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The end is here my friends. Even though the Dodgers clinched last night on another masterful performance by Clayton Kershaw I am left with a feeling of both elation and sadness. Remember your first girlfriend? How you felt when the “first” break up happened? That for me is how I feel when Baseball ends. Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration but it does truly sadden me.

So the funny thing is, I am a guy who always has something to say. Today my friends I am at a loss. For all of you who have taken the time to read my articles this season I bid you a fond thank you. I will be back here (If they let me.) next season to take back my spot for Wednesday. I have met a lot of great people and launched a new career at forty-two years old with the help of this website. If you love to write and love Fantasy Sports then by all means you should follow the link provided. Write For Us.

This site has a lot of great experts with various backgrounds all of which I assure you are much smarter than myself. You see, I have no college education, my grammar at times is deplorable, I have a mouth like a truck driver, and often times I ramble on about nothing. Like now. I do however have one skill that I am confident in and that is flushing out the best possible Daily Fantasy Baseball picks possible. If I can make a few pennies in this industry anyone can with a little work and dedication. Like I always say, “Fantasy Sports is a labor of love”.

With the world paying attention to Football the last three of us playing Daily Fantasy Baseball will continue on and try to win some money perhaps for the last time this season.

Speaking of Football these fine fellows have a done a lot of work for Football. You should check this out: SCFE Staff Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings

 Today’s FanDuel Strategy

Today is a mess. We have three double-headers due to inclement weather on Tuesday night so today’s picks will focus on the evening games. The expected point totals at the time of this article for several games is unavailable for some reason so this list will also be excluded. Also keep a close eye on the weather today as rain is everywhere in the Northeast but it appears as though things should be OK by this evening.

I have to say it has been a long time since I have seen a slate this bad for pitching. I came up with eleven pitchers all worth picking on today and very few worth taking, so bats are going to be key today. Keep in mind with several teams clinching some players could be rested or play limited innings tonight. For the last time this season here we go…

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Wednesday, September 30th

Starting Pitching

Garrett Richards (15-11, 3.73 ERA) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  $8,700 – Richards has certainly had his ups and downs this season but he has turned it around lately. Over his last two starts spanning 15 2/3 innings he has 15 strikeouts with a 2.87 ERA. He gets a positive park shift at home facing an Athletics team that has all but given up. The Athletics are striking out 19-percent of the time with a .307 wOBA versus RHP. Over the last seven days they are batting a lowly .234. You add in the Barry Zito start to aid the win and Richards becomes the top play of the day on a slate that is downright ugly.

Cody Anderson (6-3, 3.31 ERA) Cleveland Indians $6,500 – I have a thing about division games where home teams play the spoiler. The Twins are only 1 1/2 games back of the second A.L. wild card spot behind the Angels. Who better to spoil the party than the Cleveland Indians. The Twins strikeout 20.8-percent of the time and have a .303 wOBA versus RHP. The Twins have also been mediocre at the plate as of late batting .251 over the last seven days.

Anderson however over his last two starts including one versus the Twins on 9/24 has only allowed two earned runs while striking out 10 batters with a low 1.35 ERA. For the low price you can afford all them big bats you want in tonight’s line up. Without a doubt a great GPP play.

Starting Pitcher Rankings

  1. Garrett Richards – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  2. Cody Anderson – Cleveland Indians
  3. Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox
  4. R.A. Dickey – Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Logan Verrett – New York Mets (High Risk GPP)

Catcher

Yan Gomes (.229 Avg., 12 HR) Cleveland Indians $2,400  – For yearly Fantasy Baseball players Gomes turned out to be a big bust. I myself drafted him on more than one team way to high. It only took all season but he finally has started hitting. Over the last seven days he is batting .294 with one home run. Today he faces the horrible Mike Pelfrey who has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs over his last 11 innings pitched.

*Keep a close eye on this pick as he has positive BVP in the early match-up versus Kyle Gibson and might play the day game.

Russell Martin (.238 Avg., 22 HR) Toronto Blue Jays $3,100 – The Blue Jays magic number is one going into today. I expect them to come out swinging as always. Martin has a .325 wOBA versus RHP and has two home runs in the last seven days. Today he faces Kevin Gausman in Baltimore who has allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs over his last 11 innings pitched. The Blue Jays are my second favorite stack of the evening.

First Baseman

Albert Pujols (.241 Avg., 38 HR) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim $3,100 – For the price how can you go wrong here. Over the last seven days Pujols is batting .333 with three home runs and five RBI. Today he gets Barry Zito who has six earned runs in has last three innings. If you like BVP Pujols is batting .400 with three home runs lifetime off of Zito. The Angels are my favorite stack today in cash games.

