Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/6/14
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
June 6, 2014
Every Friday, we take the second of our biweekly looks at the fantasy baseball waiver wire. It’s that time again today, so let’s head over there and check out some of the up-and-coming players who are trending as adds right now. We’ll examine their recent numbers and see if anyone is worth kicking the tires on in your fantasy league.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Polanco has been making a lot of waves in the Major Leagues, even though he’s not technically in the Major Leagues just yet. The Pirates’ top prospect is rumored to be getting the call-up in the next week or so, which has him being added in fantasy at a frantic pace.
Now’s the time to get Polanco on your roster, even though we don’t exactly know when he’ll be here. The only real impediment is Josh Harrison’s eight-game hitting tear, but even that won’t hold out for long.
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Tanner Roark, SP/RP, Washington Nationals: Our spot-starter for today is Roark, who has gotten quite a bit of fantasy attention over the past couple of days. He’s coming off a loss against Texas, but he only allowed one earned run in that one and got absolutely no help from his offense.
Roark will get a softer landing today in the form of the Padres in San Diego. He won’t bag you a ton of Ks, but should be able to get another quality start in addition to getting that ERA down a bit from 3.25.
Eddie Butler, SP, Colorado Rockies: Here’s another prospect to watch today in case you miss the boat on Polanco. Butler will be making his Major League debut today against the Dodgers at home, and he’s definitely worth a pickup by owners looking for some SP help.
Butler was ranked as the No. 24 prospect in all of baseball before the year began, so he comes in with some high expectations. How quickly he’ll adjust to the professional level remains to be seen, but if you don’t pick him up, someone else in your league will.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Markakis has made some pretty big waves in fantasy over the past week or so. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Rangers, he had a nine-game hitting streak going with seven runs, a homer and five RBI to his credit in that frame. He nailed a two-run homer yesterday to keep it going.
Markakis should be good for runs and average, with the rest serving as icing. He’ll crack a homer or steal a base here and there, which only adds to his appeal. He’s a nice band-aid or fill-in candidate at the moment.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Let’s head back to DC and check out Rendon, who is no stranger to this space. Heading into the Philadelphia finale, he had 10 hits, three homers, seven runs and six RBI in just a five-game span. He logged another run yesterday.
The most impressive things about Rendon are his homer and RBI totals--and his BA has been creeping up recently as well. With most of the talent barren at the 2B position in fantasy, there’s no reason he should go unowned in any league. By the end of the weekend, he should be gone in the few seasonal leagues where he’s still available right now.
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