<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Top 10 Quarterback (QB) Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/21/fantasy-football-draft-2017-top-10-quarterback-qb-picks#comments With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, fantasy football drafts are starting to heat up. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top quarterback prospects who should be on your radar when you’re on the clock. 

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Coming off another successful fantasy year, Rodgers should be going at the top of the QB board in most drafts. Rodgers led the league in passing touchdowns (40) and had an NFL-high 610 pass attempts in 2016. 

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With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, fantasy football drafts are starting to heat up. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top quarterback prospects who should be on your radar when you’re on the clock. 

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: Coming off another successful fantasy year, Rodgers should be going at the top of the QB board in most drafts. Rodgers led the league in passing touchdowns (40) and had an NFL-high 610 pass attempts in 2016. 

Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Even with a four-game suspension hanging over his head last year, Brady still put up good numbers. Had he played an entire season, Brady would have ranked in the top four among fantasy quarterbacks, as he averaged just shy of 26 points per game. 

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: We’ve got another familiar face in the No. 3 slot this year, as Brees is no stranger to being a top QB pick. Brees has finished the year in the top six among fantasy quarterbacks for a whopping 11 straight seasons, and he’s as reliable as you’ll get in this game. 

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: You’ll find Ryan ranked all over the place coming into 2017, and we have him a little on the high side. That’s okay, though, as he’s got a good offensive line and big-time playmakers on the roster like Julio Jones. 

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson is another guy who’s a bit of an enigma in this year’s draft, as he’s coming off a down fantasy season. A lot of Wilson’s issues can be blamed on injuries, and he should put up more rushing yards/TDs this season. 

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck opens on the PUP list but should be ready to go by the time the real games start. He’s coming off a labrum repair and didn’t start throwing until last month. It may take Luck a little while to get his rhythm back, but if he stays healthy he’ll be a great fantasy asset. 

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans: We’ve seen Mariota ranked as high as No. 4 on some fantasy draft boards, but even if he doesn’t get that far in your league he should be a starting pick. Mariota hit the 20-point threshold in nine of 15 games last season. 

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Newton came up with some horrid numbers in 2016, and failed to reach 20 passing touchdowns yet again. After another injury and some free agency losses (specifically Ted Ginn) no one’s expecting much out of Cam, which means you can get him cheap. 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Stafford has fallen out of favor in fantasy circles over the past few years, thanks mostly to his inconsistency. He hit the 20-point mark just six times last season, and threw two TDs or more in only half of his games. Still, Stafford should show some improvement this season and he’s worth a lower-tier pick. 

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Rounding out our top 10 this year is Roethlisberger, who is a familiar face in fantasy. Even though he’s had some issues with injuries over the past couple of seasons, Roethlisberger puts up good numbers when he’s upright. He does play better at home as opposed to on the road, though, so keep that in mind. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:35:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92097
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 8/3/17: Key Matchups This Weekend]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/03/fantasy-baseball-update-8/3/17-key-matchups-this-weekend#comments The MLB’s big weekend series will be kicking off today, so it’s a good time to visit the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see who’s trending out there. Let’s take a look at a few of the most-added names and see if anyone makes sense for you. 

Adam Conley, SP, Miami Marlins: Let’s start things out on the mound this morning and look at Conley. He’s coming off 7.2 innings and two runs allowed in a win during his last start versus the Reds. 

On the year, Conley has four wins with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 49.1 innings. He’s won…

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The MLB’s big weekend series will be kicking off today, so it’s a good time to visit the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see who’s trending out there. Let’s take a look at a few of the most-added names and see if anyone makes sense for you. 

Adam Conley, SP, Miami Marlins: Let’s start things out on the mound this morning and look at Conley. He’s coming off 7.2 innings and two runs allowed in a win during his last start versus the Reds. 

On the year, Conley has four wins with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 49.1 innings. He’s won his last two games, giving up just two earned in 14.2 innings. Conley will be on the mound again tomorrow versus the Braves. 

Kyle Freeland, SP, Colorado Rockies: We’ll stay on the mound and check out Freeland, who is a trending add ahead of his start tomorrow against the Phillies. He’s 3-0 in his last four starts and has 11 wins on the year. 

