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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/29

Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

July 29, 2014

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It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. It’s time once again for our look at the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Today we’ve got the usual crop of intriguing potential adds, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see what we can be expecting from these guys in the near future.

Brandon McCarthy, SP, New York Yankees: We’ll start things off on the mound today by looking at McCarthy. He’s been on fire for the past month or so, culminating in three straight one-earned outings in his last three starts. During that span he’s 2-0 with 17 strikeouts.
McCarthy is sporting a 4.49 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season, but those numbers don’t indicate how well he’s been doing lately. He’ll get a relatively easy matchup today when he takes on the Rangers.

Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/29

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Jacob deGrom, SP/RP, New York Mets: Let’s stick in New York for a moment to check out deGrom. Most fantasy owners have jumped on this train--and we’ve been yapping about him quite a bit over the past month ourselves--but if for some reason he’s still out there in your league you need to snatch him up.
In his win on Sunday, deGrom posted 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing only four hits in his fourth straight win. He owns a 2.79 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. We’ll see him in action again on Saturday against the Giants.

Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals: Since the Royals didn’t play yesterday, that gives us a chance to check out Butler, who has been pretty good recently. He’s got a three-game hit streak to his credit, during which he’s posted six hits, three runs, two homers and five RBI.
That makes five homers and 41 RBI for the streaky Butler, and he’s sporting a not-too-bad average of .273. If he can keep it going in the Minnesota series this week, he may be on to something.

Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Yelich, so let’s see how he’s doing. He had a good series against the Astros, posting four hits, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Yelich has had a great July so far, but he’s still flying under the radar in a lot of fantasy leagues. He’ll get you across-the-board numbers, which is great for a guy at his level. Go get him if you can.

Chris Johnson, 1B/3B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson has been a popular waiver wire add over the past week or so, and he’s stayed relevant through the Padres series. He came up empty in the first game, then posted two hits, two runs and four RBI in games two and three. He had two more hits yesterday.
Johnson has been a pretty reliable source of RBI recently, as he’s been peppering them in with semi-regularity. He seems pretty trustable long-term at this point, so check him out if you need a corner man.

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