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Fantasy Baseball Update 8/15/13: Key Matchups This Weekend

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds

August 15, 2013

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It’s a fantasy baseball Thursday, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the weekend matchups, which always seem more interesting than their weekend counterparts. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the schedule and come up with some trending waiver wire players who should be having some nice games this weekend. Let’s take a closer look at the available names and see who’s right for your roster.

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: 1B is a pretty deep position in fantasy this year, but for those in need, there’s Belt. He’s sporting a nine-game hit streak, during which he’s provided three homers, seven RBI and nine runs. Word is that he’s adjusted his swing lately, which could account for the surge in production. We’re betting Belt keeps it up this weekend against the Marlins.

Fantasy Baseball Update 8/15/13: Key Matchups This Weekend

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Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets: Though the RBI haven’t been there lately, Byrd has been fairly reliable when it comes to hits. He’s hit safely in six of his last eight, with four runs and three multi-hit games in that span. Byrd is a lower-end target, sure, but could be dangerous if he can get his power stroke going against the Padres.

Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: Speaking of the Padres, here we have Venable, who has shown up as a viable waiver wire candidate quite a bit recently. He’s got a nice 11-game hit streak going, and in just the last six he’s produced two homers, five runs and four RBI. The series against the Mets will be a four-game set, so expect Venable to post some more solid numbers before the Pirates come to town next week.

Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Gennett is making quite a bit of noise over the last several games, and he’s a trending add because of it. During his seven-game hit streak, he’s got three homers, six RBI, five runs and four multi-hit outings. Don’t expect a ton of power from Gennett the rest of the way, but he should play well enough to become a solid producer, especially in the short term against the Reds.

Chad Gaudin, SP, San Francisco Giants: Gaudin is 3-1 over his last six outings, but that’s not the real story here. In that span, he’s only had one start where he’s given up more than one earned run (a six-earned hiccup against Cincinnati). Also--aside from that game--he hasn’t given up more than four hits in a game. Gaudin gets a nice matchup against the Marlins tomorrow, and the only thing potentially holding him back will be his tendency to work up high pitch counts.

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