Daily Fantasy MLB 5/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 4, 2014
The weekend series in the MLB will be coming to a close today (already?), and the upcoming action will provide fantasy owners with plenty of opportunities to move up in their leagues’ standings. With that said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players and sleepers out there on the waiver wire and see who’s making waves. Here’s the latest.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Miami Marlins: It’s pretty safe to say that Saltalamacchia has been all the rage this past week. In a four-game stretch heading into yesterday’s game against the Dodgers, he’d accounted for two homers, three RBI and seven runs. He nabbed another RBI yesterday as well.
Saltalamacchia has been the biggest C add in fantasy over the past several days, and really the only gripe here is that his homers aren’t producing many RBI. That’s a good problem to have, though, so go get him.
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Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins: Helping out Saltalamacchia in a better-than-expected Marlins lineup is Jones, who came into yesterday’s game on a tear. In a three-game stretch, he posted seven hits, three runs, a homer and four RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
1B and OF are pretty deep in fantasy, but if you’re in the market for either position, Jones isn’t looking too bad right now. Even better, he’s got the Mets and Padres coming up this week, so he should keep rolling.
Omar Infante, 2B, Kansas City Royals: We’ve talked about Infante a few times this season, as he’s made some major noise as a middle infielder in fantasy. He carried a five-game hit streak into the Tigers game yesterday, nabbing eight RBI, five runs and three multi-hit games in that span. He had an 0-fer yesterday.
As long as Infante is hitting, there’s really not much to complain about. You won’t get a whole lot of power here, but he should provide enough of a lift at a tough position in fantasy to warrant consideration.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: If you’re in the market for an SP arm, McHugh needs to be high on your list. In his two starts, he’s allowed just one earned run and five hits all together. That all equates to a 0.59 ERA and 0.52 WHIP with 19 strikeouts.
McHugh has come seemingly from out of nowhere to add a nice option for fantasy owners in need of rotation help. He’ll be throwing at home against the visiting Mariners today and will be a popular pickup.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Byrd (probably since last season at some point), but he’s been making sufficient noise out on the waiver wire and we need to give him a look. He carried a six-game hit streak into yesterday’s game, with four runs, two homers and eight RBI in that span. He managed two more RBI yesterday.
If this is a sign of things to come this season for Byrd, the Phillies made a great decision signing him. We’re not sure he can keep it up, but as long as he’s doing this sort of damage at the plate he’s a very realistic fantasy possibility.
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