Fantasy Baseball Update 4/7/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
April 7, 2014
As we enter our second full week of MLB action, there are already a handful of fantasy players who are making waves with their stellar on-field play. Shrewd owners can take advantage of those streaking players by checking out the early-week matchups on the slate. That said, here’s a look at a few names you should be kicking the tires on during the upcoming series.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have had an up-and-down start to the season, but what success they’ve had is due in a very major part to Blackmon. The team lost yesterday, but he produced another hit, giving him a total of 10 in his last three games.
Blackmon has been one of the hottest names in fantasy over the past few days, so if you’re going to make a move, you’ll have to do it quickly. He’s starting out a home series against the White Sox today.
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Jonathan Broxton, RP, Cincinnati Reds: This won’t take effect until tomorrow, but you’ll want to be ready when it does. Broxton is set to be activated off the Reds’ DL in time for their second game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, and he’s expected to immediately jump into the closer’s role.
Given the premium on relievers in fantasy (and the fact that there are a lot of underperformers out there), you’ll definitely want to at least give Broxton a look. He’s been rehabbing and should be able to jump right in.
Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: McGehee had a rough day at the plate yesterday (most of the Marlins did), he’s still a pretty trendy add in fantasy right now. Coming into that 0-for-4 outing, he’d logged nine hits in the first six games of the season, along with 10 RBI to his credit.
As of right now, McGehee is still a lower-end add, but could provide some nice value down the stretch. He won’t be able to keep up the torrid pace (as evidenced by yesterday’s game), but he should do okay overall in the Nationals series starting tomorrow.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: Speaking of the Miami-Washington series, let’s head over to the other dugout and check out LaRoche. He went 0-for-3 in the win over the Braves yesterday, but was pretty hot coming in. Over five games before that, he posted five hits, five runs, eight RBI and a pair of homers.
LaRoche is showing some good things in this young fantasy season, and the fact that he’s healthy is a real boost to his value. He’s a deeper or backup consideration for your roster in the Marlins series and beyond.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Rodriguez is another popular add at RP, and he’s been gaining plenty of attention to start the year. So far, he’s got a pair of saves, six strikeouts and a shiny 0.33 WHIP to his credit.
Jim Henderson has been struggling to start the year, and though he may eventually emerge and grab the closer’s role again, that probably won’t be very soon. The game in Philly today has been postponed, so Rodriguez and company will pick things up tomorrow.
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