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2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: June 4

Welcome to another edition of the Daily Fix. For most of us, it is the last week of school, so baseball is finally front and center on most people’s mind. The NBA Finals will start on Thursday and the NHL finals are also in full swing. So, in a couple of weeks, baseball will be the only ticket in town. That means that Draftstreet will be focusing much of its attention on getting some people to play fantasy baseball. They should have some interesting specials for you to play and some bonuses for you to sign up. This is the time of year to sign up if you haven’t before.

Meanwhile, pitchers are approaching 80 innings and position players are starting to surpass the 200 plate appearance plateau. It is now when we start to see the early trends start to take hold and the pretenders go on their merry way. We could play lots of strategies, but identifying blue chippers (as we may call the all-star types) is usually a safe way to go. I’ll be playing a double challenge where a salary cap is used. They give you 100,000 to spend and I managed to sneak in right under it. There will be an alternative list of players to consider in cases of rain or sudden lineup changes. Draftstreet will allow you to change your lineup almost to game time.

Salary

Opposing SP

Comments

C

Yadier Molina

5917

Jason Vargas

He rolls out bed every day and hits .300 with good power.

1B

Anthony Rizzo

7845

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Quietly on pace to hit 30 home runs.

2B

Kolten Wong

5495

Jason Vargas

Tough matchup, but the price is just too good to pass up.

3B

David Wright

6352

Edwin Jackson

He seems ready to bust out.

SS

Xander Bogaerts

6305

Corey Kluber

Ryan Noonan wrote a terrific article about Bogaerts this week.

OF

Oscar Tavares

6358

Jason Vargas

He is one of the best prospects in all of baseball.

OF

Michael Bourn

5719

Brandon Workman

He has quietly gotten his average back up to .290 and he steals bases.

OF

Hunter Pence

7039

Tony Cingrani

Like Bourn, he’s quietly gotten back to career norms.

U

Jean Segura

6372

Ricky Nolasco

He isn’t the stud he was earlier last year, but he’s still productive.

SP

Jarred Cosart

10,970

Los Angeles Angels

After a slow start, he has been pitching well.

SP

Jordan Lyles

14,472

Arizona Dbacks

They still haven’t caught on to the fact that he seems to have turned around.

SP

Jesse Chavez

17,150

New York Yankees

He might be the pitching story of the year.

I don’t make any promises on these second group of guys fitting into your salary cap. Fitting guys under is often a balancing act, so you may have to change two guys if you are looking to change just one. I tried to come up with options that fit the strategy that we are employing. As always, make sure you check the weather and the news a couple of hours before game time.

Salary

Opposing SP

Comments

C

Derek Norris

5283

Vidal Nuno

Norris could be a candidate for most improved player.

1B

Brandon Moss

7161

Vidal Nuno

Moss continues to produce numbers under the radar.

2B

Rougned Odor

5558

Bud Norris

Maybe the most interesting name in all of baseball.

3B

Brock Holt

6081

Corey Kluber

He’s a journeyman, but he’s been hot lately.

SS

Ian Desmond

5614

A.J. Burnett

This price seems ridiculously low for a player of his quality

OF

Angel Pagan

6811

Tony Cingrani

A solid player having a very good season.

OF

Jose Bautista

8687

Rick Porcello

He is flying under the radar because of Edwin Encarnacion.

SP

Edwin Jackson

14,158

New York Mets

A middle class pitcher at a middle class price.

SP

A.J. Burnett

14,333

Washington Nationals

Burnett seems to be hit or miss this year, so keep your fingers crossed.

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