Daily Fantasy MLB 4/21/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 21, 2014
It’s a new work week, which means we’re pushing the reset button on the series across the MLB. Monday brings opportunities for enterprising fantasy baseball owners, as there are plenty of would-be stars out there who are widely available in many leagues. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the trending fantasy players right now.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: Ozuna has made this space a few times already this year, and here he is again. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Seattle, he’d posted nine hits in four games, along with six runs, a homer and six RBI. (For the record, he did go 0-for-2 in that one.)
Ozuna won’t be able to sustain his hot-hitting ways for a heck of a lot longer, but he’s a solid grab while he’s performing well. This is his ceiling, though, so keep that in mind as the team heads to Atlanta today.
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Wily Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers: Our SP candidate today is Peralta, who has started out the season on a hot streak. In his three starts so far, he’s 2-0 and has allowed just four earned runs in total for a 1.96 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Peralta won’t straight-up overpower anybody, but when his stuff is working he’s a pretty reliable fantasy pitcher. What’s better, he gets the Padres at home, which is an enticing matchup any way you look at it.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco jumped onto the waiver wire radar a couple of weeks back, and never really left. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Cubs in Chicago, he’d put together an eight-game hit streak which produced a .483 average, three homers and 10 RBI. Yesterday, he was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Outside of a select few catchers, you can’t get that sort of fantasy production anywhere else. Don’t worry about how long this will last; Just grab him now and enjoy it. He’s in Pittsburgh starting today.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: After a sweltering start to the season, Bonifacio fell out of favor in the fantasy community with a messy 0-for-13 stretch. He turned things around in the Reds series, though, notching four hits, two runs and a steal in the first two games, and a 2-for-4 outing with a run and a steal in the finale.
As long as Bonifacio is playing regularly, he should have a spot on your fantasy roster thanks to his positional eligibility and penchant for finesse numbers. The Diamondbacks come to town today, which looks like a nice situation for him.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Texas Rangers: There are quite a few solid fantasy candidates at 3B, and Kouzmanoff should be mentioned in that discussion as well. He’s quietly put down a solid year so far, posting nine RBI, two homers and six runs in eight games heading into the finale against the Sox yesterday. (He posted an 0-fer there.)
The big question facing fantasy owners is what Kouzmanoff will do once Adrian Beltre returns from injury and gets back into the lineup. Until then at least, he’s a gotta-have guy in Oakland.
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