Fantasy Baseball Update 8/4/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 4, 2014
It’s Monday once again, and that means it’s time to start looking forward to the early-week series around the MLB. There will be plenty of opportunities mixed into those games for adventurous fantasy owners to take advantage of, so let’s visit with a few up-and-coming players you might want to add to your roster in the meantime.
Kevin Gausman, SP/RP, Baltimore Orioles: Let’s begin things as we usually do this morning by heading up to the mound. Gausman is one of the trendier fantasy pickups over the past few days, thanks mostly to a solid performance in his recent outings. He’s coming off a seven-inning, three-earned win against the Angels.
Gausman holds a 3.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP alongside five wins this season. He gets a pretty good matchup against the Nationals today, as the teams make up a rained-out game from a while back.
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Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore Orioles: We’re going to stick in Baltimore for a moment and check out Chen, who is also a pretty trendy fantasy pickup lately. He’s on a five-game win streak, most recently posting one earned in 7 1/3 against Seattle.
Chen has been on fire during his streak, allowing no more than three earned runs in any start. He’ll go out again in Toronto on Wednesday to see if he can tame the Blue Jays. Odds are, he’ll nab at least a quality start.
Jon Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros: Singleton went slightly out of character on Saturday, blasting three hits, a homer and three RBI against the aforementioned Blue Jays. That marked his fourth long-ball in a seven-game stretch. He nailed two more hits and two more runs yesterday.
The Astros have actively been trying to fix Singleton’s swing so they can get all the benefits of the homers and avoid the crummy batting average. We don’t know if it’ll work or not just yet, but you might try him out in Philly this week anyway.
Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners: Ackley has been working his way up the waiver wire charts over the past week or so, and right now he’s a higher-end pickup. He nabbed three hits, three runs and a solo homer on Saturday against the Orioles, which gave him a modest three-game hit streak. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Ackley’s overall numbers aren’t terribly impressive, but once you consider that he’s serving as a plug-in or band-aid at a couple of reasonably tough fantasy positions he makes a little more sense. He’s worth a look tomorrow and Wednesday against the Braves.
Denard Span, OF, Washington Nationals: Span has been a pretty common name on the waiver wire recently, so let’s see what he’s been up to. Heading into play yesterday, he had a six-game hit streak to his credit with five runs, three RBI and three stolen bases in that frame. He kept it going with two hits, two steals, a run and an RBI yesterday.
Span had a great July, and if he can keep it up he’ll give some nice results to fantasy owners. He’s been good for BA and stolen bases, and we expect him to keep it up against the Mets this week.
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