Fantasy Baseball Update 3/31/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
March 31, 2014
It’s finally here (well, technically it was here last night, but we digress). Today is opening day for most of the MLB, which means all that fantasy baseball preparation and draft analysis will finally be coming to fruition. To help you get your season kicked off right, we’ve come up with a few lesser-known names who should be starting their 2014 campaigns out well in their opening series. Let’s take a closer look and see who you should be aware of.
Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets: Gee has been one of the hottest pickups over the spring, and the fact that he was named the Mets’ opening-day starter certainly doesn’t hurt. He’s been cruising through the exhibition games, logging a 1.08 ERA and 15:1 K:BB through 16 2/3 innings on the hill.
The matchup today against the Nationals may not look all that great (he’s facing Stephen Strasburg), but Gee has a pretty good track record against Washington and should do just fine. If he’s still out there in your league, scoop him up immediately.
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Grady Sizemore, OF, Boston Red Sox: It was a little touch-and-go there for a while, but Sizemore secured the opening-day CF job over Jackie Bradley this past week. That completes a pretty remarkable comeback for Sizemore, who has overcome a series of injuries to become relevant in fantasy again.
Should you temper expectations on Sizemore? Sure, but you should also carry some degree of optimism as well. He’ll make a very good plug-and-play outfielder, and will impress a lot of people if he can stay healthy. He’s in Baltimore this week.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong has been one of the more intriguing 2B names so far this spring. A lot of people are tagging him as a potential breakout candidate, and his impressive .391 spring BA did nothing to dispel that notion.
Second base (and middle infield in general) has been a tough spot to nail down in fantasy over the past few seasons, so any potential bright spot should be examined. We’re not sure if Wong will keep it up the whole season, but he should ride his momentum against Cincinnati.
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Cabrera had a health scare late last season (and had surgery to remove a tumor from his spine), but by all indications is set and ready to go for 2014. He’s had a good spring, logging a .400 BA up until his last appearance Saturday, when he notched his first home run of the exhibition season.
Cabrera will face some stiff competition right out of the gate, when he and the Jays head to Tampa to visit the Rays. We’ll get to see what he’s made of against their talented pitching staff, so he’ll be an interesting player to watch in that series.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols will be helping to inflate Calhoun’s numbers this season, but he’ll do a fair measure of the heavy lifting himself. He’s coming off a Saturday game in which he posted a three-run homer against the Dodgers, and will look to continue that trend as the season begins.
Calhoun should be a solid fantasy outfielder for the entire season (assuming his hip doesn’t give him any more trouble), and will serve you well. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do against Seattle as the first series this week kicks off.
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