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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 12, 2014
Now that the weekend MLB series are in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking at the week ahead as we adjust our fantasy baseball lineups. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the hot trends around the league right now and see if anyone’s right for your roster. Here’s a closer look.
Tyler Lyons, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s head straight to the “Who’s Pitching Against the Cubs?” portion of our broadcast and check out Lyons. He’ll take the mound today at home against the Northsiders, continuing to fill in for the injured Joe Kelly.
Lyons is 0-2 on the year, but hasn’t pitched badly. He’s coming off a one-earned outing in six innings against Atlanta, but the Cards offense couldn’t get him a victory. He’ll have better odds today, so he makes a nice plug-in for the fantasy needy.
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Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: We’ve seen McGehee hopping on and off the fantasy radar at times this season, and here he is again. He finally nailed his first home run of the year on Saturday against the Padres, adding another pair to his mounting RBI total this year. He came up empty yesterday, though.
That said, McGehee didn’t start out the Padres series too well (1-for-7 in the first two games) so he’d had a bad stretch there. Still, if you’re in need of help at the corners there aren’t too many names out there producing like him. He’s in L.A. for the Dodgers now.
C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: Saturday was a good one for Cron, who has shown some productive flashes this season. In that second game against Toronto, he put up a solo homer with two runs and two RBI. He sat yesterday.
Cron’s still a deeper-league fantasy target, so don’t get too excited just yet. His BA is great, but he’s also prone to some 0-fers here and there. 1B is a crowded fantasy position, but he works as a utility guy as well when he gets the playing time.
Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres: Headley came off the disabled list with a bang on Saturday, logging a 1-for-3 effort with a three-run homer and two runs in a 9-3 win over Miami. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
The Padres need Headley’s bat to come alive and pump some offense into their sleepy lineup, so we’ll see where things go from here. In the meantime, you can probably swoop in and pick him up before anyone else in your league notices.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, New York Yankees: We’ve visited with Solarte a few times this season, and he keeps popping back up in the fantasy conversations. He carried a five-game hit streak with him into yesterday’s Milwaukee finale, logging three runs, a homer and five RBI in that span. He was 2-for-2 with two RBI yesterday.
Solarte’s main attraction is obviously his positional eligibility, as you don’t see too many 2B/3B/SS guys out there who can legitimately produce. He’s safe to add while he’s hitting, so snatch him up before the Mets come to visit today.
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