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Fantasy Baseball Update 8/18/13: Key Matchups Early This Week

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds

August 18, 2013

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It’s Sunday, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. We’ve examined the matchups in those games and come up with a handful of intriguing waiver wire names who could be putting up big numbers over the next few days. Let’s take a closer look at the stats and see if anyone out there is right for your roster.

Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: Venable’s recent offensive burst has brought plenty of attention from fantasy owners, and he’s a popular add because of it. Over just the last 10 games, he’s tallied three homers, five RBI, eight runs and two steals. He’s still sporting a “meh” BA of .264, but it’s continuing to climb. Venable is a nice lower-end add for across-the-board numbers in the Pirates series this week.

Fantasy Baseball Update 8/18/13: Key Matchups Early This Week

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Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres: Let’s stick in San Diego for a moment and check out Gyorko, who is also drawing some interest lately. After an ugly slump a the end of July, he’s turned things around this month. In the last 10 games, he has four homers, eight RBI and five runs. Gyorko should be able to maintain a decent clip moving forward, so don’t hesitate to activate him for Pittsburgh.

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: Belt’s hit streak stopped at 11 games yesterday with an 0-for-2 mark in Miami, but he still managed a couple of runs. That makes a total of 13 runs in just his last nine games, which goes along with nine RBI and four multi-hit outings. Belt and the Giants will return home tomorrow to face the Red Sox, and he should be able to continue producing for fantasy owners who need corner help.

Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland Athletics: Gray is one of the most-added fantasy pitchers right now, thanks to his eight-inning, four-hit gem against the Astros last week. That gives him a total of eight hits and two earned runs in his first two big-league starts. Gray will face the Mariners on Tuesday, and should have enough stuff to earn a quality start at the very least. Give him a look in deeper leagues.

Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati Reds: We’ve got two pitching prospects for you today, as we couldn’t leave Arroyo out of the conversation. If he’s still available in your league, you might as well grab him. He’s up to 11-9 on the year thanks to a 2-0 mark in his last pair of outings, complete with just one earned run in that span. Arroyo will face Arizona tomorrow, which is a nice matchup for him. He’ll give you a few stinkers now and then, but should remain solid the rest of the way.

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