Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/12
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 12, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time once again for the first of our biweekly waiver wire installments in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual mix of up-and-coming players you should be keeping your eye on this morning, so with that let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your roster.
Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks: We’ve mentioned Lamb a couple of times over the past few days, and he’s really starting to catch on as an add in the fantasy community. In his most recent game--which was the series finale against Colorado--he posted two hits and a run, which is what started off the run on him in fantasy.
Lamb had some great numbers in Double-A this season, and will earn lots of starts as the D-Backs give him a nice, long look at third this season. He’s a deeper-league pickup, but one that has a pretty solid potential payoff.
Danny Santana, 2B/SS/OF, Minnesota Twins: Santana had a pretty nice series against Oakland, which gained him some attention in fantasy. He posted six hits, four runs and a stolen base in the last three games of that series. He had three more hits and a run yesterday.
Santana has shown up on the waiver wire radar a few times this season, and his positional eligibility gives him a premium over other players when he’s hitting. You’ll get a nice across-the-board return here.
David Peralta, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Peralta came up empty in his most recent appearance, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a top waiver wire pickup over the past day or so. In the first two games of the Colorado series, he had five hits, four runs, a homer, six RBI and a stolen base.
With that .313 average and 29 RBI, it’s not prudent for fantasy owners to ignore Peralta anymore. He’ll see some 0-fers here and there, but all in all should pay dividends for those who take a chance.
Vance Worley, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Worley is one of the more popular waiver wire pickups at SP right now, so let’s examine his numbers to see why. He’s coming off a win against the Padres, posting one earned in seven innings.
That was Worley’s third win in four starts, and he hasn’t given up more than one earned in that span. He’ll face off against Detroit on the road tomorrow, so you’ve got time to pick him up and get him into your rotation pronto.
Trevor May, SP, Minnesota Twins: Even though May’s Major-League debut last week couldn’t have gone much worse, he’s still trending on the waiver wire. He allowed four earned and walked seven in just two innings of work against the A’s, leaving Oakland fans shaking their heads.
If May can get his confidence back, he should be a solid plug-and-play type pitcher in fantasy circumstances. He’ll get a better matchup on Friday against the Royals, and should fare much better.
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