Fantasy Baseball Update 6/26/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 26, 2014
On Thursday of each week, we start checking out some of the upcoming matchups around the MLB. That’s good news for your fantasy team, as we can usually come up with some very intriguing players who look like good bets to post some nice outings in those games. Here’s our roundup for this weekend, and there look like some solid fantasy plays mixed in there.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Have you added Arrieta yet? We won’t even hesitate to tell you to do so. He’s crushing lately, allowing no more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts (and he did that just once), going 3-0 in that span.
Arrieta has chiseled his ERA down to 2.05 and his WHIP to 1.11 on the season. He’s making it easy for the Cubs to win games and will be a workhorse for them from here on out. He’ll see the Nats on Sunday and should be started in every fantasy format.
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Bartolo Colon, SP, New York Mets: The old veteran Colon just keeps on kicking, and he’s doing wonders for enterprising fantasy owners who picked him up. You have to go all the way back to May 12 to find a game in which he allowed more than two earned runs, and back to May 6 to find his last loss.
Colon has eight wins on the season, and though he registers a 3.67 ERA, much of that is simply from some hiccups earlier in the year. He’s been flat-out stellar over the past month and a half or so, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t trust him for Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco is the hottest backstop in the fantasy game right now, and he needs to be picked up in your league if he isn’t already. Tuesday, he homered in his fifth straight game, which tied a Reds franchise record. In that stretch he delivered 12 RBI and six runs to his owners. He posted another hit and a run yesterday.
Mesoraco sat out on the DL for a little while but since then has just been on fire. He’ll head to San Francisco this weekend to see the Giants and we foresee a big series from the must-have backstop.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado Rockies: Dickerson has shown up on our radar a few times this season, and it’s time to give him a look once again. He carried a five-game hit streak into yesterday’s Cardinals finale, and in that span he posted seven runs, two homers and five RBI. He had a hit and a run in yesterday’s game.
Dickerson will be fantasy-relevant for another 3-4 weeks at least, and even after Carlos Gonzalez comes back he’ll find his way into the lineup if he keeps hitting. Either way, he’s a great pickup ahead of the Milwaukee series that starts today.
Joe Panik, 2B/SS, San Francisco Giants: Here’s a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but we like the potential here. Panik went 2-for-4 in his major league debut earlier this week, but followed that up with a couple of 0-fers in the first two games of the San Diego series. He came up empty again yesterday.
Panik is a deeper-league add but does have some upside when it comes to power and extra-base numbers. The fact that he’s eligible at a couple of shallow positions doesn’t hurt, either. As long as he can get it going soon, he’s got value. He’ll see the Reds at home this weekend.
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