Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/23
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 23, 2014
It’s Friday once again, and you know what that means: It’s time for the second edition of our biweekly fantasy baseball waiver wire updates. We’ve got a fresh batch of notable players out there just begging for your attention, so let’s take a closer look at each one and see if any of them can help your lineup.
Sean Doolittle, RP, Oakland Athletics: Doolittle has been all the rage in fantasy this week, so much so that he’s been one of the top waiver wire adds over the past couple of days. He nailed a pair of saves in the first two games of the Tampa Bay series, allowing just one hit and striking out four in two innings of work.
It seems okay to trust Doolittle again after his ugly April, and if you’re in need of another RP (and who isn’t?) he’s the guy to look for. He’ll be in Toronto this weekend.
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Danny Duffy, SP/RP, Kansas City Royals: Let’s stay on the mound for a moment and check in on Duffy, who is coming off a nice outing in his last appearance. He put up seven innings of two-hit, no-earned ball in a win over the Orioles back on May 17 for his second win of the season.
Now that Duffy has chipped his ERA down to 1.42 and his WHIP to 0.83, we’d say he’s pretty firmly entrenched in the Royals’ rotation. He’ll be taking on the Angels today, and is worth kicking the tires on.
Conor Gillaspie, 1B/3B, Chicago White Sox: Gillaspie has been a model of consistency lately, quietly doing damage in the box for the Southsiders. He carried an eight-game hit streak into yesterday’s opener against the Yankees, posting four runs and a pair of RBI in that frame. He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Here’s the deal: Gillaspie will come back to earth at some point and settle in around the .260 range in BA. In the meantime, though, you can enjoy this solid run. The drawback is that he’s not producing a whole lot of stats besides hits.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: We’re always talking about how much talent there is out there at the OF position in fantasy, and Span is another reason why. Through the Cincinnati series, he’d amassed a four-game hit streak, posting 10 hits, four runs, a homer, four RBI and a stolen base in that time frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
For those in need of low-end across-the-board numbers, Span isn’t a bad pickup. He’s producing pretty well on the base paths, and should trickle in enough runs/RBI to keep most owners happy. The Pittsburgh series continues through the weekend.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B/SS, Boston Red Sox: We talked about Bogaerts quite a bit before the season started, but he really hasn’t blown people away like some thought he would. That said, he’s been doing quite well lately, carrying a four-game streak into the Toronto finale yesterday. In that time he put up two runs, a homer and three RBI. He nailed a solo homer yesterday.
If Bogaerts is still out there in your league, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t scoop him up. He can fill a tough spot at SS and should continue to perform respectably for the remainder of the season.
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