It has been a noteworthy week in fantasy baseball, as New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is hurt once again and will be out until August due to a knee injury. The Chicago Cubs activated closer Craig Kimbrel and he will give fantasy owners a big boost. It also appears Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson will be sidelined for a while due to an ankle injury.
Milwaukee Brewers Second Baseman Keston Hiura -- The 22-year-old was part of the big wave of prospects promoted in May, but his stay didn’t last long and he was demoted to Triple-A. However, the infielder is back and should get an extended look, which is great news for fantasy owners. Hiura can flat out hit and has power as well. He will even chip in with some stolen bases, so he is a main priority this week off the waiver wire. The youngster is only 28 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues so he's there for the taking.
Oakland Athletics Reliever Liam Hendricks -- It has been a weird year for closers with not much turnover and teams implementing closer by committees. When we have the chance to acquire a pitcher who will have the chance to earn saves, we need to jump on it. Hendricks has taken over for the injured Blake Treinen and has already earned two saves. It blows my mind that he is still under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, so please take advantage.
Seattle Mariners Infielder J.P. Crawford -- I was a little hesitant on Crawford's current hot streak, as he did a ton of damage against a horrific Baltimore Orioles pitching staff. However, he has kept it up against the Milwaukee Brewers and is batting .500 during the last seven days. I don't know how long this will keep up, but we should ride the wave for as long as it lasts.
Baltimore Orioles Infielder Hanser Alberto -- It's difficult to find a handful of good things to say about the Orioles this season, but Alberto is one of them. The infielder is batting .315 for the season -- which ranks sixth in all of baseball -- and he leads all of baseball with a .411 batting average against left-handers. Those are the positives. The negatives for Alberto: He does not hit for power, won't steal many bases and is only hitting .237 against righties. However, he does bat leadoff against left-handers. If you can get a player off the waiver wire who's less than 5 percent owned and putting up the batting average Alberto is, you do it. I would recommend that he is always a must start when a left-hander is on the mound and then you can have him on your bench against righties.
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