Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/16
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 16, 2014
It’s Friday, and you know what that means. It’s time to get your fantasy baseball roster in order for all the upcoming games. We’re here to help you with that, with the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. There are several notable players gaining favor over the last couple of days, so let’s take a closer look at the trends and see what’s behind the numbers.
Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: Pomeranz has been the hottest SP pickup out there over the past couple of days. He’s coming off a five-inning, zero-earned, three-hit, eight-K win against the White Sox, which was his third victory of the year.
Pomeranz now sports a clean 1.14 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. The only drawback here is that the A’s have been keeping him on a tight leash pitch-count-wise. Still, he’s worth a look before he takes the hill against the Rays next week.
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Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: Let’s stick in Oakland to check out our next waiver wire candidate. Norris came up empty in his last appearance, but before that he’d managed at least one hit in five of his previous six starts. He’s sporting a .352 average with four homers and 20 RBI so far.
You’d be silly to overlook Norris’ caliber of numbers, especially on a fantasy catcher. He’ll have his off-days here and there, but overall he’s been extremely reliable so far. He’s in Cleveland today.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Remember Bonifacio? Well, he’s back. Following a tepid stretch that got him dropped in many fantasy leagues, he’s been on fire this week. Over a two-game stretch against the Cardinals, he produced six hits, five runs and an RBI. He wasn’t able to do anything yesterday, though.
Bonifacio scored five runs in Monday’s 17-5 drubbing, becoming the first Cub since 1987 to do so. As a plug-and-play utility guy, he’s got quite a bit of appeal. Check him out for the Milwaukee series if you can get him in your league.
Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees: Gardner has gotten quite a bit of fantasy attention this week. He carried an eight-game hit streak into yesterday’s finale against the Mets, logging nine runs, a homer, six RBI and two steals in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Gardner’s season-long numbers are looking pretty good, and he’s even been offering some nice bonuses in the power categories. He’s a must-have guy at the moment, so do what you have to do to get him.
Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants: Given the barren wasteland that is SS in fantasy, Crawford should have your attention right now. He carried an 0-for-10 streak into Wednesday’s win over Atlanta, during which he clubbed a homer with two runs and three RBI. He regressed back to form yesterday, however, with another 0-fer.
Crawford’s “blah” BA will frustrate fantasy owners (it’ll hang around .250 or so for the year), but he’s coming along okay in the power categories and should be an improvement over last year. He’ll get you some 0-fers quite a bit, but when he hits, he hits. Definitely an optimist's pickup, though.
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