Fantasy Baseball Update 4/25/16: Key Matchups Early This Week
2016-04-24 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for us fantasy baseball owners to start turning our attentions to the big early-week series coming up in the MLB. That said, let’s take a look at the waiver wire and see who’s trending out there in seasonal and daily fantasy leagues.
Odubel Herrera, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Herrera was a hot add over the weekend, thanks to his 3-for-4 performance on Saturday that netted him four runs, a homer, two RBI and two steals.
Herrera is still available in over 75 percent of the fantasy leagues out there, and he’s definitely worth owning right now. He’s got some good speed and power on the low end, and should flex his muscles in Washington this week.
Chris Carter, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers: Carter broke out over the weekend, logging a 4-for-7 line with two RBI, two runs and a homer on Friday and Saturday. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Carter should continue to produce some solid run numbers if he remains in the middle of the Milwaukee order. The RBI are nice as well, and we should see a few more against the Cubs this week.
Kendall Graveman, SP, Oakland Athletics: Graveman is a trendy SP add right now coming off his 6.1 innings in his last outing against the Yankees. That game produced a victory with eight strikeouts.
Graveman is rocking a 2.04 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP thus far over three starts, but has gone just 1-1. He’ll get the start this evening in Detroit.
Kevin Gausman, SP/RP, Baltimore Orioles: Let’s stick with the SP position and check out Gausman, who is expected to make his return off the DL to a start today in Tampa Bay.
Gausman has been out of commission this season due to shoulder tendinitis, but should be good to go. In his most recent rehab start, he posted nine strikeouts at Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman’s unowned in almost 80 percent of leagues, so go get him.
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Ian Desmond, SS/OF, Texas Rangers: If you can manage to snag Desmond right now, it’s a good idea to pick him up. He logged three runs with a solo homer and two steals on Saturday, which put him back on the fantasy map.
Desmond seems to be seeing the ball better right now, as he’s collecting more walks than usual. That’s a great indication that he’s ready for solid numbers against the Yankees this week. That said, Desmond isn’t the place to look if you need a high BA.
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