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Fantasy Baseball News 9/12/13: Key Matchups This Weekend

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds

September 12, 2013

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It’s Thursday once again, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the weekend series around the MLB, as well as their bearing on your fantasy lineup. We’ve perused the schedule and come up with a handful of names who could be big-time producers, so let’s take a closer look at the underutilized players who should be on your radar for the weekend.

Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: The hot name on a pretty thin waiver wire crowd right now is Villar, who is currently riding a six-game hit streak. During that span, he’s produced eight runs, five RBI and five steals. As a matter of fact, he’s played very well for a rookie, and his performance is even more interesting since he plays at such a thin fantasy position. Try Villar out this weekend against the Angels.

Fantasy Baseball News 9/12/13: Key Matchups This Weekend

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Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves: Gattis has been floating around the waiver wire for a while now--heck, all season, actually--and he’s still a viable add. His four-game hit streak has people’s attention right now. During that span, Gattis has collected six hits, five runs, three homers and seven RBI. A lot of that is due to the sub-par competition from Miami, but when the Padres come to town, they won’t offer much more of a challenge.

Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Calhoun has made quite the impression recently, on MLB fans and fantasy owners alike. He’s hit in nine of his last 10 games, and during that span he’s produced three runs, 11 RBI and four multi-hit outings. And to think, if the Angels were at full strength with their regular lineup, we probably never would have seen him. Try Calhoun out against Astros this weekend; that’s a great matchup.

Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians: Salazar has a short leash in relation to pitch counts--we’ll say that right off the bat. Still, he does have some value as a spot-start in fantasy. He’s allowed just one earned in his past two starts, striking out 13 over 10 innings of work. Salazar may not last too long against the White Sox tomorrow, but for the time he’s in there he should post some nice stats to your fantasy team’s line.

Jason Vargas, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Let’s head out to L.A. and check in on Vargas, who made his last appearance against the Rangers four days ago. He threw pretty well in that one, allowing two earned over six innings. He’s 2-1 in his last four outings, and if you remove the loss, he’s only allowed three earned in that span. Vargas will face the Astros tomorrow, which is a prime setup for another win.

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