Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/15
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
July 15, 2014
We’re firmly entrenched in the MLB All-Star break right now, so there’s no fantasy baseball action to be had. That said, wise owners will be shuffling their lineups around over the next couple of days to get things running at optimum efficiency when the league picks back up. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the current waiver wire trends out there right now who may be good pickups for your team.
Jacob deGrom, SP/RP, New York Mets: Let’s start things out on the mound today by checking out deGrom. He’s all the rage as a hot SP add right now, thanks to some nice stats lately. He’s coming off a seven-inning win against Miami, allowing just one earned on five hits.
On the season, deGrom boasts a 3.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. If you’re in the market for a starting pitcher, he’s probably the guy to target right now. Best of all, he’s more than likely available in your league still.
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Clay Buchholz, SP, Boston Red Sox: Speaking of players who are all the rage in fantasy, Buchholz certainly qualifies. He tossed a complete-game shutout of the Astros in his last appearance, notching just three hits and 12 strikeouts.
Aside from that shutout, Buchholz hasn’t done much of note. He’s carrying a 5.42 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, reminders of how crummy he’s been lately. Still, if you’re an optimist and think he’ll carry this momentum into the second half, have at it.
Brock Holt, 1B/3B/OF, Boston Red Sox: Let’s stay in Boston for a moment and check out Holt, who has been stellar recently. Over his last three games, he has 10 hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI.
Holt has a .327 average on his hands with six steals, three homers and 21 RBI. He’s been great in the leadoff spot for Boston. KC comes to town this weekend, so make sure you check him out before then.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs: Along with Chris Coghlan, Alcantara has been giving Cubs fans something to cheer about this season. He entered the break on a four-game hit streak, posting nine hits, six runs, a homer, five RBI and a stolen base in that span.
As long as Alcantara is hitting, he’ll be sticking around at the major league level. He makes a nice depth pickup in fantasy circles for that all-important 2B slot. Definitely kick the tires here.
Conor Gillaspie, 1B/3B, Chicago White Sox: Gillaspie is an often overlooked corner man who has been posting some nice stats recently. He entered the break on a six-game hit streak, with eight runs, three homers and five RBI in that time.
Gillaspie has a .326 average this season and if he can keep it up the Sox will have to hit him higher in the order--which will definitely help out his fantasy value. Like Alcantara, he’s a nice depth guy if you need him.
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