Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 4/11
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 11, 2014
Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks (almost) to check out our fantasy baseball rosters, now’s the time to start looking for weak spots in your lineup. Unless you’re a draft guru who nailed every position, there’s probably at least one player on your team who leaves something to be desired. With that in mind, let’s check out a few waiver wire pickups who might serve you well over the weekend and beyond.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Second base and shortstop are two of the toughest fantasy positions to fill, and look, Gordon fits in both of them. Over his past two games, he’s been on fire, logging five hits in 10 at-bats, along with a run, a homer, two RBIs and a stolen base.
That makes four swipes and five RBI on the season for Gordon, who is turning into a nice pickup for those owners who can still get him. He’s in Arizona this weekend and probably won’t slow down.
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Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco comes into the fantasy year pretty far beneath the radar, as he started out the season on the DL. However, in two games since being activated he’s put up four hits in eight at-bats with two runs, two RBI and a homer.
Mesoraco came into the MLB as a highly-touted prospect, so he’s got the goods to deliver. Some fantasy gurus are tagging him for a breakout season in 2014, so he makes a nice pickup before the Tampa Bay series gets going today.
Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF, Detroit Tigers: Castellanos is taking quite a few people by surprise, and he’s performing himself into more playing time. In five games so far this season, he’s put up a pair of runs, four RBI and a homer alongside six hits. That’s good enough for a .353 average on the young campaign.
The rookie Castellanos has been shifting back and forth with teammates over the past handful of games, depending on the matchups. He’s got a stronger chance of playing in AL parks when Miguel Cabrera can DH, so you’ll want to pay attention to the lineups if you pick him up.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: We’ve visited with Morse a few times this season already, and his stellar play has him here again. He’s coming off a two-double game yesterday against Arizona which yielded a run and a pair of RBI. That gives him three multi-hit outings in his last four games.
During that span, Morse has produced two runs and five RBI, giving him a total of seven runs and 10 RBI on the season. He’s the definition of hot right now, so get that waiver claim in before the Colorado series starts today.
Garrett Richards, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Richards is probably the most popular SP add this morning, given the fact that he’s logged two spectacular outings already this season. In his last appearance, he went seven innings of shutout ball against the Mariners, allowing just one hit and fanning six.
That gives Richards a 2-0 mark to start the season, alongside one earned run and just three hits. He’s a reasonably low-risk, high-upside candidate who just might be able to maintain some kind of consistency throughout the year. He’s in action again on Tuesday.
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