Fantasy Baseball Update 5/5/16: Key Matchups This Weekend
Fantasy Baseball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
May 5, 2016
It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for us fantasy baseball owners to start looking forward to the notable weekend matchups around the MLB. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if there are any waiver-wire-level players out there primed for some big games in the upcoming series.
Jonathan Villar, 3B/SS, Milwaukee Brewers: Villar has been one of fantasy’s hottest adds over the past couple of days, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Heading into yesterday’s Dodgers finale, he had five hits, three runs, three RBI and three steals in his previous three games. He finished with a hit and a run yesterday.
Villar and the Brewers will get right back to work today in a four-game set in Cincinnati. He’s still available in almost 75 percent of the leagues out there.
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Chris Carter, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers: Let’s move on to another Brewer who came into yesterday’s finale with a great three-game hit streak. Carter put up six hits, five runs, four homers and six RBI in those three games. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Carter is owned in more leagues (almost 2/3), but is still out there in many formats. He’s a nice pickup for the Reds series.
Adam Conley, SP, Miami Marlins: Moving on over to the mound, let’s look at Conley. He’s coming off a nice win against the aforementioned Brewers, going 7.2 innings, allowing no runs and striking out seven. He was pulled during a no-hitter.
Conley carries a 3.67 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP on the season so far, and will toe the rubber today against the Diamondbacks in Miami.
Chris Rusin, SP, Colorado Rockies: Want a deep-league pitcher for today? Rusin is your guy. He’s coming off five shutout innings and six strikeouts in a win against the Diamondbacks and will take the mound tonight in San Francisco.
Rusin probably isn’t a long-term solution to anything, but as long as the Rockies keep trotting him out there, he’s worth a spin if you’re down at that fantasy level.
Mallex Smith, OF, Atlanta Braves: Back on Tuesday, Smith logged his first major league home run and also notched a stolen base. That gave him five hits on 11 attempts in his previous three games. He whiffed yesterday, though.
Once Ender Inciarte comes back, the Braves will have some decisions to make, but for now Smith looks like a pretty capable deep-league fantasy pickup.
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