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Fantasy Baseball Update 7/31/17: Key Matchups Early This Week

The Trending Sleepers and Waiver Wire Adds in Fantasy Baseball Heading Into the Early-Week Series

July 31, 2017

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We’ve completed another weekend in the MLB season, and it’s time for the new series to begin. That means it’s a good opportunity to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see which players are making waves out there. Here’s a look at some of the top adds this morning. 

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s start things out on the mound today and look at Rosenthal. He’s got two saves in the last three days, bagging seven strikeouts over 3.0 innings. 

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Fantasy Baseball Update 7/31/17: Key Matchups Early This Week


For the time being at least, Rosenthal has a lock on the ninth-inning role. He’s sitting on a 3.43 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 67 Ks right now and is available in over half the leagues out there ahead of the Brewers series. 

Arodys Vizcaino, RP, Atlanta Braves: Another RP a little further down the line is Vizcaino. On Sunday, Braves skipper Brian Snitker said he would have used Vizcaino in a save situation had it arose in the game. 

Closer Jim Johnson started the eighth inning, leading some to speculate that Vizcaino may possibly have secured the job. It’s worth watching this Dodgers series if you need a closer. 

Paul Blackburn, SP, Oakland Athletics: Let’s finish up the pitchers today by looking at Blackburn, who is coming off 7.0 shutout innings and three strikeouts in Toronto (but he still had to settle for a no-decision). 

Blackburn is sitting on a 2.25 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP and 12 Ks in 32.0 innings. He doesn’t strike out too many batters but he’s worth looking at ahead of the Giants series. 

Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres: Over the past two games, Margot has been turning some heads in San Diego. In that span, he’s got four hits, two runs, a steal and a solo homer. 

That outburst gives Margot hits in seven of his last eight games, and he’s now sitting on a .281 BA with eight homers, 23 RBI and 11 steals. He’s a nice low-end outfielder going into the Twins set. 

Wilmer Difo, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals: Unless you’re in a deep league, Difo is likely out there on your waiver wire. In Sunday’s doubleheader against Colorado, he tore it up with four hits, two runs and a solo homer. 

On the year, Difo is hitting .272 with four homers and 16 RBI, and has eight hits in his last five games. He’s a part-time guy but is worth examination ahead of the Miami series. 

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