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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire: 4th of July edition

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This past week the United States of America celebrated its independence from England. For more than 240 years, the nation is able to spread its wings and create its own traditions. One of these traditions happens to be the nation’s pastime of baseball.

This week’s players on the waiver wire are born and grew up in the great nation of the United States of America. They are truly creating “fireworks” on the field and could create you to hold your “independence” in your league. The four (like the 4th) players could make an instant “declaration” on your team. I could go on forever, but let me get on to talking about these players.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire

Hitters

Denard Span, OF, San Francisco Giants (6% owned in Yahoo)

What a way to start with a player born in the Nation’s Capital of Washington, DC. Denard Span is the centerfielder for the lowly San Francisco and was the first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2002.

The typical leadoff batter seems to be a thing of the past anymore. It was normally someone who got on base a lot, was able to steal and create some havoc on the bases. This is what Span does provide. There is only a hand full of lineups in the league that are continually creating this type of scenario. Span is really one of the few bright spots for the San Francisco Giants, who on an odd year sees themselves in last place.

The key for future Span owners is making sure that he is in the lineup because he will sometimes get rests here or there. He does provide instant success in the entire key hitting categories though. In the past two weeks, he is hitting .341 with 10 runs, one home run, four RBI and one stolen base. This all adds up to an on-base percentage of .383 for this time. He is getting on base lately.

FAAB Bid: 1-3%

Pitching

Scott Feldman, SP, Cincinnati Reds (25% owned in Yahoo)

From one part of the United States all the way to the other end, Feldman was born in Kailua, HI. He was big at an early age and his second-grade teacher referred to him as an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ among the other kids. He later grew up in Northern California and was drafted in the 30th round by the Texas Rangers.

The lifetime journey man is better at home than he is on the road. This is something to keep in mind when starting him. In nine outings at home, he has a 3.94 ERA with 17 walks and 42 strikeouts. He has held opponents to an average of .215. On the road, he has an ERA of 4.99 and holds a 3-4 record.

In the past fourteen days, Feldman has been a pretty solid starter. During this span, he has recorded two wins to go along with two quality starts. His statistics were an ERA of 2.84 with 18 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. He won’t be making his next start until after the All-Star break.

FAAB Bid: 1-2% 

Ian Kennedy, SP, Kansas City Royals (32% owned in Yahoo) 

Kennedy was born in Huntington Beach, California. He played his college ball at USC and in 2005 became the PAC-10 “Pitcher of the Year”. In 2006, Kennedy was drafted in the 21st round by the New York Yankees and made his debut on September 1st, 2007.

Pitchers seem to be my main focus in this week’s waiver wire pickups and Ian Kennedy goes along with no question. Kennedy has flipped a switch in the 2017 season. He started 0-6 and looked absolutely dreadful. Since then, he won three out of his last four starts and hasn’t lost since June 5th.

In his last start, Kennedy only allowed one run in 6.2 innings pitched against the Mariners. The way he is pitching, I would feel confident enough to pick him up and start him on a regular basis. On Friday night, he takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers to finish off his starts before the All-Star break.

FAAB Bid: 2-4%

Mike Foltynewicz, SP, Atlanta Braves (29% owned in Yahoo) 

My “4th” (sorry I had to) player for this week is Mike Foltynewicz. ‘Folty’ was born and grew up in Illinois. He always wanted to be a major league baseball player and even had his parents develop elbow problems from how many pitches they threw to him one summer. He was drafted in the first round by the Houston Astros in 2010.

Of the three pitchers I talked about this week, he has been the hottest. In the last two weeks, he has two wins with one quality start. During this time, he has 17 strikeouts with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. In his start, he has a no-hitter going into the ninth inning before giving up a home run to the Oakland Athletics.

According to Yahoo, in the last fourteen days, Foltynewicz is ranked as the 46th pitcher in the league. Overall, he is really not that bad of a starter to have as a 4th or 5th guy in a 10-12 team league. I would be pretty confident with him going forward. 

FAAB Bid: 3-5%


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