Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 4/18
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
April 18, 2014
It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time for the weekend series to kick into gear around the MLB. Along with all that on-field action come plenty of fantasy considerations, so today we’ll be taking a look at some of the hot waiver-wire players who have been making noise recently. If you’re looking for an up-and-comer or a temporary fill-in, here’s where to start.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Considering the thin lineup of fantasy names at 2B, anyone at that position gets extra attention after a couple of good games. That’s what happened with Walker this week, as he put up five hits, four runs, three homers and four RBI in a two-game span.
Walker’s average is still kind of “meh,” (and he whiffed again yesterday) which is to be expected, but he’s got some value as a low-end source of power numbers in a solid Pittsburgh lineup. The home series against Milwaukee continues today, and he’s definitely worth a look at least.
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Evan Gattis, C/OF, Atlanta Braves: Catcher is another tricky fantasy position that’s difficult to nail down. Gattis has made his way onto the waiver wire radar this week, thanks to a four-game stretch that produced four runs, three homers and six RBI.
Gattis’ BA is destined to take a nose-dive at some point, so needy fantasy owners will want to take full advantage of him while he’s hitting. Atlanta will be in New York to face the Mets this weekend, and Gattis is rested after an off-day yesterday.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Gordon has been pretty stellar so far this season, and he’s gained quite a bit of notoriety in fantasy because of it. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Giants, he’d put up a .404 average, six RBI and 10 steals on the year so far. Unfortunately he whiffed at 0-for-4 in the final game.
Gordon’s value takes a big jump given the fact that he’s eligible at two tough fantasy positions (2B/SS). Will this awesome run last? No, but the matchup at home against the Diamondbacks this weekend looks pretty enticing regardless.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies: Morneau’s fantasy value has taken a dip over the past few seasons, but he seems to be turning things around this year already. Coming into yesterday’s game against the Padres, he’d put together a .354 BA with two homers and five RBI on the season. He kept it going with a 1-for-4 outing that produced a run and an RBI.
Now that he’s out of Petco Park this week and headed back home, Morneau deserves some consideration. You won’t get the power numbers he used to put up, but Coors Field ought to help inflate them some. Philly comes to town today.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Polanco is more of an investment opportunity than an immediate grab-and-start player, so deeper-league and keeper owners will want to check him out. Through 12 games with the Pirates’ AAA squad, he’d produced 20 hits, nine runs, two doubles, two triples, two homers and 12 RBI. His batting average? Just .426, that’s all.
Here’s the bad news. Polanco probably won’t see the major league field for a little while unless there’s some kind of injury to a regular Pirates player or a sustained slump somewhere. Still, all owners need to be aware of him.
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