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Top 4 Waiver Wire Picks for Week 7

The Major League Baseball season really gets exciting in May, and that includes the fantasy baseball season. We’re just getting to the point where teams are consolidating who their top contributors are, and that means there are tons of valuable players available on the waiver wire that the massive fandom hasn’t sniffed out yet.

The Week 7 list includes a little bit of everything, from well-known potential commodities getting their first run in the big leagues to unknown players making the most of their opportunities at different stages of their careers. And it just so happens that two of them play for the Chicago Cubs. So if this sage advice plays out perfectly, prepare to watch a lot of baseball at Wrigley Field if you have to work this summer.

Every moment you spend reading is a moment where you could be filing that waiver, so let’s wait no further. Here are the best waiver wire pickups for Week 7 of the 2024 fantasy baseball season!

Each player on this list is owned by 20 percent or less of ESPN’s fantasy baseball leagues.

Hayden Wesneski, Cubs SP/RP

This is the theft of the century. Hayden Wesneski isn’t just a valuable relief for struggling fantasy pitching staffs this week; he’s developing into a bona fide top-of-the-rotation arm for the Cubs. He had filled a long relief/spot starter rotation position early in his Cubs career, but in his most recent start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, he went a season-high 6.1 innings and struck out eight batters, raising his season ERA was lowered to a sparkling 0.54.

Wesneski’s sweeper is one of the nastiest individual throws in the game. Last season it generated an expected batting average of .196, the best of any individual pitch thrown at least 500 times, and that number is all the way down to .121 in 2024. He can tunnel his four-seam fastball off that sweeper to perfectly that he only needs his other two offers sparingly, and he now appears ready to delve deeper into games. If he can do that consistently, the 26-year-old is a potential future All-Star.

Christian Scott, Mets SP

New York Mets starting pitcher Christian Scott (45) tips his hat as he is pulled from the game against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field.
Mandatory credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Scott made an electric debut for the New York Mets on Saturday, throwing 6.2 innings of one-run baseball with six strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays, an offense that had just gone ballistic the night before against the Mets’ Opening Day starter José Quintana . The Mets’ number five pick finds himself in an exciting rotation where he can continue making starts as long as he produces, and the early returns insinuate he has the stuff to do just that.

The 6-foot-4 Scott has more than enough heat to miss bats with his fastball, but it’s his control that really makes him stand out. A former reliever on a loaded University of Florida pitching staff, Scott became a starter in the minors and has amazed the Mets with his increased command of all three of his main pitches, posting a career-high 1.03 WHIP in three MiLB seasons . Limiting free passes leads to success at all levels of pitching, and Scott looks like he has that part of the formula locked down.

Jo Adell, Angels OF

You have to take risks going after Jo Adell, as he has burned optimistic fantasy owners and Los Angeles Angels fans alike before. The former star also saw trouble at the big league level before 2024, but he turned that on its head this season, locking down the Angels’ right-field job.

With four home runs and an .850 OPS in his 66 plate appearances, Adell is showing the promise of the player the Angels always hoped for when they drafted him with the tenth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. At 25 years old, he has still plenty of time to grow as a player, as long as he doesn’t suffer any more injuries or setbacks in his career. Yes, he’s already been caught stealing an MLB leader five times, which is a bit concerning, but he clearly has speed, so ideally he’ll develop into a true stolen base threat rather than being completely shut down.

Mike Tauchman, Cubs OF

It makes absolutely no sense that Mike Tauchman is still only a 10 percent owner at this point, considering he has been one of the best outfielders in the National League this season. With an .865 OPS, Tauchman would rank 27th in baseball if he had enough at-bats to qualify, and he soon will, as the Cubs have consistently hit him in the two-hole against right-handed pitching.

Since returning from the Korean Baseball Organization to play for the Cubs in mid-2023, Tauchman has been an on-base king. His OBP stands at .372 in the 137 games he has played for Chicago, and he jumps to .406 in the new season alone. And he’s in the 80th percentile of xwOBA, which means Statcast’s batted ball readings don’t think what he’s doing is a fluke at all.

Tauchman may not score because of the strength of your top lineup players, but he will get on base enough to make him well worth your addition to the waiver wire. The Cubs have realized the value he brings with his consistency, and soon the fantasy baseball community will too.