Daily Fantasy MLB 5/9/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 9, 2014
It’s Friday (finally), and that means it’s time for fantasy baseball owners to start getting ready for the weekend series. To help you out with that, we’ve come up with our daily list of breakout players who you may be able to find out there on the waiver wire. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone’s worth your time.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: If you haven’t jumped on the Rasmus bandwagon this week, there’s a good chance it’s already left the station in your league. He came into yesterday’s game against the Phillies on a seven-game hit streak, during which he’d knocked four homers, 11 RBI and seven runs. He nailed another solo homer yesterday.
This is Rasmus’ ceiling, as evidenced by his still-tepid BA. That said, you’d be silly to ignore such a run as this. As long as he’s hitting, he’s a must-have name in fantasy right now as the Angels come to town this weekend.
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Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Let’s stick in Toronto for a moment and check out Francisco, a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar who also carried a seven-game hit streak into yesterday’s game. During that run, he had seven runs, two homers and eight RBI. He was 3-for-3 with three runs and a solo homer yesterday.
Francisco was picked up by Toronto after Milwaukee couldn’t find any room for him, and so far he’s making the Brewers look shortsighted. The corners are pretty well-stocked with talent in fantasy, but he’s definitely worth a look.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore Orioles: So far this season, Chen has had some ups and downs. He’s got three wins under his belt, but is carrying a pretty bloated. 4.24 ERA along with them. Still, he’s worth a look in fantasy today, if only for his matchup.
Chen gets the Astros today, so he’s been trending as a fantasy add. He’s only given up four runs over his last two starts combined, so we expect the success to continue today, as long as the Os can give him some run support.
Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals: If no one has picked up Ramos yet in your league, you should get on it immediately. He was activated off the DL for Wednesday’s game, and promptly went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Ramos was out for just over five weeks due to a hand injury, but it appears he’s good to go now. If he can stay healthy from here on out, we fully expect him to be among one of the top dozen or so fantasy catchers by season’s end. Go get him if you can.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: Over this first month or so of fantasy baseball action, Escobar has emerged as one of the top contenders for a pickup at the thin position of SS. He carried a four-game hit streak into yesterday’s opener against Seattle, posting six hits, three runs and five stolen bases in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
If you need swipes and runs from your infield, Escobar is your guy. He should carry a pretty decent average and deliver some RBI here and there as well. We’re definitely on the bandwagon, and you should be too.
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