Daily Fantasy MLB 4/9/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 9, 2014
With many of the early-week series wrapping up today, we’ll be seeing a lot of action out there on the MLB diamond. That in turn will bring about all sorts of fantasy repercussions, so make sure that lineup is set. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the hot names being added in fantasy leagues everywhere and try to see if the trendy players will continue their hot streaks or simply flame out.
Shawn Kelley, RP, New York Yankees: The big add right now comes from Gotham City, as Kelley is filling in for the injured David Robertson (groin)--and filling in well. In his last appearance, he nabbed a save on a 1-2-3 inning and looks like a solid candidate if you’re in need of RP numbes.
Kelley is pretty close to a must-have player right now, especially considering the volatile reliever market in fantasy. He’ll finish up at home against Baltimore today before the Red Sox come in for the weekend.
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Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Even though he doesn’t have a hit in his last five at-bats through two games, Blackmon is still trending high on the waiver wire list. During a three-game stretch last week, he put together 10 hits, adding five runs and five RBI to his totals.
Blackmon isn’t necessarily blasting through walls, but he’s putting up consistent numbers with a stellar BA in the early-going. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow up too much as the White Sox series finishes up today. He’ll be in San Fran this weekend.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Bonifacio is back on the fantasy radar today, following another awesome performance last night against the Pirates. He put up three hits in five at-bats, logging a run, an RBI and his fifth stolen base of the season in the loss.
The Cubs have had their share of difficulties scoring runs this season, and that’s going to hurt Bonifacio’s value down the road. Still, it’s impossible to ignore this surge, so he’s a must-start player in every format. Today and tomorrow he’s home against the Pirates.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, New York Yankees: From the Windy City to the Big Apple, let’s check out Soriano, who traced that exact career path. He started out pretty awfully, but in his last three games he’s put up five hits, three runs and a solo homer.
While we’re not exactly giving Soriano a full endorsement, he did show some nice pop and speed during the latter part of 2013, and could be a value pickup at this point. Stick with him against Baltimore while he’s hot.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Gordon has been a hot commodity recently, and that trend continues today. He went 0-fer earlier this week, but followed that up with a 2-for-5 outing yesterday that featured a solo leadoff homer.
Gordon has only gone hitless in two games so far this season, and his nice .357 BA is turning a lot of heads. His 2B/SS eligibility is especially valuable, so he’s a great pickup in advance of the Tigers finale this evening.
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