Fantasy Baseball Update 4/17/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 17, 2014
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for fantasy baseball owners to start turning their attention toward the weekend matchups. As we do every week, we’ve checked out the schedule and come up with a handful of widely-available players who could do some major statistical damage in their upcoming games. Let’s take a closer look.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: Young is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but after his recent performances he deserves to be here. Heading into yesterday’s game against Arizona, he’d collected five hits, four runs, two RBI and a steal in the first two installments of the series. He kept that going last night with two more steals in a 1-for-4 outing.
You know what you’re getting with Young; It’s pretty much speed and finesse. If you’re in the market for runs and swipes, check him out for the Braves series starting tomorrow.
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Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: We’ve visited with Colabello several times this season already, and he remains a pretty steady add overall. Tuesday against Toronto he had three hits and an RBI, which gave him a .315 average on the season. Yesterday’s matchup was postponed, and there’s a doubleheader today.
Colabello has had his share of off-nights recently, tossing up 0-fers in four of five prior to that three-hit game. Still, when he hits, he hits big, so you might want to look his way in KC this weekend.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Peralta had been mired in an ugly slump earlier this month, including an 0-for-14 stretch over a five-game period. Since then, however, he’s come alive, carrying a three-game hit streak into the finale in Milwaukee. In that span he’d collected two homers, four runs and four RBI. He put up a 1-for-4 line yesterday.
Peralta will settle somewhere in the middle of his two extremes, as he won’t keep either one going for long. The good news for him is that he’s playing on a pretty hefty Cardinals team and should have plenty of opportunities. You could do worse at a thin position. He’s in DC this weekend.
Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds: Let’s head over to the hot corner and check out Frazier. He set off a wave of adds earlier this week when he registered two homers, four RBI and four runs in the span of just two games.
Frazier is notoriously streaky (and he posted an 0-fer yesterday), so you’ll want to watch which direction he’s trending before you commit to putting him in your lineup each time. Still, he should be good for around 20 homers this season, which is nothing to sneer at. He’s at Wrigley starting tomorrow.
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants: Crawford has quietly turned in some very consistent play over the past week and a half or so, which means it’s time you gave him some attention. During the seven-game hit streak he carried into last night’s game against the Dodgers, he’d put up four runs, a homer and seven RBI. He ended up sitting out with a minor hamstring issue, however, so you’ll want to watch that.
Crawford’s not really known for his offense, so this is probably his ceiling. Still, if you’re going to ride the wave, now’s the time to grab your board. He’ll be in San Diego starting tomorrow.
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