Fantasy Baseball Update 8/28/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
August 28, 2014
It’s Thursday, and around here that means it’s time for us to start looking forward to the big weekend matchups around the MLB. There will be plenty of opportunities mixed in there for us fantasy owners as well, so with that said let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there and see if anyone would make a nice fit for your lineup.
Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, Chicago Cubs: Wada is one of the hottest tickets in Chicago right now, and he’s turning his starts into must-see baseball recently. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts, and is coming off a one-earned, 6 1/3-inning, one-hit performance against Baltimore in his most recent appearance.
Wada carries an ERA of 2.56 and a WHIP of 1.05, and he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since July 23. He’ll see the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Shoemaker is a hot fantasy commodity, and it’s not too hard to see why. In his last two starts combined, he’s allowed no earned on just three hits through 14 2/3 innings.
Shoemaker currently holds a 3.33 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, numbers which continue to fall in the right direction. He’ll get his next start on Sunday against Oakland at home, which is a big-time matchup. We’ll see if he can step up.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce has flown somewhat under the radar recently, but it’s time fantasy owners took notice. Heading into play yesterday, he had a nine-game hit streak to his credit, logging nine runs, four homers and five RBI in that frame. He had another hit and a steal yesterday.
As long as Pearce keeps hitting, we can’t really complain--even though his RBI totals could be better. Still, there aren’t a whole lot of better options at his level, so go ahead and kick the tires here at least.
Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins: We’ve talked about Vargas quite a bit recently, and he continues to hold some value on the waiver wire. Heading into yesterday’s game in KC, he had a five-game hit streak going. In that span he’d posted six runs, a homer and seven RBI. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
Vargas has outperformed expectations this season, especially when you consider his lofty BA and penchant for crossing the plate. He’ll get plenty of looks the rest of the way, so he’s a nice investment piece as you finish off the season.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, New York Mets: It’s been a while since we’ve visited with d’Arnaud, so let’s check him out and see what he’s been up to. Entering play yesterday, he had a four-game hit streak going. In that frame, he’d posted six hits, four runs and a solo homer. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Although d’Arnaud’s batting average still leaves something to be desired, his ability to create extra-base hits and score runs is pretty evident. He’s the guy right now if you’re looking for a backstop heading into the Philly series.
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