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Fantasy Baseball Update 8/5/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds

August 5, 2013

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It’s Monday; time once again for the first of our biweekly waiver wire updates. In this edition, we’re taking a look at position players, and the good news is that if you’re in the market there are a handful of promising names out there to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at the trending names and see if they’re right for your roster.

Stephen Drew, SS, Boston Red Sox: Drew’s five-game hit streak has turned the heads of fantasy owners and has him trending right now. He’s got four multi-hit outings in that span, with four RBI and four runs to go along with it. The fact that Drew plays at a thin fantasy position helps matters out quite a bit, but he’s still worth a look. He should be able to get that BA up this week against the Astros and Royals.

Fantasy Baseball Update 8/5/13

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Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees: Here’s a sneaky play you can utilize for at least a little while. Rodriguez, who will be handed a suspension today, is expected to appeal the decision and make his season debut tonight against the White Sox. The league is expected to suspend him for the rest of this year and next year as well, but he’ll be able to play as the appeals process unfolds. That means you can get a bit of use from him in fantasy.

Chris Johnson, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson has been one of the hot names on the wire for the past week or two, and here he is again today. His eight-game multi-hit streak came to an end over the weekend, but he got right back to it with a pair of knocks against the Phillies yesterday. Johnson won’t deliver much in the way of power, but for pure reliability, you can’t do much better right now.

Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle Mariners: Every once in a while, Saunders makes headlines with a big game, but he’s been quietly productive on a daily basis lately. Over his last nine games, he’s hit safely eight times, with nine RBI and four homers in that span. Saunders’ BA is still pretty ugly (.235), but he’s shown some major improvement lately and can be utilized as long as he’s hitting.

Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Davis has popped on and off the waiver wire radar several times this year, and he’s at it again. Over his last 10 games, he’s got 10 steals, with four in one game and three in another. The problem is, Davis has only hit safely in four of those games. If you can deal with his futility at the plate, there’s no better source of swipes out there on the wire.

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