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Waiver Wire What-to-do's August 3rd edition
Waiver Wire Wading
Odds are after the trade deadline there were a flurry of moves in your league. People paying attention to grab a relief pitcher who will now be a closer or grabbing a prospect that was called up to replace someone else who moved on to a new team. It is a crazy time for moves in the pros as well as in the fantasy ranks. Odds are that while people spent a lot of time watching the trade deadline they missed some other things that were going on with players not on the move. That is where I come in. To help you find them. They are right below. Go on.
Jayson Werth, OF Washington Nationals (57% owned ESPN leagues)
Seemingly out of nowhere the Nationals activated Werth from the DL. The Geico caveman was off to a good start this year before breaking his wrist against the Philadelphia Phillies early on. Now he is back on a first place team that scores a lot of runs. If he is fully recovered from the injury he should provide a boost in homers, runs scored and driven in. Nearly universally owned after draft days he can probably be added for free right now. Go check it out.
Carlos Gomez, OF Milwaukee Brewers (56% owned)
Gomez hasn't been having the best year, but according to the player of the week awards he did pretty well over the last seven days. He hit .346 with four homers, 10 RBI, 10 runs and three stolen bases. That is one hell of a week. He also has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games. He can still go colder than cold but while he is hot he is worth a pickup.
Greg Holland, RP Kansas City Royals (44% owned)
This one is simple. The Royals traded closer Johnathan Broxton to the Reds opening the closer role for Holland. His ERA (3.46) and WHIP (1.48) do not look impressive but you need to take a closer look. And forget about his horrendous start to the year. Holland has 57 K's in 41 innings and has a remarkable 12.3 K/9. The Royals may not win a lot of games the rest of the way out but he will get the save chances in KC and should put up nice secondary numbers as well. Worth a grab if you can use the help.
Chris Johnson, 3B Arizona Diamondbacks (32% owned)
OK so I am going against what I said in my opening paragraph by mentioning someone else who just got traded. So sue me. This seemed like a trade that didn't mean a thing as Johnson's star has faded in Houston. It seems to have risen again in his short time as a D'back. Since the trade he is 7-for-13 with two homers and at least one RBI in each of his four games. He is in a much better lineup in Arizona and could very well continue his onslaught with regular playing time.
Mike Olt, 1B/3B/OF Texas Rangers (4% owned)
This is somewhat of a reach. Olt was called up by Texas after the deadline and his playing time is undetermined. How he will fair against major league pitchers also remains to be seen as he has never even played AAA ball. That being said he is a top prospect and abused AA pitching to the tune of .288/.398/.579 with 28 homers and 82 RBI in 95 games. He does strike out a lot (101 times) but has plenty of upside. He has played all three positions listed above and could gain eligibility at all of them in your league so be on the lookout for that. Positional versatility is fantasy gold. He could be worth a flyer and is widely available so give Steve Holt.....er, Mike Olt a shout.