Daily Fantasy MLB 4/23/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 23, 2014
The early-week MLB series are starting to wind down, so it’s time to begin looking ahead to the weekend in fantasy baseball. In the meantime, there are plenty of available players who could potentially help out your team if you’re in the market. Let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-comers and see if anyone’s worth an add today.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: If you’re still sitting on the sidelines waiting on Mesoraco, someone else is going to beat you to the punch. He started this week out on his usual tear, logging eight hits, three runs and three RBI in a three game span. (He got a day off yesterday.)
There aren’t too many catchers we’d take over Mesoraco right now, as he’s teeing off on just about everything that comes his way. He’s a must-have fantasy player as the Pittsburgh series winds down.
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Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: We haven’t seen him on the lists much this year, but Howard is making a charge to the waiver wire radar this week. In a two-game span Sunday and Monday, he put up six hits, four runs, two homers and five RBI. Yesterday, he was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Howard has quietly put up some pretty decent numbers this season, which gives fantasy owners a “so far so good” attitude. He’ll need to stay healthy (easier said than done, obviously), but if the injury bug doesn’t bite him we could see a nice pile of stats by the end of the year.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: It’s been a little while since we’ve checked out Walker, so let’s see what he’s been up to. His week began with a solid two-game stretch, pouring in six hits, two runs, a homer and a pair of RBI in the process. He did post an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Since Walker plays at a thin fantasy position, he gets some extra consideration. That said, he’s a nice source of power and should be able to reach the 20-homer mark this season. Cincinnati is in town through tomorrow.
Ike Davis, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Let’s stick with the Pirates for a moment and check out Davis, who is making a name for himself as well. In a three-game stretch early this week, he’d posted five hits, four runs, a homer and four RBI. He came up empty yesterday, however.
Davis already has two grand slams to his credit this year, so he’s coming up big in important situations. If he can keep the power numbers going, we could see him getting moved to the cleanup spot, which would do wonders for his fantasy value.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians: We’ve visited with Brantley a couple of times this season, and it’s time to give him our attention yet again. Sunday and Monday, he accounted for three hits, three runs, two homers and four RBI against the Blue Jays and Royals. Tuesday got him a 2-for-4 line with a steal and a run.
Brantley is still flying under the radar in fantasy, but that could change if he continues hitting. If he’s still available in your league, at least give him a look as a backup guy. You won’t be sorry.
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