Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/2
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 2, 2014
It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again to check out some of the current trends on the fantasy baseball waiver wire. We’ve got our usual crop of tempting names and numbers on the slate for today, so let’s take a closer look at some of the underused players out there and see if anyone’s a good fit for your fantasy needs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Miami Marlins: Ol’ Saltalamacchia has been all the rage lately, as he’s been on quite a tear this week. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Atlanta, he was riding a five-game hit streak with five runs, three homers and four RBI in that span. He got another hit and run yesterday.
Saltalamacchia has done a great job in Miami so far, and fantasy owners are taking notice. He makes a stellar backup catcher right now, so pick him up ahead of this at-home series against the Dodgers.
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Wily Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers: One of the big pitching pickups over the past few days has been Peralta. He wasn’t able to keep his win streak going in his last outing against the Cubs, allowing three earned on eight hits (the most he’s allowed this year).
That said, Peralta is still a pretty good candidate for a pickup. He’s rocking a 1.14 WHIP and 2.56 ERA through his 3-1 record, and has 25 Ks so far. We suspect he’ll bounce back with at least a quality start in Cincinnati today.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: After an injury scare early this week, Plouffe was able to come back to the field in the opener against the Dodgers--and promptly posted two more RBI. He’s come up empty the past couple of games, but has posted a pair of runs.
There are a few solid contenders for your fantasy attention over at the hot corner, and Plouffe’s stats are speaking loudest of all recently. If he can keep the good vibes flowing this weekend against Baltimore, we might just have a breakout candidate on our hands.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles: After the Orioles and Pirates’ first two games were postponed, they bunched up a doubleheader yesterday. Heading into that one, Markakis had a seven-game hit streak to his credit, during which he’d logged five runs, four RBI and a steal. Markakis was 3-for-8 in the doubleheader, with three runs and two solo homers.
Markakis isn’t exactly pouring in the power numbers during these early games, but the BA and multi-hit game stats are encouraging. It’s a quick turnaround heading to Minnesota today.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels: It seems like we’ve been examining the Angels’ middle infielders quite a bit lately. Kendrick, in particular, is worth a look in fantasy given the lack of solid talent at 2B. He’s cobbled together two hits in his past two games, with two runs, two RBI and two steals to his credit in that span.
Kendrick’s pace puts him at career-best numbers if he can maintain form in the long-term. At the moment, he’s rocking a .296 BA with two homers, 14 RBI and six stolen bases. Don’t ignore him if you’re needy at 2B--and who isn’t?
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