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Grinding Metal - Nick Ahmed, Andrew Heaney and More Waiver Wire Pickups

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Grinding Metal examines potential waiver wire additions that can assist your team during the fantasy baseball season. From home runs to pitching wins, Grinding Metal has you covered. There wasn't a ton of "must grab" players this week, but there are a handful of useful players on the wire for owners.

Nick Ahmed, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
While Ahmed certainly won't blow you away in any one category, he's proving to be a useful bat that plays every day. On the season, he's hitting .271/.333/.465 with 17 home runs (a career high) and he's tied his career high for RBI with 70. Again, certainly not enough to blow you away in anu category, but enough to help a fantasy owner out while dealing with an injury.

Daniel Hudson, RP, Washington Nationals
Regular closer Sean Doolittle landed on the injured list, so the Nationals have a real "matchup" play scenario for the ninth inning while he's out.Fernando Rodney, Hunter Strickland and Hudson could all see save opportunities while Doolittle is out. However, out of the three relievers mentioned, I would take a chance on Hudson over Strickland, and especially Rodney.

Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager has 17 home runs in 72 games this season. Even further, he has 8 home runs during the month of August, and is hitting .323/.400/.758 with 18 RBI. Certainly useful for fantasy owners, who have a corner infield spot up for grabs. 

Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels
The lefty has dealt with injury problems this season, but when he's on, he can rack up huge strikeout totals. Just on the surface, Heaney has 78 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched this season - spread across 12 starts. Most recently, he struck out 14 batters across 8 innings against Texas during his last outing. He's owned in less than 45% of leagues, but will face the Houston Astros during his next outing.