Daily Fantasy MLB 5/17/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 17, 2014
It’s Saturday, and though you might be tempted to take it easy and forget about your fantasy baseball lineup, you’d be wise not to. There are several up-and-coming players out there who could be the cure for what ails your roster, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the emerging fantasy trends in the MLB.
Zach Britton, SP/RP, Baltimore Orioles: We’ll start today off with an RP prospect in Britton. He nabbed a save on Thursday, tossing a clean inning against the Royals to preserve a 2-1 win. He was picked over usual closer Tommy Hunter, who has been having some difficulties in the ninth.
Whether or not this situation represents a changing of the guard for the Orioles remains to be seen. Britton has the chops to be the ninth-inning guy, but is more of a speculative add at the moment.
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Jordan Lyles, SP, Colorado Rockies: There are few pitchers in the MLB who have surprised in quite the manner Lyles has in the early-going this season. He’s got five wins under his belt already, with a 2.66 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on 32 Ks.
Lyles has allowed just seven hits through his last five starts combined, going 3-0 in that span. Even better, he’s got a juicy matchup today at home against the lowly Padres. There’s not much to dislike about him right now, so check him out.
Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Over the past few days, Francisco has become one of the trendiest players in all of fantasy baseball. Entering the Rangers series, he had a four-game hit streak going, providing three runs, two homers and six RBI in that frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Francisco overcame a brief slump to get his mojo back this week. Even though the corners are pretty deep in fantasy this year, there’s no harm in giving him a good look--even if you’re set at first and third. The Rangers series continues through the weekend, then it’s off to Boston.
Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B/SS, New York Yankees: Speaking of trendy adds in fantasy, Solarte has certainly been a popular guy this week. His reign of statistical dominance came to an end Thursday with the Mets finale, when he went 0-for-4 in a slim win.
There’s a lot to like about Solarte. He’s got eligibility at two of the toughest positions in fantasy and can deliver some nice totals when he’s hitting well. He’ll bring about occasional 0-fers here and there, but should maintain form most of the year.
Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Parra has been Rico Suave at the plate recently, and it’s gained him some deep fantasy attention. Heading into the Dodgers series, he’d hit in nine of 10 games, with seven runs, two homers and four RBI in that stretch. He got another hit yesterday to keep it going.
Parra has been hitting well, but has also remained under the radar in a lot of leagues. There’s quite a bit of fantasy depth in the outfield, but he’s one of those guys who makes a nice plug-and-play for those owners needing extra bodies.
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