Daily Fantasy MLB 8/17/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 17, 2014
The big weekend series are almost completed in the MLB, so there’s not much time for us fantasy owners to take advantage of the key matchups. That said, let’s take a closer look at a few up-and-coming names out there on the waiver wire who might make solid adds for your roster in the days and weeks to come.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Hellickson has been trending as a nice SP add over the past couple of days, so let’s take a look at his stats and see what all the fuss is about. In his last two starts, he’s allowed just one combined earned run on eight hits and is 1-0 in that frame.
Hellickson holds a 2.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP on the year, which for him spans five starts. He’s only allowed more than one earned once in that span, and will try to keep that run going at home against the Yankees today.
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Hector Santiago, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Santiago is another SP candidate who has been trending lately, so let’s look at little more closely at him. He is coming off a six-inning, no-earned, two-hit effort against the Red Sox. Though he didn’t get the win, it’s certainly encouraging.
Santiago carries a 3.59 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP on the season and has three wins. He’ll try to get another one in Texas today, which should be a pretty good matchup.
Collin McHugh, SP, Houston Astros: We’re going to triple-dip on pitchers today since there are quite a few of them out there worth your time. McHugh has appeared in this space multiple times this season, and he’s here again thanks to his run of solid play lately.
In his last three outings, McHugh has given up one earned in each. He’s also registered a combined 16 strikeouts in that span. He’ll take that run into Boston today.
Nori Aoki, OF, Kansas City Royals: As far as outfield depth, Aoki has been a popular pickup this week. Though he came up empty on Friday, he played well in the Oakland series, tagging five hits, three runs and three RBI. He had two more hits, a run and a stolen base yesterday.
Aoki has had his ups and downs this season, but on the whole has played pretty well for a depth guy at his level. While he’s hitting, you can trust him and reap the benefits of his across-the-board ability.
Travis Snider, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Snider is another OF guy who has been working his way up the ranks this week. Heading into play yesterday, he had a six-game hit streak going, logging nine hits, five runs, three homers and seven RBI in that time. He posted another hit yesterday to keep it going.
Snider has given his BA some life over the past week or so, which is nice to see. He’s now officially in double-digit homer territory, which makes him a respectable plug-and-play for the needy.
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