Daily Fantasy MLB 4/8/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 8, 2014
After an off-day for much of the league yesterday, the MLB is getting back to business in the early-week series today. That said, let’s turn to fantasy baseball and check out some of the hot trends out on the diamond right now and see if any of these up-and-comers can add some punch to your fantasy lineup in daily and seasonal leagues. Here’s a closer look.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Even though the Dodgers have stumbled at times in the early-going of the season, they’ve simply got too much talent on their roster to be ignored in fantasy. Such is the case with Gordon, who has been a hot add over the early part of the season.
He’s coming off an 0-fer performance, but does have three runs, three steals and three RBI to his credit. With eligibility at thin positions like 2B and SS, you shouldn’t overlook Gordon at home against the Tigers today and tomorrow.
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Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit Tigers: Speaking of the Tigers, let’s head to the other dugout in that Detroit-L.A. series and check out Hunter. He’s got a nice three-game run going, logging six hits, four runs and seven RBI in that span.
Hunter has bashed a homer in each of the last three, so he’s off to a great start right now. He’s a depth consideration or a deep-league option, sure, but for power numbers you could do a whole lot worse.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: If you haven’t jumped on the Bonifacio train just yet, chances are it’s passed you by. Regardless, his antics at the plate deserve some recognition. He’s coming off a 1-for-4 outing this weekend that produced a pair of runs and an RBI, giving him a .500 average on the season.
Bonifacio started the year on an absolute tear and has calmed down a bit since then, but he’s still producing. If for some reason he’s still out there in your league, now’s the time to pounce before he gets too cold.
Melky Cabrera, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: We didn’t think we’d be talking about Cabrera as a fantasy option--especially this early in the season--but here he is. He has a seven-game hit streak to start the year, and in just the last three he’s produced three runs, three homers and three RBI.
That gives Cabrera a .323 average so far, and he’s become a legitimate option in fantasy. Don’t forget, his 2013 campaign was marred by injury, and he’ll be better now that he’s healthy. He’s home against Houston today.
Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners: There are plenty of doubters out there on Smoak, and frankly we’re not saying he’ll kill it. Still, he’s a depth option at the corner and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Smoak produced a 1-for-3 outing with an RBI on Sunday, which was his first hit since his three-game hit streak came to an end at the beginning of the season. He’s destined to be a streaky hitter this year (like always), but could at least stay warm against the Angels this week.
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