Fantasy Baseball Update 4/4/16: Key Matchups Early This Week
Taking a Look at the Trending Fantasy Players Who Have Favorable Matchups This Week
April 4, 2016
The 2016 MLB season officially began yesterday, and with it came the official start of the fantasy baseball campaign. Several teams begin their quest for the postseason today, and with that come many opportunities to improve your fantasy roster. Let’s check out some of the trending adds out there and see who might be putting up some solid numbers in their matchups this week.
Chris Owings, 2B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s start today out with middle infield and check out Owings. He’s sitting near the top of the waiver wire charts, thanks to a .368 average in the spring.
Owings added three home runs and 13 RBI in the Cactus League this year, and is expected to become the team’s everyday centerfielder. He’s got some decent appeal in deeper leagues thanks to his hot bat, and will take on the Rockies starting today.
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Cesar Hernandez, 2B/3B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies: Sticking with the middle-infield theme, we’ve got Hernandez over in Philly. He’s still available in over half of the leagues out there, and figures to hit first in the Phillies’ lineup.
Hernandez will be a great lower-end source of steals; he could snag around 30 or more with any luck. He’ll start out his season in Cincinnati today.
Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, San Diego Padres: Pomeranz put up a nice outing in his final spring appearance. He logged four shutout innings with two hits and a walk mixed in against the White Sox.
Pomeranz won the No. 5 starter role this spring, and though he won’t be taking the mound until later in the week, you should make sure to grab him now if you need an extra pitcher to fill out your rotation.
Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles: Looking for an opening-day starter way down the waiver wire list? Tillman is your guy. He’ll be taking the hill late this afternoon against the Twins, and it doesn’t seem like too bad of a matchup.
Tillman posted four innings in his final spring start, allowing just one run against the Tigers. He’s still available in over 90 percent of the leagues out there, so securing him shouldn’t be too tough.
Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Boston Red Sox: Shaw was in a bit of a slump during the spring, but pulled things out to finish 4-for-11 in his final 15 chances. He’ll be parking himself at third base here at the beginning of the year.
Shaw should see more starts than Pablo Sandoval, so if you’ve got him you may have to make some adjustments. The Red Sox will start out the season in Cleveland today.
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