Fantasy Baseball Update 4/24/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 24, 2014
It’s Thursday in the MLB, and responsible fantasy owners are already looking toward the weekend matchups around the league. We’ve certainly begun checking out the next few days around here, and after reviewing the matchups we’ve come up with a handful of viable fantasy players who should be having big series. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone is worth a trip to the waiver wire.
Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: This week, Howard has been lighting it up. He posted a three-game stretch with seven hits, four runs, two homers and six RBI, which increased his BA to .270 heading into yesterday against the Dodgers. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI in that one.
Howard’s weakness (besides left-handed pitching) is his injury history, but so far so good on that front. He’ll be heading into a road series against the Diamondbacks tomorrow, which looks like a good matchup for him.
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Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Just about everyone on the Brewers’ roster has made the fantasy baseball radar at some point this season, and now it’s Gennett’s turn. He started out this week on a tear, rattling off two hits in three consecutive games and scoring two runs, a homer, a steal and two RBI in the process. Yesterday, he was 1-for-4 with a run.
Gennett had to win the 2B job out of spring training, and the Milwaukee brass is looking pretty smart for that decision right now. He goes from one cupcake team to another this weekend when the Cubs come to town.
Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: We haven’t really talked about Joyce much this season, but he’s put up some solid lines lately. Tuesday he managed two hits with two RBI and a run against Minnesota. He notched two more RBI yesterday.
Heading into yesterday’s game, Joyce had raised his average to .347 on the season. That’s given him a hot start and has made a lot of fantasy waves at the same time. He’s looking pretty good for the road series against the White Sox starting tomorrow.
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Every time Cabrera comes up in conversation, we’re unabashedly on the bandwagon. In four games leading up to yesterday’s matchup against the Orioles, he’d logged nine hits, five runs, a homer and three RBI. He was 3-for-5 with a run yesterday.
Cabrera has hit safely in just about every one of his games this year and is off to a scorching start to 2014. Owners should fear no comers when he’s hitting like this, so keep him in mind for the Red Sox this weekend.
Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins: At first glance, Dozier isn’t much to write home about. His BA is pretty weak and he doesn’t have all that many RBI. That said, when he is hitting, he’s coming up big. In his first two games this week, he knocked four hits, two runs and a solo homer for his owners. He was 1-for-5 yesterday.
If Dozier could get that BA up he’d be a must-have guy, but we’re still recommending him for the weekend. The Tigers are coming to town tomorrow and he’s a decent play at a thin fantasy position.
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