Daily Fantasy MLB 7/7/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 7, 2014
It’s Monday again (unfortunately), so that means it’s time to look forward to the week ahead. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable fantasy baseball names out there who could have big games in their upcoming appearances. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play for the early-week series, here’s where to start.
Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds: Leake is getting overlooked in a lot of fantasy leagues thanks to a “meh” performance in his last outing in San Diego. He went 5 2/3 in that one, allowing three earned on 11 hits in a loss.
That said, in his two appearances before that, he posted just one earned in each. Leake is also heading into a very solid matchup today at home against the lowly Cubs. There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic for that one.
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Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox: Let’s stick on the mound for a moment and check out Quintana. He’s been a hot name on the waiver wire over the past couple of days, thanks mostly to a 7 2/3-inning performance against Seattle in which he allowed no earned and only four hits.
That was Quintana’s second straight start not allowing an earned run, so he’s cooking right now. He’ll take the mound again at Fenway against the Red Sox on Thursday, so check him out before then.
Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: McGehee has been in this space before, but it’s been a while since we’ve checked him out. Heading into yesterday’s finale against the Cardinals, he had a lengthy hit streak going, posting four runs and four RBI in his previous six games. He had two hits, two runs and an RBI yesterday to keep it going.
McGehee has been a hitting machine lately, and the RBI are flowing in nicely as a part of that. As long as he’s swinging a hot bat, he’s obviously usable in just about every fantasy format. He’s pretty close to a must-have guy.
David Freese, 3B, Los Angeles Angels: We haven’t heard much from Freese this year, but that could change pretty soon if he keeps hitting. He came into yesterday’s Astros finale with a five-game hit streak in tow, which included a couple of homers in his last four appearances. He sat yesterday due to a bruised shin but should be back out there today or tomorrow.
Freese has improved greatly since early June or so, and has his BA back up into semi-respectable territory. He’s a great pickup at the hot corner right now, just don’t expect a whole ton of the usual power.
Jordy Mercer, 2B/SS, Pittsburgh Pirates: Mercer is a relative newcomer to this space, but he’s getting a lot of praise in fantasy lately. Heading into the Philly finale, he had a five-game hit streak going, including two runs and four RBI in that span. He had a hit and an RBI yesterday.
Mercer’s BA is headed in the right direction, and if he can pull it up around the .260-.265 mark we’ll be a lot happier. That said, it’s time to jump on this train if you’re in anything but a shallow league.
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