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Daily Fantasy MLB 4/1/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups

April 1, 2014

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Now that the MLB season has officially begun, we’re getting our first glimpses of the potential impact players in fantasy baseball. With that in mind, let’s take a glimpse at some of the up-and-coming players who are making noise on the waiver wire right now and see if any of them are worth adding to your roster.

Matt Lindstrom, RP, Chicago White Sox: The reliever to pick up in fantasy right now is definitely Lindstrom. He tossed a scoreless final frame yesterday against the Twins, notching a save in his first appearance of the season.
Here’s the interesting thing about this situation. The conventional thinking was that Nate Jones would be seeing the ninth-inning duties, but it appears the Sox are going the veteran route for the moment. Most people still think Jones will get the job eventually, but for now Lindstrom is riding high.

Daily Fantasy MLB 4/1/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

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Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Let’s stick with the RP position for a moment, since it’s a notoriously difficult position to nail down in fantasy. Rodriguez is also showing some early promise, as he posted a save and a scoreless ninth yesterday against the Braves.
This situation seems at least a little volatile and apt to change up, as it seems the Brewers are just waiting on Jim Henderson to come around. When he does, Rodriguez’s value will drop back to earth, but he seems safe for the time being.

Grady Sizemore, OF, Boston Red Sox: We took a close look at Sizemore in yesterday’s space, and he’s making us look smart already. He posted a nice game in his first official appearance since 2011, notching a home run and a single in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles.
Sizemore is still riding his momentum from a great spring, during which he posted a .310 BA. He’s on some pretty long odds to keep this pace up for the whole season, but if he can stay healthy he’s a Comeback Player of the Year candidate and a definite fantasy consideration.

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Bonifacio is off to a scorching start already, and he’s got a lot of owners excited. Yesterday in the Cubs’ 0-1 loss to the Pirates, he posted a 4-for-5 line that featured three singles, a double and a stolen base.
Bonifacio’s mere presence on the base paths brings a new dimension of speed to the Cubs’ lineup. Assuming the team can generate some offense behind him--which they should be better at this summer--he’ll be a nice source of runs and swipes in fantasy.

Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Wong is a popular pick for a breakout fantasy campaign, and he’s a popular fixture on the waiver wire lately. The Cardinals couldn’t get much offense going against the Reds yesterday (Yadier Molina’s homer was the only run in a 1-0 win) but Wong managed a 1-for-3 effort and also drew a walk.
Wong is coming off a solid spring effort and will likely deliver some good fantasy numbers as long as you’re not looking for power. In a tough slot like 2B, he makes a great sleeper candidate.

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