Daily Fantasy MLB 5/11/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 11, 2014
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s your last chance to take advantage of all the big-time MLB series happening today. There are plenty of viable fantasy baseball adds out there who deserve your attention, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who are making waves on rosters everywhere.
Robbie Ray, SP, Detroit Tigers: We’ll start things out today by taking a look at a couple of potential pitching prospects. Ray made a good impression in his debut on May 6, tossing 5 1/3 innings and allowing just one earned run on five hits while fanning five.
Ray will get the start today at home against Minnesota, which once again puts him into legitimate fantasy territory. As long as he’s tossing well, he seems like a pretty safe play. Go get him if you need another arm.
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Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: Now let’s move on to Miami, who have a pretty hot commodity in Alvarez. During his last start against the Mets, he went the distance in a complete game shutout, allowing six hits while striking out seven in the win.
That was Alvarez’s second complete game shutout of the season, as he did it against the Mariners on April 19 as well. He’s got just the two wins, but the 2.62 ERA and 1.30 WHIP make up for that. Even better, he’s got a great matchup in San Diego today.
Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Last week, Francisco was all the rage in fantasy. He carried an eight-game hit streak into the weekend series, during which he posted 10 runs, three homers and nine RBI. That ended on Saturday, unfortunately, but his popularity stayed strong. He’s now struck out six straight times, but has remained up there in the current trends.
The corners are pretty well loaded in fantasy this year, so Francisco is more of a deeper-league consideration. Still, it’s hard to ignore him when he’s hitting so well. If you feel like making a change, he’s an attractive option if he can get past this mini-slump.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres: Let’s head back to that Padres-Marlins matchup for a moment and check out Gyorko, who turned some heads on Friday. During that game, he popped two homers with six RBI in a 3-for-4 effort. He had a run and an RBI yesterday.
Don’t get too excited just yet. Gyorko previously had a meager .146 average before Friday’s breakout. Still, he’s worth keeping an eye on if he continues to break out of his slump. There’s some legitimate power here.
Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Walker has been on-and-off over the past handful of games, but the St. Louis series has provided some bright spots for potential owners to ponder. He was 3-for-4 in the opener, logging two runs, four RBI and a homer. He was 1-for-4 yesterday.
Walker’s got a great RBI total for this early in the season, but it’s hard telling how long he’ll be able to extend it. That said, at a thin fantasy spot like 2B, you can’t really afford to overlook anyone. We’re intrigued; You should be, too.
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