Daily Fantasy MLB 6/25/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 25, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and the early/mid-week series are in full swing around the MLB. Before we start looking forward to the weekend action on our fantasy baseball rosters, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players you might be able to snatch up to give your fantasy team a shot in the arm.
Marco Gonzales, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Following the news of his call-up earlier this week, Gonzales has been the hottest thing on the waiver wire over the past couple of days. He’ll make his major league debut today against Colorado.
It didn’t take Gonzales long to slash his way through the minors, and here he is on the big stage already. Realistically, he doesn’t have the goods to be a flat-out superstar, but he will provide some solid mid-range numbers if he can maintain form. That should be good enough for a pickup in most fantasy formats.
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Henderson Alvarez, SP, Miami Marlins: Let’s take our talents to South Beach and check out Alvarez. He’s been pretty darn stellar over the past month or so, and in his last six starts he’s 2-0 and hasn’t allowed more than two earned in any appearance (and he did that just once).
Alvarez boasts a handsome 2.39 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He’s not exactly an overpowering guy who will pour in the strikeouts, but he’s definitely underappreciated in fantasy. Give him a look before today in Philly.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce is a relative newcomer to the waiver wire radar, but he’s been quite a force in fantasy recently. Heading into yesterday’s matchup against the White Sox, he had a six-game hit streak, posting six runs, two homers and seven RBI in that frame. He was 2-for-3 with a solo homer yesterday.
There’s not much to dislike about Pearce, especially while he’s hitting. With the recent corner-man drought in fantasy, he makes a nice pickup for needy owners.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers: Gennett remains near the top of the 2B ranks when it comes to waiver wire names. He’s been pretty darn hot in June, and has logged eight runs, a homer and four RBI in his last six starts combined. He was 1-for-6 yesterday.
The thing about Gennett is that he won’t get any looks against left-handed pitching, so you’ll have to check the lineup cards before you slot him into your starting area. Still, he’s worth checking out considering the barren wasteland that is fantasy 2B.
Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals: Let’s head back to St. Louis and check out Adams, who has been making some noise early this week. Heading into yesterday’s game against the Rockies, he had five hits, three runs, two homers and six RBI in his previous two games. He posted another hit and a run yesterday.
As long as he’s not facing left-handed pitching, Adams has been doing all right. That said, he’ll give you fits of frustration with his up-and-down play. All things considered, he’s still a viable option in certain formats.
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