Fantasy Baseball Update 5/23/16: Key Matchups Early This Week
2016-05-22 11:00:00 EDT
The MLB will be kicking off its big early-week series today, and that means we fantasy owners need to start looking to the waiver wire and check out some of the notable trends. Let’s visit with some of the key players out there and see if anyone makes sense as an add for the upcoming series.
Trayce Thompson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Thompson has put together a couple of solid series over the past week or so, and its led him to the top of the waiver wire charts. On Saturday, he bagged a homer and two RBI, which gave him two hits in the San Diego series. He had another hit yesterday.
Thompson has been great against left-handed pitching this season, so look for him as a spot start whenever the situation arises. He’ll be at home against the Reds this week.
Rajai Davis, OF, Cleveland Indians: We’ve talked quite a bit about Davis over the past week, and he’s still trending as a heavy fantasy add. Through Friday, he had a five-game hit streak going, with 11 runs, two homers, nine RBI and two steals in that span. He came up empty yesterday but had a run.
Davis is your proverbial streaky hitter, but will deliver loads of stats when he’s on. He’ll be in Chicago for the White Sox starting today.
Chris Herrmann, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: As a lower-end spot-start catcher in fantasy, you can’t do a whole lot better than Herrmann right now. He’s got seven hits in his last five starts, with five runs, a homer, five RBI and a steal in that span.
Herrmann won’t be able to keep up the onslaught at the plate, but just enjoy it while you can if you need a backstop. He’s in Pittsburgh starting tomorrow.
Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers: Let’s switch over to the mound and visit Lewis, who has been coming on strong lately. In his last outing, he put up seven innings of shutout ball in Houston.
That gives Lewis a 2.75 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP thus far. He’ll go for his fourth win of the year in the finale against the Angels this week. He’s available in over 70 percent of the fantasy leagues out there.
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Matt Wisler, SP, Atlanta Braves: It’s not often we recommend anyone from the Braves’ roster, but Wisler fits that category today. He put up a win in Philly in his last outing, going 6.2 innings with one earned on the day.
That gives Wisler a 2.93 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP on the season. The only reason his win numbers aren’t better is because he plays in Atlanta. He’ll get the Brewers at home in their finale this week.
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