Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/9
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 9, 2014
With the weekend series getting started (or continued) around the MLB today, it’s prime time to visit the waiver wire in your fantasy league to see what’s out there. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few trending players among owners and see if anyone might make a good fit for your roster this weekend and beyond.
Wilmer Flores, 3B, New York Mets: Yesterday, we got some big news out of the Big Apple. The Mets confirmed that they were calling up infield prospect Wilmer Flores, thanks mostly to an inept Ruben Tejada and his messy .183 BA.
So what’s the deal with Flores? Well, he’s done pretty well in Triple A so far this season, knocking out a .307 BA, five homers and 25 RBI in a 29-game stretch. He’s a deeper-league option at the moment, but one who could develop into a legitimate consideration in many formats.
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Brandon McCarthy, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks: McCarthy has had a rough go of things this season, but lately he’s turning into a legitimate fantasy consideration. Let’s start with the good things: In his past pair of games, he’s allowed just two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 18 in 14 innings.
The bad news is that McCarthy still has a 4.67 ERA, but it’s heading in the right direction at least. He gets a road start today against the White Sox, so he’s a guy to watch if you’re looking for a pitcher to fill out your rotation.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: We’ve been all about Byrd this week, and so have many other fantasy owners. Heading into yesterday’s game against Toronto, he’d had multiple hits in five of his last six, with five RBI and a homer in that stretch. He nailed two more hits yesterday to keep the streak going.
We’re not sure what’s gotten into Byrd so far this year--not too many people saw this coming--but it’s paying off for those who have jumped on the bandwagon. As long as he’s hitting, he’s worth putting on your roster, so go get him.
Drew Stubbs, OF, Colorado Rockies: Stubbs has been turning some heads this week with his solid work at the dish, so it’s time we gave him his due. In three games heading into the finale yesterday in Texas, he had eight hits, two RBI, a solo homer, two steals and a whopping seven runs. He was 1-for-4 yesterday.
It’s looking like Stubbs has earned himself some extra playing time, though he may still sit against right-handed pitching. That said, it’s hard to ignore his recent production, so we’d call him a fill-in utility guy for slotting in here and there.
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: If Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Wilson Ramos have disappeared in your league, Montero makes a nice choice for those in need of a fantasy backstop. In the three games of the Milwaukee series this week, he posted four hits, two RBI and a run.
Montero is hitting a healthy .286 on the season so far, with four homers and 19 RBI. You can’t find that sort of production from catchers very easily--especially at his level--so there’s no reason to write him off while he’s playing well.
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