Daily Fantasy MLB 8/10/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 10, 2014
Today marks the end of the big weekend series in the MLB, but there are still a few sizable opportunities out there for adventurous fantasy owners. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few up-and-coming players out there who could offer a helping hand to your roster in the days and weeks to come.
Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs: You don’t have to be a Northsider to appreciate the healthy buzz surrounding Baez lately. Heading into play yesterday, he’d hit in three of his first four games, providing four runs, three homers and five RBI. He posted another hit yesterday in a 1-for-4 outing.
Too bad fantasy baseball doesn’t reward strikeouts; Baez would be a golden ticket. He’ll whiff more often than not, but when he does connect, it’s a thing of beauty. He should be fun to watch down the stretch.
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Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado Rockies: Dickerson was on a pretty bad slide there for a while, but was able to pick things up late last week. Heading into play yesterday, he had seven hits, four runs and five RBI in his last three games alone. He went 1-for-4 yesterday.
It’s been an impressive season overall for Dickerson, who should be owned in just about every fantasy format by now. That BA and power production is nothing to sneeze at, especially at his level. Pick him up.
Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros: Speaking of Baez-type players, we have Carter, whom we haven’t visited with in a while. Heading into yesterday’s game, he had a three-game hit streak to his credit, posting six hits, three runs, three homers and five RBI in that frame. He had two hits, two runs and an RBI yesterday.
Carter is an all-or-nothing type guy usually, which means big power numbers and lots of 0-fers. He’s been relatively steady lately, though, so we’re getting to the point where we can actually recommend him.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore Orioles: You’ve still got a couple of days before Chen pitches again, so in the meantime let’s visit with him and see what he can offer. He’s coming off a five-inning, four-earned loss, sure, but prior to that had won his last five straight.
Chen’s season numbers are still very strong. He has 12 wins with a 3.90 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, but oftentimes will pitch much better than that. He’ll face the Yankees at home on Tuesday and is a good option for the needy.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals: Okay, here’s the deal on Gonzalez. He’s lost four of his last five outings, giving up fewer than three earned just once in that frame. He’s coming off a four-earned, six-inning futility against the Mets.
That said, when Gonzalez is on, he’s on, as evidenced by his hot streak in late June/early July. He’ll get another chance to make amends in Atlanta today, so those owners stuck for an SP could do worse.
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