Daily Fantasy MLB 5/23/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 23, 2014
It’s Friday, and that means we’ve got all sorts of new and interesting weekend series beginning around the MLB. All that fresh activity will bring about some interesting opportunities in fantasy baseball, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players who could give your roster a lift.
David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians: Murphy has been the hottest player on the waiver wire for the past couple of days, and for good reason. He carried a nice seven-game hit streak into yesterday’s opener against Baltimore, notching seven runs, three homers and 11 RBI in that span. He posted an 0-fer yesterday but still had an RBI.
Murphy has been very impressive so far this season, and he’s kept it up long enough to overcome the usual round of “hot streak” dismissals. OF is a pretty deep position in fantasy, but you’d be silly to overlook him right now.
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Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins: Jones is another player who has received his fair share of attention in fantasy so far this season. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Philadelphia, he’d produced six hits, three runs and four RBI in just his previous two games. He was 0-for-1 yesterday.
Jones has been one of the only reliable plays on the Marlins roster this season, and he’s helping to carry them during their offensive outbursts. If you need a backup corner man or a utility play, he’s a good candidate.
Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago Cubs: Jackson is today’s pitching play, and there are a couple of good reasons why. He’s coming off a clean seven-inning, four-hit, no-earned effort against the Brewers, during which he fanned 11 batters. He’s also playing the lowly Padres today.
Jackson’s Achilles heel is his inconsistency--you never know what you’re going to get from one start to the next. That said, with the favorable matchup on tap for today, we’re trusting him a lot more than we normally would.
Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Let’s stick with that Padres-Cubs matchup for a moment and check out Smith. He’s been a constant fixture on the waiver wire radar for the past couple of weeks, as he’s one of the few things to get excited about on the Padres roster. He posted a solo homer yesterday.
If Smith can carry this sort of production--or anything anywhere near it--throughout the year, he’ll obliterate his career numbers and 2014 expectations. There’s no telling how long this will last, but even at a deep position he’s worth checking out.
Dallas Keuchel, SP/RP, Houston Astros: We visited with Keuchel a few days back already, but we’ll give him some space again this morning since his next start is creeping close. He’s got three straight wins to his credit, during which he’s allowed just four earned runs and struck out 22.
That little win streak gives Keuchel a 2.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season, and he’s been one of the most popular pitching adds in fantasy this week because of it. He’ll see the Mariners tomorrow night, but you should definitely grab him before then.
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