Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/4
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
July 4, 2014
Even though it’ll be easy to get distracted today with all the Fourth of July festivities happening, you shouldn’t neglect your fantasy baseball team. With that in mind, let’s take the second of our biweekly looks at the waiver wire market. We’ve got a few good candidates today, so let’s see what the outlook is on each player.
Jesse Hahn, SP, San Diego Padres: Like many fantasy owners out there, we’ve been on the Hahn bandwagon lately. You should too, as there are plenty of reasons to like him right now.
Hahn boasts a four-game win streak, during which he’s allowed only two earned runs (both in one game) and a game-high of only five hits. His 1.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP are the stuff dreams are made of. He’ll get his next start at home against the Giants on Sunday, so snatch him up before then.
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James Jones, OF, Seattle Mariners: Jones had a nice series against the Astros, and that’s put him on the fantasy map. In those three games, he came up with eight hits, six runs, two RBI and three stolen bases.
Jones is a speedster, and though he won’t do much in the way of homers or RBI, he’s awesome for extra-base hits (especially triples), runs and steals. If that sounds good to you, he’s your guy right now.
Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners: Let’s stick in Seattle for a moment and check out Zunino, who has been making some noise on the wire this week. He’s got a three-game hit streak to his credit, and in that frame has produced three runs, a homer and five RBI.
Zunino’s batting average will make you wretch (it’s currently sitting at an anemic .223), but you can’t do much better for power at his level. Sure, he’ll come up with some 0-fers here and there, but after a couple of days rest he should be good to go for the White Sox this weekend at least.
Tanner Roark, SP/RP, Washington Nationals: Let’s head back to the mound and check out Roark, who has been a reasonably popular pickup over the past day or two. Sure, he’s coming off a six-inning loss, during which he allowed four runs on 10 hits, but that seems more of an aberration than the norm.
Roark boasts a pretty clean 2.98 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the season, which should get your attention if you’re in the market. He’ll face the Cubs today at home in search of his eighth win on the season.
Stephen Vogt, C/OF, Oakland Athletics: It looks like we’re going heavy on catchers and outfielders today, as Vogt is eligible for both. He had a pretty good series against Detroit, posting five hits and a stolen base through three games. He posted another hit and a run yesterday.
If you’re interested in Vogt, you’ll have to check the lineup cards each day. The A’s like to flip-flop things around behind the plate and in the outfield. Still, he works as a lower-end utility guy when he’s out there.
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