Daily Fantasy MLB 7/3/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 3, 2014
It’s a relatively thin day of MLB action today as we get set for a packed schedule this weekend. That said, there are still a few guys to keep your eye on this morning, as we could be seeing some big things from them in the days ahead. Let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-comers out there.
Vance Worley, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Worley has been getting quite a bit of attention on the wire over the past couple of days, especially considering his recent success on the mound. He’s coming off a one-earned, seven-hit performance against the Mets for his second win in three starts.
Worley is rocking a 1.74 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP. Sure, he’s faced some sub-par competition, but we’ll give him his due. He’s at home for another nice-looking one against the Diamondbacks today.
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Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve talked about Pearce quite a bit this week, and he’s been deserving of all the attention. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had a four-game hit streak going, with three runs, three homers and seven RBI in that frame. He posted an 0-fer yesterday but still had two runs.
Pearce’s surprising campaign continues to see him blossom, and he’s now getting pretty close to must-have territory. If you need some depth or a utility pay, he’s your guy right now.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: Speaking of outfield depth, if you have Calhoun serving that role on your fantasy team, you’re in good shape. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had seven hits in a four-game stretch, including six runs, two homers and four RBI in that span. He sat out yesterday’s matchup.
Calhoun hasn’t been quite as lethal on the base paths as most people though he would be, but it hardly matters since he’s cleaning up at the plate. He’ll still snag a base for you here and there, though.
James Jones, OF, Seattle Mariners: Let’s go back to the well once again and check out some more outfield depth in Jones. He started out great in the first two Astros games, posting seven hits, five runs, two RBI and three stolen bases in that span. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
If you need speed, Jones is your guy. He’s been swiping bags in bunches this season, and will deliver a decent BA with a solid amount of runs as well. Any RBI are just icing on the cake, but you should be intrigued by now regardless.
Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Let’s finish up today with Shoemaker, who may be getting overlooked in many fantasy leagues out there. He had a horrid start in his last outing, posting eight earned over just four innings on 11 hits.
That said, Shoemaker had been pitching well before that, going at least seven in his last pair of starts. He gets a relatively safe matchup at home against Houston today, so you might want to consider giving him another chance.
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