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Fantasy Baseball 8/2/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds

August 2, 2013

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It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. In this edition we’re focusing on position players, and if you’re looking to fill out your roster for the weekend, we’ve got a few names for you. Let’s check out the trending players out there and see who’s worth your time.

Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers: After a pretty disappointing campaign so far (well, a pretty disappointing past couple of years, too), Avila has shown some consistency at the plate lately. He’s hit in six straight games, and seven of the last eight all together. During his streak, he’s posted nine RBI and five runs. Avila has a pretty favorable matchup this weekend against the White Sox, so if he can keep his streak going, he might be worth a low-end add.

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Junior Lake, 3B, Chicago Cubs: Even though his performances have been spotty recently, when Lake is on, he’s hitting big. Such was the case last night against the Dodgers, when he went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers. Those were Lake’s first RBI in the last nine games, and just the fifth time he’s hit safely in the last 10, so he’s not exactly on a roll. That said, if you’re the gambling type, he could provide value on the low end.

Cody Asche, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies: The young prospect Asche earned his call-up this week, and as a result he’s being added to fantasy rosters at a steady pace. He bagged his first 2013 hit yesterday against the Giants in a 1-for-4 effort. Asche is an investment, sure, but there’s a bit of potential there. Owners who take the chance on him will have to sift through some futility to get to it, though. If you’re willing to deal with that, he makes sense in deeper or NL-only leagues.

Ryan Raburn, 2B, Cleveland Indians: Raburn is on a roll lately, and he’s turning heads in fantasy because of it. Yesterday against the White Sox, he clubbed a pair of home runs in a 3-for-4 effort that included four RBI. He’s now hit in five of the last six games. Raburn is now hitting .283 on the year, which makes him useful as a lower-end power add. If he can continue to improve on his 13 homers, he’ll make fantasy owners very happy.

Chris Johnson, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson has been tearing it up in the second half. He’s got a 10-game hit streak to his credit, during which he’s collected seven multi-hit outings (all in his seven most recent games), six RBI and eight runs. Johnson is obviously streaking, but it remains up for debate whether or not he’ll continue producing. He had a great second half last season, but odds are he’ll fall off a bit as the weeks roll on. Picking him up is a risk, but a calculated one.

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