It’s going to be tough tonight in the daily game with just five contests taking place. I think “blah” is about the best word I can come up with for our pitching options and that is generous.
At least we can pull bats from pretty much every game as we see fit to get the offense together.
In an interesting twist Vegas thinks the two highest scoring games also have the biggest favorites to win.
While I generally look to the neon lights for guidance with my FanDuel picks, I am going to have to look away tonight. I just can’t bring myself to start C.C. Sabathia (-156) or Mark Buehrle (-180), the two big favorites.
Instead I’m going to look to other options that allow me to hopefully keep the gag reflex to a minimum. Here’s what we’ve got on tap for tonight’s FanDuel lineups.
Chris Heston ($7,900) at Chicago Cubs
You can go with the favorites in Sabathia and Buehrle if that suits you but I’m going to go a little more risky tonight with a couple underdogs. This is because Sabathia can no longer be trusted on any given night and the only place Buehrle can strike anything out is at the local bar. I’ll take Heston over both of the others tonight. The Cubs are a little frightening on offense, but the numbers tell a deeper story beyond Bryant and Rizzo. They hit .235 against righties, dead last in the majors. They also strike out 27% of the time against right handers, a huge number. While Heston could get shelled if the wind is blowing out and the Cubs connect, he also has the stuff to go seven innings with 10 Ks or more tonight.
Eduardo Rodriguez ($7,700) at New York Yankees
I’ll be going with Heston tonight, but if you want to live even more on the edge, Rodriguez might be up your alley. He’s a big underdog, but I still think Sabathia is just not trustworthy. If he implodes again the young Sox hurler could sneak out with a win, some strikeouts, and enough FanDuel points to make his price a worthy gamble. He’s definitely not a sure thing tonight and just a gutsy tournament option.
Jason Castro ($2,900) at Oakland Athletics
Castro has been on a tear lately with three homers, including a grand slam, in the last week. Houston gets Aaron Brooks today, who actually looked pretty good in his first start. The Astros have now had a chance to look at some film on him though and have the firepower to make his second start less enjoyable.
Hector Sanchez ($2,200) at Chicago Cubs
Sanchez does not get a lot of work behind the plate in San Francisco but he’s made the most of it when he does. Buster Posey is likely to get the day off so Sanchez is waiting to be used as a power bat with low ownership that also happens to be dirt cheap.
Edwin Encarnacion ($4,500) vs. Minnesota Twins
The Blue Jays first baseman has put together a nice little eight-game hitting streak and should add to it today. Kyle Gibson has looked average lately and the Jays lineup is downright terrifying to opposing pitchers now.
Brandon Belt ($3,800) at Chicago Cubs
Belt is a very streaky hitter and just so happens to have three long balls over his last six games. Jason Hammel is a decent pitcher but if the wind is blowing out at Wrigley some Giants bats are a nice option. Belt has as good a shot as any to hit one out today.
Jose Altuve ($3,900) at Oakland Athletics
With Aaron Brooks throwing for the A’s the Astros have a chance to pile up runs today. Brooks looked good in his first start but will still need to learn how to be a big league pitcher. If he struggles today Altuve and company will also pile up FanDuel points.
Dee Gordon ($3,100) at Atlanta Braves
Gordon has cooled off in the second half as he is known to do. However, he’s shown a little life recently and has hit safely in four straight. If he can get on base he can steal more bases so it might not be a bad idea to give him a shot against an average pitcher today.
Alex Rodriguez ($4,300) vs. Boston
I never would have thought my FanDuel picks would include a 40-year-old A-Rod at this point of the season. But, here he is with 24 homers and over sixty RBIs and runs each. Boston’s Rodriguez has been a little up and down and I actually threw him out earlier as a tournament play. However, if he gets dinged by the Yanks, which is a decent possibility I grudgingly admit I want the Yank’s third bagger in my lineup.
Miguel Sano ($2,700) at Toronto Blue Jays
Sano may already be the Twins best hitter. I’m not sure if that is a great compliment to him or an indictment of Minnesota’s team. His BABIP is at an unsustainable .404 but I will roster him while he’s hot. He has an OBP of .407 so far in the bigs and hit a ball 447 feet yesterday, about as far as I can hit a golf ball most days. This kid is good even if he does cool off in the coming days. For this price against Buehrle in a nice hitter’s park, I’ll take it.
Xander Bogaerts ($3,700) at New York Yankees
Did you know Bogaerts has pushed his average up to .315 on the season? More impressive, he’s now hitting a whopping .396 against lefties. He is basically a must start now against left handed pitching in cash games. He may not hit for the power you need in a tournament, but he is going to hit for average with a nice ceiling, perfect for a 50/50.
Jed Lowrie ($3,100) at Oakland Athletics
The top three shortstops are all quality choices today but if you want to save some dough at this position Lowrie is not a bad option. Since returning for the disabled list he’s hit safely in four of five games and scored a run in every game. As long as he’s in the starting lineup he’s a good bet for a positive tally, but lacks the upside of Correa, Tulo, and Bogaerts.
Carlos Gomez ($3,600) at Oakland Athletics
Before going 0-for-4 yesterday Gomez was tearing it up as an Astro with eight hits in his last four games. He has to be happy after the Mets mess that he’s made it on to a team with an eye for the post season. Plus, he’s flanked by Altuve and Correa right now which is going to greatly help his counting stats.
Aaron Hicks ($2,900) at Toronto Blue Jays
Hicks is consistently hitting at or near the top of the Twins order. While he’s hitting a solid .274 his average jumps to .381 against left handed pitching. That is impressive. He’s got both speed and power and is a bargain at this price.
Christian Yelich ($2,800) at Atlanta Braves
Another cheap option if you need it, Yelich bats at the heart of the Marlins order. He’s picked things up since struggling through injuries early this year, but is now stuck in a lineup with plenty of holes. Yelich will be much better off hitting ahead of Giancarlo Stanton but in the meantime you can use him as a match up play on days like this.
Another day, and hopefully a few more dollars for you! Best of luck with your daily fantasy baseball lineups today and check out our fantasy baseball page tomorrow for more FanDuel picks.