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Waiver Wire What-to-do's August 16h edition
Waiver Wire Wading
This may be sad to say but we are nearing the end of the fantasy baseball season. Even more sad, my attention is starting to shift towards fantasy football as my baseball teams seem destined for mediocrity this year. Such is life. But until I am fully engulfed in the NFL we will keep this baseball centric.
Ian Desmond, SS Washington Nationals (75% owned ESPN leagues)
I mentioned Desmond early this season and he proved to be worthy as he was 100% owned and playing like a top SS option. Then he got hurt. Most reports had him questionable to return but he is slated to be activated from the DL Friday. If his owner didn't want to wait for him to come back from the injury and dropped him now is your chance to swoop in and pluck him off the waiver wire. I know I did.
Todd Frazier, 1B/3B Cincinnati Reds (33% owned)
Frazier has mostly been playing first base since Joey Votto went out but still carries eligibility at the hot corner. We all know how valuable position flexibility is. Anyway, Frazier has been swinging quite the hot stick lately with multiple hits in four of his last six adding a homer and a stolen base. He can stuff the stat sheet and he is getting the playing time. Add that in to the fact that the Reds are hot and he seems worthy of an add.
Dale Thayer, RP San Diego Padres (27% owned)
The injury to Huston Street once again opens the door for Thayer to shut things down in San Diego. He did quite well in his first go around as the closer going 5-for-5 in the first month. He notched his 6th Monday against the Braves and the Padres have actually been playing well since the break. They don't score a lot of runs which means close games which means save opportunities which means you should add him if you need saved. Know what I mean?
Eric Chavez, 3B New York Yankees (23%)
Here is a blast from the past. Once a star in Oakland Chavez has taken to a bench role with the Bronx Bombers. Lately he has been asked to do a little more while Alex Rodriguez recovers from injury. The thing is, he has been doing more than expected of him. Chavez has 14 hits in his last six starts including three long balls and he has driven in a run in five straight. He may get more off days than your typical third baseman but when he is in the lineup he is absolutely crushing it. Ride the hot streak til A-Rod comes back.
Eric Young, OF Colorado Rockies (17% owned)
This one came out of nowhere. Owned in 0.1% of leagues last week Young strung together multiple hits in nine of ten games. He also scored 11 runs in that span. Most fantasy leagues saw that hot week go to waste. If you are searching for runs and steals EY Jr. should help out with both of those even on a bad Rockies team. He may be playing above his head now but can prove useful while stil hot.