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Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire and Sleepers

With the trade deadline fast approaching Phil answers a readers question about National and American only leagues and lists his top 3 waiver wire picks of the week

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Talk about fireworks! Wow! That's all I can say as we head into week 15 of the Fantasy Baseball season. The big trade with the Cubs sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's for Dan Straily, top prospect Addison Russell, prospect Billy McKinney and a player to be named later was definitely a shock. Okay; I figured the Cubs were trading the two pitchers but I never thought they'd both wind up with the A's. The following question came in earlier this week and considering what has just occurred it's a fitting one to answer today.

Dear Phil;

What happens when my AL Only league pitcher gets traded to the National League?

Thanks for the question.

I hate to break it to you, but in most leagues if your AL Only pitcher gets traded to the NL you lose your player. I don't know of any other league where that's an exception either. You are basically out of luck and you have to go to the waiver wire and replace him with someone else and in most formats you might have a difficult time.

There is a silver lining in all of this but you have to act fast. When a pitcher such as Jeff Samardzija, Dan Straily or Jason Hammel is traded to another league they automatically are placed on the waiver wire of their new league so if I were you I would lay a claim to whomever you want and hope no one else has. That's about all you can do.

Here's who I'm looking at on the waiver wire for week 15.

Taijuan Walker SP Mariners: The sample size is still small but if what we witnessed on Wednesday is any indication of good things to come (stats) Walker might wind up being a valuable addition to any Fantasy rotation. His next start is this coming Sunday against the White Sox and he'll be a good one to either stream or start in a multiple pitcher daily Fantasy game. (Stats)

C.J. Cron 1B DH Angels: Cron has been a nice surprise this season and with a slash line of .292/.325/.528/.852 plus a .236 ISO and .324 BABIP it looks as though the sky is the limit. He'll be a great addition to your standard roster in any format as well as a decent value pick in Daily Fantasy Leagues. (Stats)

Yan Gomes C Indians: Decent hitting catchers are hard to find and if this position is a week spot in your lineup Gomes might just be your guy. His slash line of .265/.310/.419/.729 currently ranks him 9th on the Fantasy catcher list (source) and he should be a good source for bombs and RBI's going forward. Gomes is another good daily Fantasy value play in salary cap games. (Stats)

On this week's Fantasy Baseball Weekly Eric Johnson and I talk streaming strategy, closer's on the hot seat and suggest some sleepers and waiver wire options. I'll leave the player below or you can listen to the 30 minute show here.