Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/26
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 26, 2014
It’s Tuesday; You know what that means. It’s once again time for the first installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates following the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual mix of up-and-comers in store for today, and with the season winding down it’s more important than ever to check them out. Here’s a closer look at the numbers.
Eric O’Flaherty, RP, Oakland Athletics: With regular A’s closer Sean Doolittle on the shelf due to an intercostal injury, O’Flaherty will be serving as the team’s ninth-inning man. This will keep both Luke Gregerson and Ryan Cook in their current roles.
After the O’Flaherty news broke, there was a mad dash to the wire to pick him up. He’s the guy to target for saves right now, so if you need a ninth-inning guy, he’s got the gig for the next three weeks or so.
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Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins: We’ve talked about Vargas a few times over the past several days, and here we go again. Heading into the KC series, he has 11 hits, six runs, a homer and seven RBI in his previous five games.
Vargas has been playing very well lately, and there’s no reason not to pick him up if you’re in need at first base. He should see plenty of action as the year winds down.
Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, Chicago Cubs: We’ve examined a surprisingly large number of Cubs pitchers this season, and now it’s once again Wada’s turn. He’s a hot ticket after his most recent outing, which ended up being a 6 1/3-inning, one-earned, one-hit gem against Baltimore.
Wada currently has a three-game win streak to his credit, and he hasn’t lost a game since July 23. He’ll be taking the mound on Saturday as the Cubs play their archrivals the Cardinals, which should be a great series.
Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners: Today’s not the first time we’ve checked in on Ackley, nor will it likely be the last. He had a nice series in Boston, posting five hits, five runs, a homer, a stolen base and six RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Ackley provides some nice middle infield and OF depth for fantasy owners who need help from those key areas. His BA is still “meh,” but it’s heading in the right direction over the past month or so.
Lucas Duda, 1B/OF, New York Mets: We’ll finish things up today with Duda, who enjoyed a two-game surge at the tail-end of the Dodgers series. In those, he posted five hits, four runs, three homers and six RBI.
Duda has been tearing it up over the past week--and over the season as a whole, actually. He’s got 26 homers and 76 RBI to his credit, so if you’re leaving him on the waiver wire you’re nuts.
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