Daily Fantasy MLB 7/11/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 11, 2014
We’ve got just a few days left until the MLB halts for the All-Star break, so every game is important to fantasy owners. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the breakout players on the wire and see if anyone is primed for a pickup in your league.
Joe Kelly, SP/RP, St. Louis Cardinals: There’s not much information to draw from when you’re considering Kelly for an add, but let’s check out what we’ve got so far. He’s coming off the disabled list today for a road start in Milwaukee. He’s been out of commission since April due to a hamstring strain.
Kelly has looked good in his rehab starts, and his early-season stats were promising. He holds a 0.59 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings this year. He’s worth a shot if you’re in need of an SP.
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Jeff Locke, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Locke is another notable name in the SP market today. He’s 2-0 in his last three appearances and has allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits in his most recent two starts.
Locke holds a 3.08 ERA and 0.93 WHIP so far this year, and will test out those numbers when he takes the mound in Cincinnati today. He’s a relatively safe bet and should notch a quality start at least.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong has been on fire this week, and that has led to lots of pickups off the waiver wire. In four tames heading into yesterday’s finale against the Pirates, he notched five hits, four runs, three homers, five RBI and a stolen base. He had another hit and a run yesterday.
As long as Wong doesn’t get buried at the bottom of the order with any regularity, he should be pretty popular as a middle infielder in the fantasy game. He may hit a few rough patches, but should even out over time.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Kansas City Royals: We’ve been talking a lot about Cain lately, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Through the Tampa Bay series, he was rocking a six-game hit streak, with four runs, two RBI and five stolen bases in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Cain is a great depth outfielder right now, as he’s providing numbers in just about every relevant fantasy category. You won’t get a ton of power here, but the speed more than makes up for it.
Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals: Ramos started out his action in the Baltimore series with a bang on Wednesday, clocking a solo homer that was his third long-ball of the season. That ran his hit streak to 12 games and solidified him as one of the hottest fantasy catchers out there. He nabbed yet another hit yesterday.
Since coming off the disabled list late last month, Ramos has been a steady contributor to the cause. He’s got his BA way up there in the high .200s now, which is more than we can say for just about any other fantasy catcher.
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