As you read these FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 27, I’m sure you’re also thinking about your season-long team just a little bit.
It’s hard not to, of course, and many times we often pick players for our FanDuel lineups that we own in our season-long leagues.
It’s understood that you’re not just wildly guessing, hoping to see this one guy make your Wednesday an awesome one with a 5-for-5 day at the plate with a couple bombs.
The real reasons you might have this guy in both sets of lineups is because you’re familiar with him – and you’re most likely familiar with how he has been playing in recent weeks.
For instance, if you own Andrew McCutchen, like I do in several leagues, you’re well aware he has three home runs and five RBI in the past week, with a .375 batting average.
The tricky part, however, is knowing when to lean into a player on a hot streak and when to fade him. Hot streaks can sometimes kill a Daily Fantasy player, because if it’s an extended hot streak, like say, over a week or so, then his salary starts to reflect his newfound heat. And a hot streak can sometimes mean there’s a cold streak right around the corner because we know that everything usually levels out close to career norms.
That’s why McCutchen is safe for now because he started out so slow, this hot streak is actually bringing him back up from the bottom. Plus, it means he’s not injured. And finally, McCutchen’s price is still climbing from where it was when he was stinking it up in April (.194 batting average, 2 HR).
Interesting Notes About Tonight’s Starting Pitchers
Well, folks, there are just four nighttime games Wednesday, so normally, I would limit my picks to those games. But I decided to just write it with all 15 games in mind. Here are a few things that stand out to me about today’s list of starting pitchers:
- Of the 30 starting pitchers tonight, just four of them are left-handed: Jon Lester vs. WAS, Alex Wood at LAD, Brad Hand vs. PIT, and Scott Kazmir vs. DET.
- Also, don’t forget that games start Wednesday at 12:10pm ET, when Texas at Cleveland kicks off.
- The Marlins’ starter was determined Tuesday night – Brad Hand gets the nod out of the bullpen. Gentleman, start your right-handed Pirates! (Actually, PNC Park is tough on right-handed power hitters, but Hand has a 7.30 ERA vs. right-handed hitters, and his away ERA sits at 11.37.
- There doesn’t seem to be any big-run blowouts expected today, although, Vegas has the over/under of the Red Sox-Twins and White Sox-Blue Jays matchups games set at 9.0 – highest on the day.
- The only interleague matchup today is a beauty between Garrett Richards (LAA) and Andrew Cashner (SD). I like Cashner in this game, in spite of his ridiculous 1-7 record. He’ll be able to pick up an extra strikeout or two facing a pitcher that’s not used to hitting. Plus, he’s $900 cheaper than Richards.
FanDuel Picks for Wednesday, May 27
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.
Gerritt Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh at Miami, $10,000
In FanDuel, your starting pitcher really needs to come out with a win, considering it’s a four-point swing in your tournament’s standings. Cole is going up against an unknown as of Tuesday night, and the Marlins are just a shell right now on the mound, with Jared Cosart, Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos all on the disabled list. Cole has eight or more strikeouts in his past five starts, also.
Zack Greinke, RHP, L.A. Dodgers vs. Atlanta, $9,900
I’m going to admit it – I have a little DFS-crush on Greinke this season. He plays in Clayton Kershaw’s shadow, but he’s just a machine out there on the mound. He has pitched six or seven innings in every single start this season, he usually strikes out twice as many hitters as he walks, plays in a great pitcher’s stadium and he has given up just three earned runs total in his past four starts. Vegas even has him as a big favorite today, moving the line from (-230) to (-235) in one day. Did I mention he’s the fourth-most expensive pitcher on the day? Very nice.
Colby Lewis, RHP, Texas at Cleveland, $6,500
Looking to make some money in some GPP play today? Normally, I’ve mocked Lewis in this space for his affinity to giving up home run balls. He has settled down a bit this season, giving up just four homers in nine starts (including one in his last start, though). The Indians, meanwhile, have scored the fewest runs against right-handers. Look, don’t load up with your mortgage payment, but drop a couple bucks on Lewis and move on.
Wilson Ramos, Washington at Chicago Cubs ($3,000)
Ramos is batting over .350 against left-handed pitchers this season, with 10 RBI in just 37 at-bats.
Blake Swihart, Boston at Minnesota ($2,300)
We know the rookie can hit, as evidenced by his minor-league numbers, and after a slow start, he’s beginning to come around. He has hit safely in six of his past seven starts.
David Ortiz, Boston at Minnesota ($2,700)
Phil Hughes has given up 10 homers already this season, and this could be a great slump-buster for the big man. You know it’s coming. Big Papi has a .510 slugging percentage against right-handers this season.
Adam Lind, Milwaukee vs. San Francisco ($2,500)
I love Lind at this price against a meh-pitcher like RHP Ryan Vogelsong. Lind has seven homers and 16 RBI against RHP this season, and he’s coming off a much-needed day off.
Kolten Wong, St. Louis vs. Arizona ($3,300)
If loving Kolten is Wong, I don’t want to be right. He’s hitting .336 against righties, with an .898 OPS and 20 runs scored.
Dan Uggla, Atlanta at Chicago Cubs ($2,600)
Check lineups, of course, but Uggla could start vs. the lefty over Danny Espinosa. Uggla’s batting .308 vs. LHP this season in a small sample size (13 at-bats).
Nolan Arenado, Colorado at Cincinnati ($3,200)
Great price for a power hitter away from Coors Field that still gets to hit in Great American Ball Park. Arenado has great power splits, with all nine homers coming against RHP. Just 16 strikeouts in 123 at-bats vs. righties, too.
Maikel Franco, Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets ($2,600)
I like starting a good hitting prospect against a good pitching prospect sometimes because I don’t know why. But at least I’m honest!
So far in his 12 MLB games in 2015, Maikel Franco has made contact 96.4% of the time when swinging at pitches in the strikezone
— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) May 27, 2015
Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburgh vs. Miami ($2,900)
Going up against lefty Mr. Hand, Kang should reach base a few times. His .480 on-base percentage against lefties leads the Pirates this season.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore vs. Houston ($2,200)
A shortstop with some power hitting at home for the FanDuel minimum? Yes, please. Hardy actually hits right-handers better than lefties.
I mentioned how right-handed Pirates should do well today earlier in this column. So I reiterate it here, with one of the hottest Pirates around.
Curtis Granderson, N.Y. Mets vs. Philadelphia ($3,800)
He’ll go up against righty Sean O’Sullivan, and he’s batting over 100 points better against right-handers this season.
Matt Kemp, L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels ($2,300)
Kemp is one of those slumping guys I mentioned at the top – I’m all over him this cheap. He’ll start paying off big-time at some point. He’s healthy, and he didn’t forget how to hit.
Melky Cabrera, Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota ($2,300)
Cabrera is at the FanDuel minimum, facing RHP Marco Estrada, and he’s batting .291 with 17 runs scored against righties this season.
Good luck with your FanDuel picks for Wednesday, May 27!
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