Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/15
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
August 15, 2014
It’s Friday, and around these parts that means it’s time once again for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got some interesting pickups on tap for you today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers as we see if anyone’s right for your lineup.
Michael A. Taylor, OF, Washington Nationals: We’ve talked about Taylor a couple of times this week already, and since he’s still trending we’ll revisit him this morning. His debut on Tuesday was great, as he smacked a two-run homer as part of a two-hit day against the Mets. He followed that up with an 0-for-4 performance in the next game and another 0-fer yesterday.
Taylor is bound to have his ups and downs, but with the way he destroyed Double-A pitching this season we feel like there’s some value here. If you’re in the speculation game, he’s your guy.
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Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Blackmon has had a relatively bad week, but his performance Wednesday got him back in fantasy owners’ good graces. He was 3-for-5 in that one, notching an RBI and a stolen base. He had a hit, a run and an RBI yesterday.
Blackmon was just coming off a 1-for-18 stretch, so it hasn’t been all roses for him recently. Still, he’s got a nice average and a good RBI total so far, which allows us to recommend him during this home-stand at least.
Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros: We keep waiting for an extended slump from Carter, but it’s just not happening. Heading into the Boston series, he had a three-game hit streak going, during which he’d slapped three homers and seven RBI. Even better, he had a seven-game RBI streak to his credit. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Carter’s homer/RBI totals keep going up and up, and it’s getting a little hard to believe. His BA is even improving thanks to this run of solid hitting, so there’s no reason he should go unowned anywhere.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs: Hendricks doesn’t pitch again for a few days, so that will give us some time to talk about him. He’s on a three-game win streak right now, during which he’s provided just three earned runs and three walks.
Overall, Hendricks has a 1.73 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, which is pretty odd to see from a Cubs pitcher. He’ll be in New York to face the Mets on Sunday, which is a nice matchup.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Let’s stick in Chicago for a moment and check out Arrieta, who also has been making waves as a waiver wire add. Here’s the bad news: He’s on a two-game slide right now, and allowed nine earned in five innings against Colorado on August 6.
The good news is that Arrieta bounced back with a two-earned effort in a loss against Milwaukee, during which he got barely any run support. He’ll be heading into a start against the Mets tomorrow, and should come up with at least a quality start.
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