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Sandy Leon is crushing the ball and he needs to be on your roster. As surprised as you are to read that sentence, I am just as surprised to have written it. Unless you are a fan of the Red Sox or an AL East team, you may have no clue who Sandy Leon is. He is a catcher and you need to know him.

Leon signifies the importance and the beauty of the waiver wire. There are hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Capitalize while they are hot.

Multi-position eligibility is another desirable trait to comb the wire for at this time of the season. Players are tired, the weather is hot, and there are few off days. Having the flexibility on your roster is key to keeping your team running on all cylinders.

At this point in the season, Fantasy owners can also look to the pitchers who are recovering from early 2015 Tommy John Surgery. Adam Ottavino and Homer Bailey have already returned and pitched well. Alex Cobb is still rehabbing but could make his debut later in the season. Zack Wheeler has experienced setbacks but he is a pitcher to keep an eye on.

There is a player on the waiver wire who can help your team. Who will you choose?

August 18 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Sandy Leon, C, Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox offense is ridiculous this season. Even career journeyman Sandy Leon is hitting the ball hard. Leon will start most games each week as he continues to wear out big league pitching. Leon has four multi-hit games in his last eight starts with two doubles, one triple, and one home run.

When on base, there is a good chance someone will drive him in at the top of the Red Sox order. Once Leon begins to slump, drop him for the next hot bat.

Howie Kendrick, 1B.2B, 3B, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kendrick is a multi-position eligible diamond in the rough. As of August 16, Kendrick is 10 for his last 20 with one homerun and one stolen base. He has been an extra base hitting machine his past five games and rarely strikes out.

With the flexibility Kendrick gives your roster, he can easily be slotted into a position of a player with an injury or having an off day.

Rajai Davis, OF, Cleveland Indians

 

It is surprising to me that Davis is not owned in more than 45% of yahoo leagues. He is one of four players with over 30 stolen bases, provides decent power, and plays for a team in the thick of a playoff race.

He will give you a boost in the steals category and any power and RBI are an added bonus. Davis is a dangerous outfielder in real life and Fantasy. If he is still available, add him.

 

Pitchers

Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati Reds

 

Bailey has had three starts since returning from the disabled list. His results have been mixed but the upside is big. In Bailey’s last start, he struck out 11 batters while allowing zero runs in six innings. The strikeout potential is huge, but the win potential is low.

At 25% owned in Yahoo Leagues, Bailey is a solid option for your rotation as playoffs approach.

Brandon Kintzler, RP, Minnesota Twins

 

The Twins have been surging in August and Kintzler is right there to pick up the saves for them. He does not possess huge strikeout stuff, but he controls the ball in the strike zone and keeps runners off base.

Kintzler is owned in 43% percent of leagues, so there will not be much more time to pick him up. Grab him while you can.

Chad Green, SP/RP, New York Yankees

The Yankees are ushering in a new generation of talent and Chad Green could be one of the guys to step up. In Green’s latest start, he struck out 11 batters against the potent Blue Jay offense.

Green has had his struggles in previous starts this season, but the potential is there. Nathan Eovaldi has just gone on the DL with a Torn UCL and will need Tommy John surgery. This could be Green’s opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation.

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