We’ve got more than the usual options today for our Daily Fantasy Baseball interests. Thursdays are typically a little sketchy but all the games are night ones this week so it is going to expand the directions we can go by quite a bit.
Out of the eleven contests scheduled tonight, three have totals at nine or higher and we definitely have pitchers to target with our bats all over the place.
Pitching might be a little tougher to figure out with the big name guys going in less than ideal match ups. We might have to pick the lesser of two evils in going with a high priced but riskier than normal hurler, or a less reliable guy with a decent matchup.
Since I’m questioning pitching but like a lot of expensive hitters, I’m thinking that I will try to save a little on pitchers in my lineups allowing me to load up on the offensive side.
I might throw a few extra lineups up as well since it feels like an all over the map sort of day.
Daily Fantasy Baseball
Jake Arrieta ($10,600) vs. Atlanta Braves
When I look at the Braves lineup I just don’t see anyone that really scares me. On the season they may be hitting .258 against right handed pitching which is decent, but their OPS is near the bottom of the league at .688. This year is history for them, while Arrieta and the Cubs have something to fight for. I like him to get the W along with another quality start and high single digit strikeouts.
Collin McHugh ($8,600) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays also struggle against righties batting .242 on the season. I’m not crazy about him matching up against Chris Archer, but the Rays ace has been struggling lately. If that continues the Astros should give McHugh enough run support to get the win.
Brian McCann ($3,600) vs. Cleveland Indians
I gambled on McCann last week and he produced and then kept on producing. Since then he’s hit in five of six with three dongs along the way. I’ll double down on him today against Josh Tomlin
Matt Wieters ($2,500) vs. Minnesota Twins
While Wieters likes lefties better, he is still batting .272 against right handers. He’s been in and out of the lineup as he recovers from surgery and has been dealing with a hamstring issue lately. I think theses issues have led to him being underpriced. Having an Oriole in the middle of the lineup today against Tyler Duffey, especially at this price, is nice to have.
Paul Goldschmidt ($4,500) at Cincinnati Reds
Goldy has been cold for the most part in August and his seen his price on FanDuel drop. He has shown some signs of life recently though. Even with his recent struggles, he is sporting a .382 average against lefties and is one of the best in baseball against southpaws. I think John Lamb helps Goldschmidt continue to find his mojo tonight.
C.J. Cron ($2,600) vs. Chicago White Sox
Cron has looked much better this year after his call up from Triple-A and is batting over .300 now against lefties. He is also continuing to hit for power with two long balls in the last three games. He’s a nice, cheap alternative to Goldschmidt.
Ian Kinsler ($4,100) vs. Texas Rangers
Kinsler has found his bat in August and even scored 14 FanDuel points when he went 5-for-5 the other day. He is the highest priced at the keystone today but gets a lefty in Martin Perez. I’ll pay for his services while he’s hot.
Jason Kipnis ($3,400) at New York Yankees
I’m not specifically targeting Indians this evening but with Kipnis fresh off the DL, his price is depressed. He is still an excellent hitter at the top of the order and I can’t pass him up at this price as long as it lasts.
Derek Dietrich ($2,900) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Dietrich has provided solid power in the middle of the Marlin’s lineup when given the chance. He’s had multi-hit games in three of his last four and will look to build on that against Jerome Williams and the Phillies.
Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,800) at New York Yankees
Why couldn’t Lonnie start the year out like this? I had written him off after his demotion to the minors, but since his recent call up he has been the hitter the Indians hoped they had. So far in August he’s batting .366 with a couple homers and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. He’s hitting in lefty friendly Yankee Stadium and is at a price that allows you to spend elsewhere. While I still don’t really believe it, I am going to try rolling with him tonight.
Ian Desmond ($4,200) at Colorado Rockies
I think it’s safe to say at this point that Desmond has figured out what was ailing him earlier this year. He’s mashing the ball now and is in Colorado tonight against the ever-hittable Yohan Flande. By saving money in other places he’s one of the high priced guys I can throw in.
Xander Bogaerts ($3,400) vs. Kansas City Royals
Bogaerts continues to be an automatic start whenever facing a lefty. He brings his .390 average against left handed pitching to bear on Danny Duffy tonight. While Duffy has been decent lately, I can’t keep a guy hitting like this out of my lineup. That is, unless I can afford Desmond instead.
A.J. Pollock ($4,300) at Cincinnati Reds
The Diamondbacks have quietly been one of the better offenses in the league this year. While Paul Goldschmidt anchors the unit, A.J. Pollock has been a major factor and is in the middle of a clear break-out season. He’s got a .320 average against lefties for the season and just lost a 10 game hit streak last night. He’ll try to start another one against a southpaw tonight.
Jacoby Ellsbury ($3,500) vs. Cleveland Indians
It took a little while after returning from the DL for Ellsbury to find his bat. Once he found it though, he took off and is now in the midst of a seven game hitting streak. If the Yankees can get to Josh Tomlin, their left handed bats should be the ones leading the way.
Rusney Castillo ($3,200) vs. Kansas City
Castillo has extreme platoon splits so far in the majors batting .218 against righties and .385 against left handers. He gets Danny Duffy, a southpaw, today. While I’m not stacking Red Sox, they have some real lefty killers in their lineup and we can take advantage when possible.
Michael Taylor ($2,700) at Colorado
If you need a cheap outfielder, Taylor is an option in Colorado today. The Nationals should light up the Rockies and Taylor, while not overpowering, has put up positive FanDuel scores in eight of his last 10 games. He’s been batting lower in the order, but if they do throw him to the top of the lineup, he becomes much more valuable.
Best of luck today in your daily fantasy baseball games. Check back here tomorrow and every day for that matter for our “so-called” daily strategies.