Daily Fantasy MLB 5/29/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 29, 2014
We’re flying through this shortened workweek, and it won’t be too much longer before we’re knee-deep in MLB weekend series. Thursday is usually a transitional day as the teams switch locations, but there’s still plenty of opportunity out there for enterprising fantasy baseball owners. That said, let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there who you might consider adding.
Jamie Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Garcia has been a popular waiver wire add over the past couple of days, especially now that he’s got his first win under his belt. that win came against Cincinnati in his last appearance, when he went 5 2/3 innings while allowing six hits and two earned runs with seven strikeouts.
Garcia has only posted two starts since coming off the disabled list, but the early returns aren’t too bad. He’ll see the Giants at home today and makes a pretty good start for those fantasy owners in need of starting pitching.
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Nick Martinez, SP/RP, Texas Rangers: Another SP consideration for today is Martinez, who is coming off a couple of nice performances. In his most recent outing, he logged just one earned on eight hits while striking out a pair of Tigers in a victory.
Martinez has now allowed just two runs in his last two starts combined. He has a 2.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP on the season and will be heading into a pretty good-looking fantasy matchup today in Minnesota. Kick the tires here if you need pitching.
Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers: It seems like every time Reynolds hits a home run, his waiver wire presence multiplies exponentially. That’s been exactly the case today, as he knocked one on Tuesday that had owners rushing to pick him up. He had another hit/run yesterday.
Never mind the fact that Reynolds was 0-for-7 through two games before his Tuesday homer; That’s just par for the course for him. You know the drill by now: big power, low BA. The choice is yours on whether or not he’s worth it.
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros: Not since Emilio Bonifacio at the beginning of the year have we seen a player make such a splash on the waiver wire. The young Springer has been fantasy gold for fantasy owners over the past week or so, belting five homers during his previous five games heading into the KC finale yesterday. He nailed his ninth homer of the year in that one.
Springer has the goods to be a star in the MLB; It’s just a matter of him staying consistent and healthy. We’re seeing his transformation happen a little earlier than expected, but that’s nothing but good news for fantasy owners.
Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: Remember Norris? He was all the rage as a fantasy add a few weeks back, and now he’s on the radar again. Most of the buzz surrounding him comes courtesy of his grand slam against Detroit on Monday, which gave him five homers and 24 RBI on the year. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Norris has had his ups and downs since he stormed onto the scene in fantasy, but now it appears he’s on the upswing again. You’ll get some bumps and bruises here and there, but as long as he can avoid a sustained slump he makes a lot of sense as a backup C nonetheless.
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