Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/20
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 20, 2014
We do it every Friday around here: It’s time once again for the second installment of our biweekly fantasy baseball waiver wire updates, and today’s crop looks pretty promising as usual. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if any of these guys are worth adding to your fantasy roster.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Ever since his most recent start on Wednesday, Arrieta has been the most popular starting pitcher on the waiver wire. In that outing, he allowed just one earned run in seven innings against the Marlins, getting the win on 11 strikeouts.
That gives Arrieta 20 Ks over his last two starts, with a combined one earned run on seven hits. He’s a two-starter next week, with appearances against the Reds and Nationals at home, so grab him while you can.
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Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: Speaking of the aforementioned Marlins, they’ve got another fairly popular waiver wire SP in Alvarez. In his last two starts combined, he’s allowed three earned on 14 hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Prior to that, he had a complete-game shutout against the Rays.
Alvarez is definitely headed in the right direction, carrying a 2.56 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He enters a nice matchup today at home against the Mets and should be able to keep his positive streak going.
Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals: We wouldn’t have figured that KC would be a fertile source of fantasy gold this season, but there have been a few nuggets in there lately. Infante is one, and in the eight games heading into yesterday’s Detroit finale, he had 10 runs, two homers and 11 RBI to his credit. He was 1-for-3 yesterday.
Slowly but surely, Infante is getting his BA up to respectable levels, and definitely has earned our fantasy attention. The RBI are coming in with comforting frequency, and it doesn’t hurt that he plays at a tough position to fill.
Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: We’ve seen Davis in this space a couple of times before, and now it’s time to check him out again. In the first three games of the Arizona series, he put up four hits, two runs, a homer and five RBI. He managed another hit yesterday.
After a slow start to the 2014 campaign, Davis is back in form again and shouldn’t be ignored in fantasy. If he can keep the RBI coming in he’ll make a very valuable addition to your outfield ranks.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Let’s finish up today’s crop of waiver wire prospects in Pittsburgh, where we can find Harrison. He entered the Reds finale on a four-game hit streak, posting a run, three RBI and two steals in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Harrison has thrived in his new role taking over for injured 2B man Neil Walker, and thanks to that nice-looking positional eligibility he makes a lot of sense in deeper fantasy formats right now. He’s worth checking out as a utility man heading into a nice matchup against the Cubs this weekend.
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