Daily Fantasy MLB 4/2/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 2, 2014
Now that we’ve got a couple of days’ worth of fantasy baseball under our belts, we owners are shaking off the rust from a long off-season and looking forward to a lengthy campaign on the diamond. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there in fantasy and see who might be worth adding to your roster right now.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Rendon has been getting quite a bit of attention in the fantasy community over the past day or so, thanks to a nice opening-day performance against the Mets. He put up a 2-for-5 line in that one, snagging a run, a homer and four RBI.
Rendon is a former first-round pick, so he’s definitely got some potential. 2014 could be his year for a breakout campaign, and at a tough position like 2B, that’s not something to overlook.
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Jose Valverde, RP, New York Mets: Now let’s flip over to the other side in the Nationals-Mets series. Valverde is a trending RP name right now, but at the moment he’s more of an investment opportunity than anything. Bobby Parnell blew a save on Monday, and if he keeps having problems with his stuff we could see a change at closer very soon.
Valverde would get the save opportunities if the Mets decide to switch things up, so he’s more of a “watch list” candidate right now. Still, if you’ve got the room and need saves, scoop him up before someone else does.
Grady Sizemore, OF, Boston Red Sox: We’ve talked about Sizemore a couple of times this week already, but we’ll go ahead and throw his name out there again this morning since he’s such a hot pickup right now. Lots of owners are being very optimistic here, as he’s coming off a 2-for-4 outing in Baltimore with a solo homer to his credit.
Sizemore is a considerable injury risk, and there’s no telling what his numbers will look like at season’s end. Still, if you’re the hopeful type, he’s probably your guy right now.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox: It’s pretty safe to say that De Aza is starting things off well on the South Side. He mashed two home runs in the Sox’ opener against Minnesota, resulting in a 2-for-4 line with two runs and three RBI. It was the first multi-homer game of his career.
Here’s the bad news: De Aza will be splitting time with Dayan Viciedo, but will likely be the more regular player between the two. The opener will only help matters. He’s a lower-end fantasy name, but could be on his way up.
Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners: Smoak is the dictionary definition of hot right now, and he’s garnering a lot of waiver wire adds because of it. In his first two games, he’s produced four hits, three runs, a homer and six RBI. If that’s not production, we don’t know what is.
Here’s how this whole situation should break down: Smoak wasn’t a high-end target in drafts, and there was a good reason for that. He’s been something of a disappointment the past few seasons, so don’t get crazy here. Sure, he’ll work as a backup or low-end corner guy while he’s hot, but don’t expect him to sustain this crazy pace.
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