2013-09-05 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time once again for the second edition of our biweekly waiver wire updates in fantasy baseball. Right now, we’re looking at position players, and there’s an interesting crop of available talent out there for your perusal. We’ll take a closer look at the trending adds and see if we can determine if any of them are worth picking up for a stretch run to the top of your league. Let’s get right to it.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: What a rollercoaster season it’s been for Middlebrooks–not just on the MLB playing field, but in fantasy as well. He’s become increasingly effective in the stats columns since his midseason jaunt into the minors. Middlebrooks has hit in five of the last six games, posting two homers, seven RBI and five runs in that span. We know it’s tough to trust him–especially since his season BA still sits at a putrid .234–but there’s some reason to be optimistic here. Nab him as a backup at least.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Kansas City Royals: Thanks to his multi-positional eligibility, Bonifacio immediately gains credibility whenever his name comes up in waiver wire conversations. He’s quietly provided some nice low-end fantasy production over the past 10 games: in that span, he’s got five steals, three RBI and eight runs. Bonifacio obviously hasn’t lived up to his modest expectations this season, but given his marginal success recently, and the fact that you can slot him in at the barren 2B position, he’s worth a look.
Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton is an intriguing fantasy prospect for deeper leagues. He will give you one thing and one thing only: stolen bases. He’s got a pair in his first two major league appearances, and capped those off with a pair of runs. It’s hard telling how much time on the paths Hamilton will get–he’ll likely pinch-hit or pinch-run–but you can almost guarantee a swipe every time he hits the field. He’s a long-odds consideration, but for those owners hurting for steals, he’s relevant.
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Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins: Yelich has been making waves over the past month or so with his vast potential–and more importantly his streaking on-field play. He’s got at least one hit in seven of the last eight, with two homers, five RBI, five runs and three steals during that span. On the season, he’s got a .288 average and 21 runs through 168 at-bats. Those are some solid numbers for a lower-end add. If he stays hot, Yelich is a nice value right now for owners seeking across-the-board production.
Jason Castro, C, Houston Astros: Castro is hurt right now–we’ll put that out there right up front–but he’s trending on the waiver wire anyway. That’s probably due to his favorable prognosis: he’s been taking batting practice and may be able to play tonight in Oakland. Castro hasn’t played for four days thanks to a cyst on his knee. If you’re in need of a fantasy backstop, he’s the one to target. He’s hitting .282 on the year with 18 homers, 56 RBI and 63 runs.
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