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10 waiver options in fantasy leagues, Week 16

Rondon, Bird, Minter among players to add now
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

Hector Rondon, reliever, Astros (62% owned)

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

Hector Rondon, reliever, Astros (62% owned)

Following Ken Giles' demotion to the Minor Leagues last week, Rondon is now the leading candidate for saves in Houston's bullpen. The former Cubs closer has converted eight of nine save chances since the beginning of June and should continue seeing the bulk of ninth-inning opportunities. Rondon's 1.57 ERA, 1.92 FIP and 11.5 K/9 rate are all personal bests, making him an elite contributor in ratios as well. Until Giles returns to the Astros, Rondon should be owned in all leagues.

Greg Bird, first baseman, Yankees (44% owned)

Bird's first half was largely derailed by right-foot surgery, which kept him sidelined until late May. While he initially struggled in his first month back from the DL, his bat has come around over the past several weeks. Since June 26, Bird's batted .259/.354/.574 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 16 games, finishing the first half with a flourish. Now that he's healthy and has his timing back, the 25-year-old could be poised for a big second half.

Derek Dietrich, outfielder/infielder, Marlins (42% owned)

Dietrich has continued his solid hitting with Miami this year after posting a 112 wRC+ from 2015-17, slashing .288/.354/.451 with 11 homers, 32 RBIs and 51 runs. The 29-year-old may experience some regression in the second half if his .359 BABIP regresses towards his career .310 mark, but he should continue to provide useful counting stats as the Marlins' primary leadoff man.

Ryan Zimmerman, first baseman, Nationals (35% owned)

After missing more than two months with a strained right oblique, Zimmerman is set to return from a lengthy stay on the DL. The 33-year-old began a Minor League rehab assignment Monday and is expected to be activated Friday. Although he hit just .217/.280/.409 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 33 games before landing on the DL, Zimmerman is coming off an excellent 2017 in which he slashed .303/.358/.573 with 108 RBIs and a career-high 36 homers.

A.J. Minter, reliever, Braves (27% owned)

With Arodys Vizcaino going back on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, Minter and Dan Winkler are in line for increased save opportunities. Minter appears to be the favorite after notching a pair of saves earlier this month and four on the season, whereas Winkler has recorded only one save thus far. The 24-year-old Minter has emerged as an effective late-game option since debuting last August, compiling a 3.15 ERA, a 2.08 FIP and an 11.4 K/9 rate in 54 1/3 career innings.

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Ryan Tepera, reliever, Blue Jays (26% owned)

Toronto's bullpen received a boost Sunday when Tepera returned from the disabled list. He had been one of the team's top closing options prior to landing on the DL at the end of June with right elbow inflammation, and he figures to be in the mix for saves until Roberto Osuna returns from his suspension in early August. Tepera's been steady out of the bullpen this year with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, while his six saves are tied with Tyler Clippard for second most on the team.

Jackie Bradley Jr., outfielder, Red Sox (19% owned)

After struggling for much of the first half, Bradley finally enjoyed one of his patented hot streaks in the weeks leading up to the All-Star break. Over his last 18 games, Bradley batted .323/.377/.548 with 10 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and four steals. He's been a plus on the bases with 11 steals in 11 attempts this year and is surrounded by talent in Boston's MLB-leading offense, so if his bat comes around he'll be a fantasy asset down the stretch.

Trevor Cahill, starter, A's (17% owned)

Cahill will look to pick up where he left off in the first half, when he was one of baseball's better hurlers with a 3.10 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and a 3.6 K/BB ratio. The 30-year-old was limited to just nine starts due to a pair of DL stints, but he returned to action before the All-Star break and should be good to go when play resumes. Cahill hasn't completed more than 100 innings since 2014, but he has the potential to be an impact arm for fantasy teams the rest of the way if he stays healthy.

German Marquez, starter, Rockies (15% owned)

Marquez has been up and down during his sophomore season, posting a 5.14 ERA in April, a 3.34 ERA in May and a 6.75 ERA in June. He's been excellent over his last three starts, however, registering a 1.80 ERA and a 22-to-2 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. The improved control during that span could be a sign of things to come for the 23-year-old, who appears to be trending in the right direction after upping his strikeout rate to a career-best 9.3 K/9 rate this season. He's had trouble at Coors Field (5.32 ERA) throughout his career, but his success on the road (3.90 ERA) makes him a solid matchups play.

Eric Lauer, starter, Padres (14% owned)

Lauer struggled upon reaching the Major Leagues in April, but he's emerged as a viable fantasy option in recent weeks. Since the calendar flipped to June, he's gone 4-3 with a 3.17 ERA over his last nine starts, including a stretch of eight straight starts with three earned runs or less. If the 23-year-old southpaw can carry that momentum into the second half, he'll be worth adding in deeper leagues and NL-only formats. His value will receive even more of a boost if he starts taking advantage of Petco Park, where he has a 5.06 ERA in eight career starts.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.