Daily Fantasy MLB 7/31/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 31, 2014
It’s hard to resist the call of the MLB’s weekend series, but there’s still a little bit left for us fantasy owners to take care of today. Let’s begin by taking our daily look around the league at some of the up-and-coming players out there and see if anyone’s right for your roster today and possibly beyond.
Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: We’ll start things out on the mound like usual today and take a look at Smyly. He’s coming off a loss to the Angels, going 5 2/3 and allowing a pair of earned runs on four hits.
Technically that last start is the bad news. The good news is that he went seven innings in the start before that and only gave up one run in a win. Smyly will be at home against the White Sox today and has a very good chance at keeping his run going.
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Chris Young, SP, Seattle Mariners: Now let’s head out to Seattle and check out Young, who has been making his own waves on the wire recently. He’s coming off a seven-inning win over the Orioles in his last outing, posting no earned on just two hits.
Young carries a 3.04 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP, and really has been pitching well over the last couple of months. He’s allowed more than two runs in a start just twice since June 16 and seems poised for another nice outing today in Cleveland.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: We’ve talked about Harrison quite a bit lately, but we might as well visit with him again since he’s been such a hot commodity. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Giants, he had a three-game hit streak going, with three homers, five runs, four RBI and a pair of stolen bases in that span. He posted yet another homer yesterday, making it four in a row.
With Harrison cruising, it’s hard to resist jumping on the bandwagon--especially when you consider that positional eligibility. We say go for it, just be prepared to lay off if he shows signs of slowing down.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, San Diego Padres: Let’s move on to the opposite coast and check out Solarte, who is near the top of the waiver wire trends list himself. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had hits in four of five, with four runs, two homers and four RBI in that frame. He was at it again yesterday, nailing four hits with a run and an RBI.
Solarte seems to be adjusting to life as a Padre pretty well. He’s got his swing going, which makes him a utility consideration in a lot of fantasy leagues. He’s worth a look, for sure.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Let’s just go ahead and make this a multi-positional trio today and take a look at Bonifacio. He burst back into owners general consciousness this week with six hits, four runs, a homer and two RBI in a pair of games against Colorado. He sat out yesterday.
With Bonifacio’s name getting mentioned in trade talks all over the place, it’s not too tough to see the appeal here. As a utility guy, he makes a lot of sense and could see an up-tick in fantasy value if he’s dealt.
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