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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8

Mike Esposito
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Week 8 of head-to-head fantasy baseball leagues is right around the corner, and at this point in the season you should have a pretty solid grasp on where your team currently stands.

If you need to make a few roster changes going forward, there are a few players available on the waiver wire that should be big-time contributors for your team this week, if their recent hot streaks are any indication.

With that in mind, here are five players you should consider picking up off the waiver wire for Week 8 of the fantasy baseball season.

5. Marcus Walden, RP, Boston Red Sox

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The closer role is locked up pretty tight in Boston, but Marcus Walden still carries plenty of value, especially in leagues that count holds. The 30-year-old righty has been borderline unhittable lately, sporting a 1.08 ERA, 0.48 WHIP and 11 strikeouts over his last four appearances (8 2/3 innings). Walden is also available in 82 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

4. Mike Fiers, SP, Oakland Athletics

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He may not have seen the best start to the year, but Mike Fiers has been in excellent in recent weeks. Including his incredible no-hitter last week, the 34-year-old righty has gone 1-1 with a pristine 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts across his last four starts. Fiers is available in 75 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should be a quality streaming option against the Seattle Mariners this week.

3. Jason Kipnis, 2B/OF, Cleveland Indians

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Jason Kipnis has been absolutely dreadful this year, but a recent resurgence might indicate he's finally turning things around in 2019. The 32-year-old has been rocksteady lately, hitting .318 with two homers and seven RBI over his last 22 at-bats. A potential boom pick going forward, Kipnis is available in 95 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should be readily available for anyone in need of another middle infielder.

2. Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

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He didn't make much of an impression when he was called up last season, but Willie Calhoun has returned to the Majors with a bang this year. The 24-year-old is batting .500 with two homers and five RBI across 16 at-bats in the three games he's played this year. Calhoun is available in 78 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, but he's seen his ownership spike in recent days. Pick him up before it's too late, especially you need outfield depth.

1. Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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Dan Vogelbach is batting just .211 over the past seven days, so he probably won't give you a bump in batting average in the long term. However, Vogelbach has been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball during this same span, crushing three homers with eight RBI and an excellent 1.023 OPS over the past seven days. The 26-year-old slugger is available in 52 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, and he is worth picking up if you need some power at the corners.

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