Fantasy Baseball News 8/23/13: Waiver Wire Position Players
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds
August 23, 2013
It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again for the second edition of our biweekly waiver wire updates. Right now we’re looking at position players, and we’ve got a handful of promising names for your consideration. Some of these guys are newcomers, and others familiar faces. Regardless, they’ve all got the potential to help your fantasy squad. Here’s a closer look.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: Even though he’s had a pretty crummy season thus far, Middlebrooks is re-endearing himself to fantasy owners with his play recently. He’s hit in nine of his last 10 games, with two homers, five RBI and four runs in that span. Middlebrooks is hitting just .228 on the year, but since being recalled from the minors he’s been a different player. Give him a whirl if you need help at the hot corner. The Sox get the Dodgers this weekend.
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Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Davis is something of a newcomer when it comes to waiver wire considerations. He’s been cruising since taking suspended outfielder Ryan Braun’s roster spot, with hits in eight straight games. During that span, Davis has provided three homers, seven RBI and seven runs. He’s still something of a deeper-league fantasy add, but owners in all mixed leagues should be keeping an eye on him. We’ll see what he can do this weekend against Cincinnati.
Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: Venable has been hanging around on the cusp of potential waiver wire adds for quite some time, and he remains an intriguing target. His impressive 15-game hit streak came to an end early this week, and he promptly got to work on another one. In his last 10 games, Venable has three multi-hit outings, eight runs, two homers and five RBI. He’ll manage a steal every once in a while, too (he has 14 on the season). For across-the-board production on the lower end, you can’t do much better than Venable right now.
Donnie Murphy, 2B, Chicago Cubs: Murphy has been one of the bigger waiver wire surprises over the past several days, and his stock is flying because of it. He nabbed another homer last night against the Nats (a game-tying blast) in an overall 1-for-5 effort. That gives Murphy a four-game hit streak, during which he’s provided seven hits, four homers and six RBI. Looking ahead, he’s got a nice matchup in San Diego this weekend, so he’s not a bad short-timer in fantasy terms. This surge won’t last, but you can get on the bus while he’s hot.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Kansas City Royals: Bonifacio has largely been forgotten thus far in fantasy, but he’s getting some new life with the Royals. Sure, the poor batting average is still there, but at least he’s running again. Over the last eight games, Bonifacio has posted six steals. You can expect more of that from the run-deficient Royals, but whether or not he’ll get on base is another matter entirely. Still, if you’re hurting for steals, Bonifacio is the way to go right now for deeper-league owners.
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