Daily Fantasy MLB 4/6/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 6, 2014
It’ll be another active day in the MLB as the weekend baseball action comes to a close in this opening stretch. All of those games will bring about plenty of fantasy baseball considerations as we owners jockey for position in our leagues, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who you should have your eye on.
Yangervis Solarte, SS, New York Yankees: The young season is starting out very well for Solarte. He put up a 2-for-5 performance Friday, then followed that up with a 2-for-3 effort in a loss against the Blue Jays yesterday.
Solarte has a pair of runs and four RBI on the season, and will likely get a lot more field time as the season wears on. In the short term, he’ll probably have to fill in at 3B quite a bit, so he looks like a pretty good fantasy investment.
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Mark Buehrle, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Buehrle doesn’t throw until Tuesday, but we’ll put his name out there now so you can get a jump on the competition before then. He looked great in his opener, tossing 8 2/3 innings of shutout baseball while allowing just four hits and striking out 11.
Don’t fall over yourself trying to add Buehrle just yet. Those numbers look great, but they’re far above what he’ll turn in on a regular basis. Still, the matchup against Houston Tuesday doesn’t look too bad, so he’s a decent play there.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies: Blackmon was on it again yesterday, and as a result he’s a hot fantasy commodity this morning. He produced a 3-for-4 line against Arizona in the win and also had a run and a steal. That comes after a 6-for-6 Friday with four runs, a homer and five RBI.
All of Blackmon’s knocks were singles yesterday, so don’t get too excited. Still, he’s making good contact and is a nice pickup right now if you can get him. He finishes up against the D-Backs today.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers: All of a sudden, Rodriguez is back to being the guy to have in the Brewers’ bullpen. He logged another save yesterday against Boston, striking out the side for his second S of the year. That’s six Ks for him in three outings.
Meanwhile, Jim Johnson didn’t fare so well in middle relief, so he’s going to need a while to get his act together. Rodriguez is a nice target in the meantime, as he’ll be the man in the ninth.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Gordon kept his solid run of play up yesterday against the Giants, tallying a 1-for-2 effort in a loss. In his last four games, he’s produced five hits, with two RBI and three stolen bases.
Gordon won’t wow you with statistics throughout the year, but he’s a streaking name at a couple of very valuable positions in fantasy. As a lower-end play or backup name at 2B or SS you could do much worse, so put him on your radar if he’s not there already. The SF series ends today.
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