Fantasy Baseball Update 8/25/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
August 25, 2014
Now that we’ve reached another workweek, it’s time once again to start looking forward to the early-week matchups in the MLB. Within those are a few notable opportunities for us fantasy owners, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the up-and-coming players who look like good adds in these series.
Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins: Vargas has been a popular fantasy pickup recently, and it’s not too hard to see why. Heading into play yesterday, he had eight hits, five runs, a homer and seven RBI in his previous four games. He posted three more hits and a run yesterday.
Vargas is quickly making a name for himself in fantasy, and all it takes is a quick look at his batting average to see what he can do for your team. With the Twins playing good baseball recently, he’ll continue to get looks.
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Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Shoemaker is a popular pickup in fantasy over the past few days, as he’s coming off a nice performance in Boston. During that game, he posted no earned on one hit in 7 2/3 innings to snag his 12th victory of the year.
Shoemaker is sporting a 3.56 ERA and 1.12 WHIP on the season, and he continues to get better with each start. He gets a nice matchup at home tomorrow against the Marlins, and should not be left out there in fantasy.
Roenis Elias, SP, Seattle Mariners: Here’s the dictionary definition of a matchup play. Elias is coming off a loss in Philly during his last outing, but allowed only one earned run in four innings.
The good news here is that Elias has only allowed more than one earned run once in his last five starts. If he can keep it under control today at home against the Rangers, he’ll make a nice spot-start.
Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh Pirates: Martin has been a top backstop pickup over the past few days, so let’s examine his numbers to see why. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had five hits, three runs, a homer and three RBI in his previous three games alone. He had another hit yesterday.
Martin has been providing some very nice RBI numbers this season, especially for a catcher. There’s really no reason not to pick him up if you could use a backstop or utility guy.
Stephen Vogt, C/1B/OF, Oakland Athletics: Vogt has been on a hot streak recently, and it’s translating into a lot of new fantasy ownership. Heading into play yesterday, he had four hits, two runs and a solo homer during his previous three appearances. He managed another hit yesterday to keep it going.
Vogt has come on to the fantasy radar a few times this year, and given the fact that he’s eligible at a few different positions gives him nice flexibility. The BA is nice, and there’s not a whole lot to complain about here.
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