Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 8/29
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Weekend Waiver Wire Pickups
August 29, 2014
It’s Friday, and around here that means just one thing during baseball season: It’s time once again for the second installment of our biweekly waiver wire updates. We’ve got the usual crop of potential pickups in store for you today, so with that said let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s worth picking up.
Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs: Soler is sitting pretty atop the waiver wire chart this week, and it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why. He ushered in his big league career in style on Wednesday, belting a homer as part of a 2-for-4, two-RBI debut. He followed that up with two more hits and an RBI yesterday.
Soler will get plenty of start time in the outfield at Wrigley as the Cubbies try to generate some excitement toward the next couple of seasons. He’s a smart pickup for outfield depth in fantasy.
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Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh Pirates: Martin has been the most popular backstop add over the past few days, so let’s look at his numbers and check out why that is. He’s got a hit in six of his last seven appearances, posting four runs, a homer, three RBI and a stolen base in that span.
Martin carries a .295 batting average with seven homers and a nice 51-RBI total on the season. There’s not a whole lot to dislike about his game right now, so if you’re in the market for a catcher, he’s your guy.
Justin Turner, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Utility man Turner has been making quite a bit of noise himself this week. After whiffing against the Mets in the finale, he’s posted four hits, a run and two RBI in his two games since.
Turner sports a .321 BA with four homers, 31 RBI and five stolen bases on the season. The real draw here, however, is the fact that you can use him anywhere in the infield. He’s the dictionary definition of a must-have utility piece.
Dan Haren, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: It wasn’t too long ago (last month, in fact), that Haren was fantasy poison. The good news lately, though, is that he’s looked good in three of his last four starts.
Setting aside a three-inning hiccup against the Brewers, Haren has four combined earned runs in his last three starts, which were all wins. He gets a pretty good matchup today in San Diego, so we’ll go ahead and recommend him for that one.
Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians: Let’s get to the bad news on Salazar first. Unfortunately, he hasn’t recorded a win since the first day of this month, and in the interim has pitched just 15 innings of 0-2 baseball.
That said, Salazar is coming off a pretty good appearance against Houston, where he tossed one earned in six innings on three hits. He’ll get a pretty good matchup today in Kansas City.
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