Fantasy Baseball Update 4/3/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 3, 2014
Tomorrow will mark the first weekend of MLB activity, so it’s important for fantasy owners to start looking ahead if they want to get the jump on the competition. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few potential sleepers in this weekend’s series. These guys are showing some early promise and could help take your fantasy team to the next level with their favorable matchups.
Matt Lindstrom, RP, Chicago White Sox: There are a few relief pitchers making their marks on the fantasy game in the early part of this season, and Lindstrom is one of them. He stormed onto the scene in the opener, tossing a one-hit save for the Sox, immediately spiking his popularity.
This honeymoon likely won’t last for long. Nate Jones will (probably) be getting into the closer role at some point, but for now that job belongs to Lindstrom. If you need saves in Kansas City over the weekend, he’s the guy to look to on the South Side.
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Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Middle infield, like usual, is a tough area to fill in fantasy this season. The good news is that Rendon has been offering some hope in the early-going, with some early success in his first two appearances.
In two games so far, Rendon has four hits, a run, a homer and five RBI to his credit. That continues what became a successful campaign to clinch the second-base job in DC, and he’ll be looking to keep the momentum flowing as the team heads home for their weekend series against the Braves.
Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners: Speaking of middle-infield candidates in fantasy, Ackley has been making his presence felt up in Seattle. The bad news is that he went 0-for-4 in his last appearance, but the good news is that he put up four hits, three runs, four RBI and a steal in two games before that.
Most people expect an up-tick in offense from the Mariners this season, and Ackley will be a contributor to that trend. He’s in Oakland for a four-game set this weekend and should be a decent fantasy option for those in need.
Brad Miller, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners: We don’t have to venture out of Seattle just yet, as Miller is definitely worthy of checking out. He’s come from out of nowhere so far, blasting five hits, four runs, two homers and four RBI through three games against the Angels.
There’s a lot to like about Miller, so he’s someone you don’t want to overlook in fantasy. The 2B/SS eligibility is nice enough, but if the youngster can keep pumping in the numbers in what’s been a potent Seattle lineup so far, he’ll do some nice things. Keep an eye on him at the very least.
Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s finish things up by taking a look at Owings, who has made some noise over his first three appearances. Here’s what he’s done in three starts so far: six hits, two runs and a stolen base.
Owings has some work to do defensively (and he’s already made at least one costly blunder in the field) but is doing some nice things with his bat so far. If things work out, he’ll be an across-the-board contributor. He’s in Colorado this weekend.
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