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Hot Off the Wire: Fantasy Baseball Players to Consider Adding

Although all of the big names may be taken in your fantasy league, there are always options on the waiver wire.

Players available in the majority of leagues, have been streaking over the past week and may be worth a look to fill a need on your roster are:

 Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh), third base [23 percent owned]

Pedro Alvarez is a streaky hitter who just might benefit your fantasy team.

 

As streaky as they come, the aggressive hitter is on a tear. The key is to insert him into your line-up when he’s streaking and stash him when he’s slumping. He’s about as hot as you can get right now but don’t forget, prior to this streak, he was mired in an offensive slump. He followed up a promising rookie campaign in 2010 with a horrendous sophomore slump so the hot and cold trends look to be a pattern.
Will Middlebrooks (Boston) 3B [39% owned]
It’s incredible the effect a streaking player can have on a team, both in fantasy and on the field. Middlebrooks’ hot bat basically relegated Youkilis to the bench and triggered Youkilis’ trade to the Chicago White Sox. Middlebrooks is not only hot but looks to have the vote of confidence from manager Bobby Valentine and should see plenty of playing time (and at-bats) the rest of the way. Grab him.
John Mayberry (Philadelphia) first base/outfield [9% owned]
Mayberry made an impact last year as a platoon player against left-handed pitchers. This season, he has gotten a chance to play a larger role, due mainly to injuries on an ailing (and aging) Philadelphia Phillies squad. He’s been making the most of his chances lately. Many fantasy owners were hoping for a breakthrough this year and are finally starting to see the results.
Coco Crisp (Oakland) [28% owned]
After a miserable start to the year which made it seem as though he may be in for a lost season, Crisp has started to show signs of life at the plate. Never a picture of durability, Crisp showed in the second half of 2011 that he can pile up the stolen bases. He may be worth grabbing for some cheap steals for your team.
Keep an eye on those streaks.
At worst, a player who is starting to heat up may give you a short-term bump in production. At best, he may be on the verge of a putting together a decent season.
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