Fantasy Baseball Update 4/28/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
april 28, 2014
The weekend series have all come to a close in the MLB, and that means it’s time to renew your focus when it comes to fantasy baseball. The early-week games will provide some critical opportunities to move up in the standings, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few players who are primed for big numbers in their upcoming series.
Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers: At least a few times a year, Davis enjoys a productive streak that has fantasy owners everywhere scrambling to add him. He’s enjoying one such streak right now, with a five-game hit streak to his credit.
During that span, Davis has produced three runs, a homer, four RBI and a pair of steals. We all know why you’d add him, though: swipes and runs. Anything else is a bonus. Pick him up while he’s doing well at the plate.
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Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce had an interesting series against the White Sox. He drew five walks in the opener, coming away with a run and an RBI on an 0-for-0 performance. He came up empty in game two however, but that didn’t do much to damper his fantasy appeal. He was 1-for-3 yesterday.
Joyce has been hot for most of the year, and fantasy owners are taking notice. He’s a great source of outfield depth, and should be in your lineup at least until he experiences a sustained slump. He’s in Chicago today and Boston starting tomorrow.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: There are several solid options at first base right now, and Morse is but one of them. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Cleveland, he had a four-game hit streak going with four runs, three homers and six RBI in that span. That ended with an 0-fer yesterday, however.
Morse has been showing some early power, and he could come up with some great numbers if he can sustain a little production. Give him a look in a great matchup against the Padres at home this week.
Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels: SS is a tough position in fantasy (as usual), so we’ve been taking an active interest in seeking out potential pickups there. Aybar has come onto the radar a couple of times this season, most recently because of last week’s four-game stretch where he produced 11 hits, six RBI and five runs. He was 1-for-4 with another run yesterday.
Aybar and the Angels are returning home today after a long road trip, and they’ll start out a series against the Indians tonight. He’s worth a look in that one, at least as a secondary SS in fantasy.
Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners: Seager hasn’t made a heck of a lot of noise in fantasy thus far, but that could be changing. He closed out last week with six hits in three games, with four runs, three homers and seven RBI in that span. Incredibly, he tallied two more homers yesterday.
Seager’s got more power than you might give him credit for (he should nab around 20-25 homers this season), so if you need an extra lift there, he’s your guy. The Mariners will be in New York to take on the Yankees starting tomorrow.
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