Freeland has a 3.71 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP in 121.1 innings this year. He’s still out there in over 60 percent of fantasy leagues and is a nice pickup right now. 

Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/3B/OF, Washington Nationals: Kendrick turned some heads this week in Miami, when he went 5-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in a loss. 

Kendrick has a .352 BA with three homers and 18 RBI this year, but has been slowed by injuries. If his last couple games are a sneak peek at what he’s going for this weekend at Wrigley Field, he’ll be a great pickup. 

Christian Vazquez, C, Boston Red Sox: Vazquez has been on a tear over the last week or so. In four games, he’s got 10 hits, six runs, a homer, six RBI and a steal. 

That makes a .279 BA with two homers and 23 RBI this year. Vazquez will be getting more playing time as long as he’s healthy and works nicely as a daily fantasy play. 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians: Zimmer has appeared in this space a couple of times, and he’s trending once again heading into the series against the Yankees. 

On the season, Zimmer has a .282 BA with eight homers, 37 RBI and 13 steals. Over his last three starts he’s put up two runs, a homer, two RBI and a steal. Starting today, the Bronx Bombers are in town for a big series. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:51:19 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90762
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 8/1/17: Waiver Wire Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/01/fantasy-baseball-update-8/1/17-waiver-wire-picks#comments The big MLB early-week series are off and running, and that means it’s a great time to check out the notable waiver wire adds out there in fantasy baseball. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names and see who’s making waves. 

Blake Trennen, RP, Oakland Athletics: Trennen didn’t waste any more time bagging a save as a member of the A’s, working a perfect ninth against the Giants yesterday. 

Oakland gave Trennen a shot despite the fact that he blew a save against the Jays last week. On the year, he’s got a 4.79 ERA…

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The big MLB early-week series are off and running, and that means it’s a great time to check out the notable waiver wire adds out there in fantasy baseball. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending names and see who’s making waves. 

Blake Trennen, RP, Oakland Athletics: Trennen didn’t waste any more time bagging a save as a member of the A’s, working a perfect ninth against the Giants yesterday. 

Oakland gave Trennen a shot despite the fact that he blew a save against the Jays last week. On the year, he’s got a 4.79 ERA and remains the A’s ninth-inning guy. At least for the time being. 

Shane Greene, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: Let’s look at another potential RP add before we leave the mound. After the trade of Justin Wilson, we got confirmation from Brad Asmus that Greene will be the Tigers’ new closer. 

It’s been a pretty solid year for Greene. He’s got a 2.74 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and 50 Ks over 46.0 innings. He’ll likely have a few bumps in the road, but if you need an RP he’s probably your guy right now. 

Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets: Let’s check out a lower-end add who should be getting some attention right now in deep leagues. Mets GM Sandy Alderson indicated that Smith would likely be getting called up sometime this month. 

With no Lucas Duda standing in his way, Smith’s path to the Majors is clear. He’s been great in Triple-A, with a .340 BA, 16 homers and 72 RBI in 106 games. It’s time to start kicking the tires here in fantasy. 

Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets: Elsewhere on the Mets squad, we’ve got some more action. Rosario will be making his Major League debut today against Colorado. 

Even with Cabrera in the mix, Rosario still gets the call and New York will make room for him. In Triple-A this year, he’s got a .328 BA with seven homers and 19 swipes. he’s a nice speed add if you need a middle infielder. 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians: Zimmer has been smoking lately, and he’s getting a lot of fantasy attention. In his seven-game hit streak, he’s got seven runs, three homers, three steals and 10 RBI. 

Zimmer has a .284 BA with eight homers and 37 RBI alongside 13 steals. He went 2-for-4 yesterday from the leadoff slot yesterday against the Red Sox. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:56:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90591
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/31/17: Key Matchups Early This Week]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/31/fantasy-baseball-update-7/31/17-key-matchups-early-this-week#comments We’ve completed another weekend in the MLB season, and it’s time for the new series to begin. That means it’s a good opportunity to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see which players are making waves out there. Here’s a look at some of the top adds this morning. 

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s start things out on the mound today and look at Rosenthal. He’s got two saves in the last three days, bagging seven strikeouts over 3.0 innings. 

