Daily Fantasy MLB 7/4/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 4, 2014
We’ve officially reached the big Fourth of July weekend in the MLB, but before you bite into that hot dog or light that firecracker, let’s get our fantasy baseball affairs in order for the day. We’ve got another crop of viable pickups in our daily outlook today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s worth snatching in your league.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: We’ve talked about Pearce at length this week, and as long as he’s producing we’ll keep it up. Heading into yesterday’s finale, he had hit in four of his previous five, with five runs, three homers and seven RBI to his credit in that span. He was on it again yesterday, with four hits, a run, two RBI and two steals.
Pearce has come from out of nowhere this season to become a viable fantasy add at what’s getting to be a relatively thin position (1B). There’s no reason to ignore his numbers, so at least give him a good look.
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Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: Norris’ fantasy value took a hit last week when he came down with a back ailment that had him sitting out for four games. He recovered fairly quickly, though, and was back out there on Wednesday. He popped a pair of hits in that one, then sat out yesterday.
Norris has been producing very well in the RBI and BA categories this season, especially for a backstop. If he keeps it up, he may slap 15 homers or so this year, which is nothing to sneeze at where catchers are concerned.
Josh Tomlin, SP/RP, Cleveland Indians: For those owners looking for a starting pitcher, Tomlin has been a hot ticket over the past few days. He’s coming off a one-hit, complete-game shutout against Seattle in his last appearance, which resulted in his fifth win of the year.
The bad news is that Tomlin gave up five earned in four innings in the game before that, so you have to take the good with the bad. Still, optimists will want to check him out ahead of his start at home against the Royals today.
Drew Smyly, SP/RP, Detroit Tigers: A little further down the SP list we have Smyly. He had a bad outing his last time up, posting four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against Houston. We’re willing to call that one a hiccup, though.
Smyly’s previous outing went well, with a six-inning, no-earned win on June 24 against the Rangers. He’ll get the Rays at home today, and we expect him to bounce back from his ugly appearance in his last game.
Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B/SS/OF, Tampa Bay Rays: Speaking of the Rays, let’s check out Forsythe. He’s been a multi-hit machine this week, tagging at least two hits in five games leading up to yesterday’s opener in Detroit. In that span he posted five runs, two homers and six RBI. He sat out yesterday’s game.
Forsythe is a hot add right now, but once the Rays start getting healthier it’s anyone’s guess how much plate time he’ll see. For now, though, he’s a pretty good bet as a utility guy in fantasy.
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