Daily Fantasy MLB 6/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 14, 2014
We’ve officially reached the weekend, which means there are plenty of big-time series happening all across the MLB. It’s an important stretch for fantasy baseball owners as well, since the action will be non-stop for the next couple of days. Before we get into the details of the games, let’s take our daily look at the up-and-coming players you need to be aware of and see if anyone’s worth picking up in your league.
Charlie Morton, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Leading off today’s installment let’s begin with the mound. Morton has pitched well over his last handful of starts, the beneficiary of some nice matchups. He’s 2-0 in his last pair of appearances and has just three earned runs in that frame.
Morton will get another one of those proverbial nice matchups today in Miami and should pitch well enough to get a quality start at least. He should improve on his season-long 3.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
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Jarred Cosart, SP, Houston Astros: Let’s jump on the bandwagon with everyone else and get into some talk over the Astros pitching staff. Cosart falls into that trendy category, and will get a start at home against Tampa Bay today.
Cosart is coming off a win in Arizona, where he logged three earned in six innings of work. He’s 4-2 in his last six outings and has a good shot at keeping that streak going today. His season numbers aren’t terribly impressive (4.19 ERA; 1.36 WHIP), but he’s heading in the right direction.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies: Morneau has had quite the week. Entering the San Francisco series, he carried a three-game hit streak, during which he provided six hits, two runs, a homer and six RBI. He had two hits, a run and two RBI yesterday.
Given all the troubles fantasy owners have been having at the corners this season, it’s no wonder Morneau is a popular pickup. Give him a look as the Rockies embark on this road trip, but keep in mind that he’ll be better at home.
Justin Turner, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: One look at Turner’s positional eligibility should be enough to pique your interest as a fantasy owner. Heading into the Arizona series, he’d come up with a pair of hits in five of his last six outings, with four runs and three RBI in that span. He didn’t start yesterday (minor calf tightness) but managed a pinch-hit RBI.
As a utility player or plug-in man, you can’t get much more versatile than Turner. He won’t exactly pump in the RBI or homers, but should maintain a solid enough BA for your fantasy consideration.
Jon Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros: Let’s head back to 1B and check out Singleton, who has made his presence known in this space a few times now. Heading into the Rays series, he had hits in five of his last six, with five runs, two homers and seven RBI among them. He nailed another home run (solo) yesterday against the rays.
You’ll get the usual bumps and bruises along the way as Singleton adjusts to baseball at this level--and his BA will leave something to be desired--but overall he’s a nice pickup at 1B and has the potential for a high ceiling.
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