Daily Fantasy MLB 5/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 14, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and most fantasy owners are already looking forward to the weekend games around the MLB. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the up-and-coming players who can provide value over the next couple of days, however. With that in mind, let’s examine a few of the current trends out there and see if anyone’s right for your roster.
Rafael Montero, SP, New York Mets: The hottest SP on the wire right now is Montero, who will come up from Triple A today to make his Major League debut against the Yankees at home. It’s not the most ideal situation to start a rookie in, but we’ll immediately get to see what he’s made of.
Taking Jenry Mejia’s spot in the rotation, Montero comes in as a promising young arm with a potentially decent ceiling. If you need SP help, he could fill in nicely if he can perform well today.
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Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: Norris is still all the rage at C in fantasy, thanks mostly to his crazy-good game on Sunday. In that one, he bashed a pair of three-run homers against the Nationals to propel his team to a 9-1 win. He had another run and an RBI yesterday.
Norris has come seemingly from out of nowhere to gain fantasy relevance recently, but his initial returns are looking pretty good. He’s the guy to have as a backstop right now, so go get him if you’re in need.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Speaking of guys who seemingly come from out of nowhere, Pollock probably fits into that category. He carried a six-game hit streak into yesterday’s Game 2 against the Nationals, during which he’d provided three runs, a homer, five steals and four RBI. He was 1-for-3 yesterday.
This seems to be just a nice little wave from Pollock, who likely won’t sustain production too close to this for the entire season. Still, he’s a decent band-aid option for those thin on outfielders for at least the time-being.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: Lately, Young has been getting quite a bit of playing time. He’s been doing well with those extra looks, too, posting six hits, four runs, a homer, two RBI and three steals in a two-game span heading into yesterday’s game against the Yankees. He was 0-for-3 yesterday, but still got three more runs.
As long as Young continues to hit, he’ll keep finding his way into the lineup. That said, if he falters he could go back to pinch-hit duties on the bench and lose most of his fantasy relevance.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins: Let’s go ahead and finish today off with another OF candidate who could fit in nicely as a backup or utility option on your team. Entering last night’s game against the Dodgers in L.A., Yelich had four hits, four runs, two solo homers and a stolen base in his previous two games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Yelich, who also had a 17-game hit streak earlier in the year. He’s back on the radar again, though, and makes sense as a depth guy on your fantasy roster.
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