Daily Fantasy MLB 8/30/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
August 30, 2014
We’ve reached the weekend, which means we’re buried neatly inside those big weekend matchups around the MLB. It’s a pretty big time for us fantasy owners, too; As the season winds, down, it’s more important than ever to take advantage of the trending players. Here’s a closer look at the numbers so that you can see if any of these guys are right for your roster.
Steve Pearce, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles: Pearce has been a very hot commodity on the waiver wire over the past few days, as his hits continue to pile up. Through the Tampa Bay series, he had an 11-game hit streak to his credit, along with five runs, three homers and three RBI in those four games alone. One red flag here, however: He’ll undergo an MRI on his abdominals today and may miss a little time.
Pearce has been the model of consistency over the past couple of weeks, and fantasy owners have been snatching him up like hotcakes. He’s pretty close to a must-have guy right now, as long as his injury checks out.
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Jordan Schafer, OF, Minnesota Twins: Speaking of hit streaks, Schafer has been doing a little bit of that this week. Heading into the Baltimore series, he had a seven-game streak to his credit, posting four multi-hit games, eight runs, four steals and eight RBI in that frame. He had another hit yesterday to keep it going.
Schafer has done pretty well this month, bolstering his run and stolen base totals into meaningful territory. His BA is still kind of “blah,” but as long as he’s hitting he’s worth looking into at least.
Justin Turner, 1B/2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: It’s not to hard to see the appeal of a Justin Turner. Through the Arizona series this week, he had five multi-hit games in his previous seven appearances, totaling five runs, a homer, six RBI and a stolen base. He posted three more hits and a run in yesterday’s matchup.
Turner’s positional eligibility is always a big draw when fantasy owners look his way. As a utility guy or a plug-in for pretty much any infield slot, there’s really no topping him right now.
Tsuyoshi Wada, SP, Chicago Cubs: We visited with Wada earlier this week, but since his turn in the rotation is coming up in the next few hours we’ll examine him again today. He’s got a three-game win streak to his credit, and he’s coming off one earned on one hit in 6 1/3 innings against Baltimore.
Wada owns a nice 2.56 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season, which is reason enough to consider picking him up. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned in a game since July 23, so give him a look before the Cardinals game today.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP/RP, San Francisco Giants: Petit doesn’t pitch again for a few days, but let’s check him out anyway since he’s trending among pitchers right now. He’s coming off a nice six-inning, one-earned performance against Colorado, allowing just four hits and fanning nine batters.
Petit will get at least one more start in place of the sketchy Tim Lincecum; He’ll see Colorado again on Tuesday.
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