Fantasy Baseball Update 5/15/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 15, 2014
It’s an MLB Thursday, which means it’s time once again to take a look forward to the weekend. That means getting your fantasy lineup in order for all the new series which will be starting up tomorrow, and we’re here to help with that. Here’s a look at a handful of names you should be considering as roster adds and sleeper candidates.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: Young comes with a few disclaimers, but he’s still worthy of checking out in most leagues. Heading into yesterday’s home game against the Yankees, he’d posted six hits, seven runs, a homer, two RBI and three steals over his previous three games alone. He added another hit yesterday.
Those numbers are hard to ignore, which means Young should continue to see his fair share of starts. You should check to make sure he makes the roster each day, but otherwise he’s a green light for Washington this weekend.
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Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets: Speaking of Mets outfielders who deserve your attention, let’s stick with the New York-Washington matchup and check out Granderson. He’d hit in foru of five games heading into yesterday’s contest, providing three runs, two homers and six RBI in that frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
April was a pretty miserable month for Granderson, so maybe this is a sign that he’s gotten things going. Give him a shot against the Nats if he’s been abandoned in your league.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: In our “I need SS/2B help” section today we have Escobar, who has had a pretty good week. In two games prior to yesterday’s matchup against Colorado, he provided foru hits, a run, a homer and four RBI. He had a 1-for-3 outing yesterday.
You’ll get mostly speed when you’re looking at Escobar, but he’ll surprise you with some bonus power here and there as well. That’s not to be taken for granted in fantasy, especially at the SS position. He’s home against the Orioles this weekend.
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland Athletics: Now lets move on from one barren fantasy position to another. Doolittle has been providing some love to those owners whose closers have failed them this season and has gained some massive fantasy popularity this week. He's one of the trendy RP adds right now, and seems to be headed in the right direction.
Doolittle’s numbers are stellar, especially for an RP at this level. If you can get him, he’s worth the investment heading to Cleveland tomorrow.
Mike Aviles, 2B/3B/SS, Cleveland Indians: Just looking at all those positions in which Aviles is eligible should make fantasy owners root for him. He’s been something of a borderline player over the past couple of seasons, but has made a case recently. Heading into yesterday’s game, he’d hit in six of seven, with three runs, a homer and five RBI to his credit. He had two more hits with a run and an RBI yesterday.
So far so good here. Aviles plays some tough fantasy positions, so he gets extra points for that. In addition, he’ll give you some across-the-board numbers which should be pretty valuable at his level.
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