Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/6
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 6, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and the MLB has another full day of action in store for us in the coming hours. That means it’s a great time to check out the waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league, as there’s sure to be a flurry of activity after today’s games. Let’s see if we can get a leg up on the competition in your league by checking out the hot pickups right now.
Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets: Let’s start things out today with an SP recommendation in Gee. He’s coming off two consecutive outings of shutout ball, with just nine hits allowed and 11 strikeouts between them.
Gee’s season-long ERA now stands at a nifty 2.51 and his WHIP is 1.05 over 46 2/3 innings pitched. He had some early shakes, but it’s looking like he’ll be okay. He pitches again on Saturday against the Phillies, so keep him in mind.
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Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels: We’ve visited with Aybar a couple of times this season already, and here he is again. Heading into yesterday’s opener against the Yankees, he’d produced four hits, two RBI and a solo homer in a two-game stretch. He came up empty yesterday, though.
If Aybar can continue hitting, he’ll get plenty of time in the leadoff spot for the Angels, which would provide an obvious boost to his stats in fantasy. What’s more, you can’t afford to overlook a SS candidate, even if you’re pretty set at the position. Check him out.
Chris Young, OF, New York Mets: Let’s head back to the Big Apple and see about Young, who is making some waves of his own on the waiver wire. He carried a six-game hit streak with him into Miami yesterday, logging eight runs, a homer, six RBI and two steals in that span. He sat in yesterday’s loss.
Young didn’t get much love early in the season due to a quad strain, but he’s come back with a vengeance. If he can keep this across-the-board production coming--in any capacity--he’ll prove incredibly valuable as a lower-end waiver pickup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, Boston Red Sox: There are a few fantasy catching options out there right now (Saltalamacchia, Montero, etc.) and we can add Pierzynski to that list now. During his last two games alone, he’s contributed four hits, three runs, a homer and two RBI. He’s got a healthy .291 BA at the moment.
Pierzynski and company will be hosting the Reds for two games starting today. He’ll have ample chances to improve upon his three home runs and 15 RBI. If you’re in the market for a backstop, put him on the short list.
Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins: Let’s head back to the middle infield positions (always a tough spot to fill in fantasy) and check out Dozier. In his previous six games heading into the series opener in Cleveland yesterday, he’d put up nine hits, seven runs, a home run, three RBI and five steals. He posted an 0-fer yesterday.
As of right now, it’s tough telling if this is just an extended hot streak for Dozier, or if he’s got it in him to carry the nice production throughout the year. Either way, he’s a must-own player right now, and if you can get him, put him in your lineup ASAP until he cools off.
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