Daily Fantasy MLB 7/18/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
July 18, 2014
The vacation is over for all of us fantasy owners; It’s time to get back to business as the MLB weekend series open up today. If you haven’t tinkered with your lineup over the All-Star break, now’s the time to revisit things. We’ll help out by taking a look at a few up-and-coming names trending as fantasy adds right now.
Bartolo Colon, SP, New York Mets: Colon has cooled off a little bit since his scorching stretch last month. Still, he’s got quite a bit of fantasy value for his level. He’s coming off an eight-inning, three-earned performance in a loss against Atlanta, but should fare better today in San Diego.
Colon is sporting a 3.99 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, and he’s better than those numbers. It’s also worth noting that he’ll probably get traded before the month is out. Whether that helps or hurts remains to be seen.
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Jacob deGrom, SP/RP, New York Mets: Let’s stick with the Mets for a moment and check out deGrom, who has been killing it lately in the stat columns. He’s coming off a seven-inning win on July 13, allowing the Marlins just one earned and five hits with eight strikeouts.
On the season, deGrom has a 3.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, and those numbers have been heading in the right direction lately. He’s vastly unowned and is definitely worth a look in most leagues.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Peralta went into the break on a hot streak, and has some raised expectations coming out. He’s hit in his last six straight, posting four runs, a homer and five RBI in that frame.
Peralta is still hitting just .253 on the year, but does have 14 homers and 44 RBI thus far. At a thin fantasy position like SS, you could do a lot worse. He’ll host the Dodgers this weekend.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs: Alcantara’s saga thus far has been one of the more interesting storylines to come out of the North Side. In his last four games before the break, he produced nine hits, six runs, a homer, five RBI and a stolen base.
Alcantara was supposed to simply be a temporary replacement on the roster, but he’s played so well the Cubs have kept him around. How long that’ll last remains to be seen, but he’s certainly worth a look.
Conor Gillaspie, 1B/3B, Chicago White Sox: Gillaspie made quite a bit of noise in the last handful of games heading into the break, which turned a lot of heads in fantasy. In his last six appearances, he posted eight runs, three homers and five RBI.
There’s not a lot to get excited about when it comes to the White Sox, but Gillaspie is certainly a fantasy consideration at this point. He’s hitting .326 on the year with four homers and 35 RBI.
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