Fantasy Baseball Update 8/18/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 18, 2014
It’s Monday, and around here that means it’s time for us fantasy owners to start looking forward to the early-week matchups around the MLB. There’s plenty of value to be had out there, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players who might make solid adds to your lineup.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs: We’re admittedly surprised at the rash of viable fantasy prospects that have emerged out of the North Side this season. Hendricks has joined that designation, as he’s sporting a three-game win streak heading into his start today in New York against the Mets.
Hendricks has posted just three earned during his run, and hasn’t allowed more than two in a start since July 10. He’s got a nice matchup looming and should be in considerations as a pickup in most leagues.
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Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals: Vargas is trending as a fantasy add over the past couple of days, and it’s pretty easy to see why. He’s coming off a complete-game shutout of the A’s, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
The shutout was a nice bounce-back for Vargas, and certainly helped his season marks of 3.27 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Today, he’ll be heading into a good-looking matchup against Minnesota, so at least kick the tires here.
Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox: It was a long time in between starts for Garcia, as he tore the labrum in his shoulder all the way back on April 9. In his return on Saturday, he posted two hits, a run and an RBI, which immediately made him a hot trend in fantasy circles. He had another hit and a run yesterday.
Garcia has some nice upside to him and should be picked up in most fantasy formats just to see what he can do. He’s a nice depth piece in OF.
Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies: On Saturday, all eyes were on Cuddyer as he made his return from the disabled list. The baseball world would have to wait another day to see what he could do, however, as the game against Cincinnati got postponed into a doubleheader yesterday. The wait ended up being worth it; In total, he was 5-for-10 with four runs, a homer and three RBI to his credit.
Cuddyer entered play with a .317 average, so he’s been pretty darn reliable when healthy. As a flex or band-aid option he makes a lot of sense.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres: Last week, Gyorko was in an 0-for-8 mini-slump over the course of two games in the St. Louis series, but his fortunes turned around on Saturday. He posted two runs, a homer and five RBI in that one, which returned him to fantasy conversations once again. He had a hit and another run yesterday.
Gyorko’s season-long BA is still ridiculously ugly, so don’t expect any miracles here. Still, if you’re desperate for someone to fill in at 2B or 3B, you certainly could do worse.
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