Fantasy Baseball Update 5/21/15: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 21, 2015
It’s Thursday, and around here that means it’s time once again to start looking forward to the upcoming weekend series in the MLB--and more specifically, what those series will mean for our fantasy baseball lineups. We’ve got a fresh crop of intriguing talent lined up for you, so let’s visit with some waiver-wire level players who might make good pickups ahead of the upcoming series.
Enrique Burgos, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s start out on the hill this morning and visit with Burgos, who has emerged with some fantasy value as a reliever. He posted saves in the first two games of the Miami series, logging one hit, two walks and two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Burgos is part of a platoon of potential closers in Arizona, and it’s fair to say that there’s not much certainty here. That aside, he’s got some value if he can continue to prove himself. He gets the Cubs this weekend.
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Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston Red Sox: Yesterday, the news of the potential call-up of Castillo sent waves through the fantasy community. Word was that the Sox were going to be sending for him sooner rather than later, once he finishes his paternal leave. The date seems to have been pushed back a little bit, though.
Castillo has battled a few injuries here and there, but carries quite the ceiling when he’s healthy. He won’t be up with the big club just yet, but it probably won’t be too long.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Chicago Cubs: Fowler is a good consolation prize for those fantasy owners who missed out on Anthony Rizzo and are seeking a solid Cubbie player. Fowler entered play yesterday with seven hits, seven runs, two homers, four RBI and a steal in his previous six games. He had a hit, a run and an RBI yesterday.
Fowler is trending toward a double-digit homer year, and when you factor his speed into that equation that means plenty of fantasy value. He’s a nice play in Arizona this weekend.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, Baltimore Orioles: Paredes stormed onto the fantasy radar yesterday, as he was coming off a two-hit game with four RBI in the Seattle opener. That gave him five multi-hit games in his last nine appearances. He had a hit and an RBI yesterday.
Paredes’ slash line is pretty eye-popping considering his fantasy level. He’s an on-base machine these days, though the Orioles haven’t exactly translated that into runs. That said, he’s worth a look in Miami.
Hector Santiago, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Let’s head back to the mound for a moment and visit with Santiago. He’s coming off a nice start in Toronto, logging seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball in a victory. It was his fourth win of the year.
Santiago has pitched pretty darn well for the Angels this season, though he still flies under the proverbial fantasy radar. He’ll get the nod again in the closing game of the Red Sox series at Fenway this weekend.
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