Daily Fantasy MLB 4/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 4, 2014
The weekend series are getting kicked off today in the MLB (or continuing, depending on the matchup), which will mark the first installment in an action-packed set of games. Now that we’ve had a few days to knock the rust off as fantasy baseball owners, it’s time to get down to business. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who could give your team a lift in seasonal or daily leagues.
Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies: Ruiz had a pretty bad 2013, but so far this season is starting out nicely. In three games’ worth of work, he’s put up three hits and five runs on a .273 average. He seems to hit well in the second slot of the Phillies’ lineup, and should continue if he stays there.
Obviously, we’re talking about a lower-end or backup catcher here, but Ruiz has some legitimate value in that role. You can expect him to hit around .270 with RBI/run totals somewhere in the 50s. He gets the Cubs this weekend.
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Dee Gordon, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Speaking of lower-end plays, Gordon is an interesting candidate for a middle-infield job on your roster. So far in four games, he’s posted five hits, three runs, three RBI and a stolen base.
Depending on your league, we could be looking at 2B/SS eligibility here, and with the shortage of viable middle-infield candidates, that’s quite intriguing. The Dodgers will be hosting the Giants this weekend, so give Gordon a look at least.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: Yes, we’re talking about Bonifacio again. As a matter of fact, he’s just about all anyone has been talking about in fantasy recently, and he added to his legend in the series finale against Pittsburgh yesterday. He put up a 2-for-4 line, adding two runs and a stolen base in that one.
So let’s recap. Bonifacio now has 11 hits through three games, along with three runs and four steals in that span. And he has multi-positional eligibility in fantasy? Sign us up. He’s at home against Philly this weekend.
Alejandra De Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox: De Aza is getting off to a hot start in the power categories--to put it lightly. In his three games of action, he’s clubbed a total of three home runs, accompanied by four runs and four RBI in all. Just yesterday, he smashed a solo shot against Phil Hughes and the Twins in a Sox loss.
The Sox are off to a nice start so far, even with yesterday’s loss. The one thing they haven’t had trouble doing so far is scoring, with 21 runs in three games. De Aza should keep getting in on that going forward, so he’s a nice pickup right now.
Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants: Speaking of getting off to a hot start, Pagan certainly qualifies as a scorching player. Over four games so far, he’s posted eight hits, three runs, six RBI and a stolen base. He got his first home run of the year yesterday in the series finale against Arizona, a three-run blast that propelled San Fran to victory.
Pagan is already shaping up to be an across-the-board fantasy play, but his real strength lies in his speed and finesse numbers. He should top 25 swipes, and everything else is just icing. He’s in L.A. for the Dodgers this weekend.
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