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 24 of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.
Few hitters were hotter than Nelson following his three-hit performance against the San Diego Padres on September 16. During his eight-game hitting streak, he was 17-for-32 with eight runs scored and eight RBIs. Nelson's consistency has made him a particularly-strong addition as a fantasy second baseman.
Other top adds of the day: Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (5,468 adds), San Diego Padres 2B/3B Logan Forsythe (4,742 adds), Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki (4,060 adds)
Tuesday, September 18: 2B/3B Logan Forsythe, San Diego Padres, 3,528 adds
In the high-scoring 12-11 win over the Rockies on September 16, Forsythe went 4-for-6 with three runs scored. A dominant hitter in September, he is very similar to what Nelson provides in terms of being a great hit and run provider.
With two more hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Aoki extended his hit streak to eight games. Contributing as a hot hitter, solid run producer, and stolen base maven, he has effectively become one of the best late-season outfield pickups this season.
Thursday, September 20: OF Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers, 6,413 adds
Aoki continued his excellent streak with his third home run of the month off of Kyle McPherson. Not known for his power, his hard hitting has helped him hit plenty of doubles this season.
Friday, September 21: OF Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers, 5,379 adds
Other top adds of the day: Ichiro Suzuki (3,627 adds), Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (3,130 adds), Nate McLouth (2,781 adds)
Saturday, September 22: OF Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers, 4,156 adds
With another hit on Saturday, Aoki extended his hit streak to 12 games. During this streak, he has gone 19-for-48 with two homers, 10 RBIs, and five stolen bases.
Other top adds of the day: Ichiro Suzuki (2,998 adds), Minnesota Twins 2B/3B/SS/OF Trevor Plouffe (2,960 adds), Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario (2,532 adds)
Sunday, September 23: C Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies, 3,645 adds
Rosario ended an excellent week with four straight three-hit games against the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. During that great streak of hitting, he scored three runs and hit three RBIs and did his best to help the Rockies win.
Other top adds of the day: Norichika Aoki (3,498 adds), Nate McLouth (3,386 adds), Ichiro Suzuki (2,243 adds)
*Adds numbers according to Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Transaction Trends Research Tool.
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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.