Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/11
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
July 11, 2014
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time once again for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. We’ve got the usual crop of up-and-coming players for you this morning, so let’s see if any of these guys are worth picking up and starting in the last few days before the All-Star break.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: We’re frankly surprised that Alvarez hasn’t gotten more attention in fantasy. He’s on quite the run, allowing more than one earned run just once (two) in his last four starts. He’s 3-0 in that span.
Alvarez will get a nice matchup on the road today as he takes on the Mets in New York. He’s got six wins to his credit so far, with a 2.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He won’t bag a lot of strikeouts, but with those other numbers, who cares?
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Zach Wheeler, SP, New York Mets: Let’s stick with that Marlins-Mets matchup today and check out Wheeler, who will be taking the mound on the other side. He’s looked good in his last two starts, allowing just two earned on 10 combined hits.
He’s got four Ws to his credit this year, though sports a less-impressive 4.07 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Still, today’s matchup has all the makings of a pitchers’ duel, so if you can’t get Alvarez, Wheeler should do fine.
Chris Coghlan, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: It’s not often we get to feature Cubs hitters in thi space, but Coghlan has done enough to warrant a nice, long look. He came up empty Wednesday, but prior to that had a nice hit streak going, posting 10 runs in a six-game span. He had another hit and another run yesterday.
Coghlan’s BA still isn’t where we’d like it to be, but on the low end he’s worth checking out. You’ll get a little bit of everything here as he trickles in homers, RBI and steals from day to day. Just keep watch for an extended slump.
Stephen Vogt, C/OF, Oakland Athletics: Here’s a guy who has been making some significant waves as a fantasy backstop. Vogt broke out Wednesday with a 2-for-2 performance against San Francisco that saw him popping a solo home run. It was his third of the year. He had two more hits and three RBI yesterday.
Vogt is running a bit under the radar, but has been hitting reliably lately and has his BA elevated nicely. In deeper formats or for those who need a catcher, he’s more than suitable as a pickup.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: Ozuna has been flat-out stellar this month. He’s currently riding a 15-game hit streak and shows no signs of slowing down. In just the last 11 games, he’s produced seven runs, two homers and five RBI. He’ll come into today’s Marlins-Mets opener (we’re high on that one today) rested after a day off yesterday.
Ozuna is rocking a .279 BA with 15 homers and a whopping 51 RBI. It’s pretty safe to say that no one saw this breakout coming. Still, you should jump on him immediately as a fantasy add.
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