Daily Fantasy MLB 7/8/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 8, 2014
Now that the early-week series have begun around the MLB, it’s time to settle in and check out that fantasy baseball roster. We’ve got our daily roundup of up-and-coming fantasy players this morning, so with that let’s check out the numbers and see who’s making an impression right now.
Chris Young, SP, Seattle Mariners: We’ll start things out on the mound today and check out Young. He’s 3-0 in his last four starts, and has allowed more than one run just once in that span. He’s coming off a seven-inning win in Houston.
Young will take the mound at home tonight against Minnesota. He’s rocking a 3.11 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and eight wins on the season. He’s definitely rolling right now, so jump on the bandwagon while you can.
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Santiago Casilla, RP, San Francisco Giants: In RP news, we’ve got a potential pickup today in Casilla. He’s serving as the team’s interim closer, and doing a good job of it. He nabbed saves on both Saturday and Sunday, allowing just one walk and striking out three combined.
Casilla is now a must-have, must-start player in fantasy for as long as he can hold onto the closer’s job. Judging by his recent play, that’ll be a while.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: Hellickson is a deeper-league add--we’ll say that right off the bat. With that consideration in mind, however, he’s worth a look. He’ll be making his 2014 debut today at home against Kansas City following a long recovery from elbow surgery.
Hellickson hasn’t exactly dazzled anyone during his rehab starts, but he’s got the goods to be a serviceable starting pitcher if he can maintain form. There’s some risk involved here, obviously, but he could pay off.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce has been a regular fixture on the waiver wire radar for quite some time now, and that hasn’t changed recently. Heading into the Washington opener, he had seven hits, three runs, three RBI and two stolen bases over his previous four games. He sat yesterday, but pinch-hit and came up empty.
There’s not a whole lot to hate about Pearce right now. He’s getting it done pretty much everywhere. If he’s still available in your league, he’s pretty close to a must-have guy.
Kole Calhoun, OF, Los Angeles Angels: We’ve talked about Calhoun several times in this space this season, and he’s emerged as a significant contributor. In the last two games of the Houston series, he had six hits, four runs and a solo homer to his credit. He posted another hit ant a run yesterday.
As a lower-level OF add, Calhoun is paying off handsomely for any fantasy owner who adds him. You’ll get a great BA here, along with some pretty good power and RBI capabilities. He’s a nice depth add.
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