Fantasy Baseball News 9/9/13: Waiver Wire Position Players
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
September 9, 2013
It’s Monday once again, which means it’s time to take another look at the waiver wire in fantasy baseball. This will be the first position player edition of our biweekly updates, and as usual there are a handful of viable names out there trending on fantasy rosters everywhere. Let’s take a closer look at some of the hot adds and see if anyone’s worth putting on your roster.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: Middlebrooks has been a familiar face around the waiver wire recently, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Over his seven-game hit streak, he’s got five multi-hit outings, four homers, nine RBI and eight runs. That’s a complete 180 from his earlier-season struggles, which saw his BA dip and earned him a stint in the minors. Middlebrooks has got his average back up to .245 and he’s cruising right now. Hop on the train while the streak lasts.
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Josh Rutledge, 2B, Colorado Rockies: If you’re wondering where Rutledge has been, he just recently got the call back up from Triple-A. Since then, he’s hit in four of the last five games, with five runs, a homer, three RBI and a pair of steals during that span. Rutledge’s average is still pretty ugly for the season (.230), but it’s way better than it was. He makes for a decent lower-end plug-in at a thin fantasy position right now.
Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves: Gattis is trending this morning because of one game: yesterday’s big-time performance against Philadlephia. He was great in that one, slapping a pair of solo homers in a 2-for-3 overall line. Beyond that, however, we don’t see much potential here. Gattis was 0-for-7 in the two games prior, and he’s hitting a tepid .245 on the year. Still, if you need some extra power from your backstop, there are worse adds out there. He’s risky, but worth a shot.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Kansas City Royals: Bonifacio is another familiar name to the waiver wire, and his on-field performance keeps him hanging around. He’s now got a four-game hit streak to his credit, during which he’s tallied four runs, an RBI and a steal. It’s easy to see where Bonifacio’s value lies: he’s got 47 runs and 25 stolen bags on the season. If you can live with his .242 BA, and the fact that he won’t be driving in runs with this lineup, his low-end steal capabilities are worth it.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins: We’ll finish off today with Yelich, who has garnered plenty of attention lately. His eight-game hit streak came to an end yesterday, but during his hot stretch he had six runs, five RBI, a homer and three stolen bases. If he can keep it up--and stay hot against lefties--Yelich makes a fine low-end add for across-the-board numbers. On the downside, you won’t see too many RBI here, either.
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