Daily Fantasy MLB 5/5/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 5, 2014
A fresh set of series are headed our way in the MLB today, which brings about some new opportunities for fantasy baseball owners. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who are making names for themselves on the waiver wire. If you’re looking for a sleeper investment or a matchup play in the coming days, here’s where to start.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees: Teixeira is seemingly healthy now, and his recent play has brought about a new level of trust in the fantasy world. He finished off last week on a five-game hit streak, supplying four homers, six RBI and five runs in that span. He was 1-for-4 with a run yesterday.
Teixeira’s once-feeble BA has been headed in the right direction for a little while, so it’s finally time to start relying on him again. He’ll be in L.A. this week to take on the Angels, and he makes a nice pickup.
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Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: Ozuna generated some positive buzz early last week, but then fell off with an 0-for-8 stretch through two games. He got it back Saturday, however, with three RBI and a homer against the Dodgers, but came up empty again yesterday in the finale.
Ozuna didn’t enter the season as a hot fantasy prospect or anything, but he’s earned that distinction with his play so far. He gets a nice matchup against the Mets at home this week, so he should improve.
Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: Any time a SS candidate shows some life in fantasy, you owe it to yourself to check him out. That’s the case with Villar right now, as he closed out last week on a hot three-game tear (he put up five hits, two runs, a homer, four RBI and two steals in that span). He nailed a solo homer yesterday.
Villar offers a nice mix of across-the-board fantasy production that you can’t get from too many other players at his level. We suggest snatching him up quick if you can and starting him for the Detroit series.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: We’ve been pretty high on Byrd recently, and it’s easy to see why. He finished off last week on a seven-game hit streak, providing five multi-hit games, four runs, two homers and 10 RBI in that span. He posted an 0-fer yesterday, though.
Looks like the old-timer Byrd still has some life left in his bat, and that’s nothing but good news for fantasy owners. Whether this run continues or not is anyone’s guess, but we’re on the bandwagon for sure.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Miami Marlins: Let’s take our talents back down to South Beach for a moment and check out Eovaldi. He comes into today’s start on a pretty nice run through his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 16 in that span. If there’s bad news, it’s that he only got one win in that time.
Eovaldi boasts a nice 2.58 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, which is a nice value at his fantasy level. His impending matchup is solid as well; The Mets come to town today.
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