Russell Martin (C/3B, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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ANALYSIS: An amazing week for Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin led to him finishing 8-for-16 over the last seven days and once again becoming relevant in most fantasy leagues. Martin hit two home runs, scored four times, drove in four runs, and even walked three times, finishing with a .619 OBP for the week. He has played only 12 games over the last 30 days, but has a .916 OPS, posting a .429 OBP and scoring eight runs. Martin has a .966 OPS at Rogers Centre this season, adding to an improved Blue Jays lineup with the addition of Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki. Martin's .792 OPS would be tied for the third-best of his career, and his .319 BABIP is the second best of his career. While a high BABIP scares many, Martin also has the highest hard-hit ball percentage of his career this season (35.1%), so if he continues to hit the ball hard, he will find gaps.

As stated earlier, the Blue Jays lineup is coming into form with the additions of Donaldson and Tulowitzki combined with the emerging Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar. Martin is right in the middle of that lineup, giving the opportunity for both runs scored and RBI for the Blue Jays' catcher. He has also gained third base eligibility and should be owned in most leagues for his versatility.


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