Hump Day! Who doesn’t love some Hump Day Fantasy Baseball?
Each week, I share with you my favorite FanDuel picks for Wednesday, although, most of these picks also work for other sites as well, depending on their prices.
Normally, there are a few more day games on the docket, but not this week. That’s a good thing for you, though.
That means you’ll be able to pick players from 28 different teams in 14 games. The variety is great, which means a tournament win is a better possibility for you tonight!
But we’ll be mostly talking about cash games in this article.
It should be a pretty nice evening across the country – with just one game with more than a 50-percent chance of precipitation (or higher).
- Philadelphia at Colorado: 77% chance of precipitation
- Tampa Bay at Atlanta: 13%
- Cincinnati at Kansas City: 5%
Interesting Notes About Tonight’s Starting Pitchers
Here are a few things that stand out to me about today’s list of starting pitchers:
- Of the 28 starting pitchers tonight, six of them are left-handed, including a Roenis Elias/Wei-Yin Chen barnburner in Baltimore.
- The Philly-Colorado matchup at Coors Field is expected to be the highest scoring game of the day, with Vegas giving it a 10 over/under line. Heck, Severino Gonzalez, the starter for the Phillies, has an ERA over 10 all on his own (10.57)! Load up on some Rockies in your cash games today.
- Unfortunately, the Philly-Colorado matchup is also the only one with a good percentage of rain expected. Daily Fantasy, you fickle whore! You’re not using the pitchers anyway, so load up on the hitters and you should still be fine. Hopefully, the scare of rain keeps some DFS players away from your guys!
- There are some more interleague matchups tonight, which means you’ll see some AL pitchers hitting – and some NL bench players getting starts as designated hitters. What does this mean for the Daily Fantasy player? It means your NL pitchers in interleague games should pick up a couple extra strikeouts tonight. And you can get some cheap players in that will get a full game’s at-bats that normally would be pinch-hitting.
- The interleague matchups include: Minnesota at Pittsburgh, N.Y. Yankees at Washington, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Milwaukee at Detroit and Cincinnati at Kansas City.
FanDuel Picks for Saturday, May 20
I’ll try to give you a regular choice (mid and expensive), with a bargain option as well, for each position. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, N.Y. Yankees at Washington, $9,000
Zimm is the most expensive pitcher on the day, but the Yankees not only lose their designated hitter, but they’re also forced to push rookie pitcher Adam Warren into the batter’s box. Nationals Park is a nice pitcher’s park, to boot.
Shane Greene, RHP, Detroit vs. Milwaukee, $7,300
While Vegas loves Greene at home against a Brewers team that has averaged just 2.13 runs over their past seven games, users should use some caution here, as he’s coming back from mild ulnar neuritis. Greene has allowed just one earned run in his past three starts (16 IP).
Joe Kelly, RHP, Boston vs. Texas, $7,000
I’ve mentioned before how much I like Kelly as an underrated starting pitcher on any given day. For traditional Fantasy play, he’s pretty inconsistent, but for DFS purposes, I like the fact he has the ability to strike out 10 batters one night, then get hammered for five or six earned runs to keep his DFS salary honest! Vegas has Kelly (-170) and the Red Sox as the biggest favorite on the night, mostly because he’s going up against RHP Phil Klein (7.71 ERA).
Derek Norris, San Diego at Chicago Cubs ($3,000)
No catcher is hitting left-handed pitching any better than Norris right now. He’s batting .433 with nine runs scored against lefties this year.
Yasmani Grandal, L.A. Dodgers ($2,900)
Grandal is starting to climb up the salary rankings again, as he has reached base safely in every game dating back to April 26. He has eight RBI in his past eight starts, also.
Kendrys Morales, Kansas City vs. Cincinnati ($2,700)
Morales has 42 total bases in 84 at-bats against RHP this season, and Jason Marquis has an 8.40 ERA in his thee May starts.
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia at Colorado ($3,400)
Left-handed free swinger with a matchup against a righty in Colorado? I’ll take two! Howard has seven homers and 18 RBI in 104 at-bats against RHP this season.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia at Colorado ($3,000)
It’s been a rough season for the veteran, but he has raised his batting average 53 points in his past five games. Plus, he’s in Colorado and Ryne Sandberg thinks he might have figured things out recently.
Sandberg on Utley ABs: he looks good, he’s healthy, has a small hit streak going since moving to 6 slot, maybe this is the start #Phillies
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) May 19, 2015
Nick Franklin, Tampa Bay at Atlanta ($2,300)
Check the lineups before blindly starting him, but Franklin recently returned from the disabled list and he’s playing well. The switch-hitter is facing RHP Williams Perez in his first major league start.
Nolan Arenado, Colorado vs. Philadelphia ($4,000)
No one stands alone at the top of the third base position, as four different players have a $4,000 salary. But all of Arenado’s seven home runs and 19 RBI are against right-handed pitchers this season.
Maikel Franco, Philadelphia at Colorado ($2,500)
The rookie has seven hits so far in five games, including a double, a triple and a home run.
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis at N.Y. Mets ($3,200)
No shortstop is hitting right-handed pitching better this season than Peralta (.324), and the veteran also has 16 RBI in 107 at-bats vs. righties.
Jose Iglesias, Detroit at Milwaukee ($2,400)
I love using Iglesias in cash games because he’s so cheap, so I can load up elsewhere – and he rarely costs you points. He doesn’t necessarily get a ton of points for you, but he usually gets on base. (He has reached base in every game he has played in May expect for one.)
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels ($5,100)
Drew Hutchison is allowing a .341 batting average to right-handed hitters this season, with a 7.71 ERA. Rogers Centre is a sweet hitter’s park, and Trout shows more power against right-handers than lefties this season.
Nelson Cruz, Seattle at Baltimore ($4,500)
Cruz gets to return to play in Baltimore – a much cozier spot than Safeco Field, and he has six home runs in just 22 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this season. (He’ll face LHP Wei-Yin Chen Wednesday night.)
If you’re short-stacking it against the Rockies, Revere is an interesting play as the Phillies’ leadoff man. Plus, he faces RHP Eddie Butler in Colorado, and Butler is giving up a .424 wOBA to left-handed hitters this season.
Anthony Gose, Detroit at Milwaukee ($3,200)
Kyle Lohse is coming off his best start of the season, but we know better – especially against the Tigers’ offense. Gose is batting .344 with 18 runs scored against right-handed pitchers this season.
David DeJesus, Tampa Bay at Atlanta ($2,700)
Remember that the Rays will lose their DH tonight, so make sure DeJesus is back out in the field like he was last night. He’s batting .315 against right-handed pitchers, and in Williams Perez’s first major league appearance, he gave up four earned runs on two hits and two walks, getting just one out, on May 8.
Good luck with your FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 20!
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