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 21 of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.
On Sunday, Ciriaco extended his six-game hit streak with a 3 for 5 day consisting of two runs scored, a homer, and two RBIs against the Kansas City Royals. While his production has died down since this very good game, his fantasy stock has been very high after scoring eight runs and collecting 13 hits during the streak.
Alvarez had one of his best games of the season on Tuesday with two homers, three runs scored, and four RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite streakiness concerns from earlier in the season, his numbers in August may help quell fantasy owners' concerns.
Other top adds of the day: Pedro Ciriaco (5,751 adds), Wilin Rosario (4,968 adds), Carlos Gomez (4,634 adds)
Alvarez continued his great hitting on Wednesday with his 26th home run of the season and three more RBIs on the year.
Other top adds of the day: Pedro Ciriaco (3,206 adds), Wilin Rosario (2,449 adds), Mitch Moreland (1,968 adds)
Alvarez put together his sixth straight game with a hit on Friday with two more singles against the Brewers.
Saturday, September 1: C Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies, 3,548 adds
Rosario topped off his excellent August by hitting a home run in three straight games, bringing his season total to 23. He ranks only behind Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski for the major league lead in home runs for catchers, making him a value player at his position.
Other top adds of the day: Pedro Alvarez (2,674 adds), Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF John Mayberry (2,577 adds), Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (2,171 adds)
The latest top prospect to make his major league debut, Profar make a huge splash in his first start with a homer in his first major league at-bat. Expected to serve primarily as a backup to Ian Kinsler at second base and a pinch-runner, Profar may see more playing time than expected depending on the severity of Kinsler's back injury.
Other top adds of the day: Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (3,709 adds), Carlos Gomez (3,596 adds), Pedro Alvarez (3,561 adds)
*Adds numbers according to Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Transaction Trends Research Tool.
Transaction Trends Adds, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball
Pedro Ciriaco Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Pedro Alvarez Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Wilin Rosario News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Jurickson Profar 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 Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.