2023 MLB Fantasy: Five Hitters to Target on the Waiver Wire (Week 22)

J.P. Crawford of the Seattle Mariners

With several high-end prospects up in the Majors and a wild playoff race ahead of us, the final month of the 2023 MLB season should be an exciting one. For fantasy baseball players, it can be both fun and stressful. If you’re in need of help on your fantasy teams, here’s a look at five hitters that could be of help.

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Charlie Blackmon

We start off with Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon, who’s been quite productive in recent weeks. While “Chuck Nazty” has not gotten one to leave over the last few weeks, the 37-year-old hit .361 (13-36) with four RBI from August 23-September 2.

A career. 297 hitter, it’s not terribly surprising to see Blackmon hit well. However, Blackmon did miss time this season with a right hand fracture. Seemingly healthy, the Rockies outfielder possesses some late-season fantasy value.

J.P. Crawford

Over the past two weeks, Mariners SS J.P. Crawford‘s been one of the league’s most productive shortstops. Crawford hit .394 (13-33) with four home runs and seven RBI from August 23-September 2. The veteran shortstop — who’s been at the top of the M’s lineup — also scored 14 runs in that span, tied for first in the Majors alongside Trea Turner and Mookie Betts.

With the way Crawford and the M’s have been hitting in recent weeks, the 28-year-old should remain an intriguing source of hits and runs scored so long as he remains atop the Seattle lineup.

Jasson Dominguez

“The Martian” Jasson Dominguez landed in Houston this weekend and made an immediate impact for the Yankees. Dominguez belted a home run in his first MLB at-bat, after a Minor League campaign that saw him hit 15 home runs and 40 stolen bases between Double and Triple-A.

It’s still a question mark as to how much Dominguez can perform over the final month. But, his power/speed combo makes the 20-year-old a prime target in fantasy.

Jarred Kelenic

The Mariners outfield’s been tremendous in recent weeks, thanks to the performances of Teoscar Hernandez and Julio Rodriguez. Mariners fans can add one more to that list, as Jarred Kelenic is progressing in his rehab. Kelenic tallied three hits on September 3 with Tacoma (AAA) and hit .417 through four rehab performances with the Rainiers.

Kelenic’s workload has ramped up in recent days, a good sign that he’s nearing a return to Seattle.

Ronny Mauricio

The Mets moved infielder Ronny Mauricio up to the Majors on September 1, and his first weekend in New York went very well. Mauricio went 5-11 (.455) with a double and two stolen bases in the Mets’ three-game set against the Mariners, and his first hit registered at 117.3 MPH off the bat.

Armed with incredible speed and power, the young infielder has the chance to make a significant impact on fantasy baseball races. But like in the Minors, he’ll need to mind the chases — something he did to the tune of 57.9% percent in his first three games.