The NFL preseason has officially kicked off, but there are fantasy baseball championships to be won. This is now the most difficult time of the year, and it’s been two years since fantasy owners have had to experience it. Due to the shortened season in 2020, fatigue never really occurred. However, we have been grinding since March, and with almost two months remaining and the start of football, there’s no doubt distractions can occur.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Miami Marlins Outfielder Lewis Brinson — It was just a few years ago that the 27-year-old was a top-30 prospect in baseball. However, the outfielder hasn’t been able to find consistency at the big-league level. Brinson may be in the midst of the hottest stretch of his career, as he is currently batting .390 with four home runs in August. The outfielder is also hitting near the middle of the lineup which is a nice fantasy boost. History suggests this won’t continue, but fantasy owners can ride the hot wave.

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Anthony Santander — Another outfielder who is red hot is Santander, who has more of a track record than Brinson. It has been a struggle for the 26-year-old as an early season ankle injury seems to have lingered. However, it’s been a strong month for Santander. He entered the month of August batting .228 and is now currently hitting .250. The outfielder has also slugged four home runs in his last four games. Santander has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but I believe in the talent and he should give fantasy owners a nice boost during the final few weeks.

Arizona Diamondbacks Infielder/Outfielder Josh Rojas — The 27-year-old has returned from injury and is fresh off a four-hit performance Aug. 12. Rojas is hitting .271 with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases in 96 games. Rojas did bat leadoff Aug. 12, so hopefully that will be a common theme, but his ability to play multiple positions and help in different categories makes him a nice late-season addition.

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