Daily Fantasy MLB 5/24/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 24, 2014
We’ve finally finished off the workweek, and the weekend series are now in full swing around the MLB. Before you get that fantasy baseball lineup set for the day and check out some of the games on TV, let’s take a look at a few trending names out there you might not be aware of. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play to help push your roster over the top, here’s where to start.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, San Francisco Giants: Let’s jump right in with our pitching prospect for today, which is Vogelsong. He bounced back from a poor showing May 13 during his last outing May 18, logging seven innings of five-hit, no-earned ball and striking out six Marlins.
Vogelsong fits firmly in the “meh” category of fantasy pitchers, but he’s got some good things going for him. Four of his last five starts have featured one earned run or fewer, and he’s got a 1.33 WHIP, which isn’t awful. He’s a trustworthy play against Minnesota today.
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Matt Shoemaker, SP, Los Angeles Angels: While we’re on the subject of starting pitching, let’s take a look at Shoemaker. He played well in his last outing against the Rays, going six innings with one earned, two hits and six strikeouts.
Shoemaker shouldn’t be trusted over long stretches--he simply just doesn’t have the stuff to be consistently overpowering at this level--but we do like him as a matchup play. Case in point, today’s game against the Royals looks like a fine opportunity. If you’re stuck, you could do worse.
Garrett Jones, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins: With tons of fantasy owners scrambling to replace Prince Fielder and Joey Votto at 1B this week, the corner has suddenly become a hot position in fantasy. Jones’ name has appeared on the waiver wire radar as a result, also thanks to his solid play of late. He had a pretty good series against Philly, posting six hits with three runs and four RBI. He kept it going yesterday with a pair of solo homers.
We’re not overly excited about Jones--he plays for the Marlins, after all--but we feel like he could do pretty well for owners scrambling to replace injured players. At least check him out while he’s playing at this level.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: While we’re down in South Beach, let’s take a look at Ozuna. He played well against the Phillies this week as well, notching four hits, four runs, two homers and seven RBI in the final two games. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
Ozuna’s power numbers are taking everyone by surprise this season. We’re not sure how long he can keep it up (he was nearly demoted to Triple-A earlier this year) but you might as well enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: This isn’t an immediate move by any stretch, but it’s something to consider over the next week or so. The Cards will “possibly” be calling up Taveras from Triple-A on June 4 when they start their American League stretch, which would put him in play for regular starts in right field.
Taveras is tearing it up in the minors right now, and he’s far and away the Cardinals’ best prospect. He is absolutely a grab-and-stash option in deeper leagues, and some mid-sized ones as well.
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