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To those who were able to put aside their frustration and stash A.J. Pollock all these months after he fractured his elbow late in spring training, you deserve this.

He’s expected back in the Diamondbacks lineup Friday, and if his performance on his minor-league rehab assignment is any indication, he’s back at peak form as well:

A.J. Pollock OF / Arizona Diamondbacks (rehab assignment)

BA: .425HR: 3SB: 2AB: 40K: 2

That’s a big deal in Fantasy. In case you’ve forgotten, Pollock was a borderline first-rounder before his bad break, outperforming even Mike Trout in both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head points leagues last year with a .315 batting average, 20 home runs, 39 stolen bases and plus plate discipline.

And if you play in a league that uses weekly lineups, you get a weekend to see how he responds before deciding whether or not to activate him.

Well, OK. It’s not quite that simple. For now at least, the Diamondbacks plan to sit Pollock every third game, and you may remember that didn’t work out so well for Jung Ho Kang. But Pollock is a different class of player. You’ll take 4-5 games a week from him in most cases, and it may not be a longstanding issue anyway.

He’s back up to 88 percent ownership already, so it’s a little late to add him off the waiver wire. But seeing as he was only 68 percent owned just four weeks ago, his return is a nice testimonial for playing the waiver wire.

James Paxton SP / Seattle Mariners (Friday at White Sox)

IP: 5H: 7ER: 3BB: 1K: 5

Before missing 18 days with a tight elbow, James Paxton was beginning to mix his breaking ball in with his 99-mph fastball to brilliant results, turning in back-to-back eight-inning gems. So even though his return Thursday was less than stellar, you’ll want to secure him while you still can.

Matt Boyd SP / Detroit Tigers (last nine appearances)

W-L: 5-0ERA: 2.38WHIP: 1.04IP: 45 1/3K: 43

Those already looking ahead to Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 29-Sept. 4) have probably stopped on Matt Boyd‘s name when scanning the two-start pitcher list, wondering if he was the answer to their prayers. It’s true he pitches too few innings and allows too many home runs, but he’s on a nice run and faces two of the three worst offenses in the AL (White Sox and Royals).

Jose De Leon SP / Los Angeles Dodgers (2016 minors)

ERA: 2.86WHIP: 0.98IP: 78 2/3BB/9: 2.3K/9: 11.2

If the Dodgers pass up Jose De Leon for the Saturday start he’s in line to make coming off a one-hit, 10-strikeout effort at Triple-A, it’ll be about the third such disappointment this year. But the 24-year-old is clearly too good for the minors and has too many innings left in the tank for them to shelve him all of September, making him a clever stash at a position of need.

Brandon Moss 1B/OF / St. Louis Cardinals (last 12 games)

BA: .313HR: 7AB: 48BB: 2K: 17

Yes, I featured Brandon Moss in the last edition of Waiver Wire, but judging from his ownership percentage, a lot of good it did. And now he has doubled down on the endorsement with a two-homer game Thursday, giving him seven homers in his last 12 games. Now that he’s playing every day, I’m not sure he’s just a Rotisserie option either; he’s the ninth-best outfielder in Head-to-Head points leagues since the start of August.

Randal Grichuk OF / St. Louis Cardinals (last 12 games)

BA: .341HR: 52B: 7AB: 44K: 15

Randal Grichuk has nothing on his Cardinals teammate (Moss, that is), but he was a popular breakout pick coming into the season and is much more available right now. So if you already missed the boat on the one in a Rotisserie league, Grichuk could provide some cheap home runs as well, having seemingly secured the starting center field job with five of them in his last 12 games.

Chad Kuhl SP / Pittsburgh Pirates (Thursday at Brewers)

IP: 6 1/3H: 5ER: 2BB: 2K: 5

Chad Kuhl is appropriately named, turning in two-run, six-inning start after two-run, six-inning start (or better) with little fanfare (that’s five in a row now). He doesn’t get many strikeouts, but he doesn’t hurt himself with walks and was similarly consistent in the minors. This time of year, you’ll eschew upside for reliability.


Source: CBS Sports / Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: A.J. Pollock and James Paxton return