Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/19
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 19, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means just one thing: It’s time once again for the first installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. We’ve got the usual crop of up-and-comers in store for you today, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at the fantasy players you might want to be picking up for your roster.
Mike Fiers, SP/RP, Milwaukee Brewers: If you haven’t caught Fiers Fever by now, it’s high time you did. He’s all the rage after his most recent outing against the Cubs, when he tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out 14 Northsiders in the process.
Fiers will get at least one more audition toward the Brewers’ rotation today as he takes on the visiting Blue Jays. If you’re going to hop on the bandwagon, now’s the time.
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Ryan Vogelson, SP, San Francisco Giants: Vogelsong has been on quite the rollercoaster ride in fantasy over the past couple of seasons, going from an unknown to a must-have to a bust in a matter of months. He’s improved to a waiver wire candidate in his past few starts, however, logging just four earned in his last three appearances.
On the season, Vogelsong has a 3.71 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP to go along with his seven wins in total. He’s got a nice matchup looming today against the aforementioned Cubs, so if you’re going to start him, this would be a good opportunity to do so.
Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies: We’ve been talking about Cuddyer quite a bit over the past couple of days, and it’s pretty easy to see why. In his return to action on Sunday, he logged a 5-for-10 line in a doubleheader against the Reds, posting four runs, a homer and three RBI in the process.
Cuddyer hit for the cycle in that second game, which is the second time in his career he’s accomplished that feat. He’s pretty close to a must-have player right now, so pick him up if you still can.
Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins: Vargas is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, so let’s check out his recent numbers and see why he’s trending. On Sunday, he broke out with a 3-for-4 line, logging two runs, a homer and three RBI. He posted a hit and a run yesterday to keep it going
Vargas doesn’t have too many plate appearances to his credit just yet, but the early returns on him are favorable. As of right now, he seems like a nice depth add for those fantasy owners seeking a utility guy down the stretch.
Nori Aoki, OF, Kansas City Royals: Aoki is another guy who has appeared in this space quite a bit recently. Heading into play yesterday, he’d hit in five of six, posting five runs, five RBI and two steals in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
You’re not going to get power or anything here, but otherwise Aoki is an across-the-board guy. There aren’t too many players we can say that about at his level, so if you need some extra OF thickness on your roster, he’s your guy.
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