Daily Fantasy MLB 4/30/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 30, 2014
It’s Wednesday in the MLB, and that means fantasy baseball owners are beginning the transition toward the big weekend matchups around the league. That said, there’s still plenty to monitor in the next couple of days, and we’ll start things out by taking our daily look at some of the potential breakout players who should be widely available in many leagues.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies: Ruiz has been a hot pickup lately, and his solid play has got him on a lot of owners’ radar. Through the weekend, he’d posted seven hits in a three-game stretch, resulting in five runs and three RBI. He kept it going with a hit yesterday.
Ruiz entered his hot stretch with just a .204 average on the season, so he’s definitely enjoying himself. We expect him to settle down eventually, but while he’s hitting feel free to utilize him.
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Marcus Semien, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox: Any time a guy with a “2B” designation by his name starts hitting, we owe it to ourselves to check him out. That’s been the case with Semien recently, and even though the Tampa Bay series started out rough, he finished off with three hits, four runs, two RBI and a steal in just two games. He posted a hit and a run yesterday.
Semien likely wont’ get sustained playing time once Conor Gillaspie returns to full health, but for the moment he’s worth a look as a depth guy in the middle infield. He’ll finish up with Detroit today.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: Morse turned a lot of heads in the San Diego opener, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. That raised his average to .300 on the season and gave him a total of 19 RBI to go along with his six homers. He went 1-for-3 yesterday.
There’s a lot of depth out there at OF and 1B for needy fantasy owners, so Morse is ultimately more of a fill-in or deeper-league guy to those who are in the market. Still, as long as he’s hitting and keeping those power numbers flowing, he’s a must-have guy.
Ben Revere, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Let’s head back to Philadelphia for a moment and check out one of our favorite speedsters in the majors. Revere entered the Mets series on a roll, posting eight hits, four runs, an RBI and three steals in his previous four games. Yesterday, he came up empty at the dish but nabbed a steal.
You won’t get RBI or homers with Revere, but most fantasy owners already know what he brings to the table. You’re looking at runs and swipes here, so as long as he’s hitting and getting on base, he’s golden for that stuff.
Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Aybar, so let’s see how he’s doing. Heading into Game 2 against Cleveland yesterday, he’d posted two hits, a run and two RBI over his previous two games. He was 4-for-5 yesterday.
Aybar’s numbers aren’t really all that remarkable, but we’ve got to remember that it’s SS we’re talking about here, and there really aren’t too many elite names available for needy fantasy owners. He’s just consistent enough to warrant a long look if you can get him.
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