Daily Fantasy MLB 4/3/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 3, 2014
It’s been a busy first week of MLB action, and fantasy baseball owners are getting back into the groove after a long off-season. Today, the league will be finishing up the early-week series and transitioning toward the weekend. Amid all that activity, there are several potential pickups to keep your eye on in daily and seasonal leagues. Let’s take a closer look at a few.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Chicago Cubs: There’s no doubt about it. Bonifacio has been the hottest thing to hit the fantasy community so far this season. Here’s what he’s done so far: After a 4-for-5 opener on Monday, he came back with a nice 5-for-7 effort yesterday. He’s accumulated three steals and a run in two games.
Here’s how crazy that is: Bonifacio is the first known player ever to record nine hits in the first two games of the season. With 2B, 3B and OF eligibility in most leagues, you’d be silly not to pick him up for the Pirates today.
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Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners: Not to be outdone, Smoak has been putting up numbers that are just plain silly. Through three games so far, he’s picked up six hits, five runs, two homers and seven RBI.
Before you go getting too crazy on Smoak, remind yourself of his hot-and-cold hitting and try to temper your expectations. Still, we invite you to jump on the train while it’s rolling. He’ll get right back to work tonight against the Athletics in Oakland.
Jose Valverde, RP, New York Mets: The hot RP pickup right now is Valverde, following yesterday’s announcement that he’d been named the team’s interim closer while Bobby Parnell is healing up (he’s out due to injury and there remains a chance that he could be facing Tommy John surgery, which would end his season).
As long as Valverde can keep his stuff going, he’ll be the closer in New York. It’ll be a bumpy ride, for sure, but those owners looking for saves could do a lot worse. He’s at home against the Nats today.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: Let’s take a moment to address the closer situation in Milwaukee and see how it relates to fantasy. First off, Jim Henderson is the closer. He’s taking some time to work things out and get his stuff back after a rocky spring. That’s left the door opened for Rodriguez, who got a save earlier this week.
Deeper-league owners who are in need of saves in daily leagues will probably want to look Rodriguez’s way right now, but Henderson will be back without much warning. Keep that in mind in the Red Sox series (which starts tomorrow).
Miguel Montero, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: The hot catcher on the waiver wire right now is Montero, who had a nice first couple of games. In that span, he collected five hits, two runs and a solo homer. He’s come up empty in his four at-bats since then, however.
When the dust settles, we’ll likely get around a .260 average with 50-some-odd RBI and runs from Montero. Not too bad for a fantasy catcher, but you’ll have to weather some bad spots here and there. That said, he’s not a bad lower-end option or backup as he finishes out the San Francisco series today.
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