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Daily Fantasy MLB 7/22/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups

July 22, 2014

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We’re knee-deep in the early-week series across the MLB, which makes this a great time to take stock of your post-All-Star-break fantasy baseball lineup and see if there are any improvements to be made. We’ll help by checking out a few trending players out there who just might be available in your league. Here’s a closer look at the stats and situations.

Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians: Salazar made quite a bit of noise on the waiver wire yesterday when it was announced that he’d be getting recalled from Triple A to get a start today in Minnesota. He’s been doing well at the minor-league level, posting a 2.32 ERA in his last five starts.
There are a lot of unknowns with Salazar right now. This could simply be a spot-start, or we could get an extended look at him, depending on how the injury situation shakes out (not to mention how well he throws). If you’re desperate for SP help, though, you’ll want to move now.

Daily Fantasy MLB 7/22/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks


Jacob deGrom, SP/RP, New York Mets: We’ve been talking about deGrom throughout the All-Star break, and now it’s time to see him in action once again. In his last two starts, he’s allowed just one earned on 12 hits, and is 2-0 in that span.
On the season, deGrom has a 3.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. We’d imagine he’ll take another step forward today when he jumps on the hill to face the Mariners in Seattle. If he pitches well again, expect another waiver wire surge on him.

Chris Johnson, 1B/3B, Atlanta Braves: Johnson is a relative newcomer to the wire, but he’s been making his presence known in a big way. Through the Philly series, he had a five-game hit streak with six runs, four homers and 10 RBI to his credit in that span. He came up empty yesterday but nabbed another RBI.
Johnson has emerged as a very solid corner man for those fantasy owners lucky enough to see something in him. His BA and RBI numbers are great--especially for his level--so give him a look as a utility guy.

Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Apparently Wong is still available in a lot of leagues--we’re not sure how--so we’ll give him his due once again today. He sat in his most recent game against the Dodgers, and came up empty in a pinch-hit appearance, but that’s just about the only bad news he’s had in a while.
Wong has made a miraculous turnaround and is currently hitting .251 with six homers, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He should be owned in every league, especially considering the lack of solid 2B options out there.

Stephen Vogt, C/1B/OF, Oakland Athletics: Vogt has positioned himself as a frequent subject of this space for a while now, and we’ll check him out again today. He has four hits in his last two games, adding an run and an RBI in his most recent appearance.
Vogt is hitting .364 with four homers and 18 RBI to his credit so far this year. Those numbers are obviously worth your attention, especially when you consider they’re coming from someone with catcher eligibility.

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