Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/22
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
July 22, 2014
Now that we’re a couple of days into the new week, it should feel like business as usual once again for us fantasy baseball owners. There’s plenty to consider as we cruise toward the middle of the week, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the trending waiver wire adds out there and see if anyone’s right for your current roster.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, San Diego Padres: Pick up Despaigne now, then worry about how to pronounce his name later. He’s been on fire in his five starts this season, allowing more than one earned run just once.
Despaigne is carrying a 1.31 ERA and 0.90 WHIP right now. If those numbers don’t pique your interest, consider the fact that he’s got a pretty good matchup ahead on Saturday against the Braves on the road. He’s one of the hottest pitching prospects out there right now.
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Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: We’ve talked about Odorizzi a couple of times this season, and it’s time we visited with him again. He’s coming off a 6 2/3-inning win against Toronto in his last outing, allowing two earned on six hits.
Odorizzi has allowed more than two earned just once in his last seven starts, and he’s carrying a 4.01 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP, so those numbers are headed in the right direction. He’ll see the Cardinals in St. Louis today, and is worth checking out.
Chris Coghlan, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Over the past week or so, Coghlan has been a steady waiver wire trend in fantasy. He’s coming off a 2-for-4 outing in Arizona, which was his fourth multi-hit game in his last five starts.
Coghlan is hitting a nice .278 with five homers, 16 RBI and four stolen bases so far this year, so he’s doing a little bit of everything. If you need a name at the hot corner (or some outfield depth), he’s in play.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: We’ve talked about Kiermaier once or twice before, and now we should examine him again since he’s pretty high up there on the waiver wire trends list. He had a good series against Minnesota, logging three hits, three runs and a stolen base in his two starts.
Kiermaier is hitting .315 this season and has added eight homers, 24 RBI and three steals (two of those in the last four games). You could do worse than to kick the tires here.
Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: If McGehee is still available on your waiver wire, either you’re playing in a very shallow league or no one’s paying attention. In either case, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Heading into play yesterday he had a seven-game hit streak going, with three runs and three RBI in that span. He was 1-for-3 yesterday.
McGehee has been an RBI machine this season, which is saying a lot since he plays for the Marlins. Those holding out hope that he’d be traded to greener pastures will have to be content for now. Miami has said they’re not going to deal him.
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