Fantasy Baseball: 5 Late-Season Additions Who Could Make the Difference

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIAugust 15, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: 5 Late-Season Additions Who Could Make the Difference

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    There are some great divisional battles shaping up across Major League Baseball for the stretch run, and I'm sure that is the same for your fantasy baseball league. MLB teams have the opportunity to pluck players off the waiver wire, and fantasy player's should be doing the same.

    There are teams that are guaranteed to make the playoffs and those that are not. With only a few weeks left, these are some available players who could make all of the difference for your team.

    Here are five late-season additions that you should add to your fantasy team

5. Lucas Duda

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    Fantasy experts across baseball should have their eyes on Lucas Duda of the New York Mets. He has been called up to the big leagues before, but he is finally getting his chance to play everyday after Carlos Beltran was traded to the San Francisco Giants.

    Over the last seven days, Duda has hit .304 with four RBI, and he has hit three home runs in his last 24 games. Duda could be a very valuable asset as he can play first base or the outfield.

4. Chris Iannetta

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    Often, we do not consider our catchers to be a position in which we can score a lot of points. Chris Iannetta is a player that is available in many leagues and has quietly been extremely hot as of late.

    Iannetta hits in a lineup and a ballpark that are prone to offensive outbursts, and he could be the missing piece of your fantasy baseball puzzle.

    His 12 home runs are very impressive for any catcher.

3. Hideki Matsui

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    Hideki Matsui has been having a solid season, but not too many fantasy owners may be aware of that because he plays for the Oakland Athletics. Matsui is hitting .264 with 11 HR and 54 RBI.

    Matsui is hitting .333 in August with two homers. He does not strikeout often and has been an extremely hot hitter for the past two months.

    Matsui has consistently hit well late in the season over his career, and he still has the power in his bat to put up some huge numbers the last month of the season. Matsui could be a steal for any fantasy owner.

2. Mark Buehrle

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    Mark Buehrle is a great pitcher, but he continues to go under the radar in the fantasy world each season. He has been dominant at times this season and he has won his last four starts.

    His 1.03 ERA over his last five starts is all of the proof you need to know that Buehrle could carry a pitching rotation. Don't let his low strikeout numbers scare you away from Mark Buehrle.

    The guy doesn't give up many run's and win's a lot of baseball games.

1. Jason Bartlett

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    Shortstop may be a position that has hurt your team all season long. Big name players (and fantasy gems) like Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez have been hurt and missed a ton of games, and players like Troy Tulowitzki and Jimmy Rollins are assuredly taken.

    This might be a good time to take a hard look at Jason Bartlett of the San Diego Padres. You may not have noticed that he's hit .301 with a homer and 11 RBI since the All-Star break.

    He can definitely score some points for your team with his legs, and he has stolen more than 20 bases again this season. Bartlett could be the late-season gem that you have been searching for at the shortstop position.