Fantasy Baseball Update 5/5/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
May 5, 2014
It’s Monday, and though that sentiment usually brings about groans of frustration, we fantasy owners can find solace in the fact that the MLB will be bringing us a fresh batch of series this afternoon. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the fantasy players you should be keeping your eye on during the next few days. They’ll likely be making statistical waves that can benefit your lineup.
Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: We’ll start out here by saying that Stroman is more of an investment project than he is an immediate impact player in fantasy. That considered, you should definitely take a look at him. The Jays called him up Saturday and will be starting him in the bullpen at first. Once he’s acclimated, though, he’ll get a rotation spot.
What’s the buzz on Stroman? In Triple-A this year, he managed a 1.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He’s a high-end prospect (like top-30) and should put up some nice numbers once he’s going. Grab and stash.
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C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: You’ll have to check the lineups for tonight’s game against the Yankees, but if Cron is in there he’s an intriguing fantasy play. He came up on Saturday to go 3-for-5 with two RBI in his Major League debut, and turned plenty of heads in fantasy as he did. He was 2-for-4 yesterday to continue his blistering start.
The downside with Cron is that he probably won’t be getting regular at-bats for the time being, considering the Angels roster is pretty stacked. That said, if he goes on a tear and proves himself an asset, look out. The Yankees are in town today.
Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins: Jones made some major noise last week as a fantasy pickup, even in the relatively deep positions of 1B and OF. He rode a six-game hit streak into the weekend, nailing four runs, two homers and five RBI in that span. Too bad he came up empty Saturday, but he got a hit yesterday.
Jones didn’t enter the season too high on anyone’s fantasy radar, so this is a nice surprise from him. Chances are you’re set at 1B, but you know you could always use more outfield depth. The Mets are in town this week for a nice matchup.
Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets: Conversely, you could also look at that Mets-Marlins matchup and think it a great way to up your pitching stats. You’d be right in that regard, especially with Niese. He comes into today’s start on a two-win streak and has allowed just three earned runs in his last three appearances combined.
Niese sports a nifty 2.20 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP this season. He won’t overpower anybody, but could do some nice things against a Marlins lineup that’s much improved offensively, but still the Marlins.
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: Need a fantasy catcher? Has the Saltalamacchia train already left the station in your league? Then you should look at Montero, who has quietly been putting up some very solid numbers down in Arizona. He’d hit in six of his last seven heading into the finale against the Padres yesterday, providing two homers, four RBI and four runs in that time. He sat out yesterday but did pinch hit.
There aren’t too many catchers who can put up the numbers Montero can at his level. The solid run is sure to stop at some point, but you should jump on the bandwagon while it lasts, at least through the Brewers series.
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