Daily Fantasy MLB 5/12/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 12, 2014
The start of a new workweek brings about a fresh set of series around the MLB. That--plus a handful of injury situations across the league--brings about some opportunity for change in our fantasy baseball leagues. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the up-and-coming players out there and see if anyone’s right for your roster.
Tom Koehler, SP/RP, Miami Marlins: Let’s head down to Miami and check out the latest addition to the fantasy radar stemming from the suddenly-fertile Marlins. Koehler is coming off a pair of solid appearances, allowing no earned runs on just five hits in 15 innings while striking out nine batters.
Koehler has maintained a surprisingly awesome start thus far, with his only real blemish being a four-earned outing against the Mets on April 27. Despite that, he’s got a 1.99 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He’s in L.A. to face the Dodgers today.
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Jordan Lyles, SP, Colorado Rockies: Lyles won’t pitch for a few more days--and the Rockies don’t even play today--but we’d be remiss if we didn’t check out Lyles. He’s coming off yet another win on Saturday, logging just two earned through six innings on four hits against the Reds.
Lyles is a sterling 5-0 on the year so far, which is much more than many other pitchers can say. He’s rocking a 2.66 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP on 32 strikeouts in his 2014 campaign. We’re betting he trails off by the midpoint of the season, but for now he’s golden.
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros: The young Springer has shown flashes of his fantasy potential at points this season, and he’s once again a hot trend. He whiffed in the opener of the Baltimore series, but was able to recover in the second game, going 2-for-5 with a solo homer. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Springer is a must-own name in most formats, given his ceiling, so you should definitely snatch him up if you can get him. If he’s officially settled in, this could mean great things for the youngster.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Smith came from straight out of nowhere this weekend to become a big-time trend in fantasy. His big game was Saturday, when he logged a 3-for-4 outing with a homer, four RBI and two runs. That gave him a seven-game hit streak with five multi-hit games in that span. He had two more and an RBI yesterday.
Smith had a pretty crummy April for the most part, but has gotten it going again in May. With this kind of production going, it’s pretty difficult to ignore his numbers. Pick him up if you need some depth.
Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado Rockies: Let’s head back up to the Rocky Mountains and check out Dickerson, who came out in a big way on Saturday. He posted a 4-for-5 outing against Cincinnati, with two homers, two doubles, three runs and four RBI. He got another hit yesterday.
Here’s the drawback with Dickerson: he won’t get as much playing time as potential fantasy owners would want. That aside, he’s done well recently when he does start, so he could be a nice spot-fill guy for deeper-league owners in a pinch.
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