Fantasy Baseball Update 4/17/16: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 17, 2016
We’ve begun a new week in the MLB, and that means a new batch of series will be beginning around the league on Monday. That said, let’s check out some of the notable waiver wire adds out there and see which players have a chance to excel in their early-week matchups.
Kike Hernandez, 2B/SS/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Hernandez has been on quite a roll lately, and he’s getting added in fantasy leagues at a surging pace. Heading into yesterday’s game against the Giants, he had seven hits, two homers and six RBI in his last three games alone. He went 1-fo-4 with an RBI yesterday.
Hernandez won’t get as much playing time once L.A. gets healthy (or when he cools off), so ride this train while you can. He’s in Atlanta against the hapless Braves this week.
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Aldedmys Diaz, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Middle infield is a tough spot to nail down, but opportunistic fantasy owners are picking up Diaz. He’s got five hits, four runs, a homer and three RBI to his credit in the last three games alone.
Diaz is hitting a cool .407 with two homers and eight RBI on his stat line this season. Anyone in a deeper fantasy league should give him a look for the Cubs this week.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Baltimore Orioles: Speaking of middle infield, let’s check out Schoop. Heading into last night’s matchup against the Rangers, he had five hits, two homers and three RBI to his credit in the last three games. He came up empty in that one, however.
Schoop makes a lot of sense right now for needy owners searching out a second baseman. He will be at home against the Blue Jays this week, and should sustain his hot start.
Jerad Eickhoff, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Eickhoff is still available in over half the fantasy leagues out there, and deserves some attention. In his most recent start against the Padres, he put up seven innings of shutout ball, striking out nine in a win.
Eickhoff was a popular sleeper pickup this draft season, and should keep Philly in games when he’s on the mound. He’ll get a matchup against the underwhelming Mets on Monday.
Chris Iannetta, C, Seattle Mariners: Let’s move on to backstop as we finish up for today and check out Iannetta. He came up empty on Saturday, but went 3-for-3 in the Yankees opener with a homer and three RBI.
Iannetta is hitting .320 on the year with two long-balls and five RBI thus far. He’s widely available in fantasy (over 90 percent unowned) and should play well in Cleveland this week.
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