Fantasy Baseball News 9/8/13: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
September 8, 2013
Around here, every Sunday we start looking forward to the coming week in the MLB. There are some great early-week series happening around the league, and after perusing the schedule, we’ve come up with a few widely-available fantasy players who could be posting some big numbers over their next few games. Let’s take a closer look at the impending matchups and see if any of these guys are worth adding to your fantasy roster.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox: The ups-and-downs of Middlebrooks’ season have been mostly ups lately, which has brought fantasy owners back to him. Over the past week, he’s racked up three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and a double. His BA during that span sits at .440. That said, Middlebrooks is still hitting just .240 for the season, but if he keeps it up against Tampa Bay this week that will change in a hurry.
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Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins: Yelich has been downright impressive recently, and he’s a trendy waiver wire add because of it. He’s moving in the right direction statistically, posting a .480 average with four RBI, three steals and six runs over the past seven days. We’re not sure how long Yelich can keep this up, but you might as well hop on the train while it’s cruising along. This week, he and the Marlins get a four-game set against Atlanta.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Kansas City Royals: Bonifacio isn’t providing much in the way of RBI (three in the past week), but if you’re looking his way that’s not what you need anyway. Over a seven-day stretch, he’s hitting .385, with six runs and four steals. His average continues to climb higher, and it should creep forward a bit more this week. Bonifacio and the Royals will head to Cleveland to take on the Indians, and he should be able to get on base quite a bit over the next few days.
Omar Infante, 2B, Detroit Tigers: Looking toward the lower-end side of the fantasy spectrum, we’ve got Infante. He occupies a thin position, so that’s a plus right there. In addition, he’s hitting .435 over the past week, with three doubles and six RBI. Much of that came Friday, when he went 5-for-6 against the aforementioned Royals. Still, Infante is capable of getting hot, and if he can post a couple nice outbursts in the upcoming series against the White Sox, he’ll be more than worth a plug-in add.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians: Moving on to our SP prospect for this week, we have Jimenez. He’s 3-4 in his last seven starts, but has more often been the victim of no offense than he has bad pitching. In that span, he’s only allowed more than two earned runs one time and has struck out 10 twice, so it’s not like he’s going out there and bombing. Jimenez will face the Royals tomorrow (who are a popular theme here this week, we see), which is a pretty nice matchup for him.
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