Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 9/1
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
September 1, 2014
It’s Monday, and around here that means just one thing: It’s time once again for one of our weekly waiver wire updates in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got our usual grouping of interesting potential adds out there, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team.
Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Tampa Bay Rays: Let’s start things off on the hill as we often do, and check out Smyly. He’s all the rage in fantasy right now, thanks to his recent success. That includes seven innings and one earned on two hits in his last outing, as well as a complete-game shutout in the one before that.
Smyly is no stranger to the waiver wire radar, boasting a 1.18 WHIP with a 3.31 ERA. That said, he’ll be shut down after another start or two, so use him while you can.
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Jason Hammel, SP, Oakland Athletics: Hammel had a pretty crummy July, but he was able to clean things up in August to become waiver-wire relevant this week. He’s coming off a seven-inning, one-hit no-decision in Houston. He now has allowed one earned or less in three of his last four appearances.
Hammel owns a 3.72 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Today, he heads into a home matchups against the incoming Mariners. Hopefully he can keep his solid streak going this month.
Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs: If you haven’t gotten yourself familiar with the Soler phenomenon just yet, you’d better get going. Through Saturday’s doubleheader, he’d amassed eight hits, three runs, three homers and seven RBI in just his first four days in the league.
Soler didn’t get the start yesterday thanks to his leg issues (which he’s been dealing with frequently this season), and you can expect to see more of the same down the stretch. Still, he makes a great play when he’s in there.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: Plouffe has flashed on and off the waiver wire radar this season, and this past weekend he’s been on again. Heading into yesterday’s game he had three hits with a solo homer in his previous two games, which brought his home run total to 11 and his RBI total to 66 on the season. Yesterday, he banged another homer with three RBI to give him 12 and 69 so far.
Plouffe’s BA is still nothing to get excited over, but with his recent resurgence in the other categories he’s definitely worth checking out.
Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners: Here’s yet another guy who’s been a regular fixture in this space. Ackley had six hits, three runs, a solo homer and a pair of RBI in his four-game hit streak heading into yesterday’s appearance. He posted two hits, a homer and four RBI yesterday.
Similar to Plouffe, Ackley’s BA isn’t that great but he’s been hitting pretty well over the past month. He’s another player to sniff around if you’re stuck for a plug-in.
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