Edwin Encarnacion (.273 Avg., 36 HR) Toronto Blue Jays $4,900 – This is one of them guys who seems to hit a home run everyday. He has a .404 wOBA and 29 home runs off of RHP this season facing Kevin Gausman. He is pricey but in GPP play is the best option.

Second Baseman

Tommy La Stella (.262 Avg., 1 HR) Chicago Cubs $2,200 – You know has been batting clean up for the Cubs for the minimum price on FanDuel? Tommy La Stella. He also has a .342 wOBA versus RHP and is batting .391 over the last 14 days with six RBI. Tonight in the Great American Small Park facing Anthony DeSclafini who has allowed nine runs and 17 hits over his last 10 2/3 innings makes La Stella a top play.

Kelly Johnson (.265 Avg., 14 HR) New York Mets $2,200 – Second Base is full of value today. Why spend up. With the Mets clinching the division I expect Daniel Murphy to get some rest and Kelly Johnson to play the infield. He usually bats in a favorable line up spot and faces the horrible Alec Asher who has been better as of late but is not fooling me. For a low price you get “Double Dong” potential. Plus I always look for anyway I can to use the term “Double Dong”.

Third Baseman

David Freese (.260 Avg., 13 HR) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim $2,500 – I continue with my Angels stack and bring you David Freese. One thing about Freese is he historically crushes lefties. He is also red hot batting .333 over the last seven days with two home runs and seven RBI. Facing Barry Zito who should be doing Wrangler commercials with Brett Favre and not pitching? I am ALL in.

Josh Donaldson (.299 Avg., 41 HR) Toronto Blue Jays $4,900 – Donaldson has a .402 wOBA versus RHP and…wait just a minute, this is one of them Mike Trout situations where I should not have to tell you how awesome he is. If you can afford him you take him.

Shortstop

Francisco Lindor (.319 Avg., 11 HR) Cleveland Indians $3,800 – Seems that as of late if you spend up on this position you either use Lindor, Corey Seager, or Carlos Correa. It is a great time in Baseball and we are surely blessed to witness so much young talent. Or, is the talent being brought up so young the level of competition is getting lowered? It is the whole what came first? The chicken or the egg question.

Lindor is batting .311 with a .359 wOBA versus RHP this season. He bats lead off most days which as we all know nets you the most at-bats per game. He like Yan Gomes will get to play spoiler today versus the John Danks of the Twins…Mike Pelfrey.

Ketel Marte (.282 Avg., 2 HR) Seattle Mariners $3,100 – The Seattle Mariners are my favorite sneaky stack of the night. With so many other bad pitchers on the board I believe Scott Kazmir will be overlooked. Kazmir over his last 7 1/3 innings has surrendered 15 hits and nine earned runs.

Marte has two home runs and four RBI over the last seven days and bats lead off most days. In a sneaky Mariners stack he is a must play.

Outfielders

*The outfield today will need little explanation as I have set things up to afford them huge bats that need no explaining.

Mike Trout (. 295 Avg., 40 HR) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim $4,800 – Trout is on fire again. Over the last 14 days he has four home runs and 10 RBI and is batting a smooth .306. Facing Barry Zito it is a no-brainer.

Nelson Cruz (.302 Avg., 43 HR) Seattle Mariners $3,600 – Nelson’s price is really deflated on FanDuel. He has a .485 wOBA and 1.111 OPS versus LHP. He has been in a bit of a slump lately only hitting one home run in the last seven days. I look for him to break out today versus Scott Kazmir who is clearly tired.

Kevin Pillar (.272 Avg., 12 HR) Toronto Blue Jays $3,300 – Wow! I mean have you seen what Pillar is doing over the last few weeks? How about over the last seven days he is batting a whopping .591 with two home runs and six RBI. He is a fairly cheap Blue Jays bat and will be used in some cash game and GPP game line-ups.

Kyle Schwarber (.247 Avg., 16 HR) Chicago Cubs $3,600 – Schwarber has a .422 wOBA versus RHP. That is really, really, good in case you didn’t know. He is also starting to hit again batting .313 over the last seven days with one home run and four RBI. I believe he is destined for low ownership today in a great hitters park facing a horrible pitcher. Love him as a GPP play.

Other Outfielders to look at:

  • All Angels bats
  • Dexter Fowler
  • Jorge Soler
  • Michael Brantley (If he plays)
  • Jose Bautista
  • Shin-Soo Choo
  • A.J. Pollock
  • David Peralta
  • George Springer
  • Franklin Gutierrez
  • Mark Trumbo
  • Andre Ethier

Stacks

  1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  2. Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Chicago Cubs
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Texas Rangers

Sneaky Stacks

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. New York Mets
  4. St. Louis Cardinals

See you next season. Good luck and I hope we all win tonight. Unless it comes down to me and you. Then I hope I win. Be safe and take care.

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