Daily Fantasy MLB 6/17/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 17, 2014
The MLB’s early-week series have begun, which means there are lots of opportunities out there for enterprising fantasy baseball owners. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there you’ll want to be keeping an eye on if you’re in the market to improve.
Neil Ramirez, RP, Chicago Cubs: It appears we’ve got another hot candidate at RP. Ramirez nabbed a save on Sunday with a clean ninth, recording three straight outs against the Phillies. It was his second save of the series.
Ramirez appears to be the man on the North Side right now, so he’s the closest thing we have had to a sure-fire RP pickup in a long time. We can only guess as to where the rest of the season will take him, but for now he’s a must-have player in just about every league.
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Brock Holt, 1B/3B/OF, Boston Red Sox: It seems like we’ve been talking about Holt a lot lately--and really, we have. He had a great series against Cleveland, posting seven hits, two runs, two RBI and a steal in four games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Corner men aren’t too easy to come by these days in fantasy, so Holt has served as a ray of sunshine to those in the market for a 1B/3B name. He’s as good as it gets at those positions right now, so snatch him up if you still can.
Roenis Elias, SP, Seattle Mariners: Need a lower-end matchup play at SP today? Look no further than Elias, who is coming into a nice one today. Sure, he’s allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts combined, but before that tossed a complete-game gem against the Tigers, so we know he’s got it in him.
Elias heads into today against the Padres with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP on the season. Not stellar numbers by any stretch, but he shouldn’t have a whole lot of problems with the Padres today.
Tommy La Stella, 2B, Atlanta Braves: La Stella is a relative new comer to the waiver wire ranks, and he brings with him a lot of promise and hype. Heading into the Philly opener, he had a six-game hit streak, logging four runs and four RBI in that span. He was 1-for-6 yesterday.
La Stella has a nice ceiling to him, and will pay some solid dividends as long as he’s hitting. He’ll be in for a regression at some point, obviously, but for now he’s a nice pickup at a thin position.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Arrieta doesn’t pitch until tomorrow--we’ll throw that out there right off the bat--but needs to be looked at in many formats. He’s had a nice string of games recently: Besides his one loss on June 3, he’s 2-0 in his last six appearances. In that span he’s only allowed more than one earned one time (four in the loss).
Arrieta has racked up some nice stats in his impressive run. He’s got a 2.09 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and heads into a pretty good matchup in Miami tomorrow. Give him a look at least.
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