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About a third of the league is off today with eleven match ups scheduled. Five have the first pitch scheduled for this afternoon, while we’ve got six in the evening.

If you do throw in on a day game, Zack Greinke is the no-brainer in your pitching slot against the Reds. I’d target hitters with the Tigers, Angels, and Blue Jays, if possible, and build your pot with cash games.

As usual, we’ll focus on the evening games here, but as is often the case we are somewhat limited in our choices tonight.

With just six games to pick from I’m surprised with the amount of pitching to choose from. On the flip side of the coin, this also concerns me that hits might come a little harder if the talent on the mound performs across the league.

For cash games I’ve got one expensive pitcher I will be using for the most part. In tournaments I wouldn’t argue with quite a few different choices on the bump. For bats I’ll be looking mostly at Pirates, Mets, and Cardinals with good matchups and fill in gaps from there.

 

Daily Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole ($10,000) @ Miami Marlins

After a bumpy month, Cole found his location and pitches last time out. He went seven innings while allowing three hits with eight Ks but got a no decision. He will look for his 15th win again tonight and I think there’s a very good chance he gets it against the Marlins. They are hitting righties at .248, good for 22nd in the majors and have the lowest OPS out of every major league team against right handed pitching. Marlins Park is also a nice place to throw, so everything seems to line up for Cole as your go to cash game play.

Joe Ross ($8,100) vs. San Diego Padres

For tournaments there are some options tonight. In addition to Ross, Carlos Rodon and Drew Smyly look interesting and affordable. I like Ross though with this matchup and his chances for the all-important W. He’s been a little up and down as a rookie but has all day talent and gets a juicy team to throw to tonight. The Padres are ranked 26th in MLB against righties at .246 and strikeout 24% of the time against right handers. I look to Ross to get the W, good K totals, and log six innings at least tonight. If you can get 16 points out him at this price and nail your hitters you could be in for big money.

Daily Fantasy Baseball: Hitters

Catcher

Travis d’Arnaud ($3,500) @ Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets catcher has ignited with at least five FanDuel points in four of his last five games. This includes three multi-hit games, four doubles, and a long ball. He will be in my lineup against Aaron Harang.

Yadier Molina ($2,700) @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Molina is well past his prime now, but hey, he’s $2,500 on FanDuel. He’ll be hitting in a nice park and has strung together some at bats lately. If you want to go cheap at catcher, Molina isn’t a bad route.

 

First Base

Jose Abreu ($4,200) vs. Seattle Mariners

Abreu has a seven game hitting streak put together with two homers attached. I like him at home to continue the streak against Vidal Nuno. While I wouldn’t stack them, the White Sox might actually put some runs up tonight.

Michael Morse ($2,200) @ Miami Marlins

This is a real long shot folks. Morse is a tournament option only in my mind as long as he starts. He’ll be down in the lineup and does not bat for average. Still, he’s on a team that will likely get on the board and he could jack one. He has been productive when put in the lineup as a starter in Pittsburgh and I wouldn’t expect many to start him in the DFS world. Prepare for a negative return, but if you get lucky you get a leg up on the tourney field.

 

Second Base

Daniel Murphy ($4,200) @ Philadelphia Phillies

Murphy has hit in eight of his last ten games with five being multi-hit events. He’s pricey but he will be at the heart of the Met’s order driving the offense. Oh, and they get Aaron Harang to work over.

Anthony Rendon ($3,500) vs. San Diego Padres

It may be a lost season for Rendon but we can still use him in Daily Fantasy Baseball. After a cold return to the bigs Rendon has picked up the bat particularly over the last week. He’s hitting homers and stealing bases so he’s worth considering again in you daily lineup.

 

Third Base

Matt Carpenter ($3,500) @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Third base is rough tonight so we’ll have to reach a little to find someone to plug in. The Cardinals third baseman has been out of sync lately but I still like him in Arizona to break out of it. His only hit over the last week is a homerun and I’m guessing there is more offense in that bat while he’s in the desert.

Trevor Plouffe ($2,900) @ Tampa Bay Rays

I actually like Drew Smyly for tournaments, but there is risk for a pitcher that hasn’t looked great during rehab and is still finding his rhythm back on the bump. If he does implode against a sneaky Twins team, Plouffe has a power bat that could do damage. While he’s overdue for a long ball, he is making contact and has hits in seven of his last ten games.

 

Shortstop

Jung-ho Kang ($3,600) @ Miami Marlins

I’m tempted to try to save some cash at the shortstop position but there is a reason Kang is the most expensive on this list. Shortstops with power are rare. While Kang has actually hit right handers better this year, he is still respectable against lefties and I like the Pirates to put runs on the board tonight.

Wilmer Flores ($3,300) @ Philadelphia Phillies

Ever since he cried over almost getting traded, Flores has been on a mission to prove his worth. He’s been tagging the ball and just had a two homer night on Monday. The Mets game has the highest over/under tonight so I’m targeting them where I can.

 

Outfielders

Andrew McCutchen ($4,900) @ Miami Marlins

McCutchen has always been great against lefties and brings a career .328 average versus southpaws into this game. I want to stack Pirates if possible and he’s at the top of the stack for me.

Bryce Harper ($4,900) vs. San Diego Padres

If you go tourney tonight with someone like Smyly, you might actually be able to fit in both McCutchen and Harper. That is imposing if you can pull it off. In a cash game I will try to have one of either of these two.

Starling Marte ($3,800) @ Miami Marlins

Why not throw Marte into your Pirates stack too? He just lost a nine game hitting streak but that doesn’t mean he’s done with the bat. Like Cutch, he has a career batting average against left handed pitching north of .300 and should continue to mash tonight.

Brandon Moss ($2,200) @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Don’t put him in your lineup lightly just because he’s in this column. Moss has had a forgettable season and has been even worse since being traded to the Cardinals. He’s not in the everyday lineup and it’s questionable whether he will be in there today. However, if you want a cheap long shot in a tournament keep reading. If Moss starts, he will be hitting in a great ballpark for power and even in a horrendous season still has a shot at 20 homers. You can rest comfortably knowing that you would be the only person in your tournament brave enough to start him if he beats the odds and hits one out.

That should do it for today. Good luck in your Daily Fantasy Baseball endeavors today and we will see you back here next time.

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