Fantasy Baseball Update 4/14/16: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
April 14, 2016
It’s Thursday in the MLB, and that means it’s time once again for us fantasy baseball owners to start looking forward to the big weekend matchups around the league. That said, let’s check out some of the trending waiver wire plays and sleepers who could come up big in their upcoming series.
Angel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants: Pagan is getting off to a nice start this season, and heading into last night’s game two in Colorado he had a nice 7-for-16 run going with four runs, a steal and a solo homer in that span.
Outfield is a pretty deep position in fantasy, but Pagan is worth a look if you’re down at that level. He’ll be in Los Angeles for the Dodgers this weekend.
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Aldemys Diaz, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should be looking closely at Diaz, especially at a rough position like shortstop. Heading into last night’s game, he had seven hits in 12 at-bats with five runs, a homer and five RBI in that span. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Diaz has played well enough to get a run at shortstop to see what he can do. That will likely include this weekend’s series against incoming Cincinnati.
Trea Turner, 2B, Washington Nationals: Even though he’s not up with the big club just yet, Turner is getting quite a bit of fantasy attention. He went 5-for-6 in a doubleheader on Tuesday, increasing the rumbling that he’ll get the call up any time now.
With Danny Espinosa not doing much for the Nationals, Turner makes a lot of sense--the brass just has to pull the trigger. Maybe we’ll see him in Philadelphia this weekend.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles: Let’s get back to the shortstop spot and visit with Hardy, who had a breakout game in Boston on Tuesday. In that one, he put up two homers and collected five RBI. He was 1-for-4 yesterday.
Hardy is still available in about 95 percent of the leagues out there. Even though he offers little upside, it’s outbursts like that which make us think to ride the wave. He’ll be in Texas starting today.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Let’s finish up on the mound today and visit with Hellickson. He’s had two starts this season, going 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.
Hellickson will get his next shot tomorrow in the series opener against Washington. He may not be stellar in that one, but has a great shot at a quality start.
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