Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/27
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 27, 2014
It’s time to get back to work after a long holiday weekend, and that sentiment applies in more ways than one if you’re a fantasy baseball owner. The early-week series are in full swing, and with them come a fresh batch of waiver wire candidates. Let’s take a look at the latest group in the first of our biweekly updates. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins: We’ll head out to the mound first thing today to check out Hughes. He’s been on quite a run as of late, posting wins in five of his last six starts. The most earned runs he’s given up in that span was three, and that happened just one time.
Hughes definitely has the goods to keep this run going, and while he’s pitching well he shouldn’t be ignored. He’s got a 3.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP still after some early struggles, but it seems he’s leveled off enough for a good outing at home against the Rangers today.
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Dallas Keuchel, SP/RP, Houston Astros: We’ve been pretty high on Keuchel for the past week or so, and he made us look smart over the weekend. He posted a complete-game victory in Seattle, allowing just four hits and striking out a half-dozen in his fourth straight win.
Keuchel has been on fire recently; That’s his second complete-game shutout in the last three games. He’s got a nice 2.55 ERA and 0.98 WHIP to show for his exploits, and he’ll carry that into a start against the Orioles on Friday.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, Texas Rangers: Let’s move on to position players and take a look at Moreland, who has shown his face in this space at least a few times this season already. He had a nice series against Detroit, posting five hits, a run and six RBI in the final three games. He came up empty yesterday in Minnesota, though.
Moreland has gained favor over the past week thanks to injuries from some top-shelf 1B names. He makes a lot of sense if you’re searching for a replacement and should continue to get plenty of field time in Prince Fielder’s absence.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: Span is another guy who has surfaced in this space a few times, and here he is again. Heading into yesterday’s opener against Miami, he had at least one hit in six of eight with six runs, a homer, four RBI and two steals in that span. He wasn’t able to keep it going yesterday, however.
We like what we’re seeing from Span lately, and he’s got the talent to provide an across-the-board fantasy presence for those owners in need. We’d like to see the BA keep creeping up--and maybe a little more power--but otherwise there’s not much to complain about at his level.
Josh Harrison, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Any time a player with that “2B” designation starts hitting well, we’re obligated to give him a look. Such is the case with Harrison, who carried a four-game hit streak into New York yesterday. In that span, he posted three runs, a homer and three RBI. He came up with an 0-fer in the opener against the Mets.
Now that he’s getting regular playing time, Harrison is definitely a consideration if your league is on the deeper side. There’s some value there at a thin middle infield position.
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