Attention may be shifting to football in the Fantasy community but we don’t want to forget baseball just yet, particularly Daily Fantasy Baseball.
If games are still being played that means there are matches to win and money to be made so let’s dive back in to baseball.
We are limited as is the norm on Thursday with five evening games to work with, but there is enough here to get a lineup together.
Two games, the Angels at Royals and Yankees at Cleveland have an over/under of eight or more. Everything else is less, so this is not projected to be a big scoring night. I’ll look to those games as well as to the Nationals for the most part to fill out my hitters tonight.
I’m going to run with the most upside pitcher and try to cobble together some offense to cash out as a strategy this evening.
FanDuel Picks: Starting Pitchers
Stephen Strasburg ($9,400) at San Francisco Giants
While I’m not excited about his matchup today, Strasburg looked dominant in his first start back from his latest injury last week. He held the Rockies to three hits over seven innings and fanned 12 in that outing. This season has been a lost one for the Nationals pitcher, but he can still help us in the daily game. If he can bring his A game again to the mound it doesn’t matter that the Giants fair well against right handers overall.
Nathan Eovaldi ($7,400) at Cleveland Indians
While the hard throwing right-hander has been up and down this year, he is getting wins and will be looking for his 12th tonight. Cleveland is without arguably their best hitter in Jason Kipnis and the team has a firm grip on the towel that they are about to throw in the ring. If the Yanks get up early the Indians might call in the rest of the game and hand it to Eovaldi.
Mat Latos ($6,200) vs. Cincinnati Reds
Latos and the Dodgers are the biggest favorite in Vegas tonight sitting at a confident -180. However, after his last start blew up while he allowed six runs over four innings and registered zero strikeouts I’m nervous. He’s a hot and cold performer and does get a plus matchup in his home park which is pitcher friendly. Consider him risky, but that’s what you want in a tournament.
FanDuel Picks: Hitters
Brian McCann ($3,300) at Cleveland Indians
McCann has gone five games without a hit so this pick is not for the faint of heart. He’s expensive and he’s in a slump. However, prior to this episode he hit three long balls over a five-game stretch. He gets the platoon advantage today and Trevor Bauer has been known to give up a homer here and there.
Wilson Ramos ($2,200) at San Francisco Giants
If you want to punt catcher today I understand. Buster Posey faces Strasburg and after that it’s a crap shoot. Ramos has hit in five of the last seven he’s started and is as cheap as they come. As long as he starts he gets Ryan Vogelsong today who is always nice to stack against.
Ryan Zimmerman ($3,200) at San Francisco Giants
Zimmerman has put together a six-game hitting streak, including five doubles and two homers over the last week. He’s not hitting right-handed pitching this year as well as he has over his career, but I’ll take him against a subpar pitcher regardless while he’s hot.
C.J. Cron ($2,600) at Kansas City Royals
Cron is an easy, cheap bat to throw in today. He’s hit safely in five of six and has some power, so a round tripper is always a possibility. He’s penciled in most days now as the DH and is seeing regular playing time. I am liking an Angels stack against Jeremy Guthrie, who is pitching quite poorly as of late.
Anthony Rendon ($2,800) at San Francisco Giants
Now that he’s finally healthy Rendon is generating some FanDuel points. He hasn’t shown power yet, but he’s getting on base and scoring runs. For this price that’s all you need.
Johnny Giavotella ($2,600) at Kansas City Royals
The Angels keystone guy has 13 hits over his last 10 games. Like Rendon don’t expect him to jack two out, but he’s a good bet to put up a positive number for you.
Alex Rodriguez ($3,900) at Cleveland
Third base is a steaming pile of garbage in the middle of a dumpster fire tonight. I can now pretty comfortably say when in doubt, throw A-Rod in if you have the bucks. He’s consistently hit with power and is sitting at a .281 average with 24 homers right now. He has a good chance to produce tonight as long as Trevor Bauer doesn’t throw one of his miracle games.
Alberto Callaspo ($2,200) vs. Cincinnati Reds
Callaspo is known for his glove instead of his bat and usually serves as the Dodger’s utility infielder. With Justin Turner banged up, he’s getting starts at the hot corner for now. He’s had multi-hit games in both of his last two starts and hit safely in six of eight. This is a nice deal for punt prices against a young, although talented pitcher with a history of control issues.
Ian Desmond ($3,600) at San Francisco Giants
After a horrendous first half of the season, Desmond has picked it up since the All-Star break. He’s now hitting for power and stealing bags while producing solid FanDuel points. I may go cheap at shortstop, but if you have extra budget you could upgrade to the best shortstop for the day.
Erick Aybar ($2,200) at Kansas City Royals
With just a handful of games, shortstop is also thin today. I may just punt here with someone like Aybar who will hit in the middle of the order and could generate some points against a hittable pitcher.
Mike Trout ($5,000) at Kansas City Royals
The place to spend today is in the outfield. I might go cheap all the way through the infield and then spend on pitching and outfield. Trout is at the top as usual but will cost you dearly. Throw him in if you can, but if necessary you can go a little cheaper as well.
Bryce Harper ($4,600) at San Francisco Giants
I like Harper a lot today, probably better than Trout. He has a better matchup against Vogelsong, has the platoon splits with him and has hits in nine of the last 10 games. The one concern is that he sat out earlier this week with a minor knee problem that might limit him somewhat. Still, I will make sure to get him in today anywhere I can.
Cole Calhoun ($3,400) at Kansas City Royals
As long as the Angels keep batting Calhoun ahead of Trout I like his upside. While the stolen bases are lower than I would like this year, he’s still got decent pop and the league’s best hitter behind him. If Guthrie struggles again on the bump Calhoun and Trout should be dishing out some of the pain.
Andre Ethier ($3,400) at Cincinnati Reds
As long as Ethier is in the lineup he is an option against right handed pitchers. He is batting almost 100 points better against them this year and should contribute today as long as the Dodgers can generate some offense.
Good luck in your daily fantasy baseball endeavors today and make sure to check back tomorrow for our ongoing daily picks, right here!