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Daily Fantasy MLB 5/8/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks

Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups

May 8, 2014

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The MLB is getting ready to flip over to the weekend series, which makes today a prime opportunity for fantasy baseball owners to tweak those lineups. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who could provide some nice value today and beyond.

Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: One of the hottest pitching prospects in fantasy over the past couple of days is Smyly, who is coming off a nice appearance against Kansas City on May 3. He nabbed the win on seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and striking out six.
Smyly has a nice 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP to his credit so far this year and is emerging as a nice sleeper candidate in fantasy. He’ll host Houston today, so get on the train while you can.

Daily Fantasy MLB 5/8/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks


Colby Rasmus, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: This week, we’ve been singing the praises of Rasmus in fantasy, and he hasn’t disappointed. Heading into yesterday’s home game against the Phillies, he was on a six-game hit streak, during which he’d homered four times while providing six runs and 11 RBI. He was 1-for-4 with a run yesterday.
Rasmus tinkered with his stance a little this season, and the early returns are looking good. His average is still pretty ugly, but he’s trending up. Jump on the bandwagon while he’s still hitting.

Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: Alvarez won’t throw again for another few days, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t visit with him this morning. He’s coming off his second shutout of the season on Tuesday against the Mets, during which he allowed just six hits and struck out seven.
Alvarez almost looks too good to be true. He’s rocking a 2.62 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and could maintain form all year. Even better, he’ll be facing the lowly Padres his next time out. Check him out.

Yasmani Grandal, C, San Diego Padres: Speaking of the lowly Padres, they’ve got a bright spot lately in Grandal. He came into yesterday’s finale against KC on a five-game hit streak, providing three homers, six RBI and four runs in that span. He was 0-for-1 yesterday.
Grandal isn’t necessarily hitting for a high average (.253) but he’s doing very well for a fantasy backstop. After a down 2013, he’s showing some early promise behind the plate. Definitely worth some consideration for those in need.

Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers: It’s been a while since we’ve checked out Davis--and we’re fans of his--so let’s see what he’s been up to. After a three-game hit streak this week that yielded four runs, an RBI and three steals, he sat Tuesday. Yesterday, he was 0-for-2 but logged another swipe.
As long as those runs and steals keep coming in, Davis will find his way into the Tigers lineup. You should follow their lead if you’re in need of finesse numbers, because you can’t do much better than him at this level. The Astros finale is today.

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