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We’ve completed another weekend in the MLB season, and it’s time for the new series to begin. That means it’s a good opportunity to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see which players are making waves out there. Here’s a look at some of the top adds this morning. 

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s start things out on the mound today and look at Rosenthal. He’s got two saves in the last three days, bagging seven strikeouts over 3.0 innings. 

For the time being at least, Rosenthal has a lock on the ninth-inning role. He’s sitting on a 3.43 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 67 Ks right now and is available in over half the leagues out there ahead of the Brewers series. 

Arodys Vizcaino, RP, Atlanta Braves: Another RP a little further down the line is Vizcaino. On Sunday, Braves skipper Brian Snitker said he would have used Vizcaino in a save situation had it arose in the game. 

Closer Jim Johnson started the eighth inning, leading some to speculate that Vizcaino may possibly have secured the job. It’s worth watching this Dodgers series if you need a closer. 

Paul Blackburn, SP, Oakland Athletics: Let’s finish up the pitchers today by looking at Blackburn, who is coming off 7.0 shutout innings and three strikeouts in Toronto (but he still had to settle for a no-decision). 

Blackburn is sitting on a 2.25 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP and 12 Ks in 32.0 innings. He doesn’t strike out too many batters but he’s worth looking at ahead of the Giants series. 

Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres: Over the past two games, Margot has been turning some heads in San Diego. In that span, he’s got four hits, two runs, a steal and a solo homer. 

That outburst gives Margot hits in seven of his last eight games, and he’s now sitting on a .281 BA with eight homers, 23 RBI and 11 steals. He’s a nice low-end outfielder going into the Twins set. 

Wilmer Difo, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals: Unless you’re in a deep league, Difo is likely out there on your waiver wire. In Sunday’s doubleheader against Colorado, he tore it up with four hits, two runs and a solo homer. 

On the year, Difo is hitting .272 with four homers and 16 RBI, and has eight hits in his last five games. He’s a part-time guy but is worth examination ahead of the Miami series. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:00:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90528
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/27/17: Key Matchups This Weekend]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/27/fantasy-baseball-update-7/27/17-key-matchups-this-weekend#comments The big weekend games in the MLB are about to get underway, so it’s a good time to double-check your fantasy baseball lineup by visiting the waiver wire. Let’s look at a few interesting adds and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians: Zimmer hd a nice game on Thursday, extending his multi-hit streak to three games. In that time, he’s got five runs, two homers and eight RBI with two steals. 

Zimmer is hitting .281 on the year with seven homers, 35 RBI and 12 swipes. He’ll be heading to Chicago…

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The big weekend games in the MLB are about to get underway, so it’s a good time to double-check your fantasy baseball lineup by visiting the waiver wire. Let’s look at a few interesting adds and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians: Zimmer hd a nice game on Thursday, extending his multi-hit streak to three games. In that time, he’s got five runs, two homers and eight RBI with two steals. 

Zimmer is hitting .281 on the year with seven homers, 35 RBI and 12 swipes. He’ll be heading to Chicago for the White Sox starting tomorrow. 

Jaime Garcia, SP, Minnesota Twins: In a trade from the Braves on Monday, Jaime Garcia changed addresses to Minnesota, where he’ll try to win his third game in a row. 

Garcia will be making his debut tomorrow in Oakland. On the year he carries a 4.30 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and 85 Ks in 113.0 innings. 

Erick Fedde, SP, Washington Nationals: With Stephen Strasburg ailing (arm), the Nats needed another starter, so they’re calling up Fedde for Saturday. 

If the Nationals are lucky, Strasburg will only have to miss this one start. As for Fedde, he came into the year as the No. 52 prospect in baseball and sports a 3.72 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 27 starts. 

Paul DeJong, 2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: We’ve talked about DeJong a time or two this year, and he’s trending once again and still available in almost half the leagues out there.  He’s hit in six straight games, delivering four homers, five runs and nine RBI in that time. 

DeJong has a .290 BA with 14 homers and 31 RBI this year. He’ll be at home against Arizona for a four-game set this weekend starting today. 

Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: On Wednesday, Brinson slapped his first Major League home run against the Nats, delivering two RBI in what would eventually be an 8-5 loss. 

