The first month of fantasy baseball is just about in the books with April wrapping up this Tuesday. Many Major League Baseball teams have a couple of scheduled days off, but there are also several teams who will play seven games with no off-days. The Rockies are one of those teams with seven games, including a three-game set vs. the Diamondbacks with the added boost of playing at Coors Field. Make sure that as you make your lineup card out for the week you check to make sure you have the right matchups to attack.
If you’re looking for a boost from the waiver wire for your season-long fantasy baseball roster, there are some nice options still available in many leagues. The following four pickups are widely available and can help your team in the coming week. If you’re in a more competitive or deeper league, I’ve also included some other options at the bottom of the page who can also be nice additions. If you have specific questions about your roster or league format, I’d be happy to answer them on Twitter over at @ZT_Sports.
2B/SS ERIC SOGARD, TOR (at LAA, at TEXThe Blue Jays rotated multiple batters at the top of their order before calling up Sogard from Triple-A. The 32-year-old veteran has stepped right into their leadoff spot and been very productive. He has gone 17-for-41 (.415) in his first 10 games and offered some solid power with four doubles and three home runs. He has also walked five times giving him an impressive 1.210 OPS.
Sogard has always been a nice option for on-base percentage and can add some pop when things are going well. With the Blue Jays lineup adding Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the heart of the order this week, Sogard should have a good shot at scoring runs if he continues to lead off. He doesn’t usually offer many stolen bases, but has swiped two already in his time with Toronto. Sogard was hot for a nice run with Milwaukee two years ago, but struggled last year. As long as he’s hot, though, he’ll be a very solid option in the middle infield.
1B/3B HUNTER DOZIER, KC (vs. TB, at DET)If you need to boost your lineup at a corner infield spot, Dozier is a great option to take a look at, as he has been on fire for the Royals over the past two weeks. Dozier extended his hitting streak to seven games on Sunday and has gone 12-for-32 (.375) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and seven RBI.
Dozier and the Royals open the week with four games against the Rays at home before going on the road next weekend to take on the Tigers. Dozier is 8-for-24 with a pair of homers against the Rays over the past two seasons. He has become a solid bat in the middle of the Kansas City lineup and enters the week hitting .350 with seven homers and a 1.155 OPS in his first 80 at-bats this season.
SP ZACH DAVIES, MIL (vs. COL, VS. NYM)The Brewers bolstered their rotation by signing Gio Gonzalez earlier this week and Jimmy Nelson (elbow) is working his way back on a rehab outing. Milwaukee’s rotation has been inconsistent this season, but Davies has been their best starter, although he hasn’t been able to work deep into games very often.
He has only pitched more than five innings once, but has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his six games. He is 2-0 with a sterling 1.65 ERA, although his 1.35 WHIP shows he has been a little bit lucky to only allow five earned runs in his 27 1/3 innings. Davies is expected to get two home starts this week against the Rockies and Mets and has not allowed a run in 10 2/3 innings at Miller Park this season, so he should be a solid source of innings and probably a win or two this week.
RP EMILIO PAGÁN, TB (at KC, at BAL)Pagán has been growing into a larger role in the Rays bullpen and pitching in high-leverage situations. He picked up three saves this week and also picked up a key out against the Red Sox on Sunday, although it came earlier in the game.
In seven games this year, Pagán has allowed just one hit and one run in 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight. He will continue to share opportunities with Jose Alvarado but is definitely trending the right direction. The Rays are off to a great start and get seven games this week against the Royals and Orioles. He should be able to get more saves and provide good production out of the Tampa Bay bullpen.
Other options worth watchingBATTERS
- 1B/2B/SS/OF, Kiké Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 1B/OF Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers
- 1B/3B, Yandy Díaz, Tampa Bay Rays
- 2B/3B, David Bote, Chicago Cubs
- 2B/3B, Tommy La Stella, Los Angeles Angels
- SS Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
- SS Carter Kieboom, Washington Nationals
- OF Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins
- OF Josh Reddick, Houston Astros
- OF Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
- SP John Means, Baltimore Orioles
- SP Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves
- SP Gio Gonzalez, Milwaukee Brewers
- SP Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels
- SP Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies
- RP John Gant, St. Louis Cardinals
- RP Roenis Elías, Seattle Mariners
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