Fantasy Baseball Update 4/21/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
April 21, 2014
Monday marks big changes around the MLB, as the series all around the league switch locations. That adjustment brings about all sorts of opportunity for fantasy baseball owners, as there are plenty of juicy matchups ahead. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the players who could potentially break out this week and pay dividends for your fantasy stats.
Zach McAllister, SP, Cleveland Indians: After a “blah” opening appearance this season, McAllister has put together a pair of solid performances. In that span, he’s 2-0 with one earned run and just two walks. He also struck out 11 in those two games.
McAllister goes into a tasty matchup against the Royals today, and he’s a solid fill-in candidate if you can get him. Beyond that he’s more of a simple matchup play depending on who he’s facing.
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Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: We’ve visited with Colabello several times this year, and he keeps producing as a solid waiver candidate. During a five-game stretch last week, he put together 11 hits, two runs and five RBI. He was 1-for-4 yesterday, but did knock in another run.
Colabello has been killing it on RBI this season so far, and they’ve come in bunches here and there. Look for him to keep playing well as the team hits Tampa Bay starting tomorrow.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies: Rockies players who are capable of power swings--and playing at home--are always worth checking out in fantasy. Morneau is one such case, as he’s got a series against the Giants starting today at Coors. He was hot through the end of last week, notching four runs, two homers and seven RBI in a four-game stretch. Yesterday he kept it going on a 2-for-4 outing with one run, one homer and five RBI.
Morneau’s off to a very promising start and should do most of his significant damage at home. If you’re looking for a cheap source of potential power at the corner, you could do worse.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: Young ended his week with an 0-for-4 stretch through two games in the Atlanta series. Still, he came away with two runs and a steal in that span, so his fantasy stock didn’t fall as much as you might think. The 0-for-6 mark yesterday certainly hurts as well, but he did post another run.
That’s what you’ll get with Young; runs and steals. Everything else should be considered a bonus. As long as he doesn’t turn this into an epic slumping streak, he’s an option. St. Louis comes to town today.
Juan Uribe, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Heading over to the hot corner, let’s check out Uribe. He’s made some noise here and there with some nice performances at the plate and become a realistic option in fantasy.
Uribe’s modest six-game hit streak came to an end on Saturday--and he came up empty yesterday as well--but there are enough indications that he’s in for a better-than expected season. Give him a look against Philly this week and beyond.
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