tough player to gauge in fantasy. He does have bat speed and power, though. If he be productive over the final weeks, Taylor has the chance to be a nice late-year find.