Daily Fantasy MLB 8/16/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 16, 2014
We’ve reached another Saturday, and for us fantasy baseball owners that means it’s time once again for the big weekend series. There’s another round of intriguing games coming up today, so in advance of that let’s check out some of the up-and-coming players out there that you should be aware of as you set your lineup today.
Mike Fiers, SP/RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Fiers doesn’t pitch again for a few days, but with all the hype he’s been getting we should probably check him out this morning. He’s all the rage over the last few days, thanks to a six-inning, no-earned performance against the Cubs in his last outing.
Fiers is rocking a 1.29 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in his two wins so far. He’s set to get at least one more start, which for now is scheduled to be four days from now. If he does well again, he could see lots more turns in the rotation.
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Rubby De La Rosa, SP/RP, Boston Red Sox: We’ve visited with De La Rosa a few times over the past several weeks, and here he is again. He’s coming off a seven-inning, one-earned outing against the Angels, which was his fourth win of the season.
De La Rosa sports a 3.21 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP this season. In his last two starts he’s given up just two earned runs combined, and will put that streak on the line in his next start today at home against Houston.
Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies: Remember Cuddyer? He went down in early June due to a shoulder injury, but is scheduled to make his comeback from the disabled list in today’s matchup against Cincinnati.
Before he hit the DL, Cuddyer was batting .317 with five homers and 16 RBI. If he can get back to his consistent ways in a hurry, he makes a nice pickup on the fantasy front. At least kick the tires here if you’re looking for depth.
Nori Aoki, OF, Kansas City Royals: Heading into the Minnesota series, Aoki had a pretty impressive run of games to his credit. He’d hit in five of his previous six, with six runs, four RBI and three steals in that frame. He sat out yesterday’s matchup.
Aoki has been quite the run-scorer this season, and his stolen base totals are coming along in bunches as well. He makes a nice lower-level OF prospect for those fantasy owners in need of more bodies.
Brock Holt, 1B/3B/SS/OF, Boston Red Sox: Holt has turned some heads in fantasy over the past several days, so let’s check him out as we finish things up this morning. He carried an eight-game hit streak into play yesterday, during which time he posted seven runs. He was a scratch for yesterday’s game.
Holt has been the model of consistency lately, but it’s not really translating that well to fantasy stats. Still, if you’re the slow-and-steady type owner and he’s still out there, he makes a nice utility play for just about every league in his range.
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