Fantasy Baseball News 9/15/13: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
September 15, 2013
We’ve reached another Sunday, and around here that means it’s time once again to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. We’ve checked the schedule and come up with a few waiver-wire-level players who have favorable matchups looming and could be posting some solid fantasy numbers over the next few days. Let’s take a closer look at the viable names and see if anyone fits your roster.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: Span has been earning plenty of attention from the fantasy community--and baseball fans in general--with his impressive hit streak. He extended it to 25 games yesterday as part of a 3-for-5 performance against Philadelphia. Span also added two runs and three steals to his impressive line. He’s not exactly knocking in runs or bashing homers, but Span’s doing everything else right now. He’s a great add to finish off the season, and against the Braves this week.
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Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: Villar has been a popular topic of conversation around here for the past few days, thanks to his recent performances on the field. He’s got an eight-game hit streak going, and has hit in nine of the last 10. In that span, Villar has nine runs, five RBI and five steals. Runs and swipes are what you’re getting here, so if your team is deficient in those categories, Villar is your man in the waning days of the fantasy year. He’s good for this week against the Reds.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: No one really saw this one coming, but Calhoun has been huge recently for the Angels. He’s got a hit in all nine of his most recent starts, and has managed to pile up five runs, two homers and 10 RBI in that span. You’ll get some use out of him for the next couple of weeks, especially against Oakland this week, but beyond that it’s a dice-roll. The Angels are stacked in the outfield and will either demote or trade Calhoun in the time between now and next season.
Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox: It’s been over a month since Quintana has recorded a win (August 16 in Minnesota), but that’s more of a product of his lack of run support than it is an indictment of his performance. In his last start against Detroit, for instance, Quintana pitched very well, allowing just five hits and no earned while striking out six in a seven-inning no-decision. He’ll face off against the Twins on Tuesday and is a pretty decent roster substitution in fantasy.
Rick Porcello, SP, Detroit Tigers: Porcello is one of the more attractive fantasy pitchers on the wire at the moment, so let’s take a look at the numbers to find out why. If you remove an icky eight-earned hiccup against the Red Sox, he’s 3-0 in three starts, not allowing more than three earned in any of those appearances. Porcello won’t get you a ton of strikeouts, but if his control is there, he can go the distance as he did in his last start against the White Sox. He’ll face Seattle tomorrow, and has a great shot at some nice numbers.
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