Fantasy Baseball Update 4/14/14: Key Matchups Early This Week
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Early-Week Waiver Wire Adds
April 14, 2014
Now that the MLB’s weekend series are in our collective rearview mirror, we fantasy baseball owners can begin analyzing the matchups for the early-week games. Like we do each week, we’ve checked out the schedule and come up with a few solid fantasy plays who could do some major damage in the games this week. Here’s a closer look.
Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers: It happens every year: When Davis gets hot, he gets added pretty much everywhere. That makes sense, really, as there aren’t too many players at his level that offer the same type of skill-set. Prior to yesterday’s game in San Diego, he’d been on a six game hit streak, producing six runs, a homer and four RBI in that span. His 2-for-4 outing in the finale improved his BA to .345 and stretched the streak to seven.
Most importantly, Davisl also swiped five bases, which is what he does best. There’s no mystery here: He’ll get you steals and runs when he’s playing well, which is what he’s doing now. Cleveland comes to town tomorrow.
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Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins: We’ve kicked the tires on Dozier a couple of times this season already, and here he is again. He snagged himself another hit and a run in a 1-for-3 effort against KC yesterday, giving him a five-game hit streak. During that span, Dozier has produced six runs, three homers and five RBI.
The drawback to Dozier so far has been his ugly average, but the power numbers (four homers on the year) and the added bonus of three steals help soften the blow. He’s a realistic option when the Blue Jays visit tomorrow through Thursday.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: Reynolds didn’t get into the game yesterday against the Pirates, so that gives us an extra day to weigh the pros and cons of potentially relying on him in fantasy. It’s nothing different than usual; You know what you’re getting with Reynolds. He’ll hit for some nice power numbers, but will drive you mad with his anemic BA.
The good news so far on Reynolds: three homers; six RBI. The bad news: .233 batting average and one hit in the past three games. He’s a dice-roll as always, but one that could pay off against the Cardinals starting today.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies: Over the past few years, Rollins has gone from a first-round fantasy pick to a waiver wire afterthought in most standard-sized leagues. As of right now, that’s advantageous for those in need of help at SS, since he’s playing very well. Throw out his 0-fer outing yesterday, and he was having a nice three-game run there, including six hits four runs, a triple, a homer and two RBI in that span.
Rollins is in his twilight years right now, but still carries all sorts of value--especially at a thin position like SS. Snatch him up before today’s game against the Braves.
David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians: After going 0-for-6 in a two-game stretch last week, Murphy broke out on Saturday with a 2-for-5 performance that yielded a triple, a homer, two runs and four RBI. That brought his average up to .303 on the season and turned a lot of heads in fantasy. His 1-for-4 outing yesterday dipped it slightly, but he still got another RBI.
Murphy will be heading to Detroit to take on the Tigers starting tomorrow, and he makes a great option as a fill-in outfielder for those owners who need some help. Give him a look.
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