Fantasy Baseball: Three Hot Batters on the Waiver Wire Worth a Look

By Professor Bush
Tom Szczerbowski – USA Today Sports

Unless all of the batters on your fantasy baseball team are performing well, you probably need to be searching the waiver wire to see where you might get some short-term help. Here are three players that are generally available in a large percentage of leagues and are carrying hot bats right now.

In the last week, catcher Jonathan Lucroy has gone 9 for 24, hit 3 HR and collected 7 RBI. There are very strong numbers from that position. He did hit .320 last year for the Milwaukee Brewers, so he should probably be owned in more leagues than he currently is. Don’t wait too long if he is available in your league.

Matt Adams has only started five games for the St. Louis Cardinals this season. But in his 21 ABs, he has 3 HRs and a AVG of .524. If you have the discipline to check the daily starting lineups before you set your roster, Adams might be a good bench player to use when he gets a start. And since Allen Craig is having trouble keeping his AVG above the Mendoza line, there is a chance that Adams could gradually start to play in more games for the Cards.

Since he is available in almost 70% of Yahoo! Leagues, I suppose that means that few managers trust Vernon Wells. That is probably because of his AVG of .218 in 2011 and .230 in 2012. But he has hit HRs in his last two games and has a total of 5 for the season in 58 ABs. Throw in an AVG of .310, and this is someone you want to have on your roster right now. At his age we can’t expect him to keep up this pace, but I say “play him while he’s hot.”

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