Fantasy Baseball Update 8/19/13: Waiver Wire Position Players
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
August 19, 2013
It’s Monday, and around here that means it’s time for the first installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. In this edition, we’re checking in on position players, and as usual there are a few viable names out there if you’re in the market. Here are some of the trending adds; let’s see if any of these guys are right for your roster.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox: Word out of Boston is that Bogaerts will receive his call-up today in advance of the Giants series. He’s one of the hottest prospects in baseball, and at a thin fantasy position, that demands some notice. Bogaerts is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 27 RBI over his 194 at-bats this season in the minors. The Sox see him as an every-day option down the stretch, so he should see plenty of time. Now’s when you need to make a move if you want him.
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Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres: Venable has been hanging around as a viable waiver wire add for the past week or two, and that’s a good sign that he’s delivering consistently. He’s got a 15-game hit streak to his credit, and in just his last two appearances he’s posted six hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI. We’re not quite prepared to say Venable’s run will last forever, but he’s got a nice matchup against the Cubs coming later this week. Just saying.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees: If you can stomach the constant soap opera and self-righteous media gab-fest that surrounds Rodriguez at any given moment, he’s a nice fantasy pickup. Even throughout the bench-clearing-ejection-fest that was the Red Sox game last night, he finished 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI. Rodriguez has now hit in seven of his last eight. If you need help at the hot corner, you might as well pick him up and use him while you can.
Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Davis has been getting significant playing time over the past few days, and he’s made the most of it. During his five-game hit streak, he’s got three homers, five RBI and four runs. Now that Ryan Braun is gone, that opens things up a bit for Davis to get a good amount of at-bats. He’ll have to split time here and there with Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl, but if he keeps hitting he’ll be in there for the majority of starts.
Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Jay has benefited from the Cardinals schedule over the past week or two, namely their six games against the Cubs. He’s hit in seven of his last nine appearances, with five runs, eight RBI and four multi-hit outings in that span. Jay is the dictionary definition of a lower-end fantasy play, as he’ll deliver suitable numbers for deeper league owners in search of a stopgap.
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