Daily Fantasy MLB 5/15/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 15, 2014
The early week series are winding down around the MLB, and it’s time to start looking forward to the days ahead. Before we abandon the current matchups completely, however, let’s take our daily look at some of the waiver-wire level names out there who could provide a spark in your fantasy baseball lineup in the days to come.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, New York Yankees: Always at least a borderline fantasy play, Solarte has exploded over the past week or two. Heading into yesterday’s game against the Mets, he was riding an eight-game hit streak, during which he’d provided seven runs, two homers and nine RBI. He kept it going yesterday with a solo homer and two runs.
There’s a ton of upside to Solarte. He’s been providing the vast majority of the offense for New York recently, and the best part is that you can slot him in at a ton of different positions in fantasy. If for some reason he’s still out there in your league, grab him immediately.
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Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: Pomeranz doesn’t toss again until next week, but we’ll put him here since he’s a hot waiver wire trend right now. He’s coming off another dominant performance Tuesday against the White Sox, throwing five innings of no-earned ball with just three hits and eight strikeouts.
That’s three wins on the year for Pomeranz, who boasts a clean 1.14 ERA and 1.01 WHIP so far this season. He’ll face the Rays his next time out, but before then he needs to be snatched up in a majority of leagues out there.
Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: We’ve looked at Francisco a couple of times this year, and here he is again. The corner man had hit in his previous two games heading into Game 2 against Cleveland yesterday, with a homer and four RBI in that span. He nabbed a run and an RBI yesterday.
Francisco’s stock fell a bit after a three-game 0-fer stretch, so it’s good to see him get his mojo back at the plate. Today’s the Cleveland finale, so give him a look if you need help at the corners.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: It’s pretty safe to say that no one saw Smith coming this year. He’s one of the hottest names in fantasy right now, as he carried a nine-game hit streak into yesterday’s game against Cincinnati. In that frame, he put up six runs, a homer and seven RBI. Yesterday’s game was postponed.
Smith has been a multi-hit machine lately, and though the production is great, it won’t last forever. He’s one of those jump-on-the-bandwagon guys that you should snatch up while he’s hitting and cut ties when he comes back down to earth.
Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: One of the hottest catcher pickups in fantasy lately has been Norris. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the White Sox, he’d hit in five of his previous six starts, posting three runs, two homers, eight RBI and a stolen base in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Norris’ RBI look great right now--especially for a catcher (six of those came off two swings of the bat in one game, but hey). He’s very relevant as a backup or deeper-league backstop, so don’t hesitate here.
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