Fantasy Baseball 8/1/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds
August 1, 2013
It’s Thursday, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the weekend series around the MLB. As we examine the upcoming schedule, there are a few matchups that stick out. That’s a good thing for fantasy owners, as we’ve uncovered a few waiver wire gems who should be able to come up with nice numbers this weekend. Let’s take a closer look at the potential adds out there.
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Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros: Castro’s performances have been spotty over the past week or so, but it seems he could be hitting a stretch run. He posted a grand slam as part of a 3-for-4 effort against Baltimore yesterday, giving him hits in five of the last seven. Castro has some solid power in his bat, and he’ll make a nice low-end backstop for the series in Minnesota.
Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers: We’ve got a pair of catchers for your consideration this morning, as Avila is a viable candidate for a weekend add as well. He’s got a six-game hit streak to his credit, during which he’s produced a pair of homers and nine RBI. Avila hasn’t quite been able to reach his lofty fantasy potential over the past few seasons, but in the short term he’s a smart play against the White Sox.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Speaking of lofty fantasy potential, the off-and-on production of Rasmus has been quite the nuisance during this early stage of his career. He’s definitely hot right now, though, with hits in eight of the last 10 and seven RBI in that span. Rasmus and the gang are in the midst of a long west coast swing right now, and their next stop will be in L.A. to face the Angels.
Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets: The Byrd Man has gotten plenty of fantasy attention recently, thanks to his revival at the plate. He has hits in eight of his last nine outings, with five of those being multi-hit efforts. Byrd has far exceeded expectations this season, so anything beyond this is just icing. He’ll be taking part in a home series against the visiting Royals this weekend.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians: We’re playing an odds game with Jimenez this week. He’s had more success than not recently (two outings with no earned runs, including Sunday’s eight-inning effort against Texas) and has a favorable matchup tomorrow against the Marlins. If the Indians can give him some support (which might be difficult if young star Jose Fernandez stays on his game), Jimenez should emerge with a win.
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