Fantasy Baseball Update 6/25/15: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
June 25, 2015
It’s Thursday, and that means we fantasy owners need to start looking ahead to the big matchups this weekend in the MLB. There’s plenty to check out, so with that in mind let’s visit with some of the up-and-coming names who could make big impacts on our rosters this weekend.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies: Franco has given Phillies fans something to root for this season, and he’s providing a nice bat for fantasy owners recently as well. He had a five-game multi-hit streak heading into yesterday’s finale against the Yankees, logging six runs, three homers and 11 RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Franco has pumped up his numbers in a big way recently; we’ll see if he can keep it going at home against the Nationals this weekend.
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Roberto Osuna, RP, Toronto Blue Jays: Now let’s head over to the mound to check out Osuna, who has gained favor as a speculative add this week. He posted a two-inning save in the Tampa opener, striking out five with a walk.
Osuna may be able to add some stability to the Toronto closer role, but we’ll have to see how he’s used against the Rangers. If you’ve got the room and need an RP, this is a speculative add that may or may not pay off.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners: Heading over to the SP slot, let’s visit with Walker, who is on quite a run lately. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts, allowing a combined five earned in that span.
Walker will pitch the opener of the Angels series tomorrow, putting his 4.94 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the line. He’s certainly been throwing well in June.
Luis Valbuena, 2B/3B, Houston Astros: If you’ve got your BA taken care of and need some pop in the power categories, Valbuena is your guy. He came into yesterday’s game with three homers, five RBI and four runs in his previous three games. He got two more hits yesterday.
Valbuena’s average is still in the toilet, but when he makes contact, he usually goes yard. He’s a boom-or-bust option this weekend against the Yankees at home.
Kevin Pillar, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Let’s head back to Toronto to finish up today and take a look at Pillar. He entered yesterday’s game on a tear, with an eight-game hit streak in tow. He got another hit and two steals in that one.
Pillar has been on the waiver wire radar for a little while now, and fantasy owners are taking notice of his nice power/speed combination. He should continue to play well against the Rangers.
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