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Fantasy Baseball 2016: Waiver Wire Update 8/2

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Picks for Seasonal and Daily Leagues

August 2, 2016

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We’re sliding head-first into a fresh pile of series around the MLB today, so that makes this morning a great time to check out some of the notable waiver wire adds out there in the fantasy world. Here’s a look at a few players who are trending right now so you can see if anyone’s right for your roster. 

Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox: Let’s start out with the speculative pickup of Benintendi. He’s not even on the major league roster yet, and he’s already owned in nearly 20 percent of the leagues out there. That’s some kind of confidence. 

Fantasy Baseball 2016: Waiver Wire Update 8/2

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Benintendi—according to speculation around the team—will possibly get a call-up to the Sox today, meaning he would skip the Triple-A level all together. If you’re an owner who loves hot young prospects, there’s none better right now. 

Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins: Let’s move on elsewhere in the outfield and visit Kepler, who is still available in around 70 percent of the leagues out there. Yesterday against Cleveland, he bagged four hits with three homers, six RBI and three runs. 

That gives Kepler 14 homers this year with a .256 BA and 44 RBI. This is an obvious career year for him, but we’re wondering how long he can keep it up. 

Yasmani Grandal, C, Los Angeles Dodgers: Grandal has a nice little streak going right now. In his last four starts, he’s hit six times with four runs, two homers, five RBI and a steal. 

Grandal is hitting just .220 on the year, but also has 15 homers with 43 RBI. That’s pretty darn good for a catcher, as there’s simply not a lot to choose from behind the plate. 

Dan Straily, SP, Cincinnati Reds: The Reds didn’t end up moving Straily at the trade deadline, which is probably for the best. In fantasy terms, he’s doing well lately with wins in both his last two starts, striking out 13 batters in that span. 

Straily is sitting on a 3.84 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 122 innings so far, and he’ll take the mound again today as the Cardinals come to town. 

Ivan Nova, SP/RP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Nova is coming off a pretty bad showing in his last appearance, lasting just 4.1 innings against the Brewers. That said, he’s just been moved to the Pirates from New York, and should benefit from the National League presence now. 

Nova owns a 4.90 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP on the year with seven wins. He’s a nice speculative deep-league add right now as the Pirates figure out what to do with him. 

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