Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 4/25
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 25, 2014
With the weekend MLB series in full swing today, now’s the time to head down to the fantasy baseball waiver wire and check out some of the merchandise available in your league. If you’re in the market, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there who could make a big difference on your roster in the next few days.
Joe Smith, RP, Los Angeles Angels: We’ll start off our waiver wire analysis today by visiting with an investment property in the always volatile world of the RP. Smith is in line to become the Angels’ closer, thanks to an ugly start by current ninth-inning man Ernesto Frieri, who’s currently rocking a bloated 9.35 ERA.
If you’ve got the extra room on your roster and are looking for anther RP, you’ve got nothing to lose by taking the initiative to add Smith. The team is in New York to face the Yankees this weekend.
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Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers: Let’s stay on the pitcher’s mound and take a look at Perez, who is burning up the charts as a SP consideration. He’s been completely awesome this season, and that includes his two straight complete-game shutouts. He only allowed six hits in those while striking out 11.
Perez is the single hottest SP commodity out there right now, as he’s on quite a tear (four wins in his last four games). He won’t toss for another few days, but he’s the guy to get on the wire.
Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox: We’ve taken a look at Viciedo a couple of times over the past week or so, and he continues to make sense as an add. He stormed onto the waiver wire scene Tuesday with a 4-for-4 outing, which is indicative of the streaks he can get off to. Yesterday, he was 3-for-4 with two runs.
Viciedo is capable of going off in the power categories at any given time, and he’s prone to streaks of stellar production. He’s a good depth add as an OF ahead of this Tampa Bay series at home.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Let’s head up to the rare air of Colorado and check out Blackmon. He’s appeared in this space before, as he’s off to a pretty good start (to put it mildly) in 2014. The guy’s got a .410 average, five homers, 16 RBI and six stolen bases.
Blackmon has simply been tearing it up in April. He’s currently on a five-game hitting streak, but the downside is that he’s also hitting the road this weekend (Dodgers). That said, he’s still worth picking up thanks to his otherworldly numbers.
Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Over the past couple of seasons, Lawrie has remained a perennial waiver wire candidate at a tough position. He’s in that spot again right now, as owners are taking notice of him this week. Heading into the finale against Baltimore, he hit a homer in two straight games, tallying six RBI between them. (He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.)
With all that good stuff in mind, Lawrie’s BA is still really ugly. He’s hitting for power and not much else. If you can live with that, give him a look before the Red Sox come to town.
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