Fantasy Baseball Update 8/16/13: Waiver Wire Position Players
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Weekend Waiver Wire Adds
August 16, 2013
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 in the market for a change, we’ve got good news. There are a handful of viable candidates out there who have been trending recently, so let’s take a closer look at each player and see who’s right for your roster.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: If you’re in the market for some middle infield help and are looking for a potential home run (pardon the pun), then Wong is your guy. He’s expected to be getting the call-up today prior to the team’s game against the Cubs, and as a result he’s hit the top of the waiver wire trends. Wong is considered one of the top 80 prospects in the game, so his arrival should cause some waves around the MLB community. We’ll just have to wait and see what he does with it.
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Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: Now that Belt has run his hitting streak to 10 games, he’s earning all sorts of looks in fantasy. During that span, he’s hit four homers, adding 10 runs and eight RBI. It’s a nice validation for those who believed in Belt before the season, as it took him quite a while to get going. Now that he’s on, however, you should probably snatch him up before someone else in your league does.
Andrew Lambo, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: After going hitless in his first two major league games this week, Lambo got one yesterday against the Cardinals. He went 1-for-2 in the game, adding a run and an RBI. Now that he’s healthy (coming off a wrist injury), Lambo makes for an intriguing add. He’s definitely got the power stroke we’re all looking for--the question remains, however, if he can maintain form at this level while avoiding any extra off-the-field troubles. (Lambo has had issues with substance abuse, and received a 50-game suspension for it in 2010.)
Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets: Byrd has been hanging around as a viable waiver wire add for quite some time now, and he remains a solid option. He’s got a four-game hit streak going for him right now, and during that time he’s tallied eight hits, a homer and five RBI. If you can still get him, Byrd should serve as a nice add for deeper-league depth for the rest of the season.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Here’s another relative newcomer to the waiver wire stage. Gennett, who isn’t known for his power, has slapped three homers in his last four starts, and has hit in seven of the last eight games. During that span, he’s also got six RBI, five runs and four multi-hit outings. Gennett won’t be hitting homers all the time, so don’t get used to that. Still, he’s a solid middle-infield add this late in the season, and should produce well enough for a pickup.
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