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10 fantasy waiver-wire options for Week 20

Bell, Crawford, Hedges 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.

Josh Bell, first baseman, Pirates (45% 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.

Josh Bell, first baseman, Pirates (45% owned)

Bell hasn't quite lived up to the promise he showed as a rookie last year, when he posted an .800 OPS with 26 homers and 90 RBIs, but he's turned his sophomore season around following a slow start. Since batting .232/.293/.321 in April, Bell has slashed .284/.373/.458 over his past 81 games. The 26-year-old has improved his walk rate from 10.6 percent last year to 11.6 percent this year while lowering his strikeout rate from 18.9 percent to 17.9 percent, showing growth at the plate despite hitting for less power. With a 1.048 OPS since July 13, Bell has been one of the hottest hitters, and he has the potential to be an impact bat for fantasy owners down the stretch.

Brandon Crawford, shortstop, Giants (44% owned)

After posting his lowest OPS (.709) since 2013 last year, Crawford has rebounded with a .777 OPS this season, which equals his .777 OPS from '15 and '16 combined. The 31-year-old has already surpassed double-digit homers (11) for the fifth straight season and continues to be a durable source of counting stats, appearing in all but six of San Francisco's 121 games thus far. His 36.5 percent hard-hit rate and 27.1 percent line-drive rate are both the highest of his career, suggesting that he's capable of maintaining his strong numbers over the season's final quarter.

Austin Hedges, catcher, Padres (39% owned)

Hedges has taken a sizable leap at the plate this year after struggling in his first full season last year, raising his OPS nearly 100 points from .660 to .758. The 25-year-old has improved his walk rate from 5.5 percent to 7.2 percent while trimming his strikeout rate from 29.3 percent to 28.8 percent. He's also making better quality contact, as his 34.8 percent hard-hit rate, 20.6 percent line-drive rate and .188 ISO all represent career highs. Accordingly, Hedges offers solid power for fantasy owners in deeper mixed leagues and two-catcher formats.

Video: PHI@SD: Hedges launches a solo home run to center

Scott Alexander, reliever, Dodgers (29% owned)

With Kenley Jansen expected to be sidelined until September with an irregular heartbeat, Alexander is one of the Dodgers' top candidates to close in his absence. Alexander established himself as a quality option in high-leverage situations with the Royals last year, compiling a 2.48 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 69 innings while picking up four saves. His ERA has increased to 3.88 in his first season with Los Angeles, but the lefty has already notched a pair of saves and his 7.8 K/9 rate is a career best. Alexander doesn't have the peripherals of the game's elite closers, but his ability to post a solid ERA and potentially accumulate saves in the short run makes him worth adding in deeper leagues.

Tyler Glasnow, starter/reliever, Rays (27% owned)

Glasnow has excelled for Tampa Bay since coming over from Pittsburgh in the July 31 deal for Chris Archer, posting a 2.25 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP over his first three starts for his new team. After pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for the Pirates this year, Glasnow has seamlessly transitioned back to the rotation with a 20-to-3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings for the Rays. Although the American League East is a more difficult environment for pitchers than the National League Central, the 24-year-old righty could benefit from the pitching-friendly Tropicana Field and be an effective starting option down the stretch.

Video: BAL@TB: Glasnow fans 9 over 4 innings of 1-run ball

Danny Jansen, catcher, Blue Jays (22% owned)

With Toronto getting limited offensive contributions from backstops Russell Martin (.692 OPS) and Luke Maile (.678 OPS), Jansen was summoned from Triple-A and made his MLB debut on Monday. The 23-year-old showed promise at the plate in the Minors by slashing .323/.400/.484 across three levels in 2017 and batting .275/.390/.473 at Triple-A this year, showing good pop and plate discipline with 71 extra-base hits and an 85-to-89 BB/K ratio over 192 games in '17 and '18 combined. Jansen has performed well for the Blue Jays thus far by going 3-for-7 with a homer in his first two games, and a hot start to his career could result in regular playing time going forward.

Video: TOR@KC: Jansen belts his 1st career home run in 4th

Matthew Boyd, starter, Tigers (21% owned)

Boyd is having the best season of his career with personal bests in multiple categories, including his 4.20 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.92 FIP and 8.0 K/9 rate. He has also done a good job of limiting hard contact by lowering his home run rate every year since debuting in 2015, from 2.7 HR/9 to 1.0 HR/9. The lefty has already set a new career high in strikeouts (114) and has taken a nice step forward in his age-27 season, becoming a quality starting option in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.

Koda Glover, reliever, Nationals (19% owned)

With Ryan Madson going on the DL on Tuesday, Glover will take over closing duties for Washington. The 25-year-old has been limited to just three appearances this season due to a right shoulder injury, but he received some closing experience last year with eight saves during a brief run as the Nationals' closer. He's struggled in his three MLB seasons with a 5.09 ERA in 40 2/3 career innings, although his 4.01 FIP, 1.18 WHIP and 3.0 K/BB ratio suggest he's capable of better results.

Jordan Zimmermann, starter, Tigers (17% owned)

Zimmermann has bounced back from a pair of down seasons with his best campaign since he was with the Nationals, going 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 16 starts this year. The 32-year-old's 4.14 FIP suggests his rebound is legitimate, as his 8.0 K/9 rate and 4.6 K/BB rate are both his highest marks since 2014. He's been even better since struggling for most of April, posting a 2.80 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over his past 11 starts.

Trevor Hildenberger, reliever, Twins (8% owned)

Hildenberger appears to be Minnesota's top closing option at the moment following the trade of Fernando Rodney to the A's last week. The 27-year-old has converted both of the Twins' most recent save opportunities after notching 17 holds as the team's primary setup man. While most of his numbers are down from his strong rookie showing last year, Hildenberger appears to have manager Paul Molitor's trust in high-leverage situations and should see more save chances going forward.

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