Daily Fantasy MLB 5/20/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 20, 2014
The early-week series are in full swing around the MLB, and all that activity has brought forth plenty of considerations in fantasy baseball. With that said, let’s take our daily look at the emerging trends out there and see if there are any up-and-coming names who are worth adding to your roster right now.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Pollock is the dictionary definition of hot right now, and he’s become the go-to guy for needy fantasy owners. In the last three games, he’s produced eight hits, with three runs, a homer, two RBI and a stolen base in that frame.
Pollock is rocking a .315 average with five homers, 11 RBI and six swipes on the year. There aren’t a lot of places you can get that kind of across-the-board fantasy production--especially at his level. Cue him up while he’s hitting.
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Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: Pomeranz got quite a few fantasy looks last week, and now that it’s his turn to start he’s back to being popular again. He’s coming off a five-inning win over the White Sox, during which he allowed no earned runs and just three hits while fanning eight batters.
Pomeranz’s ERA sits at a nifty 1.14 on the year, with his WHIP a cool 1.01. The A’s aren’t leaving him out there for a ton of innings, but that’s about the only bad thing we can say about him right now. He’ll be in Tampa Bay today.
Josh Beckett, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ah, the Beckett dilemma. It’s been a topic of some contention so far this season as we’ve gotten some mixed results from the ex-Red Sox hurler. He’s coming off a good showing against the Marlins, though, with no earned on four hits through 6 1/3.
Becket gets a good matchup in the Big Apple against the Mets today, so he’s once again a reliable-seeming name. He’s only got the one win so far, but his ERA (2.38) and WHIP (1.06) are holding strong.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Smith is a name we’ve talked about quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, especially during his multi-hit game streak a while back. He’s still playing well, with two homers, three runs and three RBI in his last two games.
Here are the stats for the year on Smith: a .333 BA, five home runs and 17 RBI--most of that damage being done this month. There’s no way to tell how long he can keep it up, but you might as well jump on this train while it’s rolling.
Juan Francisco, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays: Francisco is another name we’ve seen here and there this year, and after a strong showing in the finale against Texas he’s back in the conversation again. He hit a solo homer in that one, giving him eight on the year with 19 RBI.
Francisco will keep getting looks against right-handed pitching (even though he’s a defensive liability) as long as he’s hitting. It doesn’t look like that’s stopping any time soon, so check him out if you need help at the corners.
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