Fantasy Baseball Update 8/11/13: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
August 11, 2013
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. The new games will bring all sorts of fantasy considerations along with them, and we’ve combed the matchups for your best options off the waiver wire. These lesser-utilized players could come up with big games this week, so let’s take a closer look and see if they belong on your roster.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: After an ugly stretch in which he whiffed in six straight games, Reddick has stormed back into fantasy relevance. Over the last two games, he’s got five homers and eight RBI. Owners who are grabbing him are hoping this is a sign he’s returning to his 2012 form. He’s got some work to do in order to accomplish that, but he’ll make up ground quickly if he keeps hitting like this in the Astros series this week.
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Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: Speaking of power numbers, Venable has showcased his talents in that department recently. He’s hit in eight of the last nine games, with three homers, four RBI, six runs and an added bonus of four steals in that span. Venable and the Padres will be in the rare air of Colorado this week, and he’s a nice lower-end add.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: After a near two-month absence, Middlebrooks is back up with the Red Sox. He’s been quite the fantasy underachiever thus far, amassing a paltry .198 BA and 27 RBI in 207 at-bats. Middlebrooks reportedly looked much better while he was down in Triple-A, though, so if you’re stuck for an option at third base, he might not be too bad of an option for the upcoming Sox series in Toronto this week.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians: The young Salazar only has two major league starts under his belt, but he’s done some impressive things in both. In his last outing Wednesday against Detroit, he allowed four earned through 7 2/3, but struck out 10. Salazar should be sticking around for a while, so if he can post some nice numbers against the Twins, he’ll make a nice rotation band-aid.
Dane De La Rosa, RP, Los Angeles Angels: We don’t feature relievers too often in this column, but we couldn’t pass up De La Rosa. He’s coming off his first career save on Friday, a scoreless outing against Cleveland. We may be seeing him more often moving forward, as the Angels have gone to a matchup-based system as opposed to shaky closer Ernesto Frieri. That gives De La Rosa a pretty decent chance of bagging a save or two in the Yankees series.
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