Fantasy Baseball Update 8/12/13: Waiver Wire Position Players
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
August 12, 2013
It’s Monday, and around here that means just one thing: it’s time to take the first of our biweekly looks at the waiver wire in fantasy baseball. In this edition, we’re checking out position players, and there are some intriguing options out there if you’re in the market. Here’s how they all break down.
Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins: Ever since last week, Dozier has remained a popular fixture on the waiver wire radar. It’s easy to see why: he’s hit in six straight games, with two homers, seven RBI and four runs during that span. Dozier is on a hot streak right now, but don’t expect his season BA to creep too much higher than the .245 it’s sitting at right now. Still, he’s a short-term fantasy fix.
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Ryan Ludwick, OF, Cincinnati Reds: Ludwick’s big day is today. He’s expected to return to the Reds lineup, his first action since hitting the DL on opening day with a shoulder injury. There are lots of owners taking a chance on him right now, hoping he’ll return to his .275-BA, 26-homer form from 2012, but it may take a little while for him to get going. Ludwick went just 6-for-44 during his rehab assignment.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: Reddick did something unexpected yesterday against the Blue Jays: he didn’t hit a home run. After slapping five homers in a two-game period, he posted a relatively boring 1-for-3 outing yesterday, and remains a hot waiver wire commodity in fantasy. There may be something to that, even if you don’t believe he’ll continue his power surge. Reddick and the gang have some nice matchups this week against the Astros and Indians.
Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: Belt has been quietly reliable lately, and it’s starting to show in the waiver wire trends. He’s got a seven-game hit streak going, with two homers, five RBI and three multi-hit outings in that span. Belt will face some tough pitching in D.C. this week, but things will ease up when the team travels to Miami for the weekend.
Leonys Martin, OF, Texas Rangers: Martin isn’t known as much of an RBI producer, but that’s changed recently. Over the course of his five-game hit streak, he’s produced five RBI to go along with four runs and seven steals. Getting some power along with Martin’s signature speed has been a nice bonus, and he’s trending on the wire because of it. Don’t expect him to keep up with the RBI; just enjoy them while they last.
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