Daily Fantasy MLB 4/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 18, 2014
It’s Friday (finally), and we fantasy baseball owners can now cast off our worries and dig deep into a busy weekend of MLB action. There’s plenty going on today as the new series get going, so let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who could give your lineup a shot in the arm.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: The Mets have stormed onto the scene this season so far, and much of that is thanks to Young’s exploits. Over his last three games, he’s put up six hits, five runs, two RBI and three stolen bases.
Young is rocking nine swipes on the season so far, and he’s in for plenty more as the season progresses. You won’t get any power numbers here, but if you’re in need of runs and steals, he’s definitely your guy. The Mets host the Braves today.
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Aaron Harang, SP, Atlanta Braves: Speaking of that Mets-Braves series, let’s stick with it for a moment and check out Harang. In three starts this season, he’s allowed a total of just nine hits, with two earned runs in all. He should be 3-0 so far, but his teammates couldn’t give him any run support on April 8, so he’s 2-1.
Harang will throw today in his second appearance against New York this year. Last time he allowed just one earned and fanned nine. He’s a good bet to post at least a decent line.
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros: Springer has only been active for two games in the MLB this year, but he’s the talk of the fantasy world this week. In his debut, he went 1-for-5 with a run and was caught stealing. Yesterday, he kept it going with a 1-for-4 outing.
Springer will play his first road games when the team heads to Oakland tonight. He’s a must-own player in just about every format, thanks to a potent power-speed combination. Snatch him up quick before someone else does.
Juan Uribe, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Uribe has been a waiver wire fixture for at least the last week or so, thanks to a solid run of games. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Giants, he’d hit in four straight, accounting for four runs, two homers and four RBI. He extended that streak to five in the final game of the series.
The numbers dictate that Uribe is headed for a fall, but in the short-term it’s okay to trust him while he’s making contact. The Dodgers head back home tonight to host the Diamondbacks, which is a nice matchup for them.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: Ozuna has quietly been putting up some nice lines down there in Miami, so it’s high time we gave him a look. In his past two games, he’s put up six hits, three runs and an RBI. That gives him a .339 average with two homers and five RBI thus far.
Ozuna has hit in 13 of 15 games so far, making him a model for consistency. You won’t get much in the way of runs or RBI--it’s still the Marlins we’re talking about here--but he’s a nice boost to BA, for now at least. The Mariners come to town today.
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