While trades are a great way to acquire the best batters for your fantasy baseball team, the waiver wire and free agent pool are also a great source for finding key contributors and batters that will help your team win on a weekly basis. From batters currently on a hot streak to players expected to breakout or produce in a better situation, here are the most-added batters from Week 14 of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.
Monday, July 2: 2B/3B/SS/OF Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins, 3,906 adds*
After cooling off a little at the end of June, Plouffe started off July on the right foot with two home runs against the Kansas City Royals. A dominant and versatile power hitter, Plouffe is nearly invaluable when he is producing for the Twins.
Other top adds of the day: St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Lance Berkman (3,904 adds), New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (3,384 adds), Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (3,163 adds)
Tuesday, July 3: 2B Alexi Amarista, San Diego Padres, 5,400 adds
Amarista has quickly racked up the hits and runs scored for an improving Padres team. In his last six games following the July 3 contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Amarista went 11-for-21 with four home runs, seven runs scored, and 12 RBIs.
July 4 marked Jones' first start against a left-hander (Dallas Keuchel) this season. Despite going 2-for-3 in that game, Jones is still a part-time player at best who will only start against right-handers.
At the end of his four-game series against the Astros, Jones went 9-for-16 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and eight runs scored.
Other top adds of the day: Justin Ruggiano (5,892 adds), Salvador Perez (5,274 adds), San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (4,886 adds)
Already on a tear for the Rockies, Colvin became the first player to hit two home runs off Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. A first-round pick in 2006, Colvin is a very good young prospect who is readily available in most leagues.
Other top adds of the day: Salvador Perez (7,212 adds), Garrett Jones (6,503 adds), Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez (3,557 adds)
Saturday, July 7: 1B/OF Tyler Colvin, Colorado Rockies, 22,770 adds
Other top adds of the day: Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki (7,014 adds), Justin Ruggiano (3,981 adds), Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (3,978 adds)
Sunday, July 8: 1B/OF Tyler Colvin, Colorado Rockies, 13,676 adds
Other top adds of the day: Justin Ruggiano (6,680 adds), Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (3,042 adds), Salvador Perez (2,089 adds)
*Adds numbers according to Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Transaction Trends Research Tool.
Transaction Trends Adds, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball
Alexi Amarista Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Garrett Jones Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Tyler Colvin News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and fantasy baseball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 70% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.