Daily Fantasy MLB 4/24/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 24, 2014
The MLB is currently switching between the early-week series and transitioning into the weekend matchups. That will bring forth a lot of opportunities for fantasy owners, as there are plenty of lesser-known players out there who can give you a lift. Let’s take a closer look at a few and see if anyone’s worth an add before the upcoming games.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: SS is a tough position to fill in fantasy, so it’s no wonder Escobar has been getting so much attention recently. During his first two games of the Cleveland series, he posted three hits in six at-bats, logging two runs, an RBI and a stolen base. (He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.)
Escobar was kind of “meh” in the early-going this season but has really turned it on lately. The Indians series continues today, and he’s a great option right now.
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Dayan Viciedo, OF, Chicago White Sox: Viciedo started this week out on a tear that was just silly. Through four games, he posted 10 hits, four runs, a homer and five RBI. That brought his average to .361 heading into yesterday’s game in Detroit, where he went 1-for-4.
Viciedo has done this before; going off on a tear and getting fantasy owners riled up. That said, he’s definitely worth looking at any time he’s hitting, as he’s got a great ceiling for his level.
Chris Colabello, 1B/OF, Minnesota Twins: We’ve talked about Colabello quite a bit already this season, and he continues making his presence felt this week. He was quietly reliable for four games heading into yesterday’s Tampa Bay matchup, collecting five hits, two runs, a homer and three RBI in that span. He outdid himself in that one, knocking four RBI and a homer.
Colabello has been on the waiver wire radar for quite some time, so there’s a good chance he’s been scooped up in your league. If not, he’s pretty close to a must-have guy right now.
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians: We’ve been all-in on the Brantley bandwagon recently, and he’s been posting the stats to make us look smart. Through three games heading into yesterday’s matchup against the Royals, he provided five hits, two runs, two homers, a steal and four RBI. He had a steal and a run yesterday.
Brantley is a gotta-have-him guy in fantasy right now. Get a waiver claim on him if he’s still out there in your league, because he’s pretty darn underrated.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: Now let’s head over to the hot corner and check out Plouffe, who makes a habit of popping up on the waiver wire radar from time to time. He’s there again now, thanks to a three-game hit streak this week that brought three runs and a pair of RBI. He kept it going yesterday, with a 1-for-5 effort that tallied two runs.
Plouffe isn’t a top-shelf name by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s actually pretty effective as a backup or fill-in guy. He’s certainly started out the season very well, so don’t hesitate on him.
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