Daily Fantasy MLB 5/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 18, 2014
The weekend has come to an end (unfortunately), but there’s still one more game to squeeze out of those big MLB series. That’s good news for your fantasy team, as we’ll be taking our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there. Here’s a sampling of a few names you should keep your eye on today.
Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians: Bauer doesn’t get his start until Tuesday, but since he’s such a popular waiver wire target right now we’ll give him a look. He’ll be coming up to replace Danny Salazar in the rotation, and has shown some improved control in his recent appearances.
Bauer took the loss in his last Major League outing, but gave up just one earned run on four hits through six innings. He’s got just 14 walks in his last 46 innings in Triple-A, which is a good sign for his control during Tuesday’s game against the Tigers.
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Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: As soon as he was released from the confines of the disabled list on Friday, Mesoraco jumped right into the fray. He posted a 1-for-3 outing in Philly, with a three-run homer to his credit. He sat yesterday.
After the hamstring injury, there’s a good chance that most of the people in your league forgot about Mesoraco. That gives you a prime chance to swoop in and snatch him up if you’re in search of a backstop. There’s no denying his season-long numbers any longer.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: Reddick has been all the rage in fantasy over the past few days. Here’s what he did in a four-game span last week: six hits, three homers, six runs and nine RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Reddick’s BA is still pretty ugly, but with all the runs he’s been producing (not to mention his recent power outbursts), we can’t really fault him for it. He’s been much more consistent lately, if that makes you feel better about picking him up.
Drew Stubbs, OF, Colorado Rockies: Let’s delve deeper into the pool of potential outfielders now and take a look at Stubbs. He gained some attention late last week with a two-game outburst that featured three hits, a run, a homer, two RBI and two steals. He had three hits and two runs yesterday.
If nothing else, Stubbs qualifies as a plug-and-play name each time he has a game at home in the friendly confines of Coors Field. That’s the case for the next four games, so you can get some nice usage out of him in the meantime--as long as he’s getting starts, that is.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: It’s been a while since we’ve checked out Morse, so let’s see what he’s been up to lately. He entered play yesterday on a three-game hit streak, during which he’d come up with six hits, four runs, two homers and four RBI. He got a hit yesterday.
Morse’s recent success comes after a string of disappointments, so the fantasy attention isn’t fully back in his direction just yet. Overall, he’s got some great power numbers, so you should ride the streaks on this guy as much as you can. He’s a must-own in most leagues.
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