Daily Fantasy MLB 7/23/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 23, 2014
We’ve crested the proverbial hill on the early-week series in the MLB, which brings forth quite a few fantasy considerations for shrewd owners. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming names out there to see who should be on your radar right now.
Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians: Bauer has been a popular pickup over the past couple of days, so let’s check out the numbers to see why that is. He’s 2-0 in his last three starts, and has allowed just five earned in that span.
Bauer has a 3.89 ERA and 1.40 WHIP on the year, which admittedly don’t sound that impressive, but he’s been getting the job done lately. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned since June 21, and has gone at least six innings in all but one of those games. He’ll try to keep it going today in Minnesota.
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Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, Chicago Cubs: Here’s an interesting play for NL-only or deep-league owners. Wada will be getting another start today at home against the Padres. In his major league debut back on July 8, he posted five innings of no-earned, five-hit ball and logged three strikeouts with a walk.
Wada seems to work as a matchup play, and he’s got a good one today at home against the Padres. If you’re struggling to find a plug-and-play guy for today, he just might do the job for you.
Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers: Jackson has taken the waiver wire by storm over the past couple of days, and he’s getting a lot of attention from needy fantasy owners. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had eight hits, three runs, a homer, four RBI and a stolen base in his previous four appearances. He had two more hits and two more runs yesterday.
Jackson is flourishing in the leadoff spot for the Tigers, which means he shouldn’t go unowned in any league. Make sure you pick him up (and start him) if he’s available in yours.
Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit Tigers: Let’s stick with the Motor City for a moment and check out Hunter, who is getting some attention of his own. Heading into yesterday, he had five hits, five runs, two homers, five RBI and a steal in a five-game stretch. He had a hit and two RBI yesterday to keep it going.
Hunter has popped on and off the waiver wire radar a few times this season, so this isn’t unprecedented. He’s putting up crazy RBI numbers--especially for his level--so you absolutely shouldn’t hesitate to snatch him up.
Mike Napoli, 1B, Boston Red Sox: Now let’s check out Napoli, who has put himself together a nice run after the All-Star break. Prior to yesterday’s game he had seven hits, five runs and two solo homers in three games, which was part of a five-game hit streak overall. He nabbed another hit yesterday.
Napoli doesn’t grab too many headlines, but he’s getting the job done. If you’re in search of some depth at the 1B position, there’s no reason to leave him out there.
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