Daily Fantasy MLB 6/22/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 22, 2014
It’s a new week out there in fantasy baseball, and we’ve got a slew of weekend series finishing up around the MLB today. Before those get going, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who are making waves as waiver wire adds and see if anyone’s worth checking out in your league.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers: We’ve covered Martinez a couple of times in the last week or so, but with him still trending steadily this weekend, we should probably check in once again. Heading into yesterday’s game in Cleveland, he had four home runs in five games, with nine RBI and five runs in that span. He was 1-for-5 yesterday.
Martinez is surging in the right direction at the moment, but he’s got a reputation as a streaky hitter, so keep that in mind. Still, there’s no denying his ceiling, so if you need some depth you should check him out.
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John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox: Longtime White Sox hurler John Danks has had a solid run lately. Over his last three starts, he’s 3-0, with a combined four earned runs and 13 strikeouts to his credit.
On the season, Danks has a 3.97 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP. Not exactly mind-boggling numbers, but he’s headed in the right direction since late May. He’ll head into a pretty good matchup today in Minnesota, so give him a look.
Mark Melancon, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates: With the announcement late last week that Melancon would be serving as the Pirates’ primary closer, the fantasy community hopped on board with him. He notched a three-strikeout save yesterday and supplants the ousted Jason Grilli, who has been scrapped for the time being at least.
Melancon enters the ninth-inning role with a solid ERA and a very nice-looking WHIP. Despite the fact that Pittsburgh says this is likely a temporary solution, we don’t see him going anywhere if he can get in there and pitch well.
Alex Wood, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves: Wood won’t be pitching again for a few days, but it’s time to snatch him up while you can. He will be filling into Gavin Floyd’s rotation spot while he heals up, and the outlook here is pretty promising.
Wood sports a 3.43 ERA and 1.29 WHIP this season, and heads into a very nice matchup this week. He’ll be in Houston to face the Astros on Wednesday and should be able to post a quality start at least.
Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Yankees: Beltran has been making some waiver wire noise this weekend, so let’s pay him a visit to check out his recent stats. Heading into yesterday’s matchup against Baltimore, he had a three-game hit streak going with three runs, a homer and five RBI in that frame. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Beltran has been in the tank for most of the year due to injuries and underperformance. (His BA is pretty wretched.) We like the fact that he’s showing life recently, so we’re cautiously optimistic as the Yankees move ahead into the new week.
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