Daily Fantasy MLB 7/5/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 5, 2014
With all the fun Fourth of July weekend festivities going on today, you might be tempted to forget about your fantasy baseball team. We’re here to help remind you that you always need to be looking to upgrade, and with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the up-and-coming players out there who are trending as adds on rosters everywhere.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce has been all the rage in fantasy this week, and he’s appeared in this space more than a couple of times as a result. Here are the stats on him: Through the last four games, he’s posted six runs, three homers, eight RBI and two steals.
If Pearce is still unowned in your league, you must be playing in a pretty shallow format. He’s worth grabbing just about everywhere, so snatch him up ahead of today’s opener in Boston.
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Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox: Quintana has enjoyed a couple of very nice starts recently that have put him back in the fantasy conversation. In his last pair of outings, he’s allowed just one earned on nine combined hits, striking out 15 batters.
Quintana is sporting a 3.44 ERA and 1.28 WHIP and has five wins on the year, but seems to be headed in the right direction. He’ll get a crack at his third W in a row today at the Cell versus the incoming Mariners.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, San Diego Padres: As difficult as Despaigne’s name is to spell, it’s still worth your time to find out. He’s got two straight wins under his belt after making his debut on June 23, and in that frame has allowed just one earned run on nine hits while fanning three batters.
Despaigne is rocking a nifty 0.66 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP. He’s not going to overpower any opposing lineups, but is absolutely worth a look every time he starts at home. That’s just the case today against the Giants.
James Jones, OF, Seattle Mariners: Let’s head back to the aforementioned Mariners for a moment and check out Jones. He had a great series against Houston, posting eight hits, six runs, two RBI and three stolen bases in a three-game span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Jones will keep a steady supply of steals and runs coming into any fantasy lineup he’s featured in. When he’s hitting, he’s a great addition to just about any roster, so at least kick the tires here while he’s hot.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: Let’s move on over to Kansas City now to check out Escobar. Through the Minnesota series that ended Thursday, he had a six-game hit streak going, complete with three runs, four RBI, two steals and three multi-hit games. He kept it going with a hit and a run yesterday.
Escobar’s strong points this year are his BA and his stolen base totals, which more than warrant a pickup in most leagues--especially at such a thin position. He makes a great utility play or backup SS.
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