Daily Fantasy MLB 7/12/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 12, 2014
We’ve only got a couple more days of action before the MLB shuts down for the All-Star break, so this is a good time to make a move in your fantasy league. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there and see if anyone’s worth adding to your roster in advance of the break.
Stephen Vogt, C/OF, Oakland Athletics: Got the Yadier Molina DL Blues? No problem, Stephen Vogt is here to help. He’s the hottest thing on the waiver wire over the past few days, taking a lengthy hitting streak into the Seattle opener yesterday. He posted a 2-for-3 outing in that one with a solo homer.
Vogt doesn’t catch a whole lot, but hey, as long as he’s eligible for the position it’s fair game in fantasy. He’s no Yadier, but should help to numb your pain a little bit.
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Charlie Morton, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Morton has been a pretty hot pickup on the waiver wire this week, thanks to a couple of good showings in his last two starts. He’s posted a combined one earned run in that span, six total hits and 10 strikeouts.
Morton is carrying a 3.10 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into Cincinnati this weekend for his final pre-All-Star start. He’s had really only one bad game over the past six weeks or so, making him a great pickup.
Edinson Volquez, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Volquez doesn’t pitch until after the break, but we’ve got to check him out. Since late June, all he has done is win. He’s 4-0 in his last four starts, allowing just three earned total with 18 strikeouts in that span. He even had a complete game against St. Louis his last time up.
Volquez still has a semi-bloated 3.65 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, but they’re coming down. It’s been a bounce-back season for him, and he’ll come out of the break on a hot streak.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Ever since Wong has returned to the lineup, he’s displayed some nice stats absent from his lines earlier in the year. Through the Pittsburgh series, he had hits in four of five, with five runs, three homers, five RBI and two stolen bases. He nailed yet another solo homer yesterday to keep his stellar run going.
Wong was pegged as one of the hottest young middle infielders in the game before the season started, and he’s beginning to live up to that hype. Snatch him up before the weekend’s up.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs: So much for the idea of Alcantara getting sent down yesterday. He’s sticking around with the club after he posted a 4-for-5 game Thursday with two runs and three RBI. He was 1-for-4 yesterday with a run and a stolen base to his credit.
The plan had been to ship Alcantara back down to the minors, but the Cubs want to see what he’s got apparently (and get some people into the stadium). If you’re the gambling type (and/or a Cubs fan), he’s your guy for the time he’s up here--however long that ends up being.
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