Daily Fantasy MLB 4/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 14, 2014
The weekend series have all wrapped up, which means it’s time to start looking forward to the week ahead in fantasy baseball leagues everywhere. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the hot players who have been making noise on the waiver wire and see who might be a good fit for your team as the action picks back up again today.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Rendon went 0-for-4 yesterday against Atlanta as his team got swept out of the stadium, but that hasn’t affected his fantasy appeal too much. He had a scorching start to the season, racking up nine runs, nine RBI and two homers.
The Nats will lick their wounds and head down to sunny Miami for a three-game series starting today. With his eligibility at second base, Rendon is a pretty good pickup in a much-needed position as long as he stays hot.
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Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Speaking of starting out the year hot, Blackmon has done just that (and come from seemingly out of nowhere in doing so). Heading into yesterday’s game against the Giants in San Francisco, he’d put up six hits in his previous three games, snagging three runs, a pair of RBI and a steal in the process. He put up a 1-for-3 line in the finale.
If Blackmon is still out there in your league, it’s time you snatched him up; He won’t last too much longer on the wire. He’ll be in San Diego early this week.
Kelly Johnson, 1B/2B/3B/OF, New York Yankees: Looking at Johnson, the first thing that jumps out is his multi-positional eligibility. The second thing is his hot start to the season. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Red Sox, he was rocking a .286 average with three homers, seven RBI and three runs to his credit this season, but whiffed in the last game.
Johnson needs his teammates to help out more if he’s going to start plating runs, but we won’t be too picky here. The position eligibility alone is enough to give owners cause for a long look, and he should do well against the Cubs for two games starting tomorrow.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: For the past couple of seasons at least, Plouffe has been one of those borderline fantasy players that never quite breaks out but does offer stints of nice production. That’s been happening early this year, as he’d put together some nice lines in the first couple of weeks. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Royals, he had a .349 average with eight RBI and nine runs. That said, he posted his second consecutive 0-for-3 outing in the finale.
Sure, there are plenty of better options than Plouffe at the hot corner, but while he’s doing well you might as well look his way, especially in deeper formats. He’s at home against the Blue Jays for three games starting tomorrow.
Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox: We haven’t really talked about Eaton yet this season, but it’s high time we gave him some attention. Before yesterday’s game three against Cleveland, he’d been on a tear, snagging two hits in each of his previous five games. During that span, he’d produced 10 runs and four RBI. That streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 line, though.
Eaton has been killing it over the first couple weeks of the season, and what success the Sox have had already (though it’s not much) is much thanks to him. The Red Sox will be coming to town tomorrow.
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