Daily Fantasy MLB 8/3/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 3, 2014
It’s a new week of MLB action, and with that comes the usual round of fantasy baseball anticipation. We’ve got some nice matchups to look forward to over the coming hours, so with that in mind, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming names out there on the waiver wire and see who’s buzzing in the fantasy community right now.
Marcus Stroman, SP/RP, Toronto Blue Jays: Let’s start things out this morning with Stroman, who has gotten our attention with his stellar play as of late. In his past two starts combined, he’s allowed just one earned run on seven hits through 14 innings.
Stroman carries a 3.03 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP on him right now. He’s 7-2 on the year and will bring his blistering tear into Houston today. We imagine he’ll make short work of the Astros order.
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Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: We’ve been keeping our eye on Liriano lately as well, and he’s responded with some stellar play of his own. In his last three combined starts, he’s allowed just two earned runs on 11 hits through 19 innings of work.
Liriano’s ERA this season is 3.97 and his WHIP stands at 1.37 right now, numbers which aren’t really indicative of the roll he’s on currently. He’ll get another nice matchup today in Arizona, so he makes a lot of sense for those fantasy owners looking for SP names.
Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox: Eaton has turned plenty of heads in fantasy recently, thanks to his solid run of great play at the plate. Heading into yesterday’s matchup, he had an eight-game hit streak to his credit, during which he provided owners with six multi-hit games, nine runs, five RBI and a stolen base. He kept it going yesterday with four hits, a run and two RBI.
Eaton doesn’t get much respect as a fantasy outfielder, but if he keeps hitting, he’ll start picking up even more owners. We’re ready to trust him as long as he’s on this run and would advise anyone looking for OF depth to do the same.
Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Yankees: Speaking of OF depth, Beltran has served that purpose for many a fantasy owner. He went into play yesterday on an eight-game hitting streak as well, providing five multi-hit games, six runs, three homers and eight RBI in that frame. He had two more hits, a run and an RBI yesterday.
Beltran has a good shot at remaining an impact player for the rest of the Yankees’ season, thereby throwing himself into conversations of legitimate pickups in fantasy. Still, he’s got to stay healthy to do that, so he does come with a little risk.
Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers: Let’s just make this an OF triple-play today and head on up to the Motor City to visit with Davis. He’s been on a roll lately, providing three hits, two runs and two RBI in three games heading into play yesterday. He had three hits, a run and an RBI in that one.
Davis is a must-have guy for the rest of the fantasy season, given his likelihood of showing up in the lineup from here on out. His speed and run-producing abilities are unmatched at his level, so if you need swipes he’s your guy.
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