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Fantasy baseball: Preparing for a middle-infield surge

With several of his Chicago teammates potentially headed elsewhere by Friday afternoon, Nico Hoerner may soon be a guy fantasy managers will want to slide into their lineups. Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy impact of deadline deals doesn't always center upon the big names included in the deal themselves. Often, it's the players who get "left behind" that benefit the most. We saw one such name, Paul Sewald, experience a significant jump in fantasy value on Tuesday as a result of his likely promotion to being the Seattle Mariners closer following the trade of Kendall Graveman to the Houston Astros.

If you'd like to get a head start on three worthy pickups who could see similarly large leaps in fantasy value as a result of possible trades, considering adding the following names. Even better news for you? All of these suggestions qualify at a middle-infield spot.