We’re heading to the final weekend in August, which is wild to think about. We have about one month remaining in the fantasy baseball season. September was a crazy month in the past because teams brought up a lot of their minor-league players and playing time was difficult to predict, especially for teams that are looking forward to next year. However, teams are now only allowed to expand active rosters by two, which will help make it easier for fantasy owners as they don’t have to worry as much about roles changing during the final few weeks.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Anthony Santander — The outfielder was a recommendation a couple of weeks ago, but it appears many fantasy owners haven’t taken notice. Santander is having a monster August, as he’s hitting .338 with eight home runs and a 1.061 OPS. The hot streak has salvaged an injury-plagued season that saw Santander batting .223 at the end of July. The outfielder is now hitting .252 with 14 home runs and is the type of player fantasy owners want to acquire if they need a late season offensive surge. Santander is still under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues.

Chicago Cubs Infielder/Outfielder Ian Happ — Unfortunately, we have reached the point in the season that the talent pool is just not as ripe as we get earlier in the year. There are players like Santander who are being overlooked and those like Happ who can be considered a reach. Happ has been awful his entire career despite being an up-and-coming prospect. The struggles have continued for most of this season until this month.

In the month of August, Happ is batting .260 with five home runs, 12 RBIS and 12 runs scored. The strong month has raised Happ’s batting average to just .198. The Cubs have punted on this season, meaning they will allow Happ to play every day. He’s been slotted in the third spot in the batting order. Happ also brings positional flexibility, as he can be used in the infield and the outfield. Fantasy owners need to hope Happ can continue this streak for a few more months despite history suggesting it won’t happen.

Minnesota Twins Infielder Miguel Sano — There are reasons players remain on the waiver wire this late in the year and Sano is another example. The slugger is only batting .215, but he does provide power, as evidenced by his 22 home runs. The 28-year-old has hit five home runs in the month of August with a respectable 16 RBIs. If fantasy owners need a late-season push in power, Sano would be a nice target.

Miami Marlins Starting Pitcher Edward Cabrera — These are the kind of targets fantasy owners will have during the next few weeks as teams out of the playoff race elect to audition their top prospects in hopes they can contribute next season. The Marlins promoted Cabrera this past week, and the top-100 prospect made his debut against the Nationals Aug. 25.

The 23-year-old fared well, allowing three earned runs in 6.1 innings. Despite only striking out two, the right-hander has had elite strikeout numbers in the minors so the hope is that that will translate to the big leagues. There is still no official word when Cabrera will make his next start, and there are risks with a rookie. But Cabrera could provide starting pitching help to fantasy owners if the Marlins declare the youngster a rotation piece for the final month.

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