Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 6/17
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
June 17, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time once again for the first of our biweekly waiver wire installments in fantasy baseball. Today’s crop looks pretty promising, so let’s examine the recent numbers and see if any of these guys are worth checking out in your league.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay Rays: If you’re in the market for a new RP name (and really, who isn’t?), you owe it to yourself to check out McGee. He nailed his first save of the season in Sunday’s victory over the Astros, allowing just one hit in his inning of work. He tallied a win yesterday in 2/3 inning on one hit, one K and one walk.
McGee seems to have earned favor down there in Tampa Bay, and will likely end up as the odds-on closer for at least the immediate future. The good thing is that he’s playing well and can hold onto the job indefinitely as long as he keeps it up.
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Dexter Fowler, OF, Houston Astros: The suddenly hot commodities in the Astros’ clubhouse have been added in many a fantasy league over the past month or so. Fowler has been part of that resurgence lately, logging six hits, four runs, a homer and three RBI in his last four games.
Fowler has remained on the waiver wire radar for much of the year, which is a good sign of his consistency. He’ll hit the road starting today in Washington and should be able to hold his own throughout the trip.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, Detroit Tigers: We’ve talked about Suarez here and there over the past few days, as we’re trying to get the word out on what looks like a pretty positive situation. Heading into the KC series, he had four hits, three runs, a homer and two RBI in his previous two games. He was 0-for-2 yesterday but still had a run.
It doesn’t hurt that Suarez plays SS, which is a notoriously difficult fantasy position to master. He’ll dial things back eventually, but while he’s hitting he makes a nice young addition to your fantasy lineup.
Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: Speaking of regular fixtures on the waiver wire, Norris certainly has been here before. He’s had a pretty good run lately, posting six hits, a homer and three RBI heading into the Texas opener. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
There’s really not much holding Norris back from a spectacular season in fantasy, provided he stays healthy. His power numbers have been awesome, and he’s delivering starter-type value. Don’t let him go unowned in your league.
Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets: Let’s head to the Big Apple and check out Niese, who will take the mound today against the Cardinals. He’s pitched well recently, though he hasn’t got the wins to prove it. In his last four appearances (all no-decisions), he hasn’t allowed more than two earned.
Without much fanfare, Niese has accumulated some very nice numbers. He’s got a 2.54 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP going for him. Even though he gets a tough draw in St. Louis today, you shouldn’t overlook him.
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