Daily Fantasy MLB 6/11/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 11, 2014
Wednesday marks a transitional phase in the MLB, as fans and fantasy owners are looking forward to the big weekend series on the schedule. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, let’s take a look at today’s up-and-coming players who could provide a nice value pickup for your fantasy roster.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: After weeks and weeks of speculation, Polanco finally got the official call-up to the majors prior to yesterday’s game against the Cubs. It was the moment fantasy owners have been waiting for, as he’s been dominating the minors and whetting appetites everywhere. He had a hit and a run in his debut yesterday.
Polanco is a must-have player, so make sure you scoop him up in your league (before someone else does). He’s got a great ceiling.
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Marcus Stroman, SP/RP, Toronto Blue Jays: Stroman is a popular waiver wire pickup these past few days as he heads into a matchup against Minnesota today. He’s coming off a win against the Cardinals, with one earned on seven hits in six innings of work.
Stroman boasts a bloated 5.14 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, but seems to be headed in the right direction. You’ll go through hardships here as he works his way through the majors, but his ceiling is worth giving him a look against the Twins today.
Chad Qualls, RP, Houston Astros: There’s no hotter reliever in the majors right now than Qualls. This week, he posted another save on Monday with a one-hit effort in the Arizona opener. He hasn't been used since then but will be the first option in the ninth when the situation warrants it.
Qualls has been stellar since around mid-April, and has quietly become a must-have fantasy asset. In this rough-and-tumble world of fantasy relievers, he’s a sign of hope. Don’t let him slip by.
Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Markakis has been steady as a rock lately, and he’s gained plenty of fantasy attention because of it. In the Oakland series, he logged four hits, a run and an RBI. He followed that up with a homer and two more RBI in the Boston opener. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Markakis has steadily been raising that average and pumping up the RBI/run numbers over the past couple of weeks. If he’s still out there in your league, he makes a great depth play in the outfield.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Houston Astros: We’ve talked about Fowler a few times this season, and he’s been doing enough to warrant checking out again. In the Minnesota series, he logged five hits, three runs, a homer and two RBI. He had three hits and two runs in the Arizona opener Monday. He kept it going in yesterday’s game with another hit to his credit.
Fowler has been a big part of the Astros’ resurgence recently and is pretty close to a must-own fantasy player right now. OF is pretty depth-friendly right now, but it’ll pay to have him on your roster.
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