Daily Fantasy MLB 6/1/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 1, 2014
We’re already two months into the fantasy baseball season, so you should have a pretty good idea of what your team is capable of. If they’re not performing up to your standards, it may be time for a change. On that note, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who are making an impact on fantasy rosters everywhere.
Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Now is the time to pull the trigger on Taveras. After burning through the minors so far this season (.325 BA; seven homers; 40 RBI in 49 games), the Cardinals have decided it’s time to get him up to the Major League level. He was successful right away, nailing a solo homer in his second at-bat yesterday.
It remains to be seen if Taveras will immediately have a significant statistical impact while he’s up here, but regardless, his ceiling is simply too high to pass up. Grab him immediately.
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Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians: Chisenhall is a major trend on the waiver wire right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Over his last two games, he’s smacked four hits, two runs, a homer and five RBI.
Chisenhall carries a nice .369 batting average on the year and should stay as a nice piece for needy fantasy owners. Once Carlos Santana comes off the DL, things may change, but for now you can look Chisenhall’s way if you need him.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals: We’ve checked up on Cain a few times here and there this season, and here he is again. Heading into yesterday’s game against Toronto, he was on a four-game hit streak, with a run, a homer, five RBI and a stolen base in that span. He got the day off yesterday (and KC got blown out).
Cain’s BA is great, and he’s delivering enough power/speed numbers to become relevant in many fantasy leagues. OF is a pretty deep position, but if you’re stuck due to underperformance or injury, you could do much worse.
Jonathon Niese, SP, New York Mets: Niese has been trending as an SP add this weekend, despite his up-and-down performances this season. All in all, he hasn’t done too badly as of late, and is coming off a two-earned no-decision against the Pirates in his last appearance.
Despite his recent inconsistency, Niese still carries a pretty good 2.74 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the year. He won’t blow anyone away with strikeouts or dazzling pitching, but he’s definitely an option in Philly today.
Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins: It’s time to jump on the Hughes bandwagon if you haven’t already. He’s got five wins in his last seven starts, posting no more than three earned runs in any appearance. He also hasn’t walked anyone in the last six games.
Hughes has whittled his ERA down to 3.23 and his WHIP to 1.19. He’s been pretty much an automatic quality start recently, and we’re expecting the same today when he returns to the Big Apple to face the Yankees.
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