Daily Fantasy MLB 6/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 18, 2014
Now that we’ve crested the proverbial hump of the early-week series in the MLB, it’s time to start looking ahead at what’s on the way. That said, there’s still a lot to check out over the next couple of days, especially when it comes to fantasy. Let’s take our daily look at some of the notable underused names out there and see who might be worth picking up today.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Miami Marlins: Yesterday’s five-alarm baseball news centered around Heaney and the purchase of his contract from Triple-A by the Marlins. He’ll be making his debut tomorrow at home against the Mets.
Heaney is Miami’s top prospect and should take the majors (and fantasy teams) by storm. He’s a definite must-have in just about every fantasy league, so hit the waiver wire ASAP to see if he’s still out there in yours.
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Kevin Gausman, SP/RP, Baltimore Orioles: Let’s stick on the mound for a moment and check out Gausman, who has gained a bit of a waiver wire following himself recently. He’s coming off a nice outing against the Blue Jays, going six innings and allowing one earned on five hits with three Ks.
Gausman is sporting a 3.71 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP right now. He’s got a pretty good matchup in Tampa Bay today, and has a lot on the line. He’ll likely stick around in the O’s rotation if he pitches well today.
Billy Butler, 1B, Kansas City Royals: The notoriously streaky Butler has been hotter than hot lately, and he’s earned a pickup in many fantasy leagues. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a six-game hit streak going, posting five runs, a homer and 10 RBI in that frame. He had two more hits and two more runs yesterday.
Butler is more known for his power than anything, so it’s weird to not see him hitting homers as frequently. Still, with the other numbers he’s putting up, it’s hard to overlook him right now in fantasy.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Gennett has made this space once or twice this year, and he’s certainly done enough recently to be a consideration yet again. Heading into play yesterday, he had a four-game streak going with two hits in each, posting four runs, a homer and five RBI in that stretch. He had three hits and a run yesterday.
Gennett will likely bat leadoff against right-handers for the foreseeable future, so you’ll have to check the cards against lefties. As long as he’s hitting like this, there’s really no reason to discount him at all.
Kyle Seager, 3B, Seattle Mariners: Let’s finish our trip around the diamond today by checking out Seager over at the hot corner. He entered yesterday’s game against the Padres with a three-game hit streak, posting two runs, a homer, six RBI and two stolen bases in that frame. He posted another hit and two RBI yesterday.
Seager is on pace to destroy his season-long expectations, especially where RBI are concerned. As long as he can keep that BA respectable and not fall into a prolonged slump, he makes a solid add in just about every league.
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