Fantasy Baseball Update 6/9/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 9, 2014
It’s Monday, which is a depressing thought in and of itself, but we fantasy baseball owners can find a little comfort in the fact that the early-week series are getting started today. There’s sure to be plenty of opportunity in these games, so let’s check out a few notable players who could make big impacts on your fantasy roster in the coming days.
Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals: We’ll start things off today by looking at Vargas, who is the first of our pair of pitching prospects. He’s played well over his last three, with just four earned and 16 strikeouts in that frame.
Vargas has been pretty solid as of late (aside from a seven-earned hiccup on May 19) and has steadily been chipping away at his ERA (3.28) and WHIP (1.25). He’ll take a hot hand against the Yankees today.
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Charlie Morton, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Well, let’s see…who’s pitching against the Cubs this week? That honor would fall to Morton today, and he’s been a hot fantasy pickup because of it. In his last three starts, he’s 2-1 with a combined five earned and 17 strikeouts.
We trust Morton way better at home than we do on the road, and he’ll be in familiar territory today. There’s nothing wrong with picking him up and checking him out, especially with the favorable matchup.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 1B/3B, Cleveland Indians: Few fantasy players made quite as big an impact over the weekend as Chisenhall did. He entered the finale against the Rangers with a five-game hit streak, logging two runs, a homer and seven RBI in that span. He had two more hits and two more runs yesterday.
Corner men started out as a deep commodity in fantasy this year, but injuries and underwhelming production have taken their toll. As a result, Chisenhall is about as solid a pickup as you can make at 1B/3B right now.
Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF, Detroit Tigers: Castellanos had quite the weekend. Entering the finale of the Boston series, he had nine hits, three runs and a solo homer in just a three-game span. That outburst brought his anemic BA up to respectable territory and turned the heads of a lot of fantasy owners.
Now, let’s be realistic. We obviously can’t expect killer production like this for the entire season, but you can’t ignore hot streaks--especially in deep leagues. He gets the White Sox on the road this week, so we’ll see how long he can keep this going.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Let’s head back to Pittsburgh for a moment and check out Harrison, who has been one of the hotter pickups in fantasy for the last week or so. Heading into the finale of the Milwaukee series, he’d produced five multi-hit games with five runs, a homer and six RBI in his most recent nine appearances. He came up empty yesterday, though.
The Pirates have been playing pretty good baseball recently, and Harrison has been a big part of that trend. If you can still get him, make sure you pick him up before the Cubs come to town.
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