Daily Fantasy MLB 4/28/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 28, 2014
Another weekend has concluded in the MLB, so now it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming games on your fantasy players’ schedules. We’ve got a fresh set coming today, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who might be worth an addition to your roster.
Alfredo Simon, SP/RP, Cincinnati Reds: Despite his legal troubles, Simon has remained a success thus far this season. He’s been a hot commodity on the waiver wire recently, and has amassed a 3-1 record in the early going. He’s allowed just two earned runs in his last two starts combined.
Simon gets a nice matchup today at home against the Cubs, so he’s a guy to use for that one if you’re in the market for a fill-in SP. He won’t post a bunch of strikeouts, but should play well enough.
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Dioner Navarro, C, Toronto Blue Jays: Navarro is a relative newcomer to the fantasy radar, and he’s one of the more popular catchers out there right now. He sat out yesterday’s game, but in four appearances before that he’d posted eight hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI.
Navarro is off to a hot start. He’s got a .309 average with 14 RBI. The Blue Jays are kind of tentative on him defensively, but as long as he’s hitting, we doubt they’ll care all that much.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies: Now let’s look at another catcher who has been making his presence felt on the waiver wire. Ruiz has been a hot commodity lately--heading into yesterday’s finale in Arizona he’d managed seven hits in a three-game stretch, with five runs and three RBI in that span.
Ruiz sat out yesterday as a routine day off, and he’ll be good to go for tomorrow at home against the Mets as Philly begins their home-stand.
James Loney, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays: We’ve talked about Loney once or twice in this space this season, and he’s making a case for himself once again. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the White Sox, he’d posted six hits, two runs and three RBI in three games. He came up empty in that one, though.
There are a few good options at 1B in fantasy this season, so Loney would be a backup candidate. That said, he’s putting up starter-type numbers so far and should be in just about anyone’s lineup.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: Let’s finish up with LaRoche, who has been on fire recently. Prior to yesterday’s finale against the Padres, he’d logged seven hits, four runs, a homer and four RBI in four games. That said, he posted an 0-fer yesterday.
LaRoche’s 2013 was pretty bad, so chances are he wasn’t drafted in your league (or went pretty far down). He’s a must-have guy right now, and would fit in nicely at the utility spot for just about any team.
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