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May 19, 2014
It’s Monday, and around here that means it’s time once again to look ahead to the weekend series in the MLB. Fantasy baseball owners are in luck, as there are plenty of matchups on the schedule that they can take advantage of on their rosters. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the underutilized players who could be potential breakouts in these series.
Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals: Vargas has gotten a lot of attention from fantasy owners recently, thanks to his last two outings. In that span, he’s allowed just two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 14.
On the year, Vargas owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He’s got four wins to his credit and 40 strikeouts. There’s some risk in starting him today against the White Sox (lots of right-handers in their lineup), but he’s still a consideration for a start thanks to his recent play.
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Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: While we’re on the subject of starting pitching, let’s check out Smyly, who deserves a look as well. He’s coming off a six-inning, one-earned, five-hit effort against the Orioles, during which he walked just two and fanned seven.
That game gave Smyly a 2.70 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP for the year. He’ll be taking the mound in Cleveland today to try and get his third win on the year. He seems like a pretty good play if you’re looking to fill out your rotation.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Houston Astros: It’s not often we see fantasy owners clamoring to add a player from the Astros, but it happened with Fowler over the weekend. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the White Sox, he’d hit in four of five with four runs, a homer and three RBI in that time frame. He got another hit and two more runs yesterday.
Fowler hasn’t done much since his breakout opening week last month, but he’s showing signs of life lately. We like the trend enough to recommend him for the Angels this week, just beware of another regression.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Smith has been Mr. Reliable over the past week or two, but has cooled off recently from his string of multi-hit games he had going there for a while. Saturday against Colorado, he put up a homer with two RBI and two runs, adding to his ever-growing legend. He hit a solo blast yesterday.
OF is by no means a thin position in fantasy, but for those owners needing consistent help Smith’s name certainly is in play. He’ll be back home again tomorrow against the Twins, then the Cubbies come to town.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox: In our continuing quest to bring you the best (or at least the hottest) middle infielders in baseball, we have Beckham in our sights today. Heading into the finale against Houston, he’d put up six hits, four runs, a homer and three RBI in his previous three games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
A short time ago, no one was giving Beckham much of a chance in fantasy, but he’s got his swing going right now. That’s good news at a tough fantasy position, so you owe it to yourself to at least give him a look in KC this week.
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