Daily Fantasy MLB 5/7/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 7, 2014
It’s Wednesday in the MLB, and the league is beginning to come down from the early-week flurry of activity and adjust toward the onslaught of weekend games. That means there’s plenty for fantasy owners to take care of, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the trending players out there who are making waves as roster adds.
Ernesto Frieri, RP, Los Angeles Angels: The RP market has been as volatile as ever this season, but we’re going to kick the tires on Fieri. He stormed back onto the scene with a great appearance in the opener against the Yankees on Monday, logging the save with a pair of strikeouts to his credit. That said, he allowed a solo homer in a loss yesterday.
Frieri was back in his team’s (and fantasy owners’) good graces with five straight scoreless appearances, but this should just be a minor setback. Unless he completely implodes this week, it’s probably safe to roll with him again.
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Tom Koehler, SP/RP, Miami Marlins: This Mets-Marlins series has yielded some unexpectedly potent fantasy finds, and Koehler is no different. He is coming off a seven-inning, no-earned performance against the Dodgers in his last outing, allowing just three hits and striking out four in the win.
Koehler has had some hits and misses this season, but you can say that about pretty much any Major League pitcher. This Mets matchup today looks pretty tasty, so give him a look if you’re in the market.
Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Rasmus has exploded onto the fantasy scene this week, thanks to a two-game stretch during which he nailed five hits, three runs, a homer and four RBI. That was part of a five-game streak which provided five runs and three homers with nine RBI in all. He popped another homer yesterday.
We’ve seen this before with Rasmus: He’ll explode with promise and hint at his potential ceiling before wilting again. Still, if you’re an optimist and think he can keep it up, he’s got more upside than just about everyone at his level.
Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: Over the past week or so, Villar has provided a bright light of hope for those fantasy owners lost in the doldrums of the thin SS position. He carried a five-game hit streak into yesterday’s matchup against the Tigers, with three runs, two homers, five RBI and two steals in that frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Villar has offered some pretty darn awesome across-the-board stats this season, so there’s reason to be excited here. If you need a SS (and who doesn’t?) you should pick him up immediately.
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets: Those fantasy owners who got fed up with Granderson due to his early struggles and dropped him like a bad habit are second-guessing themselves now. He took a six-game hit streak into yesterday’s game, with five runs, two homers and six RBI in that frame, but came up empty in the game.
Granderson’s average is still pretty abysmal, but if he can stay warm for a while he’ll correct his early-season mistakes. We’re leaning toward trusting him again, so give him a look at least.
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