Fantasy Baseball Update 5/8/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 8, 2014
It’s Thursday, and in the MLB that means it’s time to start looking forward to the big weekend series around the league. That also means there’s plenty for fantasy baseball owners to do in the meantime, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few undervalued players who are riding hot streaks into their upcoming matchups.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: We’re officially on the Marlon Byrd bandwagon, and you should be, too. After an 0-fer on Sunday, he continued the week with four more hits against the Blue Jays, giving him eight knocks in his previous five outings. He was 2-for-3 yesterday, too.
Byrd is the word in fantasy. No one really believed in his 2013, so it’s fitting that not a lot of owners picked up on the offensive trend before it began. We’re believers now, though. Look for some continued production through the weekend.
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Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: 1B and 3B aren’t exactly barren fantasy positions, but it’s nice to have some depth. McGehee has worked his way into the waiver wire conversation, thanks to a solid beginning to the year. He entered the Mets finale yesterday with six multi-hit games in his last seven, recording seven RBI in that frame. He was 1-for-2 yesterday.
McGehee is the dictionary definition of a hot player right now. Will he sustain this sort of performance for the entire year? Probably not, but it’s nice to see for now. He gets a nice matchup against the Padres this weekend.
Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: After a hot start and some subsequent up-and-down performances, Colabello is back to his position as a viable fantasy play this weekend. He came into yesterday’s game against Cleveland on a four-game hit streak, posting two runs and a solo homer in that span. He got another hit yesterday.
The drawback to Colabello’s hit streak is that he only posted one hit in each game, but at least it’s something. He’s in Cleveland today for the finale before moving on to Detroit tomorrow.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: Escobar has found his way into our conversations a few times this season, thanks to his breakout performances and the lack of a notable talent pool at SS. He’s been beating up on the Padres this week, notching four hits and four stolen bases in the first two games alone. He had two runs and a swipe yesterday.
You won’t get any power or RBI here, as that’s not what Escobar does. The appeal is from steals and--to a lesser extent--runs. As long as he can keep that BA hovering around .270-.280, he makes a very nice consideration. He’s in Seattle this weekend.
Juan Uribe, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Now let’s move on to another 3B candidate in Uribe. He’s been an intriguing fantasy play this season, quietly amassing some pretty impressive numbers. In four games heading into yesterday’s Nats finale, he put up four hits, two runs and two RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Uribe may disappear at any time, so it’s hard to gauge where he’ll go from here. As it sits now, he provides some nice power numbers and average for a backup 3B or utility guy in fantasy. The Giants are in town this weekend.
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