Fantasy Baseball Update 4/10/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 10, 2014
With a fresh set of series starting tomorrow (and some today) around the MLB, it’s time once again to look forward to the weekend games in fantasy baseball. We’ve checked out the matchups and come up with a few streaking players who deserve your attention in the coming days. Here’s a closer look at some guys who could make a big difference in your fantasy lineup.
Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: Even though Colabello posted an 0-fer in his team’s loss against the A’s yesterday, he’s still a popular trend on the fantasy market. Heading into play yesterday, he’d managed a seven-game hit streak to start the season, during which he’d provided five runs and five RBI.
Colabello mostly serves as the team’s DH, but his versatility at 1B and OF will serve him well as the team gets over its various ailments. He’s at home against the Royals this weekend and should continue to surge.
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Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: Before we leave Minnesota, let’s check in on Plouffe, who is a perpetual fringe starter in fantasy. He stayed hot against the A’s clocking in with a pair of hits. That gives him an eight-game streak to start the season.
Plouffe isn’t destroying the stat sheet on any given night, but he has accumulated seven runs and seven RBI so far this season. He’s shown some consistency in the early-going that could make him a very reliable name down the road. Give him a spin against KC.
Allen Craig, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals: The numbers don’t warrant Craig making this list, but hear us out. Sure, he’s batting just .097 to start the season and is coming off an 0-for-5 performance against Cincinnati that earned him an off-day yesterday, but all that qualifies him as a buy-low candidate.
Craig and the gang have today off before hosting the perpetually-lowly Cubs this weekend. Coming into that series well-rested and determined seems like a formula for success to us. We’d give him a try this weekend, or recommend attempting your hand at a trade if he’s not on your roster. Now’s the time to make a move.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, Los Angeles Angels: Let’s move on to more of a risk/reward proposition in Skaggs. He’s coming off a nice 2014 debut, allowing no earned runs in eight innings during a win over the Astros. He struck out five and had a 0.63 WHIP in the victory.
You might be thinking, “But that was the Astros” and you’d be correct in that point. That said, Skaggs has another nice matchup coming against the Mets tomorrow, and if he can keep his control issues at bay, he’ll post another solid line.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Blackmon is back on the radar again, following a brief lull when he went 0-for-5 through a two-game stretch. He got back on the proverbial horse yesterday, though, posting a 3-for-5 effort against the White Sox that resulted in two runs and an RBI.
Blackmon has three games this season where he’s collected three or more hits so far. The bounce-back game yesterday shows he truly is streaking, and should maintain form against the Giants this weekend.
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