Daily Fantasy MLB 8/23/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 23, 2014
We’ve reached the weekend, and that means it’s time for us fantasy owners to turn our attentions to the big-time series that are happening across the MLB. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the notable players who are trending upward in ownership recently.
Bud Norris, SP, Baltimore Orioles: Norris is on a roll, and it’s translating into fantasy interest. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts, allowing two earned twice and three earned once in that span.
On the year, Norris sports a 3.69 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP to go along with his 11 wins. The good thing here is that he’s heading into a favorable matchup today against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP, Los Angeles Angels: Shoemaker doesn’t pitch again for a few days, but we’ll take a look at him anyway since he’s trending. He’s coming off a one-hit performance through 7 2/3 against Boston, issuing just one walk and punching out nine batters.
Shoemaker sports 12 wins on the year and a 3.56 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP. If you can get him, he makes a lot of sense before the home game against Miami on Tuesday.
Justin Turner, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: Here’s a nice utility pickup that you might be interested in. Through the Padres series, Turner had a five-game hit streak to his credit, posting three runs, a homer, five RBI and a steal in that frame. He had two hits, a run and a stolen base yesterday.
Turner is slowly but surely making his way from NL-only leagues to mixed format consideration. That BA and positional eligibility should pique your interest, so you should kick the tires here if you’re in the market.
Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins: Vargas has been playing well this week. Through the Cleveland series, he’d hit in four of his last five, providing four runs, two homers and six RBI for his fantasy owners. He had two more hits and three runs yesterday to keep it going.
Vargas should get plenty of plate time down the stretch, which immediately makes him a conversation piece when you consider his power capabilities. That BA won’t stay high for long, but enjoy it while it lasts.
Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins: We’ve talked about Arcia a couple of times this week, and it’s time to visit with him again. Heading into play yesterday, he had a five-game hit streak going, with five runs, three homers and seven RBI in that frame. He had three runs, three RBI and a homer yesterday.
Is Arcia hitting his stride? He’s been something of a disappointment so far, but if he can keep peppering in those hits he’ll redeem himself down the stretch. Those looking for OF depth could do worse.
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