A third of the league will take the day off today. However, we do still have 20 teams that will play four day games along with six evening competitions.
This will give us plenty to snack on tonight to feed our Daily Fantasy Baseball appetite.
The highest projected score belongs to Milwaukee at Arizona at 8.5, where we will see a pitcher called up from Double-A for the Diamondbacks against the ever unpredictable Mike Fiers.
After that we’ve got a bunch of sevens predicted by Vegas, which means we will need to choose our lineups by the player instead of focusing on stacking a couple obvious matchups.
When in doubt, I like the Brewers hitters tonight and also think Wade Miley could be due for a shellacking by the Astros.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for FanDuel
Clayton Kershaw ($13,000) @ New York Mets
Kershaw has looked like the 2014 version of himself so far in July. He’s got a 20 inning scoreless streak going back to July 3 and will look to add to that in New York. With a .222 average, the Mets are dead last in the majors versus left handed pitching and easy pickings for a top tier lefty. Vegas agrees and puts the Dodgers as a -226 favorite, about as one sided as favorites go. Kershaw’s cost is outrageous, but 20 FanDuel points with room for more are realistic tonight.
Lance McCullers ($6,700) vs. Boston Red Sox
The Astros are trying to limit their rookie’s innings, but he gets the mound today. Boston is not bad against righties, but McCullers has looked very good for the most part and sports a 9.93 K/9 rate. If you want a cheap tournament option, McCullers has the potential to put up strong numbers, even against a less than ideal matchup.
Evan Gattis ($3,300) vs. Boston Red Sox
I see Gattis as more of a tournament play due to his all or nothing nature. When he does hit, it is with power, so a home run or two is always possible.
Jonathan Lucroy ($3,100) @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Lucroy has five hits in his last four games and is waking up at the plate after a rough first half. Arizona is a great place to hit and the Diamondbacks will put up Zack Godley, fresh up from Double-A. I like Lucroy’s chances of hitting a long one tonight.
Adam Lind ($4,000) @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Lind went 4-for-5 last night with a homer, double and four RBIs. He has been cool lately, but with the showing yesterday he could be ready to break back out, especially when facing a pitcher in his first major league start.
Justin Bour ($2,600) @ San Diego Padres
Bour should get the start against a right hander in Tyson Ross today. Bour has good power but has been in a drought lately without a homer in 13 games. As a tournament play, he might end up with a negative score or could score 12 FanDuel points. Add low ownership to this and you have a great tournament pick.
Jason Kipnis ($4,000) vs. Chicago White Sox
Kipnis has been one of the great stories this year in the major leagues with a .329 batting average. He currently has four multi-hit games in a row and faces Jeff Samardzija who has not had his best stuff this season. If you go cheap with pitching, you should be able to fit guys like Kipnis in your lineup. If you have a ton of money, you can go up even higher with Jose Altuve at 500 bucks more.
Scooter Gennett ($3,100) @ Arizona Diamondbacks
The good news is that Gennett has 11 hits in his last six games and has found his bat. The bad news is that the Brewers haven’t figured this out and continue to bat him in the bottom third of the order. If he does get moved up, he becomes very attractive in a cash setup. Even with a less than desirable batting position, he is worth consideration in tournaments.
Jacob Lamb ($2,600) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Lamb is a nice cash option that saves you some money if you throw Kershaw up. The Diamondbacks young hot corner has not hit for much power, but he is making contact and getting on base. While his ceiling may be limited, a few points for this price is all you need.
Derek Dietrich ($2,300) @ San Diego Padres
Dietrich is slashing an impressive .314/.385/.571 while working in the Marlins infield part time this year. He should continue to get playing time with Dee Gordon out, but check the lineup to make sure. As long as he keeps hitting, take advantage of this bargain bin priced player.
Carlos Correa ($3,900) vs. Boston Red Sox
Correa has put together a seven game hitting streak and is batting a healthy .327 against lefties in his rookie year. He will be more than happy to pick up Wade Miley from his hotel and drive him personally to the stadium today.
Ian Desmond ($2,300) @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Don’t look now but Desmond has five hits over his last three games and has both a home run and a steal during this time. He has disappointed at every turn this year, but if you are brave throw him in on the chance that he is finally breaking out of his year long slump. You can be comfortable in the fact that everyone is so tired of him that you will be the only one in your daily fantasy competition to roster him.
A.J. Pollock ($3,900) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Pollock is turning into a solid outfielder this year. His only roadblock to Fantasy celebrity is Chip Hale insisting on splitting time with his four outfielders. When he plays he produces, so you would think Pollock would be the one every day guy out there. With the unfortunate loose pitch teammate David Peralta took to the head last night, Pollock should see everyday action until Peralta returns.
Gerardo Parra ($3,600) @ Arizona Diamondbacks
The left handed outfielder continues to impress with the Brewers and will visit his old team. Expect him to raise his .315 batting average today in the desert.
Michael Brantley ($3,500) vs. Chicago White Sox
While Brantley hasn’t matched his performance from last year, he is still performing at a high level. He’s hit safely in nine of the last 10 games and launched a couple long balls in the last four matchups.
Andre Ethier ($2,400) @ New York Mets
As long as Ethier is in the lineup, he’s a nice cheap option against Bartolo Colon. He’s alwasy a threat to gather points against righties and if the dull version of Colon shows up, the Dodgers will run up the score.
Best of luck with your Daily Fantasy Baseball lineups today! Check back at our Fantasy Baseball homepage for more daily advice tomorrow.