Daily Fantasy MLB 7/1/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 1, 2014
The early-week series are in full swing around the MLB, and that means it’s time for fantasy owners to make some adjustments before we reach the big weekend matchups. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who are trending as adds and see who looks like a solid bet right now.
Santiago Casilla, RP, San Francisco Giants: With this week’s news that Sergio Romo has been demoted to a setup role, the fantasy community as descended on Casilla. He’ll be sharing the closer job for the time being, with Jeremy Affeldt helping to shoulder the load.
The general consensus is that Casilla will get the bulk of the save chances, which immediately makes him a must-have player in most fantasy formats. Keep an eye on the situation, but by all means make a move if you need RP help.
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Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: Leake has been on quite a roll recently, and he’s gained some fantasy attention because of it. In his two most recent starts, he’s 2-0 and has only allowed one run and four hits in each of his outings. Add in an 18 strikeout total and you’ve got yourself a hot name on the mound.
Leake has a 3.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP to his credit right now, but those numbers should be heading in the right direction. He goes into a nice matchup in San Diego today, so he’s definitely worth a look.
Mookie Betts, SS, Boston Red Sox: Ever since news of his call-up broke this weekend, Betts has been the hottest ticket in the fantasy game. He made his debut on Sunday, posting a 1-for-3 outing with a run scored in the finale against the Yankees. He came up empty in the Cubs opener, though.
Betts comes to the majors after tearing it up in the minor leagues, and he offers a very potent speed-and-power combination that should not be overlooked. He’s a must-have player in just about every fantasy format, so get over to the wire and snag him.
Jarred Cosart, SP, Houston Astros: Cosart is one of a few Astros pitchers worth having this season, and it’s pretty easy to see why when you look at his recent numbers. In his last two starts, he’s allowed a combined one earned run on 12 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
That makes four wins in a row for Cosart, who has a 3.60 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP this season. He won’t blow anyone away with power-pitching Ks or anything, but he makes a nice pickup ahead of today’s game against Seattle.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals: We haven’t checked in on Cain for a while, so let’s see how he’s making out. He had a big game on Sunday against the Angels, posting a 4-for-5 game with a pair of RBI. That gave him multiple hits in four of his last six. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Cain looks like he’s set up to take a nice run over the latter part of the MLB season. He’ll provide some nice RBI and run numbers for a player of his level, and he works perfectly as a depth add in the outfield.
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