Daily Fantasy MLB 5/3/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 3, 2014
We’ve finally reached the weekend, and with each Saturday comes a busy day for fantasy baseball owners everywhere. Before we settle in and start tweaking our lineups for the day, let’s take a closer look at some of the up-and-coming players who have earned some fantasy attention with their stellar play as of late.
Tanner Roark, SP/RP, Washington Nationals: We’ll start out today with a pitching prospect in Roark, a guy who has seemingly come from out of nowhere toward fantasy relevance recently. He’s coming off a complete-game shutout of the Padres in his last outing, which was his third solid start in a row but only his second win on the year.
Roark hasn’t allowed any earned runs in his last two games combined--a span of 15 2/3 innings. He’ll be in Philadelphia today, and he’s definitely worth a look as a pickup for those in need of pitching.
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Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore Orioles: Due to a couple of postponements, we didn’t get to see much of Markakis this week until Thursday’s doubleheader. He went 3-for-8 in that one, mashing a pair of solo homers and collecting three runs. He was 1-for-4 yesterday.
Markakis has been on quite a roll recently, so he’s definitely worth checking out as a depth add if you can still get him. He’ll be in Minnesota through the weekend before heading on to Tampa Bay next week.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Miami Marlins: The hot catching prospect in fantasy this week has been Saltalamacchia. He entered yesterday’s series opener against the Dodgers on fire, with seven runs, three homers and four RBI in his six-game hit streak. He kept it going with another solo homer in that one.
Saltalamacchia’s power display is a welcome sight to those fantasy owners in need of backstop numbers. He wont’ generate as many RBI as he should, but will more than suffice in any lineup while he’s making contact.
Juan Uribe, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s head to the other side of that Marlins-Dodgers matchup and check out Uribe. He came in on a hot streak as well, providing six hits, two runs and five RBI during the Minnesota series this week. He sat out the opener yesterday.
Uribe has been the man when it comes to multi-hit games so far this season. Sure, his BA will fall, and sure, he’ll have some 0-fers here and there, but given what we’ve seen so far he makes a lot of sense for those looking at adding a hot-corner man.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics: Reddick has gotten quite a bit of fantasy attention lately, and that hasn’t stopped this week. During the Rangers series, he managed four hits, two runs, four RBI and a stolen base, which was a pretty encouraging sign. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Reddick’s BA is still pretty ugly, and he’s got some work to do as far as keeping his name out of demotion conversations, but the signs for a resurgence are there. He’s more of an optimist’s play, but is still fantasy-relevant.
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