Daily Fantasy MLB 5/16/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 16, 2014
It’s Friday, which is always a big day when it comes to fantasy baseball. We’ve got the brand-new weekend series kicking off all across the MLB today, so it’s important to get your lineup set for the next few days. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the current value guys out there who can provide some nice returns on your investments.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, New York Yankees: Chances are, you’re already aware of Solarte’s recent exploits, but just in case you’ve been living under that proverbial rock, here’s a snapshot. Entering play yesterday he had a nine-game hit streak to his credit, including 10 runs, three homers and 10 RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
This is Solarte’s ceiling, so enjoy it while you can. If he’s not catching your attention for the stats, he should be for his occupancy at two of the thinnest fantasy positions. Grab him while he’s hitting.
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Chris Young, SP, Seattle Mariners: Here’s a nice matchup-based play for those in need of a starting pitcher today. Young has three straight wins to his credit, during which he’s allowed just four earned and nine hits combined while striking out eight.
Young won’t overpower guys, but he’s had enough finesse to wrangle a 2.63 ERA and 1.06 WHIP so far this year. He’s got a tasty-looking matchup today in Minnesota, so he makes some sense.
Joe Smith, RP, Los Angeles Angels: There’s a battle brewing out west, and it’s got many a fantasy owner nervous about the outcome. Smith got a save on Wednesday against Philly--his fifth of the year, marking his second hitless inning in a row. Although Ernesto Frieri is expected to take command of the closer role at some point, it’s difficult to ignore Smith’s abilities.
Who will win out here? Probably Frieri in the long run, but Smith has some value as a speculative pickup while he’s playing well and getting save chances. He’s likely a shorter-term fix, though.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Wednesday’s rainout hit the pause button on Smith’s nine-game hit streak, but he was back in action in a doubleheader yesterday. Heading into that one, he’d notched 10 hits, four runs, a homer and seven RBI in his last four games. He kept it going with another hit yesterday.
Smith has been one of the trendiest pickups in fantasy this week, but he’s simply riding a hot streak. There’s no reason to ignore him while he’s hitting, though, so it doesn’t hurt to check him out.
Yan Gomes, C, Cleveland Indians: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Gomes, so let’s see how he’s doing. Heading into yesterday’s finale in Toronto, he’d produced five hits, five runs, two homers and four RBI in his previous three games alone. He posted another hit and RBI yesterday.
Gomes had a pretty “meh” April, but it appears he’s gaining traction now. The hot month has elevated his BA into respectable territory, and he’s now worth a start in fantasy. Those in need of a backstop should consider him.
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