Daily Fantasy MLB 7/14/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 14, 2014
We’re now officially knee-deep in the All-Star break, and there’s not much fantasy action to be had. That said, wise owners will still use this downtime to tweak their rosters, so let’s take our daily look at which players are trending out there in fantasy land. We’ll examine the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your lineup so you can hit the ground running after the break.
Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Now that Wong seems to have his game worked out and he’s finally reaching all of those lofty expectations we had for him at the beginning of the year, he’s all the rage in fantasy. Heading into yesterday’s finale against Milwaukee, he had a five-game hit streak going, with four homers, seven RBI and two steals in that span. He had another hit, run and a steal yesterday.
Wong has emerged as a legitimate fantasy pickup, even though we’re not sure where this power surge came from. We’ll take it though; At 2B, you can’t really be too picky, anyway.
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Stephen Vogt, C/1B/OF, Oakland Athletics: Speaking of players who are all the rage, Vogt certainly qualifies to be in that category. Heading into the Seattle finale, he had a 12-game hit streak going, with seven hits, two runs, two homers and five RBI in just his last four. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Vogt has become the hottest fantasy catcher out there, and the beauty part is that he’s also eligible in the outfield and at the sketchy 1B position in a lot of leagues. As long as he keeps it up, he’s golden in fantasy.
Christian Vazquez, C, Boston Red Sox: While we’re on the subject of catchers, let’s head over to Boston to check out Vazquez. He stormed onto the fantasy radar this past Friday, logging a 3-for-4 outing against the Astros that yielded two runs and three RBI. He had two more hits and a couple RBI yesterday.
The drawback here is that Vazquez is more of a defensive catcher than he is an offensive threat, so he really doesn’t translate all that well in fantasy. Still, if he’s hitting you might as well check him out.
Shane Greene, SP/RP, New York Yankees: Let’s head to the hill and visit with Greene, who has registered a bit of a blip on the fantasy radar since this weekend. On Saturday, he went 7 1/3 against Baltimore, tallying no earned on four hits with nine strikeouts.
This is Greene’s ceiling, so his 1.32 ERA and 0.95 WHIP are bound to wilt a little bit as the year goes on. That said, if you’re SP-needy he’s worth kicking the tires on as a spot-start.
Chris Coghlan, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs: There’s not much to get excited about on the North Side lately, but Coghlan is giving Cubs fans reason to come to Wrigley. Heading into the Atlanta finale, he had a three-game his streak, posting two runs, four RBI and a stolen base in that stretch. He had two runs, a homer and two RBI yesterday.
Now that Coghlan has pulled his BA up to a semi-respectable level, he’s garnering some legitimate attention on the fantasy circuit. We don’t know how much longer this will last, but as a hot-corner man he’s okay for right now.
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