Fantasy Baseball Update 5/4/15: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 4, 2015
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for us fantasy baseball owners to start looking forward to the upcoming games in the MLB’s early-week series. We’ve got a few notable waiver-wire level talents for you to take note of this morning, so let’s see which guys might be making waves in their matchups over the next few days.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: If you don’t have Reddick on your team right now, you’re out of your mind. He’s been going nuts at the plate lately, posting eight runs, two homers and 13 RBI in just his last eight games heading into play yesterday. He had another homer and two RBI in that one.
Reddick can be classified as injury-prone, so that’s something you’ll want to keep an eye on if you pick him up. Still, he’s a sure bet for Minnesota this week.
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Zach Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds: Cozart posted a nice game on Saturday, which brought him to the attentions of many a fantasy owner. He put up three hits, a homer, two runs and two RBI in that one. He hurt his finger yesterday but should be fine.
Cozart normally isn’t much of an offensive force, but we might as well take the hits while they’re coming. He’ll be in Pittsburgh early this week, so give him a shot.
Travis Wood, SP, Chicago Cubs: Speaking of the Pirates, they weren’t able to do much against Wood in his last start. He put up seven innings of two-run ball on five hits in that one, striking out nine and walking none.
Wood is 2-1 on the year and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start yet. He’ll head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals today, and he should get a lot of attention because of it.
Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox: After Swihart was recalled from Triple-A late last week, his fantasy stock immediately jumped. He posted a hit, and a run in his first start in place of Ryan Hanigan, but whiffed yesterday.
Swihart is worth picking up in most leagues, and should provide pretty good returns. He’ll get a home series against Tampa Bay starting today and is worth grabbing as a backup backstop at least.
Kevin Pillar, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Pillar is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, and if he keeps hitting, he’ll be staying here. Heading into the Cleveland finale, he had a six-game hit streak, posting five runs, two steals and six RBI in that frame. He came up empty at the plate yesterday though.
Pillar has been pretty reliable for extra-base hits, and should continue to get opportunities in center as long as he remains effective. He’ll host the Yanks this week.
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