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Sure, I know, you want to see some Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 8, 2015, but …

I’m currently in Washington, D.C. getting ready for the FLEX League drafts – the Fantasy Leagues of Experts @FLEX_Leagues. This is a series of Fantasy Football experts drafts that are held live in person, with representatives from all over the industry.

RotoExperts’ Jake Ciely is running the whole thing, and we’ll have two drafts today – standard and PPR.

Some of the experts involved are my friends and former co-workers, Jamey Eisenberg of CBSSports.com and Eric Mack of FanDuel, along with players like John Halpin of FoxSports.com, Renee Miller of ESPN and Jeff Haseley of FootballGuys.com.

So because of this – I have to give you an abbreviated version of my Daily Fantasy Baseball picks! My sincere apologies,

There are six games starting before 7pm ET Saturday, and nine games in the night set, but there are no 10pm ET games.

Here are some links I stole from RotoDaddy’s Friday DFS articles!

Links for MLB Weather:

MLB Injuries:

Vegas Lines:

Probable Pitchers:

Batter vs. Pitcher:

Also Check out these helpful tools:

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for Saturday, August 8

As I said, I’m not going to be able to give you a full breakdown like I have in the past, but I will share with you a FanDuel lineup that I like for 50/50 games for Saturday’s games. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.

Starting Pitcher

Stephen Strasburg, Washington vs. Colorado ($8.700)

First, let me say that I’m going to this game with a bunch of the people I mentioned above, and others, like Coach Esser and Matt Camp. That, however, isn’t making the decision for me. Strasburg is coming back from an oblique injury, and this is his first start back. In his two minor-league rehab starts, he threw 9.2 innings, with five earned runs and 16 strikeouts – nine in 5.2 innings on Monday against Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s ready – and the Rockies rank 25th in runs scored on the road this season.

Catcher

Stephen Vogt, Oakland vs. Houston ($2,400)

He’s struggling, but Vogt is an excellent hitter that has been able to stay healthy. He has a good matchup. He hits better at home and against righties.

First Baseman

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona vs. Cincinnati ($4,000)

Another struggling batter, Goldy’s salary has been depressed down to being the eighth-most expensive first baseman. He has three hits in his past six games, but things will turn around today.

Second Baseman

Brian Dozier, Minnesota vs. N.Y. Yankees ($3,700)

While Dozier hits better against lefties, he actually hits for more power against right-handers, and his salary is too tasty to ignore.

Third Baseman

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis at Milwaukee ($3,600)

Carpenter suddenly found a power stroke, with five homers in his past eight games, along with four doubles, and Milwaukee ranks as the third-highest scoring park right now in the majors.

Shortstop

Jose Iglesias, Detroit vs. Boston ($2,500)

We’ll see if Friday night’s scuffle with James McCann rattles his cage, but I like the price, the venue and the matchup against lefty Wade Miley.

Outfielders

Nelson Cruz, Seattle vs. Texas ($5,000)

You saved money at pitcher, shortstop and catcher, and now it’s going to pay off with Cruz, the most expensive outfielder on the day. LHP Martin Perez pitched well the last time out, but Cruz has a .750 slugging percentage vs. lefties this year.

Michael Brantley, Cleveland vs. Minnesota ($3,400)

This isn’t the Bradley we expected after last year, but his price is palatable, his lefty/righty matchup is good and he reaches base regularly.

Jackie Bradley, Boston vs. Detroit ($2,200)

Bradley has reached base four times in his past two games, and Alfredo Simon isn’t anything to be worried about.

Good luck with your Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for Saturday, August 8!

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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