Daily Fantasy MLB 4/19/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 19, 2014
The weekend series are in full swing around the MLB, and with all that activity comes plenty of fantasy baseball considerations as we get our lineups set. Before we shuffle things around on our rosters, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who are worth a look if you’re in the market for a waiver wire pickup.
Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: Colabello has been electric in the latter part of this week, and he’s surged back to the top of the waiver wire charts because of it. During Thursday’s doubleheader, he produced a 5-for-7 line with a run and four RBI. That gave him eight hits in a three-game span. He followed that up with a 1-for-4 yesterday.
Colabello has been on fire when it comes to driving in runs, which is a skill that can’t be overstated in fantasy. He’s a must-have guy right now as the Royals series continues.
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Roenis Elias, SP, Seattle Mariners: If you’re looking for a band-aid proposition at SP, you could do worse than Elias. So far this year, he’s pitched very well, posting just four earned runs in his first three starts. Though he’s just 1-1 on the year, he very well could be 3-0 if his team had given him some help with runs.
Elias isn’t an overpowering guy--he’s got a 10:6 K/BB ratio--but he’s been getting the job done. The nice thing is that he’s got a solid matchup today against Miami, so we could see a great line.
Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins: Let’s head back to Minnesota for a moment and check out Dozier, who also made some waves in Thursday’s doubleheader. He came away with a 3-for-8 total line in that one, with four runs, a solo homer and two stolen bases. He kept it going yesterday with a 1-for-4 outing.
Dozier’s BA is pretty horrid, but he’s still scoring runs, stealing bases and smacking homers. If that doesn’t hold your fantasy interest at a weak position like 2B, nothing will.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B/SS, New York Yankees: Solarte broke out this week with a great four-game stretch, producing seven hits in that span heading into Friday’s Game 2 against Tampa Bay. In that one, he went 1-for-3 with a run.
Solarte had been experiencing something of a drought when it came to runs and RBI, so it’s good to see him show some signs of life. The SS position is tough in fantasy, so he’s absolutely worth major consideration at his level.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Texas Rangers: If you picked up Kouzmanoff in the wake of Adrian Beltre’s injury, you’re patting yourself on the back. Heading into yesterday’s opener against the White Sox, he’d hit in eight straight games, providing six runs, a homer and six RBI in that span. He kept it going yesterday on a 2-for-5 outing with two RBI.
Since he’s sustaining his steady spring progress into a run during the early-going, Kouzmanoff is definitely worth a look while he’s filling in for Beltre. It’s tough telling what they’ll do with him from day to day beyond that, though. Keep that in mind.
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