Fantasy Baseball Update 5/1/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 1, 2014
With the MLB finishing up its early-week games today, it’s time to start focusing on the weekend action. All that activity can pay dividends for your fantasy baseball team, so let’s take a look ahead toward the next few days and the underappreciated players out there who could have some big games this weekend. Let’s see if anyone’s a good fit for your roster right now.
Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners: Over the weekend, lots of people jumped onto the Seager bandwagon. In four games heading into the Yankees series, he had eight hits, five homers, six runs and a whopping 11 RBI. He added another hit and a steal yesterday.
Seager was downright ugly starting out the 2014 campaign, but he’s since recovered in a stellar way. His overall BA is still pretty nasty, but if he can keep this streak going, it won’t be that way for long. He’s got a nice matchup this weekend in Houston, too.
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Carlos Santana, C/1B/3B, Cleveland Indians: Everyone’s favorite guitar-playing catcher has come on pretty strong this week. In the first two games of the Angels series, he belted two homers as part of a four-hit, six RBI performance. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Heading into the L.A. series, Santana’s year had been going straight down the proverbial toilet. He’s been making contact, though, so it was only a matter of time. He’s got some nice multi-position eligibility, which makes him a candidate for an add against the White Sox.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: LaRoche has been making quite a name for himself among the fantasy crowd this season, and that’s continued this week. After coming up empty in the finale against the Padres, he managed two hits and two RBI in the opener against Houston. He sat out yesterday due to a sore quad, but should play tomorrow.
Seeing all these hits and RBI in LaRoche’s stat lines already is very encouraging. He’s not much of a quick starter per se, so maybe this will help him stay consistent for the majority of the year. He’s in Philly starting tomorrow.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees: Thanks to a pretty ugly start to the year, you might be able to get Teixeira at a discount right now. He’s come on this week a bit, socking a homer in the finale against the Angels, and another one in the opener against Seattle (they were both solo shots, though).
It’s tough to tell where Teixeira will go from here, but given his ceiling he’s definitely worth pursuing while he’s putting up power numbers. As Seattle transitions into Tampa Bay, he’s definitely worth monitoring.
Shane Victorino, OF, Boston Red Sox: After a pretty slow start following his return from the disabled list, Victorino broke out Tuesday against the Rays. He went 4-for-4 in that one, nailing his first two RBI of the season. (Yesterday’s game was postponed.)
Victorino seems to be finding his groove once again, and now’s the time to grab him if you’re interested. He’ll be seeing Tampa Bay again tomorrow, then Oakland over the weekend.
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