Waiver Wars: Two Basket Cases
Here are some waiver wire targets for Tuesday, September 25.

Pitchers to Use

Josh James at Blue Jays

Touki Toussaint at Mets

Matt Shoemaker vs Rangers

Mike Leake vs Athletics

Robbie Erlin at Chris Stratton

So we've got two bundles to consider. The first features James and Toussaint - two high volatility, high ceiling youngsters. James in particular is racking up the strikeouts with the help of a 97.4 mph heater and a couple solid offspeed pitches. Both hurlers are at risk of a future in the bullpen. Expect short starts of around five innings.

The other basket of goodies features veteran volume. Shoemaker was torched by the Athletics last week. Although I recommended using him, I also pointed out that he fits the strengths of the Oakland offense. Aside from Joey Gallo, his matchup against the Rangers is much more desirable. Erlin and Stratton face each other at pitcher friendly AT&T Park. Given the "quality" of the two offenses involved, this one could be a yawn fest. That's good news for the pitchers.

Hitters to Use

Roman Quinn at Jon Gray

David Dahl vs Vince Velasquez

Victor Robles vs Jeff Brigham

Tony Kemp at Sam Gaviglio

Yonder Alonso at James Shields

Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco

David Fletcher vs Yovani Gallardo

Evan Longoria vs Robbie Erlin

The Phillies are visiting Coors Field which means they're all roto-relevant. However, Quinn really stands out to me for his unhyped Trea Turner-like profile (a comp I first prior to the season on his FanGraphs player page). The Phillies are starting him most days as they're clearly enamored with his skill set. 

Dahl bats at the heart of the Rockies lineup. He's set to face a couple homer prone Phillies pitchers this week. Most of these other guys are solid/uninspiring bats with friendly matchups. Longoria can still mash southpaws.

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