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Working on researching Daily Fantasy Baseball can be a grueling task, and it is even more difficult on a Saturday night looking at Picks for FanDuel on Sunday, 8-16-15. I have no problems working on this primarily because there is monetary incentive involved. It is difficult to shuffle the kids off to bed and hearing my wife struggle with bedtime while I’m staring at the computer screen and prices of Fantasy Baseball players on DFS Sites.

That being said, this is what I have been doing all season long, and it has paid off. Well, paid off enough to make the time and effort worth while more often than not. I can’t gloat that I win all the time, or have taken down a big tourney, but that was never my intention.

Last week my Cash lineups did very well, while my GPP one stunk it up. If you used both I certainly hope you cashed in more than lost. Enough about the past though, let’s focus on the preset and try to win some money today.

The pitching is once again impressive, and so much so that Chris Sale is the fourth highest priced pitcher facing the Cubs. Whether Sale is the option I go with or not remains to be seen.

As always follow the weather and MLB Daily Lineups prior to first pitch. You can’t predict the future but you certainly can prevent having a player on the bench from remaining in your lineup.

Starting Pitcher

Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinatti Reds ($12,400)

Greinke should be a lock for most DFS players today. He has a favorable matchup, is pitching at home and has only had one performance with less than 13 FanDuel points in his last seven. A win, plenty of strikeouts are in Greinke’s future today.

Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs ($11,200)

Sale has been plagued with no run support all season, but one thing has remained constant and that is his strikeouts. The Cubs have been red hot lately, but they still like to strikeout. I can see Sale dominating the Cubs young lineup today.

Matt Boyd, Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros ($5,300)

This is truly a home run call or nothing here for GPP lineups. The Astros lineup can be deadly as we all know but they also strike out plenty, and with Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup the Tigers should be able compete for a win. The cost is bottom of the barrel so higher end bats will also be in play.

Catcher

John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays @ Yovani Gallardo and Texas Rangers ($2,500)

Jaso is a safe and affordable catching option and I will be using him today in both GPP and cash games. Assuming he is actually in the lineup of course. Jaso has been averaging 3 points over his last six games and he also has a lefty vs righty matchup today.

First Base

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers @ Mike Fiers and Houston Astros ($5,000)

Miggy costs-a-plenty today but facing the young right-handed pitcher feels safe and right today. If you aren’t a fan of the price points at other positions, or players today Miguel Cabrera could fit in nicely.

Adam Lind, Milwaukee Brewers vs Aaron Harang and Philadelphia Phillies ($3,400)

Lind will be my play in most formats today since he has a lefty vs righty matchup and his price is decent. As much as I don’t like to rely on BvP for my research, Lind has faced Harang six times, but has hit three homeruns in those at bats. Worth a shot today.

 

Second Base

DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies vs Ian Kennedy and San Diego Padres ($3,800)

I am having a hard time liking any matchups for second baseman today so I am going to roll with DJ in his home park today. He has been hot lately too which helps make him my safe and upside decision today.

Wilmer Flores, New York Mets vs Jeff Locke and Pittsburgh Pirates ($2,200)

Flores is a punt of sorts but with a tempting matchup against Locke. Flores has power and he will help fill the hole on a position I am not too excited about today.

Third Base

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies vs Ian Kennedy and San Diego Padres ($5,000)

Hefty price point today for Arenado but he is averaging 3 points this season on FanDuel and is swinging a hot bat at home. Coors field is too hard to avoid today. Ian Kennedy has been pitching well lately but the Rockies stack is too difficult to avoid.

Shortstop

Carlos Correa, Houston Astros vs Matt Boyd and Detroit Tigers ($4,300)

Correa is elite every day, and even though I am using Matt Boyd in GPP’s today I also realize the Astros can put up HUGE numbers and home runs. If Boyd is going to struggle, Correa will likely do some damage.

Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis vs David Phelps and Miami Marlins ($2,600)

Peralta has the upside and power potential to do damage every day in DFS. He is one of my favorite plays every day because his talent, surrounding lineup and most importantly price point. Today is no different and facing Phelps at home has me locked in on Jhonny today.

Outfield

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies vs Ian Kennedy and San Diego Padres ($4,900)

Gonzalez has cooled off over the past week but he is always a threat at home and should be a part of many DFS stacks today.

Matt Kemp, San Diego @ Chris Rusin and Colorado Rockies ($4,700)

Matt Kemp is simply on fire, and playing in Coors adds to his appeal. He will be a top target of mine today as my high end outfielder. Kemp is averaging 4.8 points over his last seven games, so get while the gettin’ is hot!

Mark Trumbo, Seattle Mariners @ Henry Owens and Boston Red Sox ($2,300)

Trumbo is an all or nothing play, but his price is rock bottom which helps in other areas and he has .561 slugging percentage against lefties. He could easily finish negative, but if he connects you could find a nice cheap home run in what has been a high scoring series so far.

50/50 Lineup (updated)

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GPP Lineup

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GPP Lineup 2 and 50/50 (updated)

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Photo Provided By: Keith Allison

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Chris Meyers

Chris is an avid sports fan especially football, baseball and hockey. He created the Slugging For Jude Fantasy Baseball Leagues in 2015 to tie Fantasy Sports and fundraising together.
He is a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, and equally as extreme when it comes to Fantasy Sports. When Chris isn't participating in Fantasy Sports, he is writing about them at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FakePigskin.com and FakeTeams.com. He also enjoys reading, spending time with his family and music -- but is commonly known as a music snob. He has a degree in Child Development, but is not working in the field, but in Supply Chain currently.
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