Daily Fantasy MLB 4/15/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 15, 2014
The early-week MLB action is off and running, with more series set to get going today. There’s some opportunity in there for enterprising fantasy baseball owners, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the trending waiver adds and sleeper prospects to see if anyone’s a good fit for your lineup.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: If you’re looking for a fantasy backstop, Mesoraco is probably your guy right now, and many people missed out on him in the drafts. He surged back up the waiver wire charts yesterday thanks to his 2-for-3 effort against the Rays in their series finale that yielded four RBI, a run and a homer.
Mesoraco has put up some nice numbers since being activated from the DL a week or so ago. He’s got a great ceiling, and could end up with a breakout campaign.
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Dee Gordon, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: We’ve been visiting with Gordon quite a bit recently, as his performance at the plate has warranted an ownership surge in fantasy. During his current four-game hit streak, he’s produced a homer, two runs, two RBI and a whopping six stolen bases.
Gordon carries a .400 BA with nine swipes so far this season. In the thin fantasy positions like 2B and SS, he’s pure gold right now. The series against the Giants begins tonight, so make sure you jump on the bandwagon before then.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox: Ramirez’s numbers so far this season are just flat-out silly. He’s batting .420 with three homers, 12 RBI, three steals and 11 runs. He’s hit in every single one of his appearances for the last 13 games as well.
If you’re late getting on the Ramirez train in your league, it may have pulled out of the station already. Obviously, he’s headed for a market correction at some point, but while he’s hitting, jump all over it. The Red Sox come to town today.
Marcus Semien, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox: Let’s stick with the South-Siders for a moment and check out Semien. He’s been producing pretty well if you look past the rather pedestrian .235 BA. That number includes nine runs, two homers, five RBI and two steals on the young season.
Semien won’t anchor your lineup, but he does make a pretty good fill-in at a tough position like 2B. We’d like to see that average creep back up, but if you can handle a minor hit, he’ll reward you in other areas.
Michael Morse, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants: Morse has started out the season pretty well, and he’s maintained a presence on the waiver wire as a viable add. He got just two hits in the Colorado series, but also snagged a couple of runs to lessen the sting. The good news is that he’s hit in 10 of his last 11 outings.
Here’s the drawback to Morse: He’s likely to cool off after this fast start, which seems to happen just about every year. That said, he’s hitting behind some notable names, so he should be in line for plenty of RBI chances. We should see that against the Dodgers this week.
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