Daily Fantasy MLB 4/11/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 11, 2014
The weekend series are in full swing around the MLB today, which means it’s time to dig into the matchups and see which players could come up big in fantasy baseball. With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down a handful of names you should be aware of, so let’s take a closer look at these up-and-coming players and see if anyone’s right for your roster.
Ryan Cook, RP, Oakland Athletics: The notoriously volatile RP market got a little more so with Jim Johnson’s latest stumble for Oakland. The team will now be using a committee system at closer, but for those in need of saves, Cook is probably the best option.
The drawback is that he’s fresh off the DL and won’t get as many chances for saves as he potentially could, thanks to the three other guys in line for ninth-inning duties. Still, if you’re in a deeper league and in need of RP lines, he’s a guy to watch.
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Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins: Not too many people predicted such a hot start for Kubel, and he’s gaining quite a bit of fantasy attention for it. He’s got a five-game hit streak going, during which he’s produced three runs, a homer and five RBI.
On the season, Kubel is hitting a nice .448, which is pretty much the polar opposite of his ugly 2013 campaign. He’s at home against KC this weekend and should get plenty of chances to continue his fiery streak.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B/SS, New York Yankees: Solarte has been getting lots of action for the injured Yanks already this year, and it’s translated to fantasy success as well. He went 0-for-3 against the Red Sox yesterday, but before that had a seven-game hit streak going, with four of those being multi-hit efforts.
Solarte is hitting .387 on the season with seven RBI and four runs to his credit. No one knows how long his hot streak will last, but until we see a few down-trending games he’s still probably a relatively safe bet.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals: We’ve lost track of all the pundits who have told prospective fantasy owners to beware of LaRoche’s numbers, but the fact his that he keeps hitting. Over the last three games, he’s posted six hits, alongside three runs and an RBI.
That gives him nine RBI and eight runs on the season--not to mention a pair of homers. Whether or not he’s recovering from last season’s downturn remains to be seen, but for now he looks like he’ll cruise through Atlanta this weekend.
Eric Young, OF, New York Mets: We’re not too far into the season yet, but Young has already experienced something of a turnaround. He was hitless over his first three appearances, but has surged forward to provide hits in four of five since then.
He’s coming off a 3-for-5 outing against Atlanta, catching four runs and three steals in the process. That gives him five hits, five runs and five steals in just his last three games. While he’s hitting, Young is definitely a solid fantasy consideration. He’s in L.A. for the Angels this weekend.
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