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Wood is good
SP Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves
Wood will start against the New York Mets today. The baby southpaw could remain in the rotation for some time, even if Brandon Beachy (elbow) returns in the coming weeks, following Tim Hudson's season-ending ankle fracture. His secondary pitches still need some cleaning, but any Bravos hurler with his foundation deserves a confident fantasy trial.
OF Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox
By hitting four taters and a .302 BA over his last 12 contests, Viciedo has nearly doubled his season total. He could be starting another upward streak. For as much natural power as he boasts, he hits way too many ground balls, so when he's off, he burns many worms.
A hidden indication that better things are ahead, though, is that only 5.6 percent of his fly balls have remained in the infield. You'll have to take the disappointing BA peripherals along with it, but the potential that he runs off the 11 homers needed to reach 20 would do wonders for your second-half efforts.
2B Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles
B-Rob has notched a pair of knocks in four of his last eight games, over which he's hitting .320 with five RBIs and three runs. He's stolen one base all season, probably because he's locked into the bottom of this order for the moment, and it's doubtful he'd hit atop the order unless they face a southpaw.
Think bigger: If he finds a groove at the dish and on the bases, he could become that elusive missing piece to fill in the complementary columns of runs and swipes. He's someone at least to monitor in the coming weeks, if not stash now before he injures himself again.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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