Fantasy Baseball Update 4/28/16: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 28, 2016
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for us fantasy baseball owners to start looking forward to the big weekend matchups in the MLB. With that in mind, let’s check the waiver wire and see if there are any notable pickups out there who could have big series for your roster.
Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland Athletics: We’ll start out on the mound today and visit with Manaea, who is a hot add right now. He’ll be making his major-league debut on Friday in the Astros opener.
Manaea may not stay up for a super-long time, but he’s definitely worth a look in most leagues regardless. In his Triple-A starts this season, he’s logged a 1.50 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 21/4 K/BB ratio. Not bad.
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Erasmo Ramirez, SP/RP, Tampa Bay Rays: Ramirez has been great this year in relief, proving he shouldn’t have been left out of the Rays’ starting rotation. Overall, he’s got he’s got a 1.40 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP and four wins on the year.
Ramirez will get a shot to start on Friday against the Blue Jays, and if he pitches in that one like he has most of the year so far, he’ll be great.
Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: As a plug-and-play outfielder, Hazelbaker has really been great in the fantasy game. In the first two games of the Diamondbacks series, he put up a 4-for-6 line with three runs, a homer and three RBI.
If nothing else, Hazelbaker makes a lot of sense as a handcuff, especially to the likes of Matt Holliday. He’ll be at home against the Nationals this weekend.
JT Realmuto, C, Miami Marlins: Realmuto is still available in about 65 percent of the leagues out there, so if you’re in the market for a backstop he’s definitely a guy you need to check out.
Realmuto put up a 7-for-11 line in three games this week with two runs, a solo homer and two RBI in that span. He’ll be heading to Milwaukee this weekend.
Chris Owings, 2B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Let’s finish up with utility man Owings, who has put up some pretty good stats this year. He didn’t get the start last night against the Cardinals, but in the three games prior he had two runs and four RBI with a 4-for-12 line.
Owings will deliver a handful of stolen bases, which is another nice asset for those owners tinkering around at his level. He’ll be at home against Colorado this weekend.
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