Daily Fantasy MLB 8/27/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 27, 2014
We’ve reached the middle of the week, which means we’re caught between the early-week matchups and the big weekend series in fantasy baseball. Before we get to looking too far ahead, let’s take a look at some of the currently trending players out there and see who might be worth picking up before their games today.
Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs: The Cubs need to put bodies in those Wrigley Field seats, and what better way to do it than to call up a hot prospect who can help invigorate the lineup and create some buzz around the North Side?
Soler has been crushing at the Triple-A level, and he probably would be in the majors by now if not for his injury issues this year. He’s set to be joining up with the team today in Cincinnati, which could begin a new chapter for the Cubbies.
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Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: Pomeranz has created a bit of a buzz in fantasy over the past couple of days. He’ll be making the start in Houston today against the Astros as the A’s set up their rotation for a big series this weekend.
That means you’ll only get to use Pomeranz this once; Still, if you need a fill-in guy, there are worse names out there. He comes in with a 2.91 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, which he should at least maintain in a nice matchup today.
Hector Santiago, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Now let’s make the short trip over to Los Angeles, as Santiago has generated quite a bit of interest recently. He’s coming off a five-inning no-decision in Oakland, allowing just one earned on seven hits.
That makes a lengthy stretch of avoided losses for Santiago, as he continues to improve. His ERA is 3.38 and his WHIP is sitting at 1.24; He’s got a nice matchup today at home against the visiting Marlins.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve talked about Pearce a couple of times before, and now he’s providing some nice value once again. Heading into play yesterday, he had an eight-game hit streak to his credit, posting eight runs, four homers and five RBI in that span. He had another hit and a run yesterday.
Pearce isn’t exactly banging in the RBI, but it’s not from lack of trying. He provides a nice source of power to those owners in need of numbers at his level, so give him a look as the Rays series continues.
Mookie Betts, SS/OF, Boston Red Sox: Here’s a relative newcomer to this space, but one that you shouldn’t overlook. Betts has been a regular fixture in the Boston lineup recently, and he’s starting to supplement that with timely hitting. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had a three-game hit streak to his credit, with three steals, two runs and a solo homer in there. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
Betts makes a nice pickup in most formats as long as he’s hitting. There will be some lineup flip-flopping in Boston in the near future, but for now he’s safe to kick the tires on.
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