Daily Fantasy MLB 5/13/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 13, 2014
Now that the early-week MLB series are humming along, it’s a good time to take stock of your fantasy baseball lineup. If you’re in need of a change, we’re here to help. As we do each day, we’ve examined the latest trends in the fantasy world and we’ll be taking a closer look at each one. Let’s see if any of these guys makes a good fit for your roster.
Bryan Shaw, RP, Cleveland Indians: We’ve got a hot ticket in the RP market for you this morning, and experienced owners know those don’t come along all that often during the course of the season. Shaw got the call in a save situation on Sunday, and pulled it off with a clean inning against the Rays. He’s starting to look like the heir apparent to John Axford, which is good news for fantasy owners.
If Shaw continues to get ninth-inning looks, we can pretty much bet that a move has been made, even if it’s not announced formally. A fantasy add is still somewhat speculative, but seems prudent.
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Josh Beckett, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s stay on the hill for a moment and check in with Beckett. Here’s the good news: He’s allowed two earned or less in four of his last five starts, en route to a 2.80 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
The bad news? He hasn’t won yet this season. That could change today, as Beckett is scheduled to face off against the Marlins at home. You won’t be getting the old Red Sox ace if you pick him up, but he should be serviceable enough.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, New York Yankees: We’ve jumped on the Solarte bandwagon this season, and you should too. There’s really not much to hate here, especially lately. Heading into the Mets opener yesterday he had a six-game hit streak going, with three runs, a homer and seven RBI in that span. He had three hits, two runs and an RBI yesterday.
Solarte’s biggest draw is his multi-positional eligibility, which should have fantasy owners salivating. The BA is good, the RBI total is good; If he’s still out there in your league, jump on him now.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: There’s a ton of outfielder depth out there in fantasy, but owners dealing with injury situations or poor production might want to take a look at Smith. He’s sitting on an eight-game hit streak right now and has dropped five runs, a homer and seven RBI in that span.
Smith is pretty “blah” defensively, but we doubt the Padres will care when he’s hitting like this. We’ll see how he adjusts when the team hit’s the road in Cincinnati today.
Daniel Murphy, 1B/2B, New York Mets: Murphy had a great series against Philly, posting five hits, five runs, a homer, two RBI and a stolen base in that three-game set. Heading into yesterday’s opener, he’d hit in eight of his previous nine games. He had two more hits yesterday.
Murphy is pretty much a must-have guy right now, especially considering that he can be plugged in at both first and second base. The early indications seem to be that 2013 wasn’t a fluke, so look for more good things to come.
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