Daily Fantasy MLB 6/20/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 20, 2014
The big weekend series are getting started (or continuing, in some cases) around the MLB today, which makes this a prime occasion for fantasy owners. It’s time to check in with that lineup and get it ready for the next few days, so with that said let’s see which players are making noise this morning as potential pickups.
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Garcia is one of the hotter SP names out there right now, and it’s pretty easy to see where all that interest comes from. He’s pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts, allowing a combined one earned run on eight hits with 10 strikeouts.
Garcia will take the mound at home against the Phillies today, which is a great opportunity for him to improve upon his 3.72 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. We sense another win on that 3-0 record as well.
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Charlie Morton, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Even if Morton didn’t have a very favorable matchup lined up for this afternoon, we’d still like him as a pickup. He’s 3-0 in his last three appearances, allowing a combined five earned and striking out 22 in that span.
That gives Morton a season-long ERA of 3.09 and a WHIP of 1.24. He heads into a nice matchup at Wrigley Field against the Cubs today, so he’s definitely worth checking out at the very least.
Brock Holt, 1B/3B/OF, Boston Red Sox: Even though Holt’s on-field fantasy production slowed down a bit in that Minnesota series, he still managed two runs, a steal and two hits in three games and it hasn’t really affected his fantasy popularity all that much. He had a hit and a run yesterday.
Holt has been a run-producing machine ever since he took his place at the top of the Sox’ lineup this season, and we don’t expect him to slow down unless he enters a sustained slump. He’ll be on a west coast trip now, so we’ll see how he does away from Fenway.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers haven’t been playing all that well over the past week or so, but that’s not Martinez’s fault. He entered the KC finale on an eight-game hit streak, tossing up four runs, two homers and seven RBI in that time frame. He nailed a solo homer yesterday.
Martinez has been getting some extra looks recently with the Tigers’ lineup a bit banged up, and that should continue as long as he’s hitting. He makes a nice add for outfield depth right now, but you’ll have to check the lineup cards each day to make sure he’s in there.
Marlon Byrd, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: Speaking of outfield depth, Byrd is providing some pretty good reasons why you should give him some attention out there. During the Atlanta series, he posted six hits, four runs, a homer, four RBI and a steal in just three games. He went 1-for-3 yesterday.
Byrd has provided some very nice power numbers this season, as his homer and RBI totals are pretty darn stellar. He’s not showing too many signs of slowing down, so jump on the bandwagon while you can.
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