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 19 of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.
Monday, August 13: 3B/SS Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, 11,693 adds*
Prior to the start of Week 19, Machado had a very successful debut series against the Kansas City Royals with six hits, five runs scored, three home runs, and seven RBIs. Since then, he has struggled to continue his trend as a run scorer and producer.
With three more hits against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, Young continued his trend as one of the hottest hitting players. Including his dominating performance on August 14, Young had recorded eight multi-hit games.
Other top adds of the day: Manny Machado (4,723 adds), Washington Nationals 2B/SS Danny Espinosa (3,181 adds), Jon Jay (2,894 adds)
Other top adds of the day: Jon Jay (7,749 adds), Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis (7,023 adds), Ryan Ludwick (4,063 adds)
Thursday, August 16: 2B/OF Eric Young, Colorado Rockies, 10,907 adds
Jones reemerged on fantasy owner radars with an August 16 performance consisting of two three-run homers against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even prior to his run-producing outburst, Jones was having an effective August with six multi-hit games.
Other top adds of the day: Eric Young (6,260 adds), Todd Frazier (5,060 adds), Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (3,180 adds)
Unstoppable against the likes of the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, Frazier has been very good in his starts for the Reds. Seeing time at both corner infield positions, he has been a must-have fantasy commodity over the past few weeks.
Other top adds of the day: Eric Young (6,143 adds), Ryan Ludwick (3,478 adds), Garrett Jones (3,474 adds)
Other top adds of the day: Ryan Ludwick (6,760 adds), Garrett Jones (4,321 adds), Miami Marlins 2B/3B/SS/OF Emilio Bonifacio (3,875 adds)
*Adds numbers according to Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Transaction Trends Research Tool.
Manny Machado Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Eric Young Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Garrett Jones Game Log, 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 Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.