Before we get into our Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, July 11, on FanDuel, I thought we’d talk about the current state of Fantasy.
You’ve likely noticed that we’re starting to see more and more Fantasy Football articles coming out.
We’re entering the final weekend of baseball before the MLB All-Star Game, and we’re just three weeks out from NFL training camps. Pretty soon, we’ll be dealing with preseason NFL games and, of course, your 2015 Fantasy Football drafts.
But until then – and even after then – don’t lose focus on your Daily Fantasy Baseball play!
You’ll hopefully be able to catch a few other owners that are sleeping at the wheel, just going through the motions in DFS, while they start preparing for their Fantasy Football drafts.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Saturday, July 11
I’ll try to give you a couple picks for each position – an expensive guy and a cheap guy – both who have decent value entering Saturday’s games. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Houston at Tampa Bay, $10,400
The Rays offense has been pretty bad in the past few weeks, and the Astros are one of the best road offenses in the majors. Keuchel has won four of his past five starts, and Jake Odorizzi is coming back from a left oblique strain, which makes that side of the dugout a little shaky.
A.J. Burnett, RHP, Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis, $9,000
This has a chance to be the lowest-scoring game of the day, as Burnett and Lackey have been pitching well. But Lackey has been shaky on the road, and Burnett has a 1.28 ERA at PNC Park this season. He has allowed just 8 ER in his past six starts, and the Cardinals offense is average against right-handers.
Ryan Vogelsong, RHP, San Francisco vs. Philadelphia, $6,900
Did he just say, “Ryan Vogelsong”? He DID! Not only does Vegas have the Giants installed as the biggest home favorites of the day against Philadelphia, but Vogelsong has only given up five earned runs in his past four starts (22.2 IP). Plus, he has a 2.63 home ERA (compared to a road 5.16 ERA). The Phillies have the lowest OPS in the majors (.644) against right-handed pitching.
Yasmani Grandal, L.A. Dodgers vs. Milwaukee ($3,600)
The switch-hitter is slugging .552 against right-handers this season, and he’s batting .375 in July so far.
Jason Castro, Houston at Tampa Bay ($2,200)
If I’m rolling with a cheap catcher, I’m going with a lefty against a right-handed pitcher coming off the disabled list.
Prince Fielder, Texas vs. San Diego ($3,500)
Fielder has more multi-hit games this season than any other hitter in the majors (37). As a matter of fact, no one’s even close. Josh Donaldson is second with 32. Fielder faces James Shields, who gives up plenty of homers to lefties. There are just five pitchers that have allowed more homers to left-handed hitters this year.
David Ortiz, Boston vs. N.Y. Yankees ($3,400)
Big Papi will take aim against right-hander David Phelps, and Ortiz is slugging .537 against right-handers this season.
Joe Panik, San Francisco vs. Philadelphia ($3,000)
I’m not a fan of spending a ton of money on second base today, so Panik is as high as I go! The lefty hits at home against David Buchanan, and Panik is hitting .313 against RHP, and he’s hitting .321 at home.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego at Texas ($2,200)
Gyorko might just be putting it together, and while he doesn’t have a great matchup, he’s hitting in a nice hitter’s park.
Nolan Arenado, Colorado ($5,100)
Matt Wisler has been horrible on the road in two starts (6.52) – and wait until he gets a load of Coors Field! Arenado has good reverse splits, also.
Miguel Sano, Minnesota vs. Detroit ($2,600)
He’s been hitting well in his first few weeks in the majors, and his price is still tolerable. He faces Alfredo Simon, who has a 6.58 ERA in his past six starts.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado vs. Atlanta ($4,300)
Wisler’s weak on the road and Tulo should take advantage of him, and you should take advantage of this price.
Brandon Crawford, San Francisco vs. Philadelphia ($2,800)
He’s having a great season, and now he gets a weak right-handed pitcher, in San Francisco, where he’s hitting 25 points higher than on the road.
I’m not a huge fan of any of the ultra-expensive outfielders today, but the lefty Blackmon it batting over .300 against RHP, with 10 of his 11 homers.
Cameron Maybin, Atlanta at Colorado ($4,300)
Maybin hits righties better, and you should be able to spend more on mid-priced outfielders and avoiding the big boys.
Christian Yelich, Miami vs. Cincinnati ($3,100)
Good signs for Yelich all around – facing a right-hander, hitting over .300 at home, and he’s batting .346 in July.
Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis ($2,300)
Super cheap, but the Pirates might need his speed on the basepaths in this low-scoring matchup. Plus, it’s a nice lefty-righty matchup.
Good luck with your Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, July 11!
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