Fantasy Baseball Update 7/21/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
July 21, 2014
We’re back into the swing of things in the fantasy baseball world, now that we’ve completed the first series coming after the unofficial halfway point of the MLB season. Now it’s time to look ahead to the matchups this week, and with that said we’ve got a few notable players you should be keeping your eye on ahead of those games. Here’s a closer look.
Zach Putnam, RP, Chicago White Sox: Let’s get things started today with Putnam, who has been making all sorts of fantasy waves over the past few days. He bagged two saves in the span of two days in the first pair of games in the Houston series, making it look like he’s the go-to ninth-inning guy for Chicago right now.
Putnam is the best thing the Sox have in the bullpen, so you can expect him to get the call when the need arises. As such, you should add him ahead of this upcoming KC series.
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Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets: Remember Niese? He hasn’t appeared in a game since way back on July 4, when he injured his shoulder. Now he’s set to return in today’s game against the Mariners, and you should kick the tires if you’re in the SP market.
Niese was 2-0 in the two starts before his injury, going six innings in each. We see him in line for at least a quality start here, so he’s worth a look for the needy in fantasy.
Jacob DeGrom, SP/RP, New York Mets: Let’s stick with the Mets for a moment and check out deGrom, who has made plenty of waves as a viable fantasy starter recently. He’s coming off a seven-inning win against Miami on July 13, when he allowed just one earned on five hits.
Tomorrow, deGrom will face off against the Mariners and try to keep his solid run going. On the year, he’s sporting a 3.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, and we expect to see those numbers go down.
Shane Victorino, OF, Boston Red Sox: Yesterday, Victorino made a bit of a blip on the fantasy radar following a successful return off the disabled list. He went 1-for-3 against KC in the second game of the series. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 effort yesterday.
Victorino seems to be past his health issues (finally) and wary fantasy owners are beginning to look his way again. If you’re in need of a depth add in the outfield, you could do worse.
Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, Cleveland Indians: Swisher has jumped onto the fantasy radar himself this weekend, following a few pretty successful games. Heading into yesterday’s finale in Detroit, he had six hits, three runs and four RBI in his last four games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Swisher’s BA is still really, really ugly, so keep that in mind. That said, if you’re looking for RBI and a little power at his level, he’s a guy to keep in mind. As long as he’s hitting, he’s fair fantasy game.
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