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For the July 9 Daily Fantasy Baseball picks, we have seven evening games to choose from with one projected at 10.5 runs by Vegas. Want to take a guess which one? That’s right, the game in Colorado should give us some runs to work with this evening.

However, everyone knows that, so while looking to the obvious game is okay for cash games, I would advise fading Atlanta and Colorado players in a tournament. By doing this you are taking the more risky but less traveled approach. If the mile high game doesn’t pan out, you will be sitting pretty while everyone else is scrambling for points.

Winning a tournament is always a long shot and taking some risky chances is the way to both lose and win big. Who cares how bad you lose in a tourney, but if you win you want to win big!

For tournaments there are two other 8-plus games for us to turn to, including Houston/Cleveland and Detroit/Minnesota if you avoid the game in Colorado.

Keep this in mind as you look through our “so called” picks. I will try to mention which picks are cash game versus tournament friendly as we go through the Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Thursday, July 9.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

Top Starting Pitchers for the Day:

 

Zack Greinke ($11,200) vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Greinke is my no brainer for today. I don’t even remember the last time I saw a -355 favorite. Greinke is throwing at home in a good pitcher’s park and goes against the Phillies, who are just a few tears away from officially giving up this season and selling the farm. They bring a .291 OBP to the table against righties, tied for dead last in the majors. I like him best for cash games but since there are some other options, Greinke is also a possibility for tournaments if you can afford him.

Garrett Richards ($9,000) @ Seattle Mariners

I like Jose Fernandez today, but the threat of a pitch count is somewhat concerning. Then, I saw Richards for 900 bucks less, and decided I like him even better for the price. Seattle is barely over the Mendoza line with a .227 batting average against right handed pitching. That is truly awful and the worst in all of baseball. The only problem is that King Felix is on the other side today, although he has looked a little off his last few starts. Plus, the Mariners can’t put together any run support, so I think Richards still has a good shot at the win. The Angels hurler might be the best dollar for dollar deal today at FanDuel and a nice tournament option.

 

Top Options at Each Position

 

Catcher:

A.J. Pierzynski ($3,400) @ Colorado Rockies

Atlanta’s catcher has always hit right handers well, but he can be streaky and at 38 years old, he’s on his last leg as a professional baseball player. He has 10 hits in his last three games, faces a bad righty, and is playing in Denver. This adds up to an obvious choice worth spending for.

Yan Gomes ($2,300) vs. Houston Astros

Gomes has not regained his 2014 form yet since returning from injury. He is, however, a career .300 hitter against left handed pitchers and gets one today. While his average for this year is still just .221, Gomes has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

 

First Basemen:

Adrian Gonzalez ($3,600) vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Stack Dodgers today where you can, especially the left handed batters. The Phillies are putting up Severino Gonzalez today and he should be shelled.

Wilin Rosario ($3,300) vs. Atlanta Braves

With a left hander on the mound, there is a good chance Rosario starts today at first. While he’s a terrible catcher defensively, he has a competent bat and is always a threat to put one out of the park when he plays.

Justin Bour ($2,800) vs. Cincinnati Reds

After hitting homers in three straight games, Bour has cooled over the last four games. He should be in the lineup today against a righty pitcher (Mike Lorenzen) who has struggled at times. Bour is a nice tournament play on the chance that he might generate some power again today.

 

Second Basemen:

Jace Peterson ($3,700) @ Colorado Rockies

This price feels a little high, even for Coors Field, but second base can be tough, so Peterson is in the conversation. After cooling in June, he’s now hit in four straight games and a little of both power and speed. He should be in line for some production today.

Neil Walker ($3,200) vs. St. Louis Cardinals

I’m not a huge fan of Walker hitting against a hot Carlos Martinez, but Walker has been hitting everyone lately, so why not Martinez? At a position with questions after the first couple names, Walker feels safe. He’s hitting in the middle of a good lineup that is playing well, and he’s been a big part of the offense.

 

Third Basemen:

Nick Castellanos ($2,700) @ Minnesota Twins

While he doesn’t get the platoon splits advantage, I still like him today. Mike Palfrey isn’t scaring anyone right now and the Tigers third baseman has a nine game hitting streak on the line. He has also homered in two of his last three games and driven in eight during the last three tilts.

Kyle Seager ($2,300) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Seager is just too good of a hitter to be this price. I really do like Garrett Richards today, but at this price, Seager is nice to have if you don’t trust that the Angels pitcher can shut down Seattle.

 

Shortstops:

Troy Tulowitzki ($4,400) vs. Atlanta Braves

Tulo has really heated up recently and now has a 19 game hitting streak going. If you can afford him, he’s a great play today in cash games.

Adeiny Hechavarria ($2,400) vs. Cincinnati Reds

It seems like the Marlins shortstop doesn’t do anything great, but he’s still hitting north of .280, which is very good for a shortstop. He has recently been plugged into the three hole in Miami. I’ll take a guy hitting for average and batting third at this price.

 

Outfielders:

Joc Pederson ($3,500) vs. Philadelphia Phillies

I won’t fault you if you shy away from Pederson today. He’s got just two hits in July, but that has actually allowed his price to come down a little. He hits for much better power against right handed pitchers and I think he might break that home run drought today. I like him in tournaments today.

Christian Yelich ($3,300) vs. Cincinnati Reds

Yelich has turned a disastrous start to his season around while hitting .287 in June. He is still lacking some power, but he’s hitting for average at the heart of the Marlins order and is stealing bases with some regularity.

Anthony Gose ($2,400) @ Minnesota Twins

After a dismal June, Gose’s bat sensed it was a new month and has come alive. He’s hit in five of the last six games he’s played in and should be in the lineup against a struggling righty in Pelfrey. His price also lets you spend elsewhere.

 

That’s it for today. Best of luck scoring some cash in your daily fantasy baseball contests!

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