Daily Fantasy MLB 4/22/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 22, 2014
The early-week series are rolling strong around the MLB, so it’s a good time for fantasy owners to check out some of the players who are making waves as potential adds. We’ve got our usual class of up-and-coming fantasy names this morning, so let’s take a closer look and see if anyone deserves an addition to your roster.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies: Morneau has been one of the hottest players in fantasy over the past week or so, thanks to his stellar performances at the plate. Heading into yesterday’s opener against the Giants, he’d amassed five runs, three homers and 12 RBI in just five games. He nabbed another run yesterday.
Morneau is just wrecking things right now, and he’s enjoying himself in the rare air of Colorado. We don’t see much of a downturn in these last couple of games at home, so snatch him up.
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Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds: Mesoraco has been the hottest backstop in fantasy for the past couple of weeks or so. In the Cubs series at Wrigley, he posted six hits, three runs, a pair of RBI and a stolen base to continue his domination at the plate. In the opener in Pittsburgh, he went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Most fantasy owners know how important the C position is, and how difficult it is to find power production from that spot. Mesoraco fills those needs, so make sure to grab him if he’s still available.
Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers: Perez doesn’t throw until tomorrow, but we figured we’d put his name out there to give you time to get a waiver claim in if you’re in the market. He’s been great in his last two appearances, notching 10 strikeouts against zero earned runs.
Perez is 3-0 on the season so far, even though his first couple of starts were a bit rocky. He’s coming off his first career shutout on Friday and will look to keep it going in Oakland tomorrow.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: Escobar has been making noise on the waiver wire for the last week or so, which means its time we gave him his due in this space. During the Minnesota series, he posted five hits, five runs, a homer and two RBI in three games. He was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI yesterday.
Thanks to the hot streak, Escobar’s average has climbed from the doldrums into respectable (and even desirable) territory. At a thin position like SS, you can’t afford to overlook hot stretches like this. Check him out.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: Every year, we look forward to the debate on whether or not to add Reynolds, because it’s always a hot (and ongoing) topic. He made a case for himself in the Pittsburgh series, clubbing five hits (two of which were home runs) with three runs and two RBI in the final three games. He turned sour with an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Reynolds is simply one of those players who will both aggravate and exhilarate with his hot-and-cold stretches. He’s one to go with while he’s hitting, but shy away from when he’s not, so just keep that in mind if you’re kicking the tires here.
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