Fantasy Baseball Update 5/29/14: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
May 29, 2014
It’s Thursday, and around here that means it’s time to start looking forward to the MLB’s weekend matchups. Glancing at the schedule reveals at least a few solid opportunities for needy fantasy owners, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the promising fantasy names you might be able to snatch up in your league before the weekend action gets going.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: If you didn’t have the foresight to grab his teammate Dallas Keuchel, McHugh might serve as a reasonable replacement--and you don’t have to look too far. He’s coming off a nice seven-inning shutout of the Royals, where he allowed just five hits, no walks and struck out nine.
McHugh has only won three games so far, but his numbers on the season are great. He’s sporting a 2.80 ERA and 0.98 WHIP at the moment and will face off against the Orioles on Sunday. He’s definitely a consideration for the weekend.
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Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Davis has been all the rage in fantasy circles this week, and he’s made it into our fantasy conversations here as well. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Baltimore, he had a six-game hit streak with six runs, three homers and four RBI in that frame. He kept it going with a three-run shot yesterday.
Even though we’ve been championing Davis, we’re also advising a bit of caution here. He hasn’t been too good against right-handed pitchers this season so far (but has shown some improvement, to his credit) and this is just about his ceiling. If you can live with that and still need OF depth, have at it. He gets the Cubs this weekend.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s dissect Pollock’s series against the Padres. He started out great with a 3-for-5 outing that included a homer, two RBI and two runs, then came up empty in the second game. He posted three runs and two RBI yesterday.
As long as Pollock keeps hitting at the top of the Diamondbacks’ lineup, he’s got a lot of fantasy relevance. He’s been a jack-of-all-trades this season, showing signs of both power and finesse. He makes a stellar depth guy in OF right now, so check him out.
Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: For those fantasy owners who missed the initial runs on corner guys after the recent spate of injuries, Francisco is probably still out there. He nailed his ninth homer of the year on Tuesday against the Rays, which included his 20th RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
The drawback to Francisco is that he sits a lot. If you’re looking into picking him up, you’ll have to check the lineups every day. As long as he’s hitting, though, we’d imagine the Jays will find a way to get him onto the card. KC comes to town this weekend.
Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: The days when Ethier was a must-have fantasy prospect are gone, but he’s still got plenty of use in most leagues. Coming into yesterday’s finale against Cincinnati, he’d clubbed seven hits in his previous five games and had a three-run triple on Tuesday. He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Ethier hasn’t been getting a whole lot of help from his Dodgers teammates when it comes to scoring runs, so he’s gone through some dry spells this season. Still, that BA is pretty hard to ignore. Pittsburgh comes to town today.
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