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Culling the waiver options

Hideki Matsui has hit .293 in July and .302 in August with eight homers and 24 RBIs.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are around five weeks left in the MLB fantasy season and if one or two points can turn a runner-up finish into a championship season, then if you are like me, you're researching every boxscore for players to pick up on waivers.

The following five players are owned in less than 50% of all leagues and might just be the answer to your dreams. Or at least the answer for this week.

Hideki Matsui, OF, New York Yankees - It's a little strange that a player with 23 HR and 71 RBI is still available in late August, but that's what the numbers are saying. After a weak May and June, Matsui has hit .293 in July and .302 in August with eight homers and 24 RBIs. He apparently has trouble during day games, so make sure you play him at night where his batting average is 100 points higher (.302 vs .202) and he hits a home run every 13.8 at-bats versus 19.8 in the sunshine.

Angel Pagan, OF, New York Mets - Pagan is contributing in all categories this month. He's batting .292 with six home runs, 19 RBIs and four stolen bases - not bad for a career .269 hitter. The Mets are on a six-game road trip away from cavernous Citi Field which includes three in Colorado. There is also a seven-game trip coming up which includes a four-game stop at a "hitter's paradise" a.k.a. Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

David DeJesus, OF, Kansas City - After a slow start, DeJesus has been hitting well for almost two months. He batted .316 in July and is hitting .322 in August. He's even hit four home runs and has an August OPS of .980. DeJesus is owned in less than 10% of all leagues.

Jack Cust, OF, Oakland - If you are looking for a couple of extra home runs to put you over the top, there is always feast-or-famine Jack Cust. Cust has three homers this week and 20 for the season to go along with 142 strikeouts. His August average of .278 is the highest it's been all season so he won't hurt you in that category. He hit 26 HRs in 2007 and 33 HRs last year, so it's not a fluke.

Julio Borbon, OF, Texas Rangers - If stolen bases are your need, Borbon would be a good choice. He was a mid-August call up when Nelson Cruz was injured and in 15 games has nine stolen bases. He's also batting .378 and has scored 12 runs. He has been so good at the top of the order that management has decided to put him at DH against right-handed pitching over veteran Hank Blalock.

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