Daily Fantasy MLB 4/16/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 16, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and the MLB’s early-week series are in full swing as we cruise toward the weekend. There are plenty of options out there for fantasy owners looking to make an early-season run, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the trending players who could make nice additions to your roster.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: We’ve been talking about Mesoraco quite a bit lately, and he just keeps giving us reasons to put him in this space. Heading into yesterday’s matchup against Pittsburgh, he’d nailed three homers in just five games since coming off the disabled list. That all added up to seven RBI and four runs. He didn’t homer yesterday, but did post a 3-for-4 outing with a pair of RBI.
Mesoraco is obviously the hottest backstop ticket in baseball right now, and he’s a must-add name at this stage. Catcher is a tough fantasy position which he should fill nicely.
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Jesse Chavez, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: Chavez doesn’t throw again until this weekend, but we’ve got to give him his due while you still may be able to swipe him from the wire. In his three starts so far this year, he’s allowed just three earned runs and issued two walks while striking out 22 batters.
The bad news is that Chavez doesn’t have any wins to show for that stellar pitching, even though the A’s have won each of his three starts. He’ll get a great matchup against the Astros on Sunday, so grab him and keep him in mind for then.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Let’s get back to that Cincinnati-Pittsburgh matchup for a moment and check out Walker. He posted a 3-for-3 outing on Monday in the teams’ suspended game, nailing two solo homers for his first hits in a three-game stretch. He kept it going yesterday with another homer, two RBI and two runs.
Walker’s already well on his way to what we think will be at least a 15-homer year. He’ll give you some tantrums with 0-fers here and there, but all in all isn’t a bad pickup at a thin position. He’ll finish up in Cincy today.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Blackmon is another guy who finds his way into this space quite a bit. If he keeps hitting, he’ll stay here. Heading into yesterday’s game against San Diego, he was riding a five-game hit streak, with three multi-hit outings in that span. He was 0-for-1 yesterday, but did get a steal.
Blackmon’s numbers are headed for a market correction at some point, but for now he’s a gotta-have guy in fantasy. Snatch him up before the finale in San Diego tonight and reap the benefits.
Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners: Zunino is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but he’s one that you need to be aware of. He started off the work-week well with a 2-for-4 effort against the Rangers that yielded a homer, two RBI and two runs. That said, he did post an 0-fer yesterday.
If Zunino keeps plugging away with the power, Seattle may reward him with a regular cleanup spot in the lineup, which should pump up his numbers even further. We’ll have to see if he can keep this tear going on the road in Texas tonight.
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