Fantasy Baseball Update 5/26/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 26, 2014
The MLB is a little off schedule-wise this week, thanks to the holiday and long weekend, but that’s no reason to neglect your fantasy baseball lineup. There are plenty of intriguing matchups headed our way in the coming days, so let’s check out a few games and see if we can uncover some upward-trending names who could help out our rosters. Here’s a closer look.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: For at least the last three seasons, we’ve had frequent discussions about whether or not to add Reynolds. We’re currently going through one of those phases, thanks to his recent outbursts. Heading into the Miami finale, he’d nailed three homers, six hits, four runs and eight RBI in just four games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
We’ve all been through this dance before; You know what you’re getting with Reynolds. It’s relatively high power numbers in exchange for a horrid BA. If that seems like a fair exchange to you, scoop him up for the Baltimore series.
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Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: Remember LaRoche? He’s been gone on the 15-day disabled list due to a quadriceps strain. He made his return to the lineup yesterday, though, and absolutely deserves your attention. He was 1-for-4 in his return.
With the recent injuries to Prince Fielder and Joey Votto, LaRoche exists as a viable candidate for needy fantasy owners. If he was dropped in your league, grab him immediately and put him in your starting lineup.
Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins: Likewise, Hughes deserves some attention as well; He’s a severely under-owned pitcher who has been playing very well as of late. He’s 5-0 in his last six outings, allowing no more than three runs (once) in that span.
Hughes has been on a great run since mid-April, whittling his ERA down to 3.15 with a 1.20 WHIP. He’ll get you decent strikeout numbers, too, which is a nice bonus. Check him out at home against Texas tomorrow.
Tanner Roark, SP/RP, Washington Nationals: Let’s head back to the Nats to check out Roark, who is another good candidate for ownership as an SP. He’s just 1-1 in his last three starts, but has allowed only four earned runs and 12 hits in that span.
Roark has a 3.42 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP on the season. He won’t baffle hitters, but if he gets some good defense behind him he’ll perform well. A solid matchup doesn’t hurt either, such as today’s gig against the Marlins.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco Giants: Sandoval has been screaming for your fantasy attention, so it’s high time we gave him a look. After a rough start, he’s been cruising lately, pouring in four homers, five runs and eight RBI in six games heading into yesterday’s Twins finale. He got two more hits, a run and an RBI yesterday.
Sandoval hasn’t fully redeemed himself just yet, but he’s well on his way. He’s going into a nice matchup at home against the Cubs over the next few days, so he’s a nice play in most fantasy formats.
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