Daily Fantasy MLB 4/5/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 5, 2014
The weekend series are already underway around the MLB, and fantasy baseball owners everywhere are looking forward to a lengthy day of action out on the diamond. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the potential waiver wire and daily league targets out there who are making names for themselves with their solid play in the early-going.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Can you say “hot”? All week, Bonifacio has been the player to target in fantasy, thanks to his crazy run in the Cubs’ first four games. Yesterday, he wasn’t able to add to his legend, but did manage to get stranded after a walk.
Bonifacio is sporting 11 hits and four stolen bases so far. It’s tough not to buy into the hype here, especially when he exhibits multi-positional eligibility in most leagues. If you can get him, by all means pull the trigger. The Philly series continues this weekend.
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Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants: Those owners who can’t get Bonifacio have been drawn to Pagan, who has posted his own solid lines this week. He snagged another hit and another RBI against the Dodgers yesterday, which gives him a grand total of nine hits and seven ribbies through five games thus far.
Sure, Pagan is the fortunate recipient of a stellar stretch to begin the season, but that doesn’t mean you should write him off completely. Here’s the bottom line: He’s a speedster who will give you nice finesse numbers in fantasy, and you should hop on the train while he’s hot. He won’t be slowing up in L.A. this weekend.
Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: McGehee is coming into his own in this first week, and he’s gaining plenty of fantasy attention because of it. Yesterday’s 1-for-3 performance produced two more RBI, giving him a total of 10 in just five games so far.
McGehee is hitting .438 and has seven hits to his credit along with a pair of runs. We don’t see him slowing down against the Padres this weekend, so get in while the getting is good.
Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks: The D-Backs went down and went down hard yesterday against the Rockies, so there aren’t a whole lot of good tidings here. That said, Owings is a spectacular add in the early goings of the fantasy season, continuing his solid effort with a 1-for-4 outing yesterday.
Look, no one is expecting Owings to blow anyone’s mind (and he will get into trouble due to his fielding), but he’s got nine hits in six games so far and that’s hard to argue with. In a thin spot like SS, he’s a prime candidate for a pickup right now.
James Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners: Paxton isn’t scheduled to toss again until Tuesday against the Angels, but we’ll give him a look today since he’s such a hot commodity in fantasy right now. In his first appearance of the regular season, he tossed seven shutout innings--only allowing two hits and four base-runners in all--during a convincing win in L.A.
With Paxton facing the Angels again--this time at home--it’s hard not to believe in his stuff. He won’t be an overpowering guy who blows your mind with his stats, but he’s definitely worth a look as an investment.
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