Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/1
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
August 1, 2014
It’s Friday once again, and that means it’s time for the second dose of our biweekly waiver wire updates in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual crop of up-and-comers in store for you today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone is worth adding to your roster.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians: Salazar is near the top of the heap when it comes to intriguing fantasy additions at SP this morning. He’s coming off a seven-inning win against Kansas City, during which he allowed three earned on seven hits. It was his second win in a row.
Salazar carries a 4.96 ERA with a 1.56 WHIP, but those numbers are bloated compared to how he’s been pitching lately. He’ll see the Rangers at home today and should make for a nice pickup.
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Justin Masterson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Here’s a pickup for those fantasy owners who like a good gamble. Masterson will be making his debut with the Cardinals tomorrow, and he carries with him a lot of baggage.
Over 19 appearances so far, Masterson has posted a bloated 5.51 ERA, but St. Louis is confident he can get it done. After all, he has been dealing with an injury (knee) and is capable of being much better. He’ll see Milwaukee at home tomorrow.
Billy Burns, OF, Oakland Athletics: Here’s another relative gamble to pick up on. Burns hasn’t done much in his appearances thus far (0-for-5 in two games), but has a lot of potential as a deep-league add. After all, he was batting .250 with a whopping 51 steals in 91 games in Double-A this season.
Burns is pure speed, but he’s got to get on base first. Until he proves that, he’s a deep-league gamble at best--but could eventually pay off for the adventurous in search of swipes.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: It seems like we’ve been talking about Span quite a bit this season, as he simply keeps popping up on the waiver wire radar. In the Miami series this week, he had three hits, three runs and a pair of steals in three games. He had two more hits and two RBI yesterday to keep it going.
Span has proven himself to be a quality depth add in the outfield this season, and there’s no reason you should overlook him if you’re at his level. You’ll get a nice mix of average, RBI and speed when you do.
J.P. Arencibia, C/1B, Texas Rangers: We talked about Arencibia a little bit yesterday but should probably visit him again today since he’ll be starting a new series this afternoon. In the Yankees series, he posted six hits, two runs, two homers and a nice nine RBI.
If Arencibia can keep that batting average somewhere near respectable territory from here on out, he’ll become a legitimate fantasy consideration. When he’s hitting, he delivers some solid power and will contribute well for a fantasy backstop.
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