Brinson was pretty bad in the majors last month and was promptly demoted. He tore it up in the minors again, though, and earned himself another shot. He gets the Cubs at home this weekend. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:12:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90279
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/25/17: Waiver Wire Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/25/fantasy-baseball-update-7/25/17-waiver-wire-picks#comments The early-week series in the MLB are in full swing, so it’s a good time to check out your fantasy baseball roster and see if you can make any additions off the waiver wire. Let’s check out some of the trending players and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros: With George Springer (quad) ailing, the Astros will be taking a look at Fisher—at least for the time-being. 

Last month, Fisher posted some solid numbers in his five-game stretch, logging a .278 BA with two homers. He’s got 21 homers, 66 RBI…

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The early-week series in the MLB are in full swing, so it’s a good time to check out your fantasy baseball roster and see if you can make any additions off the waiver wire. Let’s check out some of the trending players and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros: With George Springer (quad) ailing, the Astros will be taking a look at Fisher—at least for the time-being. 

Last month, Fisher posted some solid numbers in his five-game stretch, logging a .278 BA with two homers. He’s got 21 homers, 66 RBI and 16 swipes this season in Triple-A, and it will be interesting to see what he’s got this week. 

Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have been making a bit of noise over their last several games, and Williams is a big part of that. During his nine-game hit streak, he’s got six runs, three homers and 16 RBI. 

On the year, that gives Williams a .306 BA with four homers and 18 RBI in just 20 games. After finishing up with the Astros this week, Williams and the gang will see the Braves at home. 

Brent Honeywell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: In deeper leagues and on SP-needy teams, it’s time to take a look at Honeywell. He’s the Rays’ top pitching prospect and is making quite an impression. 

On Sunday in his last outing, Honeywell gave up two runs on four hits over five innings while striking out 11 batters and walking only one. With the Rays in contention, a call-up could be imminent. 

Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Boston Red Sox: Rodriguez is coming off four earned on six hits in 5.1 innings in his last start against Seattle in a loss, but he’s a trendy waiver wire add nonetheless. 

On the season, Rodriguez has four wins, a 3.89 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 71.2 innings. He’s posting some decent strikeout rates lately, and will try again against the Royals on the 30th. 

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Happ is 0-for his last five, but he’s still got a bit of value since he has 13 homers and 34 RBI on the season. 

That said, he’s been struggling over the last week, hitting just .211 with one RBI. If you’re stuck for middle infield help or outfield depth, however, he’s got a better ceiling than many others. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:26:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90132
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/20/17: Key Matchups This Weekend]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/20/fantasy-baseball-update-7/20/17-key-matchups-this-weekend#comments The MLB’s big weekend series will be off and running tomorrow, so now is a good opportunity to check the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see who’s trending out there as a possible add. Let’s visit with some of the popular guys right now. 

Tyler Clippard, RP, Chicago White Sox: We’ve already speculated a bit on Clippard following that big trade from New York, and now it seems we have a little hard evidence on his value. 

The Sox will be giving Clippard the first shot at save opportunities moving forward. He’s the leading candidate…

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The MLB’s big weekend series will be off and running tomorrow, so now is a good opportunity to check the fantasy baseball waiver wire to see who’s trending out there as a possible add. Let’s visit with some of the popular guys right now. 

Tyler Clippard, RP, Chicago White Sox: We’ve already speculated a bit on Clippard following that big trade from New York, and now it seems we have a little hard evidence on his value. 

The Sox will be giving Clippard the first shot at save opportunities moving forward. He’s the leading candidate in a now-thin Chicago bullpen and will face KC starting tomorrow. 

Gerardo Parra, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies: Parra has been making quite a bit of noise lately as a fantasy add. In his last four games, he’s got 11 hits, eight runs, two homers and five RBI. 

That makes eight homers with 40 RBI and a .364 BA for Parra this year. He just keeps hitting and is a great pickup ahead of the Pirates series which starts tomorrow night. 

Trevor Cahill, SP/RP, San Diego Padres: Cahill is one of the top SP adds out there this morning, and he’s still available in about 2/3 of fantasy leagues heading into his Friday start in San Francisco. 

Cahill carries a 3.14 ERA With a 1.24 WHIP in 57.1 innings this season. he’s coming off 6.2 innings and eight Ks with one run in a win over the Giants in his last start. 

CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees: Not so long ago, Sabathia was a must-have fantasy pitcher. Now you can get him on the cheap, and even off the wire in many formats. 

The good thing about Sabathia is that he’s been one of the Yankees’ more solid SPs this year, and hasn’t allowed a run in three of his last four starts. He’s sitting on a 3.54 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and eight wins going into tomorrow’s road game versus the Mariners. 

Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Let’s finish up with Williams, who has been showing some good stuff lately. In his last five games, he’s got nine hits, four runs, two homers and 10 RBI to his credit. 

Williams, who is a rookie just called up on June 30, has been showing what he can do over the last couple of weeks. He’s a nice deep-league add while he’s hitting. He’ll see Milwaukee at home starting tomorrow. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:38:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89811
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/19/17: Waiver Wire Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/19/fantasy-baseball-update-7/19/17-waiver-wire-picks#comments The early-week MLB series are just finishing up today, and with the big weekend games on the horizon it’s a good time to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few of the trending players out there. 

Anthony Swarzak, RP, Chicago White Sox: Swarzak is getting some waiver wire attention in the wake of the big Todd Frazier trade with the Yankees. Chicago Relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle are now wearing New York pinstripes. 

That makes Swarzak a logical choice for more work. He’s got four wins this…

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The early-week MLB series are just finishing up today, and with the big weekend games on the horizon it’s a good time to check out the fantasy baseball waiver wire. Let’s visit with a few of the trending players out there. 

Anthony Swarzak, RP, Chicago White Sox: Swarzak is getting some waiver wire attention in the wake of the big Todd Frazier trade with the Yankees. Chicago Relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle are now wearing New York pinstripes. 

That makes Swarzak a logical choice for more work. He’s got four wins this year with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 44.0 innings. He’s definitely a guy to at least keep an eye on. 

Tyler Clippard, RP, Chicago White Sox: Clippard also changed addresses in the Chicago-New York trade and should see some big situations for the Sox. 

Clippard carries a 4.95 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 36.1 innings this year. If he can pitch to his abilities, he may be able to flirt with closer duties with the White Sox. 

Gerardo Parra, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies: Parra has been pretty hot at the plate lately, and that’s got him looking like a nice fantasy pickup. In his last three games, he’s got seven hits, seven runs, two homers and five RBI. 

Parra is hitting .352 on the year with eight homers and 40 RBI. He’s been crushing since returning from the DL on July 7. 

Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: If you’re SP-needy, McHugh is a guy to grab right now before his impending season debut on July 22 versus Baltimore. He’s coming off the DL due to an elbow injury. 

Pitching for a great Astros team, McHugh offers some real upside. He carried a 3.71 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP between 2014 and 2016. 

Paul DeJong, 2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: DeJong is available in around half the fantasy leagues out there, and is a good pickup right now if you need middle infield help. He has three hits, two runs, a homer and two RBI in his last three games. 

DeJong is hitting .295 with 10 homers and 22 RBI. After two more games with the Mets, he’ll head off to Wrigley for a date with the rival Cubs. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:02:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89763
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/17/17: Key Matchups Early This Week]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/17/fantasy-baseball-update-7/17/17-key-matchups-early-this-week#comments Now that we’ve gotten our first dose of MLB action after the All-Star break this past weekend, it’s a good opportunity to check the fantasy baseball waiver wire ahead of all the big matchups this week. Let’s see who’s trending this morning. 

Sean Doolittle, RP, Washington Nationals: Yesterday, we got news of a big trade between the Nationals and the A’s. Doolittle was part of that deal, and the speculation is that he’ll likely split closer duties with Ryan Madson for the time being. 

Doolittle has shown quite a bit of promise this…

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Now that we’ve gotten our first dose of MLB action after the All-Star break this past weekend, it’s a good opportunity to check the fantasy baseball waiver wire ahead of all the big matchups this week. Let’s see who’s trending this morning. 

Sean Doolittle, RP, Washington Nationals: Yesterday, we got news of a big trade between the Nationals and the A’s. Doolittle was part of that deal, and the speculation is that he’ll likely split closer duties with Ryan Madson for the time being. 

Doolittle has shown quite a bit of promise this year. He’s got a 3.38 ERA with a 0.66 WHIP and three saves in 21.1 innings. He gets the Angels starting tomorrow after finishing up with the Reds. 

Mike Clevinger, SP/RP, Cleveland Indians: Another pitcher to keep an eye on this morning is Clevinger, who is high atop the waiver wire ahead of a start tomorrow. He’s coming off 6.0 innings with four Ks and zero earned in his last outing against the Tigers. 

Clevinger has a 3.00 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP this year in 60.0 innings. He’s also got five wins, and will try for another tomorrow in San Francisco. 

Tommy Pham, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Pham is a guy we’ve talked about a time or two this year, and he’s really been contributing to the Cardinals’ offense lately. In his last five starts he’s got eight hits, five runs, a homer, three RBI and three steals. 

Pham is hitting .311 with 11 homers and 35 RBI alongside 12 steals this year. He’s playing quite well at the moment heading into New York for the Mets. 

Jose Reyes, 3B/SS, New York Mets: There was a time when Reyes was a slam-dunk fantasy pick in the draft, but now you can grab him off the wire. He’s playing well lately with six hits, four runs, a homers, three RBI and a steal in his last three games. 

Reyes is still hitting just .225, but does have nine homers, 31 RBI and 11 steals to his credit. He will see the Cardinals starting today at home. 

Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox: As well as Garcia has been playing, it’s somewhat surprising he’s still out there in over 25 percent of leagues. He’s got five hits in his last three games and whacked two homers yesterday against Seattle. 

Garcia is one of the Sox’ best hitters this year with a .312 BA, 11 homers and 51 RBI. Check and make sure he’s not still out there in your league before he starts up against the Dodgers today. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:16:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89604
<![CDATA[Fantasy Baseball Update 7/14/17: Waiver Wire Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/07/14/fantasy-baseball-update-7/14/17-waiver-wire-picks#comments The MLB is picking back up today after the All-Star break, so it’s time to get back to that fantasy baseball lineup and make some adjustments for the weekend. Let’s look at a few waiver wire and sleeper-level players out there and see if anyone makes sense for your team. 

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox: Devers is one of the leading candidates on the waiver wire right now, thanks to the news that he’ll be heading up to Triple-A any day now. 

Devers is one of the top prospects in the league, and Boston really needs his help at…

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The MLB is picking back up today after the All-Star break, so it’s time to get back to that fantasy baseball lineup and make some adjustments for the weekend. Let’s look at a few waiver wire and sleeper-level players out there and see if anyone makes sense for your team. 

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox: Devers is one of the leading candidates on the waiver wire right now, thanks to the news that he’ll be heading up to Triple-A any day now. 

Devers is one of the top prospects in the league, and Boston really needs his help at 3B with the big club. Deeper-leaguers and Sox fans need to pick him up now before the rush is on. 

Jhoulys Chacin, SP/RP, San Diego Padres: Let’s move on over to the mound and visit with Chacin, who is coming off 6.1 innings of one-run ball in Philly his last time out. 

Chacin is sitting on a 4.32 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 102.0 innings this year and has eight wins. He will go again tomorrow versus the Giants at home. 

Paul DeJong, 2B/3B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Rookie DeJong has been turning some heads in St. Louis, finishing out the first half strong with eight extra-base hits over his last 13 plate appearances. 

On the year, DeJong has a .313 BA with nine homers and 20 RBI, which is pretty impressive for a 36-game span. St. Louis will keep trotting him out there as long as he’s hitting. 

Keone Kela, RP, Texas Rangers: Kela has been out of action for the past couple of weeks due to soreness in his shoulder, but made the trip to KC with the team. That means we could see him return in this Royals series. 

Once Kela is back on the job, he may be asked to slot right in at closer, as the Rangers have been struggling in that area. He’s a guy to watch if you need RP help. 

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves: Let’s finish up with another deep prospect, as Acuna is getting a bit of attention right now. He was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett yesterday, his second promotion this year. 

In Double-A over 217 at-bats, Acuna managed a .318 BA with nine homers, 30 RBI and 18 steals. He’s a high-end prospect and deeper leaguers should at least keep an eye on him